I don't claim to be a pregnancy expert. In fact, I think I suck at this whole experience for the most part. I'm not that crazy about the exhaustion, back pain, super smelling power, thyroid issues, and weight gain. I am pretty into feeling the baby kick, seeing her on ultrasounds, thinking about what it's gonna be like when she's finally here, and imagining Damir as a dad. Throughout the course of this pregnancy I feel like I've learned a lot and while I am just starting to near the end of my second trimester and I have a long way to go, I wanted to share some of my pregnancy must haves so far, just in case they might help someone along the way.
1.) La Croix - any and all flavors (except coconut, currently). This stuff is a lifesaver. I definitely feel like I haven't been drinking enough water over the course of this pregnancy for whatever reason, but I will always reach for one of these. Favorite flavors include apricot, passion fruit, and mango. I literally cannot have enough!
2.) Leachco Back N Belly pillow - when I first moved back to the states I was having such bad back pain that I could barely move or sleep. I wrote in my journal about how I was awake at 5am in so much pain, I wasn't sure how I was going to last the entire pregnancy. Enter this baby and I haven't had an issue since. Seriously, it must be magic, or just really well designed. This pillow is a life saver and has been worth every penny and then some.
3.) Motherlove Pregnant Belly Salve - I've written about this stuff before, but I'm still using my first jar daily. I love the smell and it's clear that it's loaded with stuff that's good for me. No stretch marks yet, but I'm not very big so we'll see what happens.
4.) Smarty Pants Prenatal Gummies - Ok so in a past post I wrote about a really great prenatal vitamin from Thorne Research. And while I still believe that is the best option available, it became very clear that I could no longer stomach those pills. One pill had me vomiting almost immediately. So I switched it up to these gummies, which I've been taking religiously ever since. I'm still not tired of the flavor, but since there isn't any iron in these, I try to make sure to get enough from my diet. The ingredients are eco-friendly, non-GMO, and they use the form of the nutrient that is easily absorbed by the body for maximum benefit. They also make a matching grant to a child in need for every bottle sold. Now there is a good reason to make sure I take my prenatals daily right?
5.) Journal - A bunch of years ago, my mother gave me a book filled with letters to me while she was pregnant and while I was a baby. It's one of my most treasured possessions in this world and I always promised myself to do the same for my kids. I want them to know me for who I am - my thoughts, worries, hopes, dreams, all of it. So I bought a pretty seafoam green moleskine journal and have been writing to my baby girl since about 13 weeks. I write to her about all the things we do together, I write lessons that I want her to think about, and just general thoughts I have about becoming a mother. It's really helped me to bond with her and I love getting the chance to sign "xoxo, Mama" after each note.
6.) Bella Band - Perhaps not as romantic as a journal filled with letters to my unborn child, but this thing was a lifesaver for most of my second trimester. My hips widened very early. Almost as soon as I found out I was pregnant I got a lot of hip pain and soreness and even though I was losing weight, my pants already weren't fitting. Wearing this band over opened jeans lasted me through a good deal of my second trimester, and now I use it to help keep my pants up.
What have your pregnancy lifesavers been? Please (PLEASE) share!