First Trimester Pregnancy Favorites

For the past 20 weeks, I’ve had the hardest time not including pregnancy-related items in my weekly Things I’m Loving Friday feature. I kept an ongoing list in my phone so I could share some of my favorites with you guys once we shared our pregnancy news on the blog!

This post includes a list of things I absolutely swore by during the first 12 weeks of my pregnancy. Many have continued to be favorites into my second trimester as well, but for organizational purposes, we’ll call this list my First Trimester Pregnancy Favorites!

First Trimester Pregnancy Must Haves

I’ll be sure to share second and third trimester favorites in the coming weeks, should there be any new additions I think are worth mentioning in the future.

And for the mamas/moms-to-be out there, I’d love to read about your pregnancy-related favorites as well, so please feel free to weigh in below in the comments section of this post. I’m absorbing all of your pregnancy advice and insight like a sponge these days!!

First Trimester Pregnancy Favorites

Preggie Pop Drops

These delicious candies were a lifesaver for me. And they’re popping up first on this list for a reason! (<— Pun = Intentional, as always!) My mom surprised me with a package of the lozenges soon after I told my family I was pregnant and I figured they were some gimmicky candy that just tasted good. Not the case. At least not for me anyway. The drops, developed by healthcare professionals, really, really helped keep my nausea at bay and I now always have a few Preggie Pop Drops in my purse and even have some stored in the center console of my car just in case.

prenatal gummies

Prenatal vitamins are HUGE and for the first few weeks, I took the giant pills with a glass of water after breakfast in the morning. And then I discovered gummy prenatals. Hallelujah! The VitaFusion prenatal vitamins taste delicious and make taking my prenatal vitamins 10,000 times more enjoyable. Over the weekend, I picked up the VitaFusion Fiber + Calcium Prenatal Support gummy vitamins at Target and love them as well!

Quease Ease

Bless you, Quease Ease. This is a simple nausea remedy that really helped me more than I could’ve imagined. You simply breathe in the aroma of Quease Ease – a wonderful blend of spearmint, peppermint, ginger and lavender formulated to relieve queasiness associated with motion sickness as well as post-operative recovery, chemotherapy and morning sickness.

I carried Quease Ease in my purse and while felt like a total nut job when I basically inhaled it every 5 minutes on the plane when I traveled a bunch during the moth of February, when you’re feeling unbelievably nauseated, you’ll do anything to try to help keep that pukey feeling at bay. It is also really helpful during longer car rides which, for some reason, during my first trimester almost always made my stomach turn.

My Pregnancy App

I downloaded this free app after one of my girlfriends told me there are tons of pregnancy apps out there that you can use to help track your pregnancy. I love it and always look forward to the updates. There are daily updates, but I really like the weekly updates that go into greater detail and tell me what’s going on with our baby that week and what I changes I can personally expect each week as an expectant mommy. I was surprised when Ryan began asking me to read him the baby’s weekly update each weekend! He’s really into knowing what’s going on with our little one and loves the concise summary and the way the app compares the size of our baby to fruit or veggies which makes it easier to picture how big our baby is each week.

Another app that’s highly recommended by a bunch of my girlfriends is the Sprout app, but I haven’t downloaded that one just yet… Although after looking over it for this post, I think I may have to immediately!

  • Saltines


Saltines seem to be a big-time favorite among many pregnant women and I’m definitely one of them! I’ve never experienced anything in my life like pregnancy nausea and, during the first 16 weeks of my pregnancy, basically had to find something to eat immediately in the morning or I would start dry heaving. Saltines became my bedside best friend! They’re bland enough to always sound appealing and the sprinkle of salt on the top satisfies my constant craving for anything salty. Another easy-on-the-tummy favorite: Oyster crackers.

  • Leggings

lululemon wunder unders

My intense love for leggings climbed to new heights during my first trimester when I was feeling bloated all the time. The thought of wearing skinny jeans or a skirt with a tight waistband sounded horrible so I wore leggings almost every single day. Actually, I still do. No shame. I prefer low-rise leggings that don’t cut into my stomach/sides. Favorites: Lululemon Wunder Unders (Lululemon’s In The Flow crops stole my heart over the past two weeks), Reebok One Series Capri (<—very forgiving waistband that still stays up!) and Fabletics Salar Leggings

Pregnancy Books

A Child Is Born is my favorite pregnancy-related book I’ve read so far! It includes in-utero pictures captured with endoscopy and three-dimensional ultrasound technology that are absolutely fascinating, especially for someone like me who is very visual. After reading so many pregnancy updates that said things like “Today your baby is the size of a radish,” I was dying for some real images and this book delivered! I also loved all of the scientific information.

What To Expect When You’re Expecting has a ton of information… it’s actually somewhat overwhelming at first! I found the book very informative and enjoyed having a bunch of information ready at my fingertips during the first few weeks when I felt like I needed to read everything about pregnancy and wanted it to come from a reliable source.

Our insurance company actually sent me the Week by Week pregnancy book and I loved the way it breaks everything down and gives you bits of valuable information in a less overwhelming way.

I also recently ordered Panic Free Pregnancy and have very high hopes for this book, as it’s been recommended to me a few times.

