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Non Toxic Baby Products For The Nursery and Registry

Check out my top choices for non toxic baby products you may want to add to your nursery and registry to lower our little ones’ exposure to harmful chemicals!

Non Toxic Baby Products For The Nursery and Registry

After researching a ton of baby products on the market, the harmful chemicals that are in so many of them, and what a newborn actually needs, I’ve picked out some of my favorite non toxic baby products that we’ve been adding to the nursery and our registry before our baby’s arrival.

Before I talk about what non toxic baby products we decided on and some other safe options you may choose to go with, I just want to share that we don’t have to change everything in our lives, but it’s definitely wise to think about reducing our exposure to toxins which are in so many of the products we use everyday, mattresses and beddings we sleep on, and things that go on our skin. Babies are especially sensitive to these substances, which is why we are being extra mindful.

We are actually quite minimalists when it comes to products (we weren’t even going to set up a nursery at first), so here’s the list of what we thought we absolutely needed in preparation for our baby!

SAFEST BABY MATTRESS

One of the first things I researched when it came non toxic baby products was the safest baby mattresses on the market. Since the baby will spend most of her time sleeping, this was extremely important to me and the same goes for adult mattresses as well (even more so if you are planning to co-sleep or bed-share).

So many mattresses are made with flame-retardant chemicals like polyurethane foam and contain VOCs, formaldehyde, and pesticides, and these toxins are harmful for our health and contribute to indoor air pollution. Of course, babies and kids are even more sensitive to these chemicals, which is why I wanted to invest in the safest baby mattress on the market.

Emily Natural Crib Mattress - safest baby mattress

Emily Natural Crib Mattress By MyGreenMattress

We decided to go with Emily Natural Crib Mattress, because it’s made with GOTS-certified organic cotton and Oeko-Tex certified natural wool. I also really liked that it’s made in the US!

Wool mattresses are naturally flame retardant so it doesn’t need harmful chemicals, and I love that they don’t use dyes or bleaches. I felt really great opening up the mattress when I first received it, because it didn’t have any kind of chemical smell at all.

In addition, Emily Natural Crib Mattress has an awesome firmness level, which is important for the safety of newborns. It also provides even weight distribution because it features GOTS-certified coconut coir blended with GOLS-certified natural latex.

It was also one of the most affordable safe baby mattresses on the market. We also got their Organic Cotton Waterproof Mattress Protector, because there will definitely be many accidents in the future!

Other Safe Crib Mattress Options

ORGANIC BABY CRIB SHEETS

Not only is the crib mattress important, you better believe the sheets are as well! Luckily, high quality, organic baby crib sheets are not expensive, and you can find many on the market at an affordable price. I wanted to find sheets that were unbleached and certified organic, and they were really easy to find!

organic baby crib sheets - Non Toxic Baby Products

I honestly loved the design of this Crate and Barrel organic baby crib sheet so that’s what I got to “set up” the nursery, but will probably also buy a few more from this list as backups for when it needs to be washed:

NON TOXIC CAR SEAT

The main problem with most car seats on the market is the flame retardant chemicals that they contain. While flame retardant chemicals are used to prevent the spread of fire, they accumulate in the body and do not leave, and are linked to serious health hazards like:

  • hormone disruption
  • impaired fetal and child development
  • impaired neurological development
  • liver and thyroid issues

Unfortunately, there aren’t many companies that are making car seats without these chemicals, but I did find a few on the market that use wool instead which is naturally flame retardant.

UPPAbaby Mesa Merino Wool Car Seat

This is the one that we decided to go with. I really loved the design of these UPPAbaby Mesa car seats, and they use OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certified wool. On top of that, from everything I’ve been reading, they are one of the safest car seats out there.

Keep in mind that only the colors Henry and Jordan are made with merino wool and contain no flame retardant chemicals, which is why these 2 colors are priced higher than other colors. They are also really easy to install as well.

non toxic car seats

Other Non Toxic Car Seat Options

NON TOXIC DIAPERS

I was actually quite excited to see that there were a good amount of options for safer, non toxic diapers on the market. I was, at first, surprised by how much harmful chemicals were in so many diapers, just like feminine menstrual pads. Our genitals are one of the most sensitive parts of our body that absorb chemicals easily, so it’s important for me to purchase diapers that are free of toxins.

