Today I thought I’d share with you my top 10 pregnancy items that I’ve purchased that have made me more comfortable during this time. Being pregnant is…umm…interesting…LOL. I’m truly enjoying the process and feel beyond happy to be pregnant and I can honestly tell you it’s for real my dream come true (minus the nausea, back pain, and middle of the night trips to the bathroom). If you’re pregnant, you might want to try these out and let me know if you like them as much as I do.
1. Pregnancy Pillow – Bless the Lord my savior!! Thank you to whoever invented this, pregnant women all around the world thank you. But not all pregnancy pillows are created equal. I tried this one and it was flat as a pancake. My friend Brooke recommend this one to me and I think I’m keeping it forever. Raymond even loves it!
2. Belly Seat Belt – As my belly grew the seat belt was getting super uncomfortable and felt so tight. Raymond found this seat belt adapter thing that you attach to your seat and it doesn’t put pressure on your uterus. Again, genius!
3. Belly Butter – Love this one! Definitely a little oily but I love the smell and I think it’s really helped keep my belly moisturized and by some miracle I don’t have any stretch marks.
4. Bodycon Midi Dress – I got a size medium in this dress and have worn it a lot since the second trimester. It’s super stretchy and it’s still fits. I loved it in the summer with a kimono and now as the weather cools down, I’ve been wearing it with a cardigan. Super comfy and flattering.
5. Donut Pillow – My tailbone started hurting pretty early on and since I sit at a desk most of the day my lower back and tailbone were killing me. In comes the butt pillow! Definitely has helped a lot with the pain while sitting.
6. Maternity Belt – Back pain is one of the most common symptoms during pregnancy for obvious reasons. I got this belly band that has helped with the pain and I’ve been wearing it a lot lately under my work clothes because by the end of the day I’m almost in tears by the lower back pain. At this point in my pregnancy (33 weeks) I’m wearing it everyday.
7. Birthing Ball – I’ve been doing lots of prenatal yoga lately to help with the backpain and really just because I’ve heard it’s great to prepare you for labor (breathing, relaxing, holding positions etc.) and have read a lot of great things about a birthing ball too. There are these exercises that you can do to open up your hips and get your body ready and to eventually help induce labor or progress labor so I totally recommend one. Also, look up Spinning Babies exercises to see more uses of the birthing ball. I got the XL and I’m 5’6, so just read what size you may need depending on your height.
8. Bath Salt – Not entirely sure if this works but it definitely helps me relax. These pregnancy flakes bath salts with magnesium are supposed to help soothe aches and pains and help with the nausea too (my arch nemesis). I add half a cup to a warmer than warm bath (not hot) and soak for 20 minutes before bed.
9. The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding – My friend recommended this book to me and I have loved it so much! First off, it’s so informational on all things pregnancy and birth not just about breastfeeding and weening but it covers all the bases. It’s also really sweet and have truly enjoyed reading it and it’s made me feel more confident about breastfeeding even though I haven’t tried it yet. I plan to exclusively breastfeed and I know I’ll be able to reference back to this book when issues arise.
10. Maternity Leggings – Another “bless the Lord kind of item” that is a must, pregnancy leggings. I have these lightweight cotton leggings in black and grey that I bought at Wal-Mart that have been so nice to wear around the house. I’m sure I’ll wear them after baby too!
I didn’t buy all of these at once, but as the weeks went on I found myself needing more comfort from my growing body. I am now 33 weeks and use some of the items almost every day. Let me know if there’s anything else that you found super helpful because I still have 7 weeks to go!