27 weeks pregnant, November 2020
When I was pregnant, my two top priorities were staying healthy and trying to stay comfortable. Of course, nothing is more important than a healthy mama-to-be carrying a healthy baby. But comfort comes in a close second to me. Being pregnant is such a life changing experience and it can be quite difficult while going through all of the changes in our body – both mentally and physically. One benefit of being pregnant in the midst of Covid is that I was working from home and rarely – if ever – went into the office, out to dinner, out of town, etc. It was easy to be comfortable since I primarily lived in lounge clothes, but there was a lot of trial and error as I went along the pregnancy journey. My body and symptoms were ever changing so it was important for me to be adaptable and give myself a little grace as I worked with my growing belly and new body.
Now, it should go without saying that every pregnancy is different; however, there were a handful of items that I could not have lived without and those that I will certainly turn to next time and recommend to my fellow mamas to be out there. It will be interesting to see if these hold true for my second (and maybe third) pregnancy but they will be the items I turn to first as I found them to be tried and true.
My Top Pregnancy Items
+ Halogen Seamless Bras: These are wireless, soft and comfortable. I sized up and lived in these around the clock.
+ The Spoiled Mama Tummy Butter: The skin stretches so much during pregnancy and I wanted to do everything in my power to prevent stretchmarks so I purchased the trio gift set the moment I found out I was pregnant. This totally worked for me and it felt (and smelled) so good! I went through 3 bottles throughout my entire pregnancy.
+ Lululemon align leggings: I wore these pre-pregnancy but I practically lived in them during pregnancy. Yes they’re pricey but they live up to the hype and hold up well over years of washing & drying. I wore the same size pre-pregnancy, pregnancy and post-pregnancy but probably could have sized up if I made it to month 9!
+ Metamucil: File this under the non-sexy stuff nobody tells you about but that you will experience as soon as you are pregnant. I took a spoonful of this every morning (mixed with water) and it helped with constipation and bloating.
+ Preggie Pop Drops: My fellow pregnant neighbor gave me these when I was sick 24/7 with nausea and vomiting and WOW they were the biggest lifesaver! Nothing cured my nausea except for these (lemon was my favorite) and I would recommend anyone with nausea to give them a shot.
+ Ice Roller: I was in a solid routine of using this on my face every morning anyway, but it helped a lot with swelling during pregnancy, especially the third trimester. I like to wash my face, put on my moisturizer and then use the ice roller for at least 15 minutes (or until it’s no longer cold) each morning – feels like a mini facial!
+ Foam Roller: Even though I convinced my husband to rub my feet almost every night, I used the foam roller every day. My legs (especially my calves) were super tight and very achy toward the end of my pregnancy. Foam rolling helped me stay loose and mobile. I think it also made labor and my recovery much easier.
+Prenatal yoga: I was craving yoga hard during my pregnancy and since we were in the peak of covid, I was unable to attend any in-person classes the entire time. Luckily I found Sarah Beth’s yoga videos online and I did this exact one every single morning as soon as I woke up. It wasn’t challenging per say but it helped me stay limber and aligned. Keeping my fingers crossed that I can attend in-person classes next time around because yoga during pregnancy is the best.
+ Water: There doesn’t seem to be a limit to the amount of water you can – and should – drink while pregnant. The water retention and bloating is next level. Not to mention that pregnancy slows your digestive track and messes with your hormones so much that your hair and skin is unpredictable. An abundance of water helps to cure all of this. It was my number one consumed item and I swear this is how I avoided any sort of swelling.
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