Chemicals to Avoid in Diapers

  • Dioxins (chlorine bleach) – Most diapers are bleached with chlorine, and dioxins are the byproduct of this process which leech into the diaper and the environment. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers dioxins as highly carcinogenic, and they are also known to cause skin irritations.
  • Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) – These chemicals in diapers can evaporate and impair lung function, as well as causing eye, nose and throat irritation, headaches, damage to the kidney and central nervous system. Some of these chemicals in disposable diapers include toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene.
  • Tributyl-tin (TBT) – Commonly found in disposable diapers, TBT is linked to skin issues, but is also extremely harmful to aquatic life by causing hormonal disruptions in aquatic organisms.
  • Fragrances and dyes – Just like in skincare, companies are not required to disclose what chemicals and specific ingredients fall under the term “fragrance.” Many times, they can include parabens, pthalates, and other harmful ingredients that are known to cause reproductive toxicity and allergic reactions.

Non Toxic Diapers – Top Choices

The more I looked into non toxic diapers, I began realizing that every diaper fits every baby differently. While one brand might have a clean option, it may leak and not be the best option for some babies.

Because of this, we decided to buy one large pack of newborn diapers from one brand, and then get free to cheap samples from several brands so we can try them out and pick what will be best for our baby later. Many companies offer samples so it’s a really great idea to take advantage of them to make sure they are right for your baby before you invest in them!

Here are some clean brands I found:

  • Thrive Market Diapers: We decided to purchase a big pack of these diapers because they were one of the cheapest ones on the market for non toxic diapers. Newborn babies change diapers about 20 times a day, so we knew we needed a lot to start out with. These diapers are made with chlorine-free wood pulp and made with plant-based liners and ink without heavy metals. They also have great reviews!
    Get an extra 25% OFF your first order + a 30 day free trial membership when you sign up at Thrive Market! (Valid on orders $49+, max $20 discount)
  • Dyper: This is a subscription based company and you pay just $64/month, and the number of diapers they send you varies depending on the baby’s age and needs. Their diapers are made of bamboo without chlorine, latex, alcohol, perfumes, PVC, lotions, TBT or phthalates. They can also be safely composted.
    Right now, they are offering a free diaper bag when you start a monthly subscription!
  • Andy Pandy: Great for babies with sensitive skin, these bamboo diapers use an aloe liner to moisturize the skin and are free of chlorine, BPA, TBT, PVC, and preservatives. They are also biodegradable and eco-friendly and I like that they have a wetness indicator. I’ve heard amazing reviews about how absorbent they are without leaks.
  • Honest Company
  • Bambo Nature
  • Parasol: These diapers use fluff pulp harvested from sustainably managed forests and they have such cute designs. They are hypoallergenic, and use safe and lead-free inks.
  • Eco by Naty: Another great option. One thing to note is that the material is partly made out of non-GMO corn, so it’s something to remember if your baby has allergies.
  • Earth+Eden
  • Pampers Pure: I love that a mainstream company is coming out with toxin free diapers, which shows that the demand is definitely out there for safer products for our little ones.
non toxic diapers and non toxic baby wipes

NON TOXIC BABY WIPES

Just like diapers, babies go through baby wipes fast so it’s a good idea to have plenty on hand. However, they are another item that contain harsh chemicals that you may not want touching your baby’s gentle, sensitive skin.

I actually found that the most popular companies included harmful chemicals that are known to be irritants, allergens, and/on toxins in their baby wipes.

Chemicals to Avoid in Baby Wipes

  • Parabens – Preservatives known to cause hormone disruption, as well as skin rashes and allergies. You can find them on the label most commonly as butlyl, ethyl, methyl, and propyl (all ending in -paraben).
  • Formaldehyde-releasing chemicals – Used as a preservative and known to cause cancer, and damage hormonal health and central nervous system. You can look for the following terms on the label: formaldehyde, quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, diazolidinyl urea, polyoxymethylene urea, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol (bromopol) and glyoxal.
  • Propylene glycol or polyethylene glycol – These are petroleum-based mineral oils used to enhance absorption, so harmful chemicals can easily be penetrated through the skin. It’s also a skin irritant and can cause allergic reactions. These oils can also be easily contaminated with carcinogens during the manufacturing process.
  • Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate (SLS & SLES) – Used as a foaming and cleaning agent, both SLS and SLES can cause organ toxicity, reproductive toxicity, endocrine disruption, neurotoxocity and skin and eye irritation.
  • Triclosan – An antibacterial agent that passes through the skin to cause allergies and hormone dysfunction. It has also been connected to the rise in antibiotic resistant bacteria. While it’s not too common in baby wipes, they are abundant in antibacterial wipes so it’s best to avoid them if you are out of baby wipes.
  • Methylisothiazolinone (MIT) – A common preservative that most manufacturers stopped using because of its harmful effects, but I was still able to spot it recently in popular baby wipes. It is widely known to cause dermatitis.
  • Fragrances (includes essential oils) – Just like I mentioned under the chemicals you want to avoid in diapers, there could be various harmful chemicals that manufacturers could hide under the “fragrance” like pthalates, endocrine disruptors, allergens, and neurotoxins. I would also avoid using natural fragrances like essential oils. While they ARE natural, they can be potent and not be manufactured properly, and be irritating and burdensome to baby’s sensitive skin and system.

