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.


  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!

  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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