My First Trimester ‘Must Have’ List of Prenatal Items

My Must Have Prenatal Items
I have been fortunate to have some pregnant friends recommend some of these items to me like the prenatal vitamins and Preggie Pop Drops. They have also come to the rescue with load of advice! Thank goodness for those Mommas that came ahead of us right!?  And some of the items I have fallen in love with after trial and error.  So here is a little insight into the prenatal products in my life that have worked wonders for me in that First Tri!
All of these items were purchased at Whole Foods! 

1. Preggo Pop Drops : My first trimester felt like I was car sick 24/7 and these pop drops pretty much save my life! They taste like candy and I brought them everywhere I went. The new and improved LIFE SAVORS for the pregnant hehe!

2. Kind Organics Prenatal VitaminsI can not say enough good things about this prenatal vitamin!  I had originally been taking a different prenatal, but when I got pregnant and was nauseous, my friend recommended switching to this one! Why you may ask? Well even though you have to take three pills instead of one, I have found that this actually helped me with morning sickness! It contains a stomach soothing blend of organic ginger and organic peppermint to help those feeling of nausea. I also noticed that instead of peeing bright yellow (which I swear means that you are not absorbing all the nutrients you should be), I peed a normal yellow! Yippy Pee and nutrient absorption!). Also, just to note, when I did my research on prenatal vitamins, this popped up all the time in the top 5 recommended best prenatal multivitamins!

3. Nordic Naturals Prenatal DHA Fish Oil: No yucky aftertaste, amazing reviews, and the fish is Nordic…I mean come on that has to mean it’s good! I was also nervous to take a fish oil that was not specifically prenatal so this makes me feel certain that it’s safe.

4. Decaf People’s Green Tea: Green tea has so many positive benefits that I really try to drink it every day. Not to mention that it is anti-inflammatory! I want to make sure to keep the caffeine down as much as possible and this has been a “go to” nighttime tea for a while now for me!

5. Choice Organic Teas Peppermint, Chamomile: I am HUGE tea drinker and find it calming, filling, and warming to the soul. These happen to be delicious and definitely helped out with those nauseous feelings.

6. Nubian Heritage Mango Butter: This stuff smells soooo delightful, it puts me in a good mood every time I put it on! I have super dry skin so this is my all over body moisturizer. It does take a little bit to set in, so I put it on after a shower and wear my robe for a few minutes to let it sink in so it doesn’t get all over my clothes. This has also been a huge lifesaver when it comes to that itchiness you get from your growing belly & boobs hehe. Now it can be a pain to squeeze this lotion out of the bottle. A lot of times I have to keep it upside down, and take the top off to squeeze it out. I wish it was in a different kind of bottle but it’s just so good that it’s worth it!

7. Shea Yeleen Unscented Body Butter: I wanted something with shea butter in it that was simple with not a crazy amount of other ingredients. This has been so healing in the winter months and especially helps out with that growing belly & boob itching you may be experiencing! It takes a little time to dry like the mango butter above, but i’ll either put it on after a shower and let it dry while I’m in a robe, or i’ll just put a small amount on where need be.

Well, hope this helps you other fellow First Trimester Goers! Best wishes xoxoxo

30 Minute Run Mix: run like a rock star

30 minute Run Mix: I'll Run For Chocolate Sometimes I just want to head out and let the music tell me how long I’ve been running for, so, I made my 30 minute playlist to make sure that I was in fact, running for 30 minutes.  It’s always great when you are running as though you’re a rock star and no one else seems to know but you.  Also, the Boston Marathon is coming up in almost two months and people  keep asking for some more song suggestions to listen to while they train. Well trust me, these songs will put that pep right back into your step!

Okay so I lied, this playlist is actually 32 minutes to be exact, but, the last two minutes can be used as a cool down if so desired.

1. (Everything is) Debatable by Hellogoodbye 3:56
2. Blue Jeans (RAC Mix)  by Lana Del Rey, RAC 3.38
3. If You Didn’t See Me [Then You Weren’t On The Dancefloor] by Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr 4:07
4. Silhouettes by Avicii 3.32
5. All Eyes On You by St. Lucia 4:28
6. 1901 by Phoenix 3:13
7. Help I’m Alive by Metric 4:46
8. Dancing On My Own by Robyn 4:46

Wanna actually hear the music for free on your own playlist? Download Spotify for free and search for the songs, then you can create your own playlist to have and hold forever. Or, you can also find me on Spotify (under Dani Sieber) and follow this playlist:)


Snow Day Living Room Workout

The temperature outside is in the mid 20s and oh so snowy! Of course I did not want to leave the house, but I did want to get in some cardio and tone up the bod! How to conduct a Snow Day Living Room Workout one might ask? Well, I pretended my stairs were the stair master machine at the gym, did some Plie Jacks, and put on a Tone it Up workout video!

My best friend introduced me to, Tone it Up, and I became obsessed right away! It was started by two inspirational gals named Katrina and Karena, who promote living a healthy and fit lifestyle. They have fitness plans, workout videos, nutrition plans, recipes and much more! They even have their own show right now on Bravo right now! I love how they incorporate multiple movements and muscle groups into one exercise, helping you tone up your body in no time! Learn more about them here.

Materials Needed:
* Stairs (if you don’t have stairs, use a jump rope, or be ready for some jumping jacks!)
* 5 and 8 pound weights (You could probably just use 5 or 8 pounds if you don’t have both)
* Computer or iPhone for video or print out the Print out the PDF file at the bottom of the page.

My routine….

1. Run up and down the stairs 10 times (counting going all the way down and all the way up as one set. I have 16 steps counting the top step). If you don’t have stairs, no need to worry, grab a jump rope or just yourself for some jumping jacks!!! Try to jump rope or do jumping jacks for 3-5 min.

2. Do 30 Plie Jumping Jacks:
*Have your feet in a wide stance
*Lower your body and make sure your knees are directly over your ankles
*Jump up like you are doing a jumping jack and come down into the starting positionPlie-Jacks

3. Grab some  5 and 8 pound weights.

4. Put on, Love Your Arms and Abs Tone it Up workout video from YouTube and tone that bod!

Printable Tone it Up directions: Love+Your+Body+Week+2+Abs+Arms+Printable

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