Baby Wipes by bloom BABY for Sensitive Skin

After looking at all the clean options for baby wipes, these Bloom BABY wipes were what we decided to go with, because they are budget-friendly (5 cents per wipe if you buy in bulk), hypoallergenic, and are free of “alcohol, chlorine, phthalates, formaldehyde carriers, parabens, phenols, quaternary ammonium compounds, SLS, lanolin, or most common allergens.” They are also fragrance free.

What I also like about these wipes is the quality and size of the wipes. I have read about a lot of non toxic baby wipes being too flimsy or having to use more than one at each use because they just do not hold up. However, I love that these are big and durable.

Other Non-Toxic Baby Wipes

GLASS BABY BOTTLES

Another item to consider when shopping for non toxic baby product is baby bottles and what they are made of. I’ve stopped using any kind of plastic in the kitchen for a few years now, except for the occasional use of resealable plastic bags. While there are many plastic containers and bottles that are BPA-free, BPA is not the only chemical that we need to avoid in plastics.

There are also BPS and BPF which are found in plastics, that pose a similar level of health risks and leech into the food when we eat out of these plastic containers. They can disrupt our hormonal health and cause reproductive issues, while causing inflammation and DNA damage.

The more I study the negative effects of plastics (BPA-free included) for our health and the environment, the less of it I want in my home. So when I was choosing baby bottles, there was no question that I wanted to go with glass.

Mason Bottle

glass baby bottles

Okay, I freaked out a little when I found out about this company, because the concept is just so brilliant. I was looking at a bunch of glass baby bottles on the market to choose from, and I was honestly a bit surprised at how expensive they are. However, I was willing to spend the dough for the best option for our baby.

That was when I came across the company, Mason Bottle. With the kit you purchase from them, you can convert current glass mason jars you have at home into baby bottles. The products are made with silicone and high quality and include:

  • silicone nipples (been hearing great reviews about the nipple design and how they don’t cause nipple confusion)
  • silicone sleeves to protect the glass jars
  • or you can order the whole DIY kit like me, which also comes with a cap to protect the nipples.

I love that these are affordable and if you don’t have any mason jars at home, you can easily purchase them for about a $1 each at a local craft store! They also have toddler tumbler options as well.

I tested them out and they are completely leak-proof. Plus, as long as you have the DIY kit, that’s all you need. No need to buy more expensive bottles.

Other Great Glass Baby Bottle Options

BEST BABY BATH SOAPS & LOTIONS

As a safer skincare advocate, there wasn’t a question that I would look at every ingredient on all the skincare products we may use on our baby. With my own history of hormonal issues that drastically improved after switching to safer products, I know the huge impact that harmful ingredients can have on our health. I do believe that working on my health and making this switch were what helped me get pregnant in the first place, when I initially knew there was a possibility I might not be able to.

There are hormone disrupting ingredients like fragrances, parabens, pthalates, formaldehyde, petroleum-based oils, and more, that shouldn’t even be in adult skin care products, yet you can find them in products for babies who are much more sensitive to these chemicals. These ingredients are known to cause reproductive toxicity, allergies, and developmental disorders.

Beautycounter’s Baby Products

Whether they are for adults or babies, Beautycounter makes some of the highest quality and safest products that are actually very effective. They have banned 1500 harmful or known-to-be harmful ingredients in all their products, when the US has only banned 30.

