What you REALLY need in your First Trimester  |  Pregnancy Blog

The first trimester is, in my opinion, the hardest. The third trimester is pretty rough too as your getting close to the end, you feel like a whale and your massively uncomfortable BUT you know that you will have your little bundle of newborn amazingness pretty soon so it makes it that little bit more bearable. In the first trimester you're tired, feel sick all the time and can be an emotional wreck and you still have 6 months to go which makes it feel like having your baby is so far away! I have just come out of the first trimester and since leaving the “haze” of sickness and tears I feel like there are some serious essentials that helped me cope with the last 3 months and I’m not talking about your normal pregnancy vitamins or maternity bra type essentials. I’m talking about the real stuff that is a serious god send but that no one ever really suggests so I thought I’d share!

1. A decent blanket 
This may sound like a weird one but trust me when I suggest it! When you feel tired and sick there is nothing better than finishing the day and climbing under a warm, snuggly blanket and snoozing all your cares away. I have pretty much lived under a blanket the last 3 months and only now feel ready to come out of hibernation so if you don’t have a great blanket already then I suggest you get one!

2. A bath pillow 
When I haven't been at work or napping in the last 3 months, I have been in a bubble bath. I don't know why but they make me feel so much better about life. Hubby brought me a bath pillow a couple of months ago and when I first got it I was a bit non fussed with it because I didn't really think I needed it or would use it but OH MY GOD it is good. Think mine is just a cheapy from Amazon so you don't have to spend loads to get a bit more comfort in the bathroom!

3. A couple of good books or a new series on Netflix
Since being pregnant I have read 3 books and watched 2 different series on Netflix!! For someone who was lucky of they read 3 books in a year, reading 3 in 3 months is pretty impressive and if I am being honest the majority of my reading and Netflix binging has been, yes you guessed it, it the bath!

4. A water bottle 
This is a bit of an cliché one I suppose but one that I really feel I need to add as it's been so important to me. I am pretty much never seen without a water bottle at the moment as I get so thirsty. I think it is because I have been getting quite sick and nauseous so feel I need to make sure I'm hydrating myself so a decent water bottle is so important and make sure its a big one as you don't want to have to keep filling it up every 10 minutes.

5. A MASSIVE mix of food in your freezer

This was so important for me in my first trimester as I NEVER knew what I wanted to eat (unless it was tuna and plain pasta then I wanted to eat that alllll the time!). Having a huge selection of different meats and veggies all stock up in the freezer made hubbys life so much easier as he could go through so many different meal options without having to run to the shop every night to get whatever I wanted.

So there you have it! A bit of an unusual list of things that I think are essential for your first trimester. Do you think I've missed anything out or is there anything that helped you survive your first trimester? Let me know in the comments!


  1. A bath pillow what a fab idea - I love the idea of having a snooze in the bath! Also agree with keeping a very well stocked house on the food front as I ate like a horse.

  2. Ah, I love the idea of a bath pillow- never knew there was such thing!

  3. I'm not pregnant, but I think I may have to invest in a bath pillow anyway. I remember being so, so exhausted in my first trimester in both pregnancies, so I agree that the blanket is an absolute must!

  4. The first trimester can be exhausting. I remember constantly wanting a nap! I like the sound of a bath pillow and yes and snuggly blanket is a must :)

  5. I have never heard of a bath pillow I don't think! I'm not pregnant but I"m off to Amazon for a nosy anyway!

  6. I was so tired and sick for both pregnancies and all of these ideas would have really helped. Love the idea of a bath pillow

  7. I remember those early days. And yes to food in the freezer so that when the baby is here, no need to worry about cooking when you are tired. The blanket too is a must-have to keep warm and feel cosy

  8. Cannot agree more with the blanket and water bottle. I got really good at drinking water during my pregnancy.

  9. I have never been pregnant so not clue what are must haves but I can not do without my hot water bottle.

  10. Great tips, little sweets to suck on too as it helped my low sugar levels whilst being sick. Freezer food fab idea!