Pregnancy Must Haves

Being 33 1/2 weeks along now, I have a pretty good idea of what I’d recommend to future mamas-to-be should they ask for my input.  This is also the kind of post that I read, enjoyed, and referenced when other bloggers have shared.  Reading what has been either helpful or unhelpful for others has certainly helped guide me as I’ve taken on the past 8 months.  Take what I say in stride, though.  What I’ve needed over the past 33 weeks may differ from what your body needs or benefits from!

pregnancy must haves - mwn

Vitamins – Gummies or Tablets
I used both.  I started with the tablets because most gummy vitamins taste disgusting to me.  However, when I hit weeks 8-14ish I couldn’t swallow the horse pill.  So, I switched to the gummy version.  Once my gag reflex subsided, I switched back to the tablets.  I’ll be honest and say I haven’t been super diligent in taking my prenatal, but I try super hard!  I’ve used Trader Joe’s Prenatal Once Daily and vitafusion PreNatal.

Pregnancy Pillow
I purchased the Luna Lullaby Bosom Baby Nursing Pillow per recommendation that I received.  I love it because it isn’t too unruly and it fits just fine in our queen sized bed without Craig feeling like I’m intruding on his space.  It’s been a lifesaver – it’s just long enough to rest between my knees and allow me to hug it.  It’s the only reason I’ve continued to sleep how I have.  I have good nights and bad, but I can’t imagine trying to get buy with just a regular pillow.  If you don’t get this pregnancy pillow, get something!

Water Bottle
It’s so important to stay hydrated.  And it’s so hard to stay hydrated.  You’re already peeing all.the.time.  I drink more liquids when I can drink from a straw, so these Contigo Shake and Go Tumblers have been perfect.

Lotions
I know that we are told stretch marks are genetic.  I have them on my legs from growth spurts I went through in my early teenage years, but I have to have any show up during pregnancy. #hallelujah I’ve always been religious about lotion-ing up every single day after I shower – it’s a habit I picked up from my mama.  I think having a moisturizing regiment has helped tremendously.  I’ve added a few moisturizers to my arsenal since becoming pregnant – I use 3 every single day.  It seems as though they’ve been doing their job quite well!  I regularly use Vaseline Intensive Care Aloe Soothe Lotion (for the summer) or Vaseline Intensive Care Cocoa Radiant Lotion (for the winter) and since becoming pregnant I’ve added Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Massage Cream for Stretch Marks and Arbonne SeaSource Detox Spa Renewing Body Gelée.  The Palmer’s goes all over my tummy and I rub gelée where I get round ligament pain, as well as the base of my spine, where I occasionally get sciatic nerve pain.

Prenatal Massages
I treated myself to just two of these.  Well, actually, Craig treated me to one and I promptly scheduled myself a second.  They’re expensive, but if you can swing a couple of ’em, do it.  I left after those hours feeling so good.  It made me realize just how tired and run down pregnancy has made me.  Don’t give me wrong, I feel pretty good day-to-day, but those massages rejuvenated me like you wouldn’t believe.

Trail Mix
I’ve kept a bag of this in my purse for weeks now.  It’s been so helpful on days that I’m running errands or feeling hungrier than usual at work.  A handful or two of this peps me right back up.

Good Shoes
I learned this the hard way.  I have a job that keeps me on my feet for a good portion of the day.  When I hit 30 weeks, my feet and ankles got angry.  Someone had recommended Dansko to me, but after a trip to the Walking Company, I left with a pair of horrendously ugly, ridiculously expensive, but amazing ABEO shoes.  I don’t buy expensive shoes.  I’d rather have a bajillion (cheap) pairs to choose from (hellooooo, girlfriend has to have her shoes match her outfit perfectly).  I died a little on the inside paying for the ABEO‘s, but they’ve honestly made a huge different in my comfort.  The swelling hasn’t changed, but my comfort level has, for sure.

Maternity Clothes
Broad topic.  I know.  And most pregnant women obviously buy them.  My biggest recommendations in this category would be maxi dresses, maternity yoga pants, and a “cute” pair of maternity jeans.  The dresses I’ve bought, I can easily wear post baby.  I live in yoga pants while at home, so investing in a couple pairs to fit my belly was totally worth it.  And the jeans – I bought a pair early on and they were total “mom jeans.”  I hated wearing them.  I felt frumpy and unattractive.  Frumpy and unattractive isn’t how I wanted to feel considering at the time I did not look pregnant – rather, I just looked like I gained a ton of weight! Then, I found a pair at Destination Maternity for only $30 more than the mom jeans – and they look like designer jeans!  Seriously.  Now that I’m clearly pregnant, I’ve had people ask me if they are maternity or if I’m just wearing a pair with a belly band.  I wear them so much more than I thought I would.  Would buy them again in a heartbeat.

Patient Spouse/Partner
Might sound like I’m just trying to be funny.  But, truthfully, there is no doubt in my mind that my pregnancy would not be as enjoyable as it’s been without the patience and understanding of my husband.  I’ve definitely had my moments – tears (happy and sad), raging hormones, you name it – and he’s taken it all in stride.  He’s stepped up when he’s needed to and given me space when I’ve asked for it.  So, whether it’s your husband, partner, mother, friend, whomever – find a support system.  Pregnancy shouldn’t be a solo venture – I can’t imagine going it alone.

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