Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Pregnancy Must-Haves

Now that my pregnancy is said and done and just a speck in time, there are definitely some stand-out items that helped make those prego months more comfortable and enjoyable.  I kept an ongoing list so I have a quick reference for my next time around, and maybe you can find some comfort in these as well.  Please share with me any item or product that really helped you during your pregnancy.  I'll add them to my list as possibilities for my next go-'round.

Water bottle - I constantly drank water.  Constantly.  It helped with swelling and getting light-headed.  It's so important to stay really hydrated while pregnant, so I just had my water bottle with me at all times and that also helped me keep track of how much water I drank each day. 

Breathe Right nasal strips - During my 3rd trimester I had nasal congestion issues, which is common during pregnancy.  This would wake me up at night because I had trouble breathing, and the nasal strips are amazingly helpful.
Breathe Right Nasal Strips Clear Large

Xylitol nose spray - In my 3rd trimester, I also had issues with a really dry nose. Not too many nose bleeds, which are common in pregnancy, but very dry. Leary of putting any unnecessary "drugs" into my body, this nose spray was recommended as a natural alternative and it worked great. Also, when it inevitably drips down the back of your throat, it has a sweet taste rather than the usual nasty nose spray taste. It can be found at Super Supplements, and can be ordered online.

Prenatal yoga - This helped keep muscle aches and tension and bay, as well as help keep my flexibility up.  We focused on certain yoga poses that help with labor and delivery.

Leggings - I could only wear my regular jeans with the rubber band trick for so long, and I pretty much loathed maternity jeans.  I was pregnant through the winter, so the leggings worked perfectly with boot weather.

Face wipes - I was tired.  Really, really tired most of the time. So these came in handy most nights when I didn't even feel like washing my face before bed.  I went to bed with makeup on once while I was pregnant and my face broke out two days later.  The wipes are nice because they even removed my eye makeup and I could practically use them in my sleep.  I think I liked the Olay wipes.

Change-of-Life jar - This needs to be started well before getting pregnant.  We use a large "water cooler" jug to deposit all of our loose change and even the occasional bill.  During my 3rd trimester, I rolled a lot of coins over the course of a week and we had enough to cover my airfare for our Babymoon to Oahu.  Matt had to go for work, so his portion was covered by his company, but I got to tag along using the money we had saved in our jar.  You could use your change for whatever you have enough for, of course, but the goal is to do "one last thing" before life changes.  We don't know when we'll get to Hawaii again, now that we have a baby, so we wanted to make that happen.

Tums - The heartburn wasn't too bad for me, but these were definitely nice to have on hand for when the fire started.

Mamma Bee lotion - I bought other "popular" lotions and oils but could not stomach the smell of any of them, and still can't.  I actually still have a bottle of Bio-oil shoved into the back of my bathroom cupboard because I can't even look at the bottle.  I don't even want to talk about it any more.  This lotion is fragrance-free and nice and thick, so I could slather up my belly like a Thanksgiving turkey every night and not feel nauseous doing so.

Vega - You can expect to be hungry pretty much all of the time.  I was, anyway.  Vega is an all-natural, plant-based protein supplement that I drank nearly every morning to help hold me over until lunch.  It also has "no sugar added" so it's great if you have Gestational Diabetes like I did, because most other protein/meal replacement drinks have sugar added. 

Think Thin Bars - These were also helpful in curbing my hunger, and I kept at least one with me in my purse at all times. They are low in carbs and sugar and high in protein, so they are a good alternative to other "protein bars" that are pretty much the nutritional equivalent to a candy bar. 

Jenny McCarthy's Belly Laughs - If you can get past the nasty language, Jenny covers just about everything that could possibly happen during pregnancy with a big dose of humor.  She covers things that not everyone is willing to tell you.  Her book Baby Laughs is also funny and informative, but I thought this one was better.
Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth about Pregnancy and Childbirth

Supernatural Childbirth - This book is so encouraging and helped me mentally prepare for labor and delivery.  I typed up the prayers and scriptures and taped them to our bathroom wall so we could read them every day while we brushed our teeth. I really think this was monumental in helping me to stay relaxed and calm when things started getting intense. Like many things, take some of the book with a grain of salt :)
Supernatural Childbirth

My prenatals - The prenatal vitamins I first started taking were just fine in the beginning, and then my body said "Nope.  I do NOT like these any more!"  They actually made me throw up, and made me feel like I was going to every time I took them.  The smell, the taste, the feel...yuck.  I switched to softgels and never had a problem again.  They went down very easily and have no taste or smell.

Bella Band - Have I mentioned how much I hate maternity jeans? :)  These helped me wear my regular jeans even longer after the rubber band trick no longer worked.  I still wasn't a huge fan of the Bella Band, but it's still better than most maternity jeans.  Toward the end of my pregnancy, I did discover designer jeans at A Pea in a Pod and plan on getting a couple of those next go-'round! 
 
Ross - I did not want to spend a lot of money on maternity clothes that I wouldn't even be wearing for that long and may not want to wear during my next pregnancy (unless they're the aforementioned jeans at A Pea in a Pod).  I hit up Ross every couple weeks for some simple t-shirts, nicer shirts, maternity shorts, and dresses for really great prices.