November 28, 2017

my philosophy

Stuff I Swear By | Pregnancy Necessities

Pregnancy is full of beautiful moments, sore body parts, and lots of peeing. I’ve rounded up a few things that I loved during my pregnancy in hopes that a few of them will be helpful or bring some joy to you!

1. Snoogle Pillow

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I held out for a long time before investing in the beloved pregnancy pillow because I thought I could just line my body with pillows we already had. Negative. They would always end up falling off the bed or my husband would steal them from me to cuddle since I didn’t always want to be touched (sorry babe). Once this bad boy landed on my doorstep, it was like I was a baby again and NEEDED my blankie to fall asleep every night. Snuggling up to this pillow, being able to have that back or belly support, and having something to raise up one of my legs a bit to relieve lower back pain was a lifesaver. Additionally, it acts as a barrier between you and your husband if your personal space has increased since getting knocked up. This is definitely worth the investment, mamas.

2. Keepsake Pregnancy Journal

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Here’s something you may not know about me: my memory is crap. One night I was up feeding Olivia, and for some reason thought of my first grade teacher. I can see her face pretty clearly, and I know she was such a sweet lady, but I cannot for the life of me remember her name.  So if you’re like me, you may need some extra help to be able to look back on these 9 months with crisp clarity. This sweet journal is full of monthly prompts to help you recall the thoughts, preparations, and all those little details leading up to the birth of your baby. Just make sure you get it ASAP when you find out you’re pregnant or else you might be scrambling like I was to remember the first 2 months…

3. Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter

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One of my favorite things to do when I was pregnant was rubbing my belly. When I remembered, I would butter myself up with the first mama gift my hubs got me, and it felt so good. With vitamin E, Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter can give you a hand in keeping away those pesky stretch marks, and leaves your skin super soft. This is a wonderful gift to bring to a baby shower!

4. Vitamin B6 + Unisom

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This combo helps with morning sickness, which I had for the first 4 months of my pregnancy… Ugh. There is a prescription drug called Diclegis  that I took which has the same effect as B6 and Unisom. Pro-Tip: If your doctor prescribes Diclegis, don’t forget to ask if they have coupons. It’s insanely expensive for what it is, but they usually get coupons or samples (even better!). When my OB ran out of samples, she wrote me a prescription and gave me a coupon, but the pharmacist helped me the most – she gave me a lower pill count and it took the price from $400 to $30… Insane, right?! It never hurts to ask if there are cheaper options in these cases, because then you can spend all that extra cash on baby clothes.

Note: This makes some people drowsy (Unisom is a sleep-aid). Discuss any medications or vitamins you are planning to take with your doctor before you take them.

5. Maternity Leggings

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Is anyone else glad that the days of debating whether or not leggings are acceptable to wear as pants are over? PRAISE. I lived in these guys during my last couple months of pregnancy, and even the first few months postpartum when I was still hanging onto that baby weight. I tried to be thrifty and keep wearing my regular waisted leggings, but after feeling that rush of a cold breeze on the bottom of my belly, I decided to go maternity. It’s so worth it to have your belly fully covered and know that your pants won’t betray you and slide discreetly on down.

6. Winter Coat

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Investing in maternity clothes is rough, especially when you’re pregnant during the winter months. What’s great about this is you can wear it during and after pregnancy! There’s a zippered insert which allows for belly growth, then after baby is born you can flip the insert upside-down letting you wear baby underneath your jacket. The insert can also be taken out completely and the jacket worn all by yourself, if you’re ever able to break free from your children long enough to put it on.

7. Bra Extenders

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I’ll admit, I was a fool and went crazy with buying new bras when I was pregnant. Though my boobs grew overnight almost 2 cup sizes (which does technically warrant larger bras), my ribs expanded also which is expected during pregnancy. Naturally I bought larger bras, and while the cups fit now, they’re too big around my ribs. Grab some of these bra extenders to literally extend the life of your bras during this weird boob season.

8. Hyrdo Flask

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Alright mama, I know you already have to pee 25 times an hour, but you gotta drink up. Pregnant women need 12-13 eight ounce glasses of water per day to stay healthy. Water does so much during pregnancy (and beyond) – it delivers nutrients to your growing baby, it can help with constipation, swelling, headaches, hemorrhoids, and tons more. Do yourself a favor and grab a water bottle that you’ll enjoy sipping out of for the next year or so. I love my Hydro Flask – it keeps your hot stuff hot, cold stuff cold, and I like the sleek look of them. There are even a few different lid options if you’re more of a straw sipping person or a wide mouth gulper.

9. Earth Mama Angel Baby Heartburn Tea

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Ah, that glorious feeling of fire in your throat, burning in your chest. You guys, heartburn had never reared its ugly head until I was pregnant. I didn’t think it was real, I just thought all you people with acid reflux were a bunch of babies. Obviously this angered Mr. Burn and he sent his armies full-force to wreak havoc all over my insides. Though it may seem a little cruel to tell you to drink hot tea when your body already feels like it’s on fire, this stuff can actually help. It’s made with organic marshmallow root and comforting lemon balm, chamomile, spearmint, and astringent red raspberry leaf to ease the discomfort that hopefully means your baby has a lot of hair.

10. Belly Band

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Another thing I tried my hardest not to have to buy were maternity jeans. I may be one of the few people who really loves wearing jeans, but pregnancy + skinny jeans don’t always work out. Before I went all in and ended up purchasing a few pairs of maternity jeans, I grabbed a belly band to extend the life of my favorite pre-pregnancy jeans. This plus a hair tie to keep your pants semi-together is a great option when you can’t or don’t want to fork over the $$$ for new pants.

 

Now go put your feet up and eat some ice cream.

C

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