Pregnancy Update: 16 Weeks + First Trimester Survival Kit

One thing I wish I would have done more of when I was pregnant with Jona is document my pregnancy on the blog, so I’m going to try to do a better job this time around. Today I’m sharing my first pregnancy update, plus a little survival kit of all the things I couldn’t live without during my first trimester.

{my pregnancy at 16 weeks}





Feeling? Great overall. I have a lot more energy now than I did in my first trimester, although I still hit a wall at about 8:00pm and can’t do anything that requires much brain power. Also, hungry. I feel like I eat constantly.

Size of baby? Avocado or dill pickle, depending on what website you visit. 

Weight gain? So far I’ve gained 5 pounds total. With as much as I’ve eaten lately I was a little surprised it wasn’t more.

Cravings? My cravings have been all over the place. A few weeks ago all I could think about was Pad Thai, but not too long after that all I wanted was a big, juicy cheeseburger (you may have seen the one I got on Instagram). Iced coffee always sounds good, and so does ice cream. Right this moment, I would love to sip on a giant glass of lemonade.

Aversions? With Jona this list was miles long, but this time around the only thing that I don’t want that I usually do is hot coffee. I gave up my usual morning cup or two because it just doesn’t sound good right now. However, that usually means I run out and get an iced coffee sometime during the day, which my wallet isn’t happy about.

Wearing? I’m still wearing mostly regular clothes, although I’ve had to use a hair tie to extend the waistband of my pants and jeans. I’m thankful for elastic waists, loose-fitting dresses, and swingy tops right now.


{my first trimester survival kit}


These are a few things I couldn’t live without during the first trimester of this pregnancy.



{Ginger ale and other fizzy drinks} These were nice and refreshing and soothing on the tummy.

{Lemon drops} I didn’t have a lot of morning sickness this time around, but when I did start to feel little nauseous these really helped.

{COLD water} It has to be cold. This is a must.

{Tums} I suffered with heartburn quite often in the first trimester, a problem I didn’t have too often in my first pregnancy, so I was eating Tums like candy.

{Peppermint oil} I’ve been getting a lot of headaches since the beginning of this pregnancy, and when my sister in law sent me some essential oils to try I was thankful for the peppermint oil. Adding some to my temples and neck has really helped ease the headache pain.

{Peanuts} I noticed that if I went too long between meals I would start to feel a little dizzy or queasy, so I often had a handful of peanuts (usually honey roasted—I know, not the healthiest!) to get me by.

{Iced  coffee} Like I said before, hot coffee doesn’t sound good, but the iced version has been wonderful.

2 comments:

  1. I'm about 4 weeks behind you, and so I'm going to love these posts. My biggest aversion so far has been peanut butter. My worst day of morning sickness was following a coconut peanut pad thai meal that was so delicious at the time. And I love peanut butter so it's been rough. Mostly because I'll still eat it. I've been craving coffee like crazy (which is weird since I don't usually drink coffee) and fizzy drinks make me sick! I love how weird and random pregnancy is that one person's survival kit can be so different than someone else's!

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  2. These are going to be so fun to read! Happy to hear you've been feeling pretty good! I had an aversion to coffee when I was pregnant too. Those Starbucks refresher drinks were my go to for a bit!

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