I have a couple of projects in the works but they’re not quite camera ready. Kind of the way I feel 99% of the time these days… As I was staring down at my now officially “popped” and ample belly, it occurred to me that I might have a few things to offer about this whole
incubation pregnancy thing. I’ll get into planning and gear as the blessed event gets closer (and our construction starts to wind down so there’s actually a space in which to insert a baby), but for today… here are my Top 10 Pregnancy Must Haves.
Granted they’re not quite as necessary past the first trimester, but these were my favorite when I was feeling nauseous. Not too sweet, slightly chewy and always settled the queasies.
I’m terrible about drinking water on a non-pregnant day, but during pregnancy it’s even more important to hydrate… i.e. not go into early labor. I love this Camelbak water bottle because it doesn’t leak, with the pop up straw, it’s easy to drink out of and it comes in pretty pretty colors. I also have a pitcher of water in the fridge with lime slices, cucumber slices, and mint… thanks to my sister for this spa-like combo.
One of the (many) charming things that happens during pregnancy is something lovingly referred to as the mask of pregnancy… a euphemism for blotchy and whack looking skin. I’m prone to sun spots anyways so my skin has less of a pregnancy glow and more of a pregnancy camo. Mario Badescu is a good natural skin care line, but there are many others.
4. Decaf K-Cups
I don’t avoid caffeine entirely when pregnant, but I certainly don’t go for 3+ cups like I might normally… we have a single serve Keurig mini and these decaf K-cups just make life easier. In the summer I’ve been brewing and pouring over ice for a cool alternative. (Get it… cool?)
5. Mama Mio
A friend gave me some of this stuff when Eleanor was born and I got to love the smell and the rich texture. I ended up using it less for stretch marks and more for the itchy stretching sensation that sets in towards the end of the third trimester. For those of you who don’t look like they’re carrying an infant elephant, perhaps you won’t have the same issue!
With one of my pregnancies, my OBGYN mentioned that sugar is one of those ingredients that goes straight to the baby so it’s best to avoid food with more than 10g of sugar per serving. With snack bars, that’s easier said than done… you’d be shocked to know how much sugar is in many of them! I picked up a box of these Nature Valley Protein bars at Costco and they only have 6g a serving. Plus… they’re delicious. Perfect if I’m out and about or don’t have time to sit down for breakfast.
7. Old Navy
Maternity ware has come a long way… but it’s still crazy expensive and not anything you want to be wearing about 6 months after delivering your blessed new member of the family. I hit up Old Navy for everything from yoga pants, to tunic sweaters, to elastic wasted shorts. The price doesn’t break the bank so I don’t mind getting non-maternity items in a larger size to accommodate the girth.
As you may have inferred, I get big. BIIIIIIIIG, big big. At about 6 months, anything too loose and I look like that part of the Nutcracker when all the little kids come running out from under the lady’s skirt. A skinny elastic belt under my belly helps with the walking cafe table effect.
Take a minute to get over your laughter from the image. Mark got this for me the Christmas I was pregnant with Eleanor and I thought it was silly. Until I got to about 6 months pregnant. And now I can’t sleep without it. It helps support the belly so you don’t get that crampy muscle feeling and it also eleviates the ache in your hips from lying on your side all the time. Yes, it will look a little weird with your matching duvet and pillows, but it’s a must have.
1o. SNUG Camisole
This is a thin but VERY stretchy cami that I wear under certain shirts that may be, ahem, too short to cover to whole belly. Not that a pregnancy crop top isn’t super cute or anything, but it’s sometimes nice to have a little extra fabric to pull over the bump. It comes in lots of different colors and is great for layering or giving your girls a tad more support.
So there you have it… A few recommendations from this little ol’ blogger; I’ve now been pregnant for 34 months of my life and it’s an amazing (but taxing!) time. Physically… emotionally… logistically (how DO you shave your bikini line?!), anything that might make these 40 weeks easier is well worth it!
What are some of YOUR favorite pregnancy products? I’ve got a couple more months to indulge!
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