So I am almost 8 months into the pregnancy and I have now developed a few “favorites” that have made this entire process easier. I thought I’d share them with you!
1. Over the belly maternity jeans
Yes, The majority of my pregnancy was during the summer (at least the fully pregnant part) and I still live in these things. The band, or “under the belly”types serve their purpose, but get SUPER uncomfortable as you get bigger. Invest in one good pair of jeans in a basic wash that is hemmed for when you’re wearing flats. That way they work the ENTIRE pregnancy. (Also, pant rock when you are too tired to shave your legs. I’m just saying. Those days happen.) I like a bootcut or a skinny fit. Although bootcut trend to be a bit more “timeless” and thus you could probably wear them with other pregnancies. Side note: those belly band things sort of work, but were more annoying than they were helpful. I need my pants to stay UP. Buy some of these jeans. Just trust me.
2. The BLANQUI support tank
This is AMAZING. I cannot say enough about this tank. I LIVE in these things. Before I got one, my back hurt all the time and I was miserable. This bad boy provides comfortable support and my back pain is SO much better. It holds the belly up and provides compression where you need it. I got the super duper supportive tank, because if I’m wearing it to help with pain, I want it to ACTUALLY HELP. I will hop out of the shower, forget to put it on and 30 min later, I’m wondering why my back hurts. I put it on, and in a few minutes it feels better. Glorious. It’s pricey, but I think it’s totally worth it. Also, it works after pregnancy to help suck in all of the extra post-baby body. (Note: I sleep in this thing too. I LOVE IT.)
3. Preggie Pop Drops
I was sick from 6 weeks until 7 months almost daily. The drugs that the doctor gives you help, but I didn’t want to take those every day. These helped me not get sick at inconvenient times. :) Granted, if it was SUPER bad, I would just take the pill, but these were in my purse, my car, next to my bed, etc. They helped take the edge off if I could feel nausea kicking in.
4. Johnson’s Bedtime Bath
I have been taking bubble baths every single night. I have noticed a HUGE difference in back pain, swelling, etc, once I started taking daily baths. If the baby is making me uncomfortable, I just hop in the tub. I needed a bubble bath that was gentle enough to use daily that wouldn’t dry my skin out. This works perfectly and smells fantastic! The water helps take the weight of the baby off of my back and other organs. :) For some reason I can’t just sit in water, so the bubbles and smell help me relax and just lay there and let the baby float.
5. Burts Bee’s Mama Bee Oil
First, let me say I’m not super terrified of the idea of stretch marks. I have also heard that whether you get them or not is genetic and not specifically what you do while you’re pregnant. So, I can’t really attest to the ability of this oil to avoid getting any stretch marks. I can, however, rave about this stuff due to the comfort it provided me. Every third day or so from the 4th month on, I would feel like I was about to burst. The little guy would have a growth spurt and I could FEEL my skin stretching and it was suuuuuuuper uncomfortable. I got in the habit on putting this stuff on right after my nightly bath and it helped immensely. I don’t think I have any stretch marks, but I haven’t sat down and really looked. Logic would assume that skin with moisture (lotion or oil) would stretch more, so I assume this oil would help more than not. Additionally, I HATE the smell of cocoa butter, and this oil smells lovely.
6. Snoogle Body Pillow
This is the best invention for pregnant ladies ever. I LOVE this thing. It is the perfect size and honestly, the curves on it are absolutely perfect for what I need. The small hook goes under my head and the larger one fits between my knees. Or I can flip over and just drape a leg over the whole thing. It does WONDERS for back/hip pain. I tried to just arrange a ton of pillows, but they weren’t firm enough, or they moved, or I got cranky trying to adjust them in the middle of the night after I got up to go to the bathroom. This is amazing. Get one.
I’m sure there are other things that I’m forgetting, but these are the day-to-day must haves in my life. Are there any things that you couldn’t life without during your pregnancy? Let me know in the comments!