The baby boom amongst my friends continues, so I thought I'd blog about a few of the things that got me through my pregnancy.
Oddly enough, even though I'm obsessed with coffee, the nausea in the first trimester turned me off to it and I didn't miss it too much. When I did want a warm, wintery beverage, I drank decaf chai with vanilla almond milk and honey. Did I mention I acquired a raging sweet tooth?
As my pregnancy progressed, I felt like I actually needed to hold my belly up. It also put a lot of strain on my back, especially if I was out and about for a while. The Upsie Belly made a huge difference. Plus it has a little pocket in the back in which you're supposed to put a heat pack, but which was just perfect for my iPhone!
The afore-mentioned leggings, which were indispensable.
In addition to the usual back pain, I also had SI joint pain (no biggie, just my pelvis pulling apart. just kidding, it sucked.) Epsom salt baths were one of the only ways to get a little relief.
Apparently, you can put all the oil on your belly you want and it won't make a difference since whether or not you get stretch marks is hereditary. I didn't let that stop me, and used this oil the whole time. And...I didn't get stretch marks! Of course, neither did my mom or sister, so there's that.
I did not want anything touching my skin, but these bras were the next best thing. I normally wear a 34B and I needed an XL-1X in these. Whatevs.
So, you're not supposed to sleep on your back while you're pregnant, and you can't sleep on your stomach for obvious reasons. The weight of a belly can really throw off your alignment while you're on your side, so I tried a ton of pregnancy pillows, including this one. None of them worked for me, and I just ended up using a regular pillow behind my back, a small one under my stomach, and another one in between my knees. There were a lot of pillows in the bed.
(A side note on maternity jeans: they're hard. Most of them stretch out and fall down, even the really pricy ones. For most of my pregnancy, I made due with one pair of Indigo Blue jeans, which kept their shape. Towards the end, even those didn't fit and I added a pair from Old Navy. I also liked the jeans from H&M, but never actually purchased a pair, so I can't vouch for their longevity.)
Moms, what else worked for you?