Pregnancy… most of us like to believe its all about eating whatever you want and hearing how cute your bump is. It’s looking forward to the lush hair, skin, and that “pregnancy glow” everyone talks about, right? Well, they aren’t completely wrong, but definitely missing out on a lot. A whole lot…
Justin and I decided late last spring to start a family, and were blessed to not have to wait but one month. I had it in my head that I would breeze through pregnancy like my mother said she did with no morning sickness, crazy cravings, or any major issues. I can’t say I can complain too much as I mentioned in my First Mother’s Day post that I was able to skim by without the daily cravings and very mild nausea, but I did get hit pretty hard with back pain and labor. Luckily, I had a girlfriend that was about 4 months ahead of me that I could ask the “Is this normal?” questions periodically. I tried not to be one of those that Googled every little symptom because I knew it would just make me worry for no reason. So instead I just trusted God had control, and all would work itself out!
I wanted to share some of my favorite items that I used or tried during my pregnancy that helped. My dress comes in many colors here.
1. Pregnancy Pillow
This is the one I had, and would recommend this type of pillow to all the mommy-to-be’s. Once you start getting a belly and its starts to pull on your back at night, this helped me. Here are two similar ones, HERE + HERE.
2. Belly Bandit
I bought 2 of these, one for during pregnancy and one for after. This one is designed to help lift your belly and reduce the weight on your back. This one is to help shape your belly and waist back into shape after delivery. I had a C-Section and asked the nurse the day after if I could wear it and she said yes, that it would actually help back support and shrinking my uterus. I was able to get back into my pre-baby jeans 10 days after delivery and I like to think this had a huge role in that! It’s adjustable so you can make it tighter as you loose weight.
3. Sea Bands
These Sea Bands (which looks just like sweat bands) definitely helped me during first trimester nausea. They use pressure points to reduce upset stomach.
4. Tens Unit
Hopefully, you won’t have the intense back pain like I did, but just incase or if you just feel like your muscles are tense, a good Tens Unit helps! You don’t have to spend the money on a $100+ one to get relief. I wore mine so much I had to buy new sticky pads for it multiple times. I would tuck the wires under my scrubs at work and turn it on throughout the day when I started hurting. You can’t use this too much, so have at it!
5. Belly Butter
I think I could apply this stuff in my sleep considering I went through EIGHT jars of it! I religiously used this Mama Butter by Bert’s Bees twice a day once I hit around 4.5 months, and then used it with some other oils such as these: Bio Oil, Rose Hip Oil months 8 + 9. It will be worth it! I applied these 2-3 times a day on belly, boobs, and butt and got NO stretch marks! Praise Jesus.
6. Shoe Inserts
Whether you have or don’t have back problems during this time in your life, I still recommend these Dr. Scholl’s shoe inserts. They not only took some pressure off my lower back, but they also made my feet feel so much better and be able to walk longer!
Lastly, you need to make sure you are taking care of yourself and little one internally. I did research on what should a mom-to-be take besides the obvious prenatal vitamins. Vitamin B12 was on the top of the list. Throughout pregnancy your energy levels aren’t really up to par, so anytime you take B Vitamins its only going to help boost a little energy. But that isn’t the main reason its on the list. Vitamin B12 has been shown that mother’s who had higher levels of B12 in their system during the first 15-20 weeks of pregnancy had much less fussy babies. So I get an energy boost AND a less fussy baby? Sign me up! Justin and I both were severely colic up until 6ish months, so I was determined to do anything to try and prevent that. Harlie had no colic, and our fingers are crossed for baby #2 down the road!
Next on the list were Magnesium/Potassium combo, which usually come hand in hand. I ordered these tablets to take to help with muscle cramps, head aches, fatigue, memory, and constipation. This combo also has great benefits for unborn baby. Always consult your doctor first.
I also highly recommend Chiropractic care & prenatal massages during pregnancy. These helped me a ton!
What were some things you couldn’t live without during your pregnancy?