woman in her first trimester of pregnancyOh, the first trimester. That magical time where can barely contain your excitement. The first trimester brings such happiness, and also, such miserable conditions.

We’re not here to sugar coat it. Sometimes the first trimester sucks. Sure, it’s an amazing time and an amazing experience. But besides sharing your news and dreaming of life with your baby, it brings a whole slew of symptoms and sickness.

Some moms-to-be are super-lucky and don’t get morning sickness too bad. Others find the term “morning sickness” to be wildly inaccurate because it lasts all day long for them. When you’re nauseous and vomiting all day long, it’s hard to be cheerful. Plus, you might be feeling exhausted and gross too!

Today, we’re sharing our go-to items and first trimester essentials. These 7 items will make your life a little easier and more comfortable as your body (and you) adjust to being pregnant:

1. Maternity Leggings
You need these, end of story! There will be a time when you ask yourself, “Are my pants getting tight?” Maternity leggings like this soft pair from Motherhood Maternity are the answer!

2. Maternity Pillow
Your sleep might be affected from the very beginning of your pregnancy. As your belly grows, it becomes weirdly uncomfortable too! Maternity pillows are made for propping up bellies, legs, and providing back support. Try this version by LeachCo and you’ll be sleeping much better.

3. Prenatal Vitamins
Growing a human is a lot of work! Your baby requires more nutrients than you might expect. Prenatal vitamins are an important part of giving your baby what they need (and you need) during your pregnancy. Since there are so many different types to choose from, ask your doctor for advice so that you can find the right ones for you.

4. Large Water Bottle
Staying hydrated is extra important when you’re expecting. So, we suggest carrying around a water bottle like this huge one from Camelbak with you.

5. Chewy Ginger Candies 
The ginger candies called Gin Gins are natural and delicious. Ginger is great at fighting off nausea, so pop one of these when you’re experiencing morning sickness!

6. Saltines 
Do yourself a favor and buy a box of Saltines (or another food that’s easy to digest). Then, try this smart morning sickness fix: put Saltines on your bedside table. Then, you can eat a few before you even get out of bed in the morning.

7. Antacids
For pregnancy-related heartburn or the feeling of discomfort after you eat.