6 Ways to Survive the First Trimester {And a Giveaway!}

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Now that I’m just coming out of the first trimester of pregnancy I can clearly look back and see what was essential to surviving through this time. Enduring the weeks of the first trimester is one of the most difficult things I’ve ever had to go through, but here are 6 things that definitely helped along the way.

Praying through the first trimester helps!

1. Prayer

There were several times when I was so sick and so discouraged that I asked Sean to stop and pray for me. It was very hard to stay cheerful and upbeat when I was so fatigued that I could barely move. I was given the strength to keep enduring through those prayers, and could feel the love of my husband when he prayed for me. I also knew that my church family was praying hard for me, and that was a strength to me.

2. Letting go of Expectations 

Seriously, I had to just let go of everything. The house, the meals, homeschooling, how I looked, what people thought. Most days I looked really horrible, the house looked horrible, and honestly…it’s still that way! My children have pitched in and helped a lot, our 10 year old does all the dishes, our 8 year old sweeps the floors, helps tidy up and set the table, our 6 year old has been doing a light bathroom cleaning and keeping her room clean. But with five children in a small house, it all goes back to messy very fast! When you are sick and extremely fatigued you can’t keep it up. It’s as simple as that. Making yourself feel guilty about it isn’t going to help.

It is hard for me to look run down for weeks on end. Sean bought two pairs of yoga pants for me to wear in bed. I was determined to get dressed in a skirt everyday, but after awhile I stopped caring. Being comfortable is the most important thing, and soft, stretchy yoga pants were wonderful. When I actually do go out, Maxi skirts are what I reach for the most.

3. Using a body pillow

You might think it’s strange that this made my list, but I’m so glad I have one of these. While body pillows and pregnancy are associated with the later stages of pregnancy, I’ve found that using a body pillow helps me sleep better. Sean bought me one at Costco and it is really soft and fluffy. When I was sick and fatigued, just being able to snuggle up to this pillow helped somehow.

Essential Oils that Help During the First Trimester!

4. Essential Oils

There is no miracle cure for morning sickness. At least not for me. Essential oils helped me during certain times, but I’m not going to tell you that they transformed my morning sickness. Peppermint has been a great help for headaches (actually headaches in my neck) and is safe for pregnancy.

Digize is good for morning sickness, and there were times it really helped me a lot. Just smelling it, or infusing it is great. During a few desperate moments I put a drop in my mouth, and loved the taste of it, but my midwife has asked that I not ingest essential oils during my pregnancy.

Peppermint was another oil that I smelled and it helped clear some nausea, especially when I was riding in the car.

When I would travel 45 minutes away to go get my progesterone shots at my doctor’s office, I found myself getting anxious the closer we got. I hated getting those shots! I used Peace and Calming, breathing it in deeply from the bottle and putting it on my wrists. At night it helps me sleep, I’ve put it on my neck, shoulders (especially if I’m tense there), wrist, and put a tiny dab right under my nose to just keep smelling it while I lay there. Other times I’ve put a drop in my hand and just held it close to my nose as I go to sleep.

I want to be super safe about what oils I use during pregnancy, so the Gentle Baby book has been on my nightstand for weeks. It’s a great reference book!

I started my essential oil collection with the Premium Starter set from Young Living. Since I purchased mine, they have made the starter kit even more awesome! Through the end of September, If you join with the Premium Starter Kit I’ll send you a copy of the Gentle Baby book for free! 

Young Living Starter Kit!

5. Eat Whatever Sounds Good

This is kind of a no brainer, but you need to eat whatever sounds good to you at the moment. This pregnancy has been quite different –  I’ve craved salads and baked potatoes! Not together mind you; they have to be separate. Sean has gone to Wendy’s countless times to get me baked potatoes, and one time I even had him get french fries, chicken nuggets, and a baked potato! Whew boy, talk about overload! :)

I struggle to eat any sort of protein when I’m sick, and while I know all the theories (bean diet, high protein/meat diet) that can help morning sickness, I just can’t do it. So I eat what I can. I learned it’s not good to stock up on food at Costco, because you might eat it once and love it, and then hate it the next day. So we got smaller quantities of different items at our regular grocery store.

