Ya’ll know I’m pregnant. WAY pregnant. As in less than 3 weeks to go until Baby Day is officially here. It can’t come soon enough. It’s hard to move around these days, with this basketball sticking out of my mid-section, weighing me down, making my back hurt and making it impossible to bend over for even the simplest of tasks. If it drops or spills on the floor, it’s staying there at this point. And forget any shoes that require hands to put them on… I’m living in either flip flops or UGGS depending on the weather.
So I got to thinking about what I’ve learned over the past two pregnancies, and what really works for me. Whether it’s words of advice, products that work for me, or things I just LOVE right now… I thought it might be a good idea to share them with you. Whether you’re pregnant, plant to be, or will never again be, a lot of these are just good to know and good to have for any woman – things that are the best of what I’ve found so far and that bring me happiness or a little relief.
So here we go..
A few things in the kitchen…
If you know me well, you know I love my coffee and tea. I did wean myself off of coffee for both pregnancies (not easy!), but I still have my routine and still crave the flavors. It’s relaxing and comforting to have my cup of coffee in the morning and my chai latte in the afternoon.
While it’s super easy to find decaf coffee, finding decaf tea? Not so much. I’m a Starbucks Non-Fat-No-Water-Chai-Latte girl, and guess what — Starbucks doesn’t have decaf Chai. ARGH! So, imagine my elation when I was strolling down the coffee aisle at my local Albertsons and found this bad boy:
Oh yes, I was a happy camper. I didn’t even know it existed! This now lives in my fridge and an immediate trip to the store is required when I run out. You just add some milk and pop it in the microwave for a quick and yummy latte. You can pour it over ice too!
Another grocery item or two I can’t live without… Fiber. My system already runs a little…. well, SLOW, so when I am pregnant it is a hundred times worse. It took me a while to figure out the right way to manage it, but once I figured out the formula, I’ve been much more comfortable… Here is my recipe for keeping things going in mah belly:
All-Bran Buds + Grape Nuts, Benefiber, and Smoothies with my Vitamix. I eat cereal every morning for breakfast with fruit (bananas, blueberries, strawberries, etc.) The All-Bran buds are the trick – there is a massive amount of fiber in those babies. They don’t taste bad either and there is very little sugar in them compared to every other cereal on the shelf. I like to mix them with the Grape Nuts to give me some more crunch! I also supplement with Benefiber for a little bit extra umph – I just put it in my coffee in the morning. Just don’t over do it – or you’ll be using one of the other products listed below more often than you’ll want to! And last but certainly not least – smoothies and shakes I make in my Vitamix. Can’t live without it and you can’t beat the nutritional value of a freshly