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Making life is hard y’all and anyone that tells you any different is lying to you. There’s aches, pains, food aversions, wardrobe malfunctions, sleepless nights, and all manner of gastrointestinal distress. I wanted to share with y’all just some of the items that have helped me overcome some of the more common pregnancy woes.
- PharMeDoc Pregnancy Pillow with Jersey Cover, C Shaped Full Body Pillow – As your body changes to accommodate your growing baby sleeping is going to become increasingly uncomfortable. I got this pregnancy pillow at around 14 weeks and I can’t imagine sleeping without it now.
- Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula, 3.5 Ounce – Palmer’s Cocoa Butter products have been tried and true pregnancy staples for years to keep your belly moisturized. While I had hoped I would be able to use more organic options on my bump, I found that for my particular sensitive skin this oldie but goodie has worked the best.
- Sofft Somers II Slip-On Sneaker – At some point, it’s going to get very difficult to strap on, tie, or otherwise reach your shoes; that’s when slip-on shoes come in. I’ve found great mules and slip-on sneakers in-store but thought these Slip-On Sneakers were particularly cute and worth the investment.
- QALO Women’s Classics Silicone Collection – For some mommies-to-be it happens later than for others but trust me when I tell you that at some point your wedding ring will no longer fit. I’d initially purchased this ring from QALO for working out but recently it’s been keeping me from looking like an unwed mother to be and I’m truly thankful for that.
- Neutrogena Beach Defense Body Spray Sunscreen with Broad Spectrum SPF 70 – not only do you have to worry about stretch marks when you’re pregnant but your skin becomes increasingly sensitive to UV Rays and can easily experience discoloration. I’ve been using this sunscreen for years but I still think it’s amazing and has kept me from looking like a patchy mess while pregnant.
- Truform Sheer Compression Stockings, 15-20 mmHg, Women’s Knee High Length, Open Toe – All the extra blood and fluid to make baby means that even with loads of hydration you may swell up in your extremities. I got these sheer compression stockings to help on the days when I absolutely can’t get my feet up. I like them because they’re sheer and open-toe so you can still wear your open toe shoes with them.
- Mylanta Antacid and Gas Relief, Maximum Strength Formula, Classic Flavor, 12 Fluid Ounce – Pregnancy and heartburn just go together. When Tums just wouldn’t cut it, I had to tap into an old remedy; Mylanta. This stuff coats your GI tract completely and puts those stomach acids that are being squished up to your throat in their place.
- Schick Hydro Silk TrimStyle Moisturizing Razor for Women with Bikini Trimmer – At some point, you’re going to not be able to reach certain nooks and crannies on your body. I stopped being able to wax myself at about 20 weeks and shaving completely became impossible at about 30 weeks. Thankfully, I picked up this trimmer and even if I can’t see what I’m trimming I can at least tame the beast without hurting myself.
- FiberAdvance Gummies – Your GI tract problems don’t end with heartburn. Many women suffer from constipation while pregnant. While I haven’t dealt with constipation, I didn’t want to be in any kind of position where I strained (and ended up with hemorrhoids) so I picked these up in my first trimester. I found that fiber in gummy form was a lot easier on my tummy and didn’t make me throw up.
- Athletic Works Exercise Ball – Your pelvis is going to start doing some wild things the further along you get in pregnancy. As your pelvis prepares for birth you’re going have all kinds of aches. An exercise ball can help put your pelvis in the right position to encourage baby to engage correctly and alleviate all those aches. I’ve been using mine since about week 28 and it’s been helping me get through these last few weeks.
I’m officially 34 weeks pregnant and in the home stretch. Feeling nervous but excited to meet my little guy. I’m just hoping I’m as tough as I think I am and can do right by him when it comes time to deliver. But I’ll tell you I’m definitely feel done.
Let me know in the comments what things you couldn’t live without when you were pregnant. Feel free to tell me if there’s anything you’re curious about pregnancy wise.
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