Their baby products are gentle and safe for babies, and many moms have had great success reducing diaper rashes and skin conditions with their products. They have:

  • Baby Gentle All-Over Wash – Tear free and gentle soap that has no scent. Moms with babies who have sensitive skin swear by this wash.
  • Baby Daily Protective Balm – I’ve actually been personally using this as a cuticle cream because it’s so hydrating and healing. If you have babies with dry skin spots or eczema, the combination of organic shea butter and jojoba oil is so soothing!
  • Baby Soothing Oil – A safe and lightweight moisturizer for baby without being greasy. Some moms also use it for their little one’s cradle cap with great success.
  • Baby Calming Diaper Rash Cream – I’ve been hearing from so many mamas that this zinc-based diaper cream is amazing for healing redness and irritation. They come back to this over and over again after trying out other products that just aren’t as effective, and it’s also EWG-verified.
  • Or you can purchase the discounted bundle (doesn’t come with the Diaper Rash Cream), or the entire collection which comes with an awesome diaper bag!
best baby soaps and lotions non toxic - beautycounter

Other Safe Baby Skin Care Products

OTHER ITEMS WE PURCHASED

Crib – This was the only new furniture we bought for the nursery and I wanted a wood one with low-VOC paint that was preferably GREENGUARD Gold Certified (meets rigorous emissions standards for chemical exposure and pollutants, such as VOCs, formaldehyde, and phthalates). The ones I found under this criteria were pretty pricey, but I actually discovered this Carter’s by DaVinci convertible crib that was budget friendly and minimalist. It didn’t emit any smell when I opened the package, I think it looks really nice!

non toxic crib with flame retardant chemicals

Snuggle Me Organic Lounger – Definitely not a necessity, but I’ve heard other mamas who have it who say that this was crucial for successful naps. I’m willing to invest in anything that’ll make my life easier postpartum. I love that these are GOTS certified organic cotton, and the fill is virgin polyester fiber fill, which means there are no additives or flame retardants.

Solly Wrap – I’ve studied a lot about babywearing and its benefits, and it was something I definitely want to do with my baby. After reading countless reviews and talking to a local babywearing specialist, the Solly seemed like the best option for a newborn because it’s lightweight, breathable, and doesn’t stretch easily.

Haakaa Manual Breast Pump – The more I learn about breastfeeding, it seems like manual pumps are way easier and more effective than electronic pumps. Of course, this is always determined by your personal preference, but I don’t think I want to be connected to cords with pumps that make loud noises. It’s also a pain to carry them around. I do have one on hand from my insurance company, but I have been hearing so many amazing things about the Haakaa breast pump, so that’s what I decided to go with. They are small, easy to clean, portable, and amazing for catching let-downs while breastfeeding so none of your milk goes to waste.

Swaddles – Swaddles are of those things in which there are so many choices on the market, and you just don’t know what your baby will gravitate toward in terms of style or if she or he will even like it. We did purchase several to have on hand. Some of my requirements were:

  • I wanted them to be cotton or muslin so they are safe and breathable.
  • The blanket styles had to be 47″x47″ – many parents told me that any smaller, they didn’t work as well.
  • They shouldn’t be bamboo material because they are too smooth and silky in texture, so the swaddle loosens easily.

We have 6 swaddles on hand and these are what we decided to go with:

non toxic baby products

Hope you found this extensive guide of non toxic baby products helpful! Of course, these are just my top choices and decisions based on my own research. It’s always so empowering to do your own research, as well as take guidance from experienced parents as well. Our choices may change when the baby is actually here and that’s perfectly okay. You just gotta find what works best for you and your family based on trial and error!

non toxic nursery
non toxic baby products nursery
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My First Trimester Recap: Symptoms, Supplements, and More!

Sharing my personal first trimester recap, along with my experience with getting pregnant, symptoms, and the supplements I’ve been taking!

First Trimester Recap

I have now officially started my 2nd trimester, and I’m honestly so happy about it. My first trimester was NOT easy for me and had me questioning if this whole pregnancy thing was even worth it.

However, I feel so much better now and I’m really excited to do a full first trimester recap after 12 weeks of being newly pregnant for the first time!

How We Got Pregnant/How We Found Out

As some of you may have seen in this Instagram pregnancy announcement, this was completely unplanned and was quite a surprise for both me and my husband, Charlie.

Why Our Birth Control Didn’t Work

If you’ve been following my health journey for a while now, I had quite a history of hormonal issues like hypothyroidism and adrenal fatigue. One of the biggest struggles I had to overcome was losing my period for over a year after going off of birth control pills. Because of this, we were practicing birth control with the NFP method (Natural Family Planning), which means I was tracking my cycle to figure out when I was fertile or not using the Flo app on my phone.

