Third Trimester Favorites

by jenna on March 31, 2014

3rd trimester faves
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Guide to Breastfeeding - I am planning to breastfeed and this book was recommended to me by a few people. I’m not quite done with it yet but have really enjoyed it so far! I also read Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth and loved it. It’s a little hard to read a book on breastfeeding when you’re not actually breastfeeding yet, but I’ve flagged a bunch of pages and know this will be a great guide to return to in a few months. I’ve found it incredibly encouraging!
J.Crew Maternity Toothpick Jeans in Pitch Black Wash - These were a big splurge but I can absolutely say that they were worth every penny. I’ve worn them numerous times a week over the past few months and they’ve held up SO well. I’ll actually miss them when I’m not pregnant, and that’s saying a lot. I know these will last over future pregnancies, which is why I didn’t mind spending a little more on them {versus something that will fall apart}. You can dress them up or down and I love the elastic panels.
Olian Blue Sleeveless Dress from Belly Dance Maternity – In full disclosure, the company did send me this dress but it’s something I would absolutely buy. I’ve worn it a few times – most recently to my best friend’s bridal luncheon – and always gotten lots of compliments. It’s very comfortable and flattering, and I just love the bright blue color!
Bobbi Brown Corrector – The only thing that’s able to mask my raccoon eyes after a night of little sleep. I’ve been using it for a year now and it’s my absolute favorite.
Yogi Mother to Be Tea – My midwife has me drinking a cup of raspberry leaf tea daily now and I love this brand. It has a bit of mint in it and is very comforting. I’ve tried plain raspberry leaf tea and wasn’t a big fan, so I was very happy when I discovered this!
Honest Company Products – Per everyone’s rave reviews, I decided to give Honest Company a try last month and LOVE it so far. I signed up for their monthly bundle {cleaning supplies and bath & body} and really, really love everything I have tried. Everything is super green and all natural, and I plan to use their products on baby beaugh as well. So far, my very favorites include this lotion, as well as their body oil. I’ve also made the switch to all their cleaning products and love them all, especially the dish soap. You don’t have to sign up for a monthly bundle like I did, but I love being able to pick five products a month for $35. It seems like a good deal and I feel better knowing there are no harsh chemicals in our house anymore.
Pregtastic Podcasts – I’ve recently gotten addicted to listening to these on my daily walks! They are hysterical but also really informative. If you’re pregnant, I highly recommend checking them out on itunes!
Luna Fiber Bars – I don’t typically eat a lot of snack bars, but these have been great to toss in my purse lately. The ingredient list seems pretty basic and they taste delicious. Great for flights, car trips or when you make the mistake of grocery shopping hungry and don’t want to buy the entire store.
Old Navy Maxi Dresses – I have two of these and like them a lot. I wear them very frequently, as they are reallyyyyy comfy. I don’t think they are the best quality {mine seem to pill after a few wears} but they’re cheap and look cute. I’ve gotten to the point where jeans are rather uncomfortable because the waist band digs into my already very sensitive bladder. Maxi dresses are the way to go!
Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Foot & Leg Cream – This amazing foot cream has peppermint and rosemary essential oil in it, so it tingles when you apply it! I get my hubby to massage it into my feet and it’s pure bliss. I’ve gone through one tube and about to order another!
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{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

Nan March 31, 2014 at 9:45 am

You look great!!! In the final stretch now… woohooo!! I absolutely lived in those old navy maxi dresses at the end too! So so comfy!

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Sara March 31, 2014 at 9:53 am

I love the honest shampoo, it does a great job on my hair. I’m thinking I may try more of their products as I use up some of the stuff I have stockpiled in the house.

I’ll have to look for that breastfeeding book, thanks for the recommendation. I have two weeks to go now.

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Amanda March 31, 2014 at 9:58 am

Great recommendations. I’m in the 2nd trimester with our 2nd child and looking for some nice work pants so will give these JCrew ones a try. Were they pretty true to size? Also, did you wear a typical bridesmaids dress to your friend’s wedding? I’ll be 9 months at my brothers wedding and we’re trying to find a dress for me …I’m going to be huge by the end!!Yours looks like a flattering cut for the bump.

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jenna March 31, 2014 at 10:01 am

The J.Crew pants are true to size. As for the bridesmaid dress, I ordered a size large {instead of my usual size – small}. When it came, it still had to undergo pretty major surgery to accommodate the bump. I was lucky that she picked empire waist though! ;)

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Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork March 31, 2014 at 10:02 am

You look fantastic! Thanks for sharing! Good to know about Ina May’s books. I’ve heard they’re great!

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Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner March 31, 2014 at 10:15 am

Love reading your updates. Good luck in the final trimester!

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Stacey I March 31, 2014 at 10:25 am

You look beautiful!! Positively glowing!

