As I neared the end of my pregnancy I started thinking about the beginning. Looking back, it seems like it went by fast but it feels like the closer I got to meeting our little one, the farther away it seemed!
It was a process for sure. I guess that’s what pregnancy is, the process of making a little human! However, it’s not all fun and games.
It can get uncomfortable and you’re often an emotional mess.
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For example, the one day when I was pregnant my husband came home with a coffee he got before work, like he had had this coffee all day. But I saw the Tim’s cup and I immediately wanted a white hot chocolate.
Because he didn’t bring me one, even though he stopped BEFORE work not even on his way home, I started crying! I got so upset! Over the stupidest thing! Things like that happen and they scare my husband, it’s great.
Another time we were watching tv and there was a commercial on about puppies going to doggy daycare… man did I bawl at that.
I think he started being a little more sensitive because he got a little scared of me…
In all seriousness, pregnancy is no easy feat, and there are definitely some things that have helped me manage the discomforts that pregnancy brings. These are some of my pregnancy must haves!
BODY PILLOW/PREGNANCY PILLOW
I’m sure you’ve heard this one before. A lot of women use pregnancy pillows like this one and swear by them and I would definitely say they probably are so helpful! They are super supportive for your belly and your back, and a lot of them have two sides so you don’t have to switch the pillow over if you switch sides.
I don’t like being surrounded like that when I’m sleeping, so I used a body pillow which gave my belly great support! It was super helpful for my legs too, as putting a leg on it relieved some back pressure and leg pain.
Either of these would be an awesome investment for the little bit of extra sleep! Cause let me tell you, by the third trimester, if sleep hasn’t already been a struggle, it just gets harder.
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When I got one of these I didn’t think I’d sit on anything ever again.
These are just exercise balls. It’s very helpful for back pain because it forces you to sit upright, with good posture. It’s great for putting baby in the right position for birth because it lets you loosen up your hips.
It relieves some pressure too that baby is most likely putting on you as he/she gets lower! And you can use it during labor for pain relief in lots of different ways.
Plus, it’s just fun to bounce on.
I looove leggings and I had to get maternity ones pretty early on. My belly started growing at 11-12 weeks and my regular leggings were getting uncomfortable. I bought a few pairs and they’re all I wore my whole pregnancy.
You can also get other maternity pants as well as a belly band that allows you to wear your own pants without doing them up. It’s stretchy and covers that part where you do them up so it keeps them up.
Investing in maternity clothing seems like a waste because you’ll only be wearing them for 6 months or less by the time you actually buy them, but for your comfort they are a worthwhile investment. You can get some used as well, at consignment stores or on Facebook buy and sell groups in your area, which is a big money saver!
You’re going to eventually want nursing bras, at least bigger, comfier bras. By the second trimester I couldn’t wear my regular bras, they were way too tight and uncomfortable.
I knew I wanted to breastfeed baby when he was born so I bought some comfy nursing bras to wear for the rest of pregnancy and after. They have great support and can be used pre- and post-baby!
CUTE WATER BOTTLE
GIRL the amount of water you’re going to want to drink… I was always thirsty and drinking crazy amounts of water. I still am now that I’m nursing.
It helps with fatigue, leg cramps, it decreases the risk of preterm labor, and helps keep down swelling and stretch marks. Plus, it helps build up your amniotic fluid and keeps baby happy.
A cute water bottle with an infuser is super helpful to remind you to keep drinking, and is a tasty way to get your water intake! I just bring that with me everywhere and have no problem staying hydrated.
My skin was incredibly dry and sensitive throughout my pregnancy, issues I’ve never had before. Having a winter pregnancy doesn’t help either. So, I was always slathering on lotion.
My friend bought me two natural lotion bars like these ones, and they were incredible for my belly. I love how they’re natural too.
Your belly will most likely get really itchy because of how much the skin is stretching. Keeping your belly moisturized can help with stretch marks too, but sometimes they just happen anyway, as they are genetic. Embrace those mama stripes!
These are the things that were absolutely necessary for me during this pregnancy. Anything that helps keep away discomforts is a great investment!
Lots of these things you can get super cheap or used too, there’s not always a need to get expensive items that are marketed towards pregnancy.
I encourage you to share this with all your pregnant friends! Help make their pregnancy a little easier too!