But I’ll be completely honest – I wasn’t being too careful with my tracking. Because of my past hormonal issues, I thought that my hormonal health was not fully recovered yet and that it would be difficult for me to get pregnant at all in my lifetime. This has always been on my mind. Because of this and the fact that I’ve never been a fan of babies or kids, I’ve never actually let myself WANT kids of my own.

However, I’m so thankful that my body has healed enough to grow a human being. I think a HUGE part of my recovery is not only improving my food quality, but also changing all my skin care products to those with much safer ingredients. When I started using safer products in the house and on my skin, that was when my period started regulating again. I’m not surprised because these harmful chemicals wreak havoc on our endocrine health.

Finding Out About the Pregnancy

First Trimester Recap

I found out that I was pregnant at about 7 weeks. My period was late and I’ve been pretty dang consistent for the past 8 months. I just remember thinking, “OH CRAP” and immediately went to Target to purchase a pregnancy test.

Just because I COULD NOT believe that I was actually pregnant after taking the test, I bought 2 more tests (different brands) just to make sure, and sure enough, they all said positive.

I know many women who would be overjoyed at this news, but I panicked. I never envisioned myself as a mom, nor had a strong desire to be (like I said, I never loved babies), but slowly in the past few weeks I’m getting more and more excited. It really hit home for me during our first ultrasound when we saw our baby kick and flip around. I teared up and started getting all the fuzzy feelings!

Symptoms

O man, this pregnancy has already been such a crazy ride and it’s only the beginning! I just didn’t know what to even expect from day to day because I was experiencing so many changes and symptoms. One thing I HAVEN’T experienced so far is headaches, which I hear is common. Here are some of the biggest changes I went through:

Nausea

THE WORST. From 8-11 weeks, it was nonstop morning sickness all day. Luckily, it was never bad enough that I ever threw up but it was quite debilitating. I couldn’t cook much at all or be around food which is why I paused on blogging. I honestly laid on the couch all day eating ginger chews and watching Netflix because that was all I could do.

What Helped The Most

  • Eating every 2-3 hours. It’s the last thing you want to do but it does help for sure!
  • Massages were amazing and I would feel better after because it increases circulation in the body.
  • Seabands. These bracelets are affordable and actually seemed to work! They apply pressure on accupressure points to relieve nausea naturally.
  • Naps and rest. I’m honestly so lucky to work for myself and be able to have a flexible schedule. I took as much time as I needed to rest during this time.
  • Pink Stork Pro pregnancy probiotics. These are probiotic pills that I would take in the mornings and they actually made a big difference in my nausea.
  • Unisom with vitamin B6. I really didn’t want to take any kind of drugs during my pregnancy but this combo was AMAZING when I couldn’t function from the nausea. This combo is considered safe during pregnancy and is recommended by doctors for getting through nausea. I took 1/2 Unisom tablet with B6 before bed and it would help me get a really great night’s sleep and I would wake up feeling so much better.
First Trimester Recap

BOOBS

Oh man, as someone who’s never had boobs before, I did not mind this change. They got bigger and my nipples got darker even before my nausea started and they just kept growing. However, they were really sore, tender, and sensitive to touch and that hasn’t stopped yet.

I’m sure they’ll keep growing as my pregnancy progresses, and I’m not hating it!

Fatigue

It was hard to be in tune to how tired I was because my nausea overtook all my senses. But around 11 weeks when my nausea was going away, I definitely could feel myself being way more tired, and I had to take quick 30 minute naps during the day.

SO Much Peeing

I thought frequent urination only happened towards the 2nd half of pregnancy, but that definitely wasn’t the case! I feel like I went 20 times during the day and would wake up in the middle of the night to go. It was getting annoying at one point.

Digestive Upset

I read that many women get constipated during their first trimester but I had the opposite problem (sorry if TMI). It never got serious, but I definitely went to the bathroom more and had loose stool frequently. I think the changes in my diet was affecting my digestion, along with the surge in hormones.

Nails and Skin

I’ve always had thick, strong hair that grows quickly, so I didn’t notice much difference in that, but my nails have been crazy strong! I get my nails done about every 4 weeks and they usually chip during that time, but it’s been over 4 weeks without chipping and they are still looking good. And as a food blogger who cooks all the time, I’m NOT gentle with my nails.

My skin has been another story. I think the changes in my diet also contributed to this since I was eating more carbs and sugar than before, but it became so dry and rough, with more acne. It regulated a bit now, but at one point, I had to use the Cleansing Balm as an overnight night mask every night for my skin to feel hydrated each day.