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Julie @ Table for Two March 31, 2014 at 11:47 am

You look wonderful and totally glowing! I’m so excited for you and Adam! Your post inspired me to change all our cleaning supplies to Honest Co. Right after I read your post, I went and signed up for the essentials bundle – I can’t wait to receive all the products and feel way better about our home and environment – hope you got a little credit for that, girl! xoxo

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Jojo @ RunFastEatLots March 31, 2014 at 12:39 pm

Ooh I use that honest co. shampoo! I get it from costco and I love it

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erin @hooleywithaz March 31, 2014 at 12:40 pm

this is so helpful and awesome. husband and i just had the natural cleaning product talk, and we may be going the “make our own” route…pray for my sanity!

it’s so exciting for you that you are getting so close! hoping for a wonderful last few weeks of pregnancy before you get to meet your little man.

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Jill March 31, 2014 at 12:59 pm

Hi Jenna
I am a PT certified in infant Tummy time classes – check out the founder’s website – she is an OT who specializes in newborns and developed this Tummy Time program. There is a specific way to get your baby to enjoy Tummy Time and it is so important for them both physically and developmentally…Craniosacral therapy for infants is also great for babies after birth and could help with breastfeeding issues too – see if you can find someone near you who treats infants! Good luck! It is the best thing ever!
Here is a great infant resource website – tummy time plus much more..
http://wholebodyllc.com/

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Sara @ LovingOnTheRun March 31, 2014 at 1:53 pm

You look great and I love the dress!

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Nancy March 31, 2014 at 1:57 pm

You look absolutely fantastic!! Hope you feel great too! :)

That Bobbi Brown corrector is amazing. I bought it once, totally forgot it existed til you wrote this post.

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Tiffany March 31, 2014 at 2:40 pm

Um the J. Crew jeans are awesome! They didn’t have those when I was pregnant, but dang how ingenious to have the stretchy side panels and a normal button/zip in the front!

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Sarah March 31, 2014 at 4:05 pm

When are you due??!!!

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jenna March 31, 2014 at 6:50 pm

May 14th :)

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Maryea {happy healthy mama} March 31, 2014 at 4:27 pm

You are looking fabulous! It’s good that you are reading the breastfeeding book now because it’s the last thing you’ll feel like doing after baby arrives. :)

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Kayle (The Cooking Actress) March 31, 2014 at 5:12 pm

yay for all the tips! and omgosh you look BEAUTIFUL!

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lala March 31, 2014 at 7:19 pm

Not all honest company products are rated well on the ewg.org

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lindsey April 1, 2014 at 8:57 am

While you’re only pregnant for a small time (especially when you’re finally needing maternity clothes, maybe only 5 of those months?) it’s wise to invest in good pieces because it’s always possible to share with friends or when you / if you have another one! The only downside would be getting pregnant in two different seasons and only having maternity wear for winter when you’re pregnant in the summertime :)

As a mom of a 1 yr old, I love that you’re researching and reading as much info about your future AFTER being pregnant!! especially breastfeeding, which is something I don’t think most of us can wrap our brain around until we’re in the thick of it! I remember at one point, around 4 weeks or so, I would WINCE in pain when she would latch on, and yet here we are almost as a 1 yr old, still nursing away! It’s mostly a GREAT experience for all parties involved if you can get past some of the rough bumps! (like mastitis, poor latch, chapped nipple, milk blisters). good luck pretty lady!!

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Jen Papaya April 1, 2014 at 9:57 am

No more Meyers basil dishsoap?!

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Beth April 1, 2014 at 10:36 am

I like the raspberry leaf tea iced better than hot. I drank a lot of it postpartum.

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Marie-Sophie April 2, 2014 at 12:56 am

Bookmarking all your recommendations for later! I am currently in week 10 of my pregnancy (totally bought rose water facial spray as recommended in your First Trimester Post to pamper myself! love it!) and just love to read what others recommend. Some things you just don’t think about or find out when it’s too late! I have to “vary” your tips since I live in Germany (so no Old Navy, no Honest Company products, no “Yogi Tea – Mother to be”…) but there’s always alternatives and it’s the thoughts that I love! Mine will be due at the end of october so I will totally be needing lots of flowy and comfortable summer Dresses! Thanks, Jenna!

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Pam April 2, 2014 at 5:22 pm

Aww you look great! I will refer to your list someday when I need it. Until then, good luck to you momma to be in just over 1 month!! XO

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Jodie April 7, 2014 at 9:20 am

Breastfeeding is such a wonderful bonding experience for you & the baby! It’s awesome that you are already reading and preparing to nurse! I couldn’t get my little one to latch on my own at all in the hospital and went home feeling so scared and worried I would be a failure even after working with the lactation consultant. It’s hard work, and shockingly not a “natural” instinct for mother or baby-it’s learned by both! After a six week struggle, something just clicked, we both got it, and I nursed for 19 months, until my daughter weaned herself. All that to say, if it gets difficult, but is important to you and you have an ample supply, just know that it will get easier-and ends up being much more convenient than preparing bottles (which is also completely fine, or course).

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Callahan April 11, 2014 at 3:03 pm

Maxi skirts/dresses are the way to go even if you’re not pregnant! You look great!

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