Just plan that your food bill will go up during your pregnancy, but especially during your first trimester if you get really sick! You have to eat, and again let go of the guilt of eating something special while your children eat a PBJ sandwich. There is no way we can afford to get food out for every child whenever I need it.

6. Drink liquid – any liquid! 

I can’t do water in my first trimester. It’s horrible.  If I was able to drink a mug of water a day, I felt so proud of myself.  I tried lots of different things, and had to rotate through what I could get down. I tried Sierra Mist and that was ok until I threw it up (ouch!). I finally settled on whole chocolate milk from a local dairy. I still can’t believe I was able to get it down as it was rich, but somehow I could. I’m just now trying to get back into drinking liquids better, and have started making chilled Red Raspberry tea and putting it in my water bottle every day. It is tasting great!

Some other helpful posts are

How to Spiritually Survive Morning Sickness in Pregnancy 

How to Physically Survive Morning Sickness

The Ultimate Guide to Morning Sickness Resources 

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How I’m Saving $192, And So Can You!

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I’ll be the first to admit, I’m behind on all the inside scoop of this Healthy Living Bundle. I just realized last night that there are two e-courses in the bundle that I really want to learn from, and I gave a happy squeal when I discovered they are included at the one amazingly low price! So, I want to share how I’m going to save $192 (and really much more) through the two awesome e-courses included.

There are more e-courses included then just these two, but these are what stand out to me personally.

The first is Essential Oils and Natural Health by Jessie Hawkins (Vintage Remedies). I still can’t believe this is included, as it is a $95.00 course!

Essential Oil ecourse!

 

I’ll say upfront, I use Young Living oils. In fact, I have my own website because I signed up to receive the discounts. A lot of people don’t realize that I’m a consultant with Young Living, simply because I don’t push the products on my blog a lot. Do you want to know why?

I try to write about what I feel experienced and qualified with. I’m still a newbie with the oils. I’ve been using them for about a year now, but I haven’t taken the time to read books on end and study for hours on the safety of essential oils. I signed up with Young Living simply because I felt it was the highest quality oil that I was reading about, not because I’m a devout Young Living fan who worships everything about them. I didn’t want to stress about the quality of the oil I was using, and since Young Living grows their own products, and has their seed to seal promise, I felt safe in signing up with them.

Honestly though, it was the easiest way for me to get started. I didn’t have to research 10 different companies, I just picked the one I felt the most comfortable with. I’m sure there are other great oils out there.

With that being said, I’m really looking forward to going through this essential oil e-course. I am so excited to use essential oils throughout my pregnancy, and have already had some good experiences with some oils that helped me in my first trimester. I know I’m not alone in needing to learn more about essential oils, and this seems like the perfect way to learn! Course content is delivered in the interactive student portal through audio lectures, PDF downloads, video demonstrations, interactive quizzes, and a personal course instructor for feedback, guidance, and encouragement!

MamaBaby Birthing ecourse!

The other e-course I’m super excited about is the Mamababy Birthing e-course. Kristen Burgess put this together after having had six natural births. I haven’t been pouring over the pregnancy books this time around; I guess by the time baby #6 comes I don’t feel the need to read all the cautions and warnings. But I always love to learn new tips and techniques on having an even better birthing experience.

My births have all been awesome, natural home birth experiences. But I have a pattern of every other birth being slightly harder, with a few more challenges. If my pattern holds true, this will be the more challenging birth experience. My midwife says they aren’t super challenging at all, but because my other births have been so awesome, it’s hard when things don’t go just the way I hope. So I’m going to be super prepared this time around, and hope to learn a lot from this e-course! It is a $97 value, but included in the Healthy Living Bundle through Monday!

You get all this, plus more ($1030 value!) for only $29.97! It’s a once a year offer, and I’m happy to share it with you all!

 

Your Chance At Health – The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle

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I don’t know about you, but I’m already hearing reports of strange viruses, cautions to keep our children’s immune system as strong as possible during the winter months, and that it is going to be a difficult winter. I don’t want to be at the doctor’s office all winter long with 5 sick children! Rather, I want to know how to strengthen their bodies to fight these illnesses, and when sickness does come, how to treat them as naturally as possible through essential oils, herbs, and other natural ways.

I don’t think I’m alone in this. 