Exercise

I tried to go to yoga a few times when I was nauseous to see if it would help, but it definitely did not. It made me feel so much worse and made me nauseous all day afterwards, so I took a break from exercising for 4 weeks. The only thing active I did was walking around the neighborhood for 30 minutes-1 hour, which actually helped a bit with my nausea.

By the 11th week, I was feeling better so I started getting back into moving my body again with yoga, cycling, and weight training classes. I’m not going to lie – the first few classes were HARD. I was out of breath within the first 10 minutes and had to take a lot of breaks and drink a ton of water. This could be because I couldn’t exercise for a month beforehand, but my hormones played a MUCH bigger part.

By the 12th week, I was able to get back into full workout mode and I was feeling good. I plan to stay active throughout my entire pregnancy as long as it’s safe and possible, because I honestly feel SO MUCH better and happier after I get a good sweat going.

First Trimester Recap

Food Aversions/Cravings

I haven’t had much cravings. It was more like, what CAN I eat without getting completely grossed out? Food aversions? Heck yes. I honestly didn’t want to eat anything besides fruits but I had to eat protein because that would make me feel better.

Because I couldn’t eat like I do normally, I actually lost 5 lbs during my first trimester. I’m 5’1″ so this is a lot for so I was a bit worried about it. However, my doctor assured me that this is quite normal and I’ll gain it back later.

Biggest Aversions:

  • Beef. I seriously didn’t want to eat any kind of beef, which is crazy because it’s one of my favorite meats.
  • Eggs in all forms, which I used to eat everyday.
  • Kimchi. I had loads of it after cooking from Korean Paleo but I could not smell it without gagging.
  • Bell peppers
  • Spicy food, which was a surprise. I LOVE spicy food!

What I Survived On:

It’s so funny because none of this is what I eat normally AT ALL.

  • SO. MUCH. WATERMELON. No, it’s not watermelon season but I made Charlie get me those pre-cut, packaged ones. Not the most sustainable choice but it’s hard to think about any of that when you are feeling crappy.
  • Almond milk and gluten free cereal. It was the only thing I could stomach at one point.
  • Chicken Pad Thai from a local restaurant. I ate this for dinner ALOT.
  • Gluten free subs from a Jersey Mike’s
  • Celery with peanut butter
  • Simple Mills Almond Flour Crackers
  • Dairy free yogurt with fruits

Supplements

Because I wasn’t feeling great, I did not want to swallow many pills. However, I knew I needed certain nutrients (especially with my limited diet), so I tried to take these 3 consistently:

  • Rainbow Light Prenatal One Multivitamin – I actually started taking these months ago when I was trying to improve my hormonal health. I wasn’t trying to get pregnant, but I wanted nutrients to support my health and this fit the bill, with nutrients like vitamin A, D, B12, B6, folate, and choline. It does give me more energy and I think it helped with my fertility, even when I thought I couldn’t get pregnant! It doesn’t make me queasy, but I do take it with a meal. If you have a hard time swallowing pills. these may not be for you because they are on the larger side!
  • Enzymedica’s Digest Gold – With my digestion being off with frequent heartburns, these digestive enzymes have been extremely helpful and necessary at every meal. It’s a bit pricier than other enzymes, but it seriously works SO well. I haven’t had a heartburn ever since taking these, and I could stomach things like gluten and dairy much better if I end up consuming those things (I’m intolerant to them!).
  • Pink Stork Pro pregnancy probiotics – I mentioned these earlier, because these pills were so helpful in reducing my nausea. However, I believe that you can get higher quality and better strains of probiotics through real food sources, so I didn’t purchase more ever since finishing the bottle since my nausea was gone by then. Now that I have my appetite back, I try to eat plenty of sauerkraut, kimchi, yogurt, and kombucha throughout the day.

Bump Update

I didn’t show much at all until my 12th week. It’s common not to show at all during the first trimester for your first pregnancy, but I saw it pop up out of nowhere when I looked at the mirror one morning! I was feeling bubbly and bloated for a while before that so I thought maybe that could be it, but the more I looked at it, it just looked different.

Here are photos of me at week 12:

First Trimester Recap
First Trimester Recap

That’s all! I hope you I answered a lot of your questions in this first trimester recap. I’ll be bringing you more updates as my pregnancy progresses, since everyday I’m experiencing something new! It’s definitely an exciting time, and I can’t wait to meet our little girl or guy soon.

My due date is early September, so I’m sure I’ll be sharing plenty more on here and on Instagram through then and beyond!

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