  • Sparkling Water

La Croix Pamplemousse

I read a ton about increased saliva during pregnancy, but I had basically the opposite problem. For practically the whole time I’ve been pregnant, I’ve experienced an almost insatiable thirst and plain water just wasn’t cutting it for a while and seemed almost off-putting. Thank goodness for sparkling water! I started loading up on liters of the stuff early on and still swear by it as a great way to help keep me hydrated during both my first and second trimester.

Your First Trimester Pregnancy Favorites

Early last week, I put a call out on the Peanut Butter Fingers Facebook page and asked you guys to share some of your first trimester pregnancy favorites. Below you will find a handful of your recommendations, some of which I also shared above!

Nausea Helpers

Stretch Mark Preventers

Feel-Good-In-The-Tummy Foods

  • Bread
  • Eggs
  • Jolly Ranchers
  • Saltines
  • Sparkling Water
  • Gummy Candy (Oh yesss!)
  • Salt & Vinegar Chips
  • Simply Lemonade
  • Mint Gum
  • Dried Fruit
  • Peppermints

Shop My Pregnancy Favorites

Question of the Afternoon

  • Mamas/Moms-To Be: Are there any foods/drinks/products/clothing that you swore by during the first trimester of your pregnancy?


  1. says

    I was the exact same way during my whole first and second trimester – I had chronic dry mouth!! I had to have some sort of liquid with me at all times, because I could go from perfectly normal to so dry I thought I was going to puke in .5 seconds!


  2. Molly says

    Sprout and Ovia Pregnancy were my favorite apps when I was pregnant. I CANNOT take horse pills so I swore by these prenatal gummys too (and am still taking them 5 months postpartum) – just make sure you are also taking an iron pill, there is very little (or none) in the gummy versions, which I didn’t realize until I tested very low in blood work during the 2nd trimester.


  3. says

    I tried everything when I was pregnant and nothing seemed to work!! I was pretty nauseous all 9 months long, but that’s pretty abnormal I think. Definitely makes me appreciate my energy and health now that I’m no longer pregnant! 🙂 My first trimester I loved my Snoogle pillow, and wintergreen gum helped a lot too. I also loved the chewable prenatal vitamins once I could stomach taking them. 🙂


  4. says

    During my first pregnancy ginger hard candies, ginger ale, saltines and eating immediately after I woke up saved my life! My 2nd pregnancy was a different story. During the first trimester this time around…NOTHING helped. It was awful.


  5. Amanda says

    My favorites were the Bella Band from Ingrid and Isabel. And my Snoogle pillow. I think those were the only purchases I made in the first trimester. I also loved the Panic Free Pregnancy. And I have sworn by the Honest Company Prenatal vitamins and DHA/Omega 3 vitamins my whole pregnancy.


  6. Megan says

    Rice cakes! They were my savior at the worst dry heaving moments.

    I loved reading about childbirth and breastfeeding. I recommend Ina May Gaskin’s books. They’re a bit graphic but that helped me visualize and stop worrying about labor, etc.

    Love your updates !


  7. Diane says

    I agree with the earlier comments that the Bella bands are the best! I was able to wear most of my regular pants so much longer with those by keeping them unbuttoned… the bands do a great job holding them up!


  8. Mandy Schlais says

    Grapefruit!! Could have seriously eaten 5 a day. So helpful for nausea. I also loved making my own ginger ale, which has a lot less artificial stuff in it. Also, as far as the prenatal vitamins go, I tried the gummies from Walmart (diff brand) on a whim and somehow they are even better than the vita fusion ones. I do agree with the comments about iron though, but obviously check with your doc.


  9. Barbara says

    Hello! I was researching the Orlando Science Center when I came across your blog. Congratulations on the pregnancy! I have 2 little boys so I’ll share what I did during my pregnancies. Yoga pants- couldn’t get enough of them. I always hated maternity pants- leggings were a little too tight. I just bought a couple of cotton yoga pants with a folded down waist top. I wore them through both pregnancies- very comfortable. I also wore a lot of my husband’s t shirts when I went to sleep or for just being around the house.


  10. says

    I didn’t have any nausea, but I had really bad heartburn for the first half of pregnancy. I think that’s why I ate so much cereal (since milk is basic and counteracts the stomach acid). I could down a box of cereal in three days.


  11. Kate says

    I travel for work quite a bit and I haven’t been able to get a clear answer from anyone yet about airport security. Did your doctor recommend to go through the xray machine, the new scanner or to tell someone at pre check. My main concern is that I travel with my boss (who I wouldn’t want to tell until at least week 10-12) and I would like to be desecrate about it.

    Do you have any insight into this given your recent travel?


  12. Suzanne says

    I LOVE Your Pregnancy Week By Week! I am going to make it my gift to any friends who have babies in the future. It was so informative without being scary. They also have your baby’s first year week by week, which was so helpful when my twins were tiny.

    Another commenter mentioned belly bands, which I also recommend. I got one at Target. It was good both during pregnancy and post partum when you can’t quite button the jeans yet.

    I bought a soda stream and it is still the best $20-something I have ever spent! I just do sparkling water plus some lime juice during dinner.



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