Well, I am headed into the third trimester this week and that’s just nuts to me because it feels like yesterday I found out I was pregnant! This pregnancy has been similar, and yet different (hello braxton hicks contractions already!!!), than my previous ones and I’ve had some requests to write a blog post on all of the products and things that I have been loving so far.
Let’s jump right in, shall we?
This body pillow! I actually discovered this pillow through Naomi’s blog and I’m so glad I did because it has been a TOTAL LIFE SAVOR. It’s quite large but it’s soooooo comfy and I just wrap myself around it like I’m a koala bear on a tree at night. That’s a funny image but it’s the thing that pops into my head the most! Haha. Seriously though, if you’re pregnant, you need one of these. I have been sleeping better this time around than my other two pregnancies and I totally credit that to this pillow.
Primally Pure vanilla almond body butter. This stuff is just luxurious and I rub it generously on my growing belly every night. And guess what? No stretch marks! I love the scent, which isn’t overpowering and smells like cookies, and the whipped texture of the butter. The ingredients are just SO good and I feel great about using this on my body now and every day. When I ordered it originally, I got the big size and I am so glad I did. (PS – it’s great even if you aren’t pregnant!)
Storq leggings. Okay, I am not one to bad mouth other brands, but let’s just say that over the years I have pretty much tried ALL the pregnancy leggings on the market and have always been let down. They either get all stretched out or get pilly after a couple washes. Or they itch?! What the heck. The last thing you want when you’re pregnant is to be in itchy leggings. Anyway, these are soft like butter and the very best I have ever tried. I literally live in them. They are sooooo soft and comfy and I either wear them with long tunics or just t-shirts. I really think they are comfier than my pajamas. I have a few things from this brand that I absolutely love and, let’s be honest, I probably will order another dress or two in a bigger size before this baby makes his appearance. I am a huge Storq fan – worth the money, friends!
Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides. I put a scoop of this in my coffee every morning and can’t taste it at all. I love knowing that even with just one scoop (the serving size is two scoops), I am getting 10 grams of high quality collagen protein first thing in the morning. I also have tried their new matcha collagen and love it (it tastes like the more expensive matcha I had been drinking prior to getting this!).
Surf Sweets gummies + sour worms. Keeping a baggie of these little organic gummies (sweetened with fruit juice!) in my purse during the first trimester really helped with some of the nausea I experienced. This was my first pregnancy that I felt nauseous most of the time during the first 14 weeks and these helped! I also tried the popular “preggo pops” but those didn’t really do much for me.
Serola Belt. My midwives let me borrow one of these belts to help ease the discomfort with my pubic bone and it has really helped! I can’t say I remember to wear this every day, but on the days I do wear it, it really helps (more than anything else I have tried). I have a size medium for reference.
Investing in myself. I feel like I have invested in myself more this pregnancy, whether that’s through groceries to my door, meal delivery services, take out for dinner, pedicures or new “fancy” body products. I’ve given myself the permission to spend a little more money than I normally would on what might seem like “extravagant” things for myself (pedicures really aren’t that extravagant but you know what I mean). It’s so worth it! Sometimes just getting that new body lotion in the mail…or having a bag of groceries show up at your door so you don’t have to drag your toddlers to the store for the billionth time when you feel like crud are just WORTH IT. I’m terrible at accepting help from others but I’m pretty good at online shopping. Hahaha 😉 I am busy taking care of my kids, keeping the house together, running a business and GROWING A NEW HUMAN so I refuse to feel guilty.
Garden of Life Vitamin Code Raw Prenatals. I often get asked what vitamin I take so here you go! I have taken these through every pregnancy so far and like them a lot. I also take an iron supplement a few times a week, a daily probiotic and a magnesium supplement (natural calm).
ALL of the peaches, berries, cherries, watermelon, grapefruit juice…..basically all fruit in general. 😉 I crave fruit every pregnancy and so summer is great time to pregnant for me! I feel like I’m saving money on not buying as much wine these days (haha) so I can put that towards tons of lovely organic produce! Unfortunately my kids are total fruit monsters, too, so I have to hide some of my peaches from them or they will all be gone within an hour of shopping.
Spindrift. Oh my goodness, this is just the best sparkling water I have tried. I love the lemon flavor so much. It’s also Luke’s very favorite thing so we usually share one during “happy hour” ( aka all of us drinking Spindrift on the couch watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse at 4:30pm).
Giving myself a break. I guess this sort of goes along with investing in myself? I used to be VERY anti-tv for my kids. Then I got pregnant. LOL. But seriously, I would let Grayson watch a Daniel Tiger and then feel so guilty about it and beat myself up thinking all screen time is the worst thing ever. Okay, I had to let that go real quick! Now I realize how silly I used to be. Letting my kids watch an occasional program here and there has been vital to survival these past six months, especially when I felt so sick in the first trimester. Mister Rogers, sesame street and mickey mouse are not going to kill anyone…and provide me with a chance to rest with my feet up (or just lay on the couch with my eyes closed!). Giving myself a break also has to do with giving myself a break with exercise. The fact is, I’m just not really going to be working out as much as I used to be, and that is okay. Keeping my kids alive is my main goal these days and I bet I get plenty of steps in just chasing them around the house in the afternoons…this is just a season and one day I will be back working out and doing yoga and my kids will all be in school……. 😉