This pregnancy has been different to my first, I’ve been experiencing more symptoms this time, whereas Oliver’s pregnancy was a walk in the park. I am now in my second trimester and feel like some symptoms are easing but the following things have definitely seen me through. There’s nothing fancy or costly, just simple things that have seen me through the past 18 weeks.
Pregnancy vitamins – Since we found out we were expecting I’ve been taking the Seven Seas pregnancy multivitamins. (They are currently on offer in Asda on 3 for £10). Scott bought enough for my whole pregnancy and at our first midwife appointment I was told they now provide them but will continue to use my own.
Stretch Mark Cream – I’ve been using the Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Massage Lotion (was £3.99 now £2.65 on offer at Superdrug). I used this when I was pregnant with Oliver and although I have stretch marks, they aren’t overly noticeable. I do think if you are going to get stretch marks there’s not much you can do, but creams and oils are said to help reduce the appearance of them. Personally, I don’t mind my stretch marks, I actually like the reminder of carrying my child, but I do apply my lotion whenever I remember.
Pillow/body pillow – I’ve found it quite uncomfortable to lie in bed for at least a month now. I have my body pillow from my pregnancy with Oliver but I haven’t yet been able to find the cover and using it without one creeps me out a little as its been in storage for 2+ years. So, I’ve been using a normal pillow and it’s definitely helped.
Water – I have been feeling so much better since I’ve increased my water intake. However, I’m 18 weeks now and they say some symptoms subside around this time. But, it’s a good habit to get into pregnant or not, so I’m running with it. It’s also cut my snacking down so I’m happy about that too. I fill up a few bottles and keep them in the fridge, I got mine from B&M for a couple of pounds.
Lemon&Ginger – To keep sickness at bay, I’ve been drinking a lot of hot water with lemon and ginger, or lemon and ginger tea. It’s really helped me especially during the first month or so. Recently, I haven’t been too in love with it but I’m trying to get back into it.
Good Support Network – This pregnancy has been very different to my pregnancy with Oliver thus far. I can’t thank our families enough for taking Oliver out for the day and overnight when I’ve been feeling crappy.
Maternity Wear – I’ve been living in H&M Mama Super Skinny Jeans (only £24.99!) for over a month now and they are so soft and comfortable. I don’t enjoy jeans shopping at the best of times, so I steered clear of them last time and really regret it now. I would definitely recommend them. I’ve also been wearing a few maternity tops too, anything that accentuates the bump is good in my books.
Rest – Exhaustion has been a killer this pregnancy. To the point of falling asleep on the couch during Oliver’s nap time; which wouldn’t normally happen. I’ve learned to listen to my body and have headed to bed early most evenings and rest when I can.
Let me know your first trimester/pregnancy must haves in the comments!