We all want to make better health and lifestyle decisions for ourselves and those we love. We want to lose some weight, have more energy, use greener products, create nutritious meals for our families, get fit, and feel confident that we’re doing all we can to prevent serious diseases.

But it’s so easy to feel overwhelmed and intimidated by the masses of healthy living advice out there – to the point where we’re frozen into complete inaction instead!

That’s where The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle comes in. For the ridiculously low price of just $29.97 (for the PDF version) or $39.97 (for the eReader version), you can get access to a carefully curated collection of eBooks and eCourses with a total combined value of $1,030.

The bundle contains a wealth of information from the very finest healthy living writers out there – but there’s no risk of getting overwhelmed! A useful Getting Started Guide is included with your purchase, which will help you identify the most valuable resources for your specific health priorities.

The Ultimate Bundles team has done all the hard work for you – finding the top experts across a number of healthy living fields and combining their products into one essential collection. If you want to take control of your health, there’s no better way to start!

The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle will only be on sale for 6 days – from 8am EST on Wednesday, September 10 until 11:59pm EST on Monday, September 15.

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You can buy with confidence because your purchase is covered by the Ultimate Bundles one-year guarantee: you have a full year to enjoy all the books and courses in the bundle, and if you don’t feel like it’s made a huge difference to your family’s health, you’ll get your money back in full!

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As if this great collection of eBooks and eCourses wasn’t enough, the Ultimate Bundles team has also partnered with 10 fantastic companies who’ve each agreed to give a special bonus to every buyer. The bonuses have a total value of over $200 – more than 5 times the price of the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle itself!

The bonuses include free goodies aplenty: a bottle of Healthy Mouth Blend from OraWellness, a baltic amber bracelet from Sweetbottoms Boutique, and a starter culture from Cultures For Health. You’ll also get gift sets from Made On Skin Care Products and Homegrown Collective.

There are virtual goodies, too – a 4-month membership to StayAtHomeYoga.com and a 3-month premium membership to meal planning service Tradishen. And as if all that weren’t enough, there are also $15 gift certificates for TheJoyfulGiraffe.com, Strawesome.com and Trilight Health. There is a nominal shipping charge for many of the bonuses, based on each company’s standard shipping rates, and is usually $3-5.

Here’s what you need to know about the sale:

When? 7 a.m. EST Wednesday, September 10 until 11:59 p.m. EST Monday, September 15

What? 73 eBooks and 7 audio & eCourses, PLUS over $200 worth of bonus products you’ll really use!

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Want to know exactly what’s included in the bundle?

Take a look through the categories, as well as the full list of eBooks and eCourses.

We think there’s something here for everyone, and don’t forget… our Getting Started Guide will show you exactly which resources cover the topics and health concerns that matter most to you!

Alternative Health & Home Remedies

Audio Courses & eCourses

Fitness

Gardening & Homesteading

Green Cleaning

Healthy Children

Meal Budgeting & Planning

Natural Beauty & Skincare

Real Food Recipes

Seasonal

Special Diets

 

Click here for more info or to buy now.

Remember, this bundle is available for 6 days only, from 7 a.m. (EST) on Wednesday, September 10th to 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Monday, September 15th.

Disclosure: I have included affiliate links in this post. Read the fine print about this bundle and read the answers to frequently asked questions about the bundle.

 

You Will Want To Share This With All Your Friends!

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I really couldn’t believe it when I got an email telling me I could share this information with you all. Remember the Ultimate Living Bundles that I’ve promoted in the past? This is my favorite bundle sale to share about, they do such amazing job of putting it together. Well…the Healthy Living Bundle is just around the corner and it’s packed full of some pretty awesome resources! The bundle is valued at over $1000 in resources, PLUS some pretty awesome freebies!

Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle

How would you like to get it for free? That’s right! It is really easy to do, and there are no strings attached!

How To Get It For Free

Anyone who refers 1 friend will receive $5 off your bundle!

If you refer 5 friends then you will receive a 12-session audio conference!

Referring 10 will get you a healthy living bundlefor absolutely free!

Here is how to do it:

1. Enter your email address here to sign up for the Refer-A-Friend-Special.

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There is no pressure for your friends to purchase the bundle, they just need to sign up for reminders about the upcoming bundle. If you can get 10 friends to sign up, you get the bundle for free! You will probably regret not doing this in a few weeks when the bundle sale goes live. :)