^^ Herbal and Rooibos tea are both naturally decaffinated, and since I was an avid coffee drinker until finding out I was pregnant it was a rough transition. Peppermint tea in the morning just isn't the same. I did work at DavidsTea at the perfect time though and was able to get stocked up on some yummy decaf tea or lightly caffinated white tea that I have with breakfast and take in a thermos to class. Hubby and I also like to have tea before bed.
On mornings when toast and citrus chews just can't get my stomach settled, I make a strong cup of Organic Super Ginger rooibos tea. I don't even mind ginger but I think that this tea is seriously gross, however it does the trick. It's my last-resort emergency tea and I'm very happy on mornings when I don't have to force it down. ^^
^^ The first person who knew about my pregnancy (other than husband) was the lady at the health food store in the mall. The day after taking a pregnancy test I was working at DavidsTea and ran over to the health food store on my break to get stocked up on organic prenatal vitamins made from organic vegetables and herbs, as well as 1 mg tablets of folic acid.
I had a minor meltdown while frantically googling "pregnancy 101" when I read that it is most important that an expectant mother be taking folic acid the first 28 days of pregnancy and I was about that far along when we found out! I did some more research though and was relieved to find out that many foods I eat daily are high in folic acid naturally, like spinach, broccoli, citrus fruits, carrots and nuts. ^^
^^ The amount of pregnancy weight an expectant mother should gain is based on her BMI. Women who are at a healthy weight pre-pregnancy should gain 25-35 pounds slowly and steadily throughout the 9 months. Since stretch marks form when the elastic fibres just under the skin surface break when the body grows faster than the skin can keep up, how quickly a woman gains is as important as how much they gain during pregnancy.
Reading that information made me think that maybe stretchmarks were quite preventable by managing pregnancy weight gain, but it turns out that 90% of women get them and they can't really be prevented. However, the itchiness and discomfort that come along with the stretching can atleast be treated by being hydrated with water and moisturizing regularly. I've been treating myself to lukewarm bubble baths and fancy body butter afterwards, and my dad gave me a good tip to put baking soda in the bath water. ^^
^^ As for staying hydrated, lemon water has been a lifesaver since the citrus in the lemon calms nausea and it's yummy like juice so I find I'm just chugging this stuff. ^^
^^ Green smoothies have saved me from some very uncomfortable circumstances at school. Once my stomach is empty, the nausea returns with full force and since it can be disruptive to pull out a sandwich in class a green smoothie is the perfect fix! Not only do I load mine up with banana, yogurt and berries or fruit, I throw in a couple handfuls of folic acid rich fresh or frozen spinach. ^^
I've found mommy-blogs to be a lifesaver these past couple months, especially when I hadn't told my mom or sisters yet and had no one to ask my questions to! There are so many helpful tips on the internet, and since these 5 things have really made a difference to my first trimester I thought maybe other women might find them useful as well!