Sunday, November 15, 2015

Pregnancy | Baby #2 | My 1st Trimester Essentials ♥

You have no idea how happy it makes me to say that I'm finally in the second trimester with this pregnancy. The first trimester was pretty tough going. I lived on soda bread and butter with copious amounts of water for most of it and I reached a point where I couldn't even look at another piece of bread without feeling ill. There are a few things which made me feel better during my pregnancy and I thought I'd share them on the blog, just in case there are any other pregnant ladies out there who are suffering during this stage of their pregnancy too and are looking for some things to make them feel a bit better and healthier.

Pregnancy Vitamins
My pregnancy vitamin of choice for this pregnancy is Vitabiotics Pregnacare Original, which are vitamins that you can take throughout the whole of your pregnancy. I like to think that these vitamins are doing myself and baby a world of good because my skin has improved a lot - it was so dry due to the pregnancy, my nails are shiny and so strong now and my hair is growing like wildfire. I love that these contain everything you need to nourish yourself and your baby during pregnancy and it's great to have an all-in-one so you don't have to remember to take separate folic acid tablets, etc.

LUSH H'Suan Wen Hua Hair Conditioner
As I said above, my hair is growing loads at the moment - probably due to a combination of pregnancy and the pregnancy vitamins and it was becoming very unruly and quite dry at the ends. I absolutely love LUSH products and have featured them multiple times on the blog before, they really work for me and I never find myself disappointed with how they work for my skin and hair, H'Suan Wen Hua is no exception. I put this on my hair twice a week and leave for 20 minutes before shampooing and conditioning as normal. The smell is a little 'out there', it reminds me of a Christmassy smell and it wasn't one I liked at first but it's growing on me, but my God, the results are amazing! My hair is now sleek, shiny and in great condition - which makes brushing so much easier.

Baby Names Book
It may be early days but I just love looking through my baby name book for some name inspiration, after all, naming your baby is one of the most important decisions you will ever make for them. My book is The Brilliant Book of Baby Names, What's Best, What's Hot & What's Not by Pamela Redmond Satran and Linda Rosenkrantz and it's filled with name inspiration. I find that when I'm awfully sick, thinking things about my baby like what I'll call them, what they'll look like, etc. really helps to get me through the bad days. I've only thought of boys names so far and I like a name beginning with an S, B and a J! Feel free to make some guesses!

I recently got a Marella Cool BRITA Filter Jug* and it has been the best thing ever for helping me to drink lots of water. I fill it up about three times a day and always empty it. I keep it in the fridge and it's great to be able to have some ice-cold water throughout the day - it really helps me to feel better. I've never been keen on drinking the tap water from my area, it always seems to have small particles floating about in it and a funny taste but once it's gone through the BRITA Filter it comes out crystal clear and quite pure tasting. It's one of the best things I could have gotten myself during this pregnancy because all I'm drinking is water and it makes me stay away from the fizzy drinks. It's making me healthier!

Pregnancy App
I was searching on Google Play Store for a week to week pregnancy app and the one that appealed to me most was Pregnancy +. It's a really lovely app that gives you a weekly update on how baby is doing but also how you may be feeling, what you should be eating and how your body can be changing in that particular week. It also gives you weekly 3D and 2D images of what your baby may look like, what size it should be on a particular week and it has sections for baby names, things to remember and appointments. It's free for the first 15 weeks and then it's €3.49.

Lip Balm
As with my hair, my lips are also incredibly dry too and they can be quite sore - no amount of water is giving them hydration! I was lucky enough to be sent the Lanolips 101 Ointment Multipurpose Balm* which was a product I had never used before but which had immediate effect on my lips. The results with this balm from just one use are amazing, it transforms my lips from dry and cracked to soft and supple and it's something which I'll also be taking into the labour ward with me.

It may not be an obvious pregnancy essential but candles have really helped to put me at ease during this pregnancy. They've helped me to calm down when I'm having terrible chest pain and the scents of them have even helped get me to sleep when I'm having an attack of an awful headache. There's something so peaceful about lying in bed with the curtains closed and a beautiful scented candle beside you. My favourites at the moment are Yankee Candle Sparkling Snow and Lavender.

Frozen Drinks/Ice Lollies
There is nothing more refreshing when you're feeling terribly ill and are too nauseous to eat than a frozen drink or ice lolly. I lived on these during the first trimester and they really did help to make me feel better - I think it's the coldness to them. I couldn't (still can't!) eat ice-cream because dairy is making me ill so these were a great alternative and are really cheap too. You can even make your own with some water and fruity cordial left to chill in the freezer.

What were your 1st trimester essentials?


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