The first trimester - My experience part II

Staying healthy and products I loved in my first trimester of pregnancy


How did I keep on a healthy eating track?

I had this plan when I found out that I was pregnant of how I would eat and get the right vitamins and nutrients into mine and the baby’s body. How ever this does go out the window ;P. If you are like me and felt sick most of the day and certain foods like meat, fish, fruit and yogurt made my tummy turn then you have to go to plan B. Plan B for me was eat little and often and just try to get some sort of food in to my system as some stuff wouldn’t even stay down. Luckily I wasn’t put off vegetables so I could eat those and snack on those through out the day. I had dry oat cakes by my bed, first thing in the morning I needed a dry healthy biscuit to take that horrible nausea, tummy rumbling feeling away. Tiny sips of Ginger beer helped also through out the day. I found a brand called Fever tree which is made from natural sugars  (not the best for you but it really helps keep your food down) which in my mind was way more important. And lastly lemon water first thing in the morning would really help me and even when you are not pregnant helps so much to keep you hydrated immediately when you wake up and makes your skin feel great. Another drink which I loved to keep things mixed up was  water melon water which is very hydrating with no added sugars and made from natural ingredients.

I normally love fish but eat very little meat. However since being pregnant fish has made me very unwell and the taste has totally changed. I will later on try again with Salmon because Salmon is very rich in essential omega-3 fatty acids.

Most people, including pregnant women, are not getting nearly enough omega-3 from their diet

Omega-3 fatty acids are essential during pregnancy, especially the long-chain omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA. These are found in high amounts in seafood, and help build the brain and eyes of the fetus.

My Survival Food:

  • Iced water with lemon
  • Ginger ale ( Fever tree is the best)
  • Peanut butter
  • frozen grapes
  • Avocado on everything specially mashed up and mixed in to a quinoa mix with black pepper and lime juice ;).
  • plane corn cakes
  • Nairn’s Gluten free oat biscuits

Foods that I try to have each day

  • Avocado– Avocados are an unusual fruit because they contain a lot of monounsaturated fatty acids. They are also high in fiber, B-vitamins (especially folate), vitamin K, potassium, copper, vitamin E and vitamin C. Because of their high content of healthy fats, folate and potassium, avocados are a great choice for pregnant women. The healthy fats help build the skin, brain and tissues of the fetus, and folate may help prevent neural tube defects
  • dates – High in Fibre, Iron, potassium and magnesium
  • Legumes – This includes lentils, peas, beans. Legumes are excellent plant-based sources of fiber, protein, iron, folate (B9) and calcium, all of which the body needs more of during pregnancy. Folate is one of the B-vitamins (B9). It is very important for the health of the mother and fetus, especially during the first trimester.
  • Sweet potatoes– Very rich in beta-carotene, a plant compound that is converted into vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A is essential for growth, It is very important for healthy fetal development . Pregnant women are generally advised to increase their vitamin A intake by 10–40%
  • Broccoli and dark, leafy greens – Broccoli and dark, green vegetables, such as kale and spinach, contain many of the nutrients that pregnant women need. These include fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin A, calcium, iron, folate and potassium.
  • Berries – Berries are packed with water, healthy carbs, vitamin C, fiber and plant compounds. They generally contain high amounts of vitamin C, which helps the body absorb iron. Vitamin C is also important for skin health and immune function. Berries have a relatively low glycemic index value, so they should not cause major spikes in blood sugar.
  • Whole Grains– Oats and quinoa also contain a fair amount of protein, which is important during pregnancy. Additionally, whole grains are generally rich in B-vitamins, fiber and magnesium. All of these are frequently lacking in the diets of pregnant women

I unfortunately couldn’t stomach many vitamin tablets in my first trimester they would just make me sick. I also wouldn’t want to advise people to take tablets with out consulting with your doctor first.

Helpful products and clothes 

My advice for you in the first trimester is don’t panic and think you have to buy loads of maternity clothes unless you are showing and growing straight away. You will just get over whelmed and down about how they look on you and that maternity clothes look to big and normal clothes to small. Stick to bigger sizes or clothes that you already have in your cupboard that are on the more comfortable size.

My advice for you in the first trimester is don’t panic and think you have to buy loads of maternity clothes unless you are showing and growing straight away. You will just get over whelmed and down about how they look on you and that maternity clothes look to big and normal clothes to small. Stick to bigger sizes or clothes that you already have in your cupboard that are on the more comfortable side.

Lulu lemon Align pant

Best buys for me is to get the most comfortable workout leggings. 

I made sure I had at least one pare in black (The LuLu pare) that are not shiny so I can also wear with casual tops in the day or night ;). 

Next clothes tip buy a comfortable bra straight away as your boobs will hurt and grow ;p. I found this the biggest challenge as I have never had a chest. I straight away bought two comfortable sports bras from Solfire clothing for casual I found bras from target which I can also use after the birth for breast feeding too so I don’t have to invest in to many other bras. I also bought the most comfortable and flattering strapless bras from Uniglow that don’t even have an underwire :). 

Beauty products 

  • Radha rosehip oil – Obviously age, genetics and lifestyle has a big part to play in stretch marks, pregnancy spurs unpredictable skin changes. A pregnant woman who experiences one or more of these shifts in skin condition may benefit from rose hip oil. Thanks to high levels of certain fatty acids-specifically linoleic and linolenic and vitamin A. Rose hip oil heals skin by speeding up the process of skin regeneration.
  • Another helpful tip – Make sure you use the oil and stretch mark creams not only on your tummy but in places you are prone to getting them. A lot of people forget that our body grows and stretches in other places too i.e our breasts and neglect this area. I use the oil all over my hips, thighs and breasts too.
  • bio oil Bio-Oil is formulated to help improve the appearance of stretch marks, it can never remove them.
  • Eucerin – Daily Hydration moisturiser. Sunflower oil enriched. I love, love this moisturiser because it keeps your skin hydrated all day and its fragrance, dye and paraben free

I mix both the oils in with my moisturiser which is more of a natural deep nursing moisturiser with no parabens. 

  • Dr Teals Epsom salts ( One of my favourite luxuries at the moment after a long day is to soak in a bath of epsom salts. It’s also a natural anti-inflammatory and exfoliant that can be used for treating muscle aches and dry skin. Soak in a warm bath of Epsom salts to enjoy its renowned therapeutic and healing properties, inside and out.

Follow my pregnancy journey and fitness tips on my Instagram page                   @_Roxyfit_. Let me know if you have found this blog helpful and if you are also pregnant and have any products that you would like to share please comment below. I love to hear of new tips and ways to help this beautiful journey.

Roxy

Hey, I’m Roxy!I am a ex professional tennis player and now a personal trainer and fitness blogger. I love to write about fitness, healthy eating and living an active lifestyle. I made this brand and platform to inspire and motivate others to be the best versions of themselves! No need to follow any trends, its all about finding the right healthy lifestyle for you.

 Don’t forget to Follow me on Instagram for more workouts, what I get up to, what I eat in a day & health tips : @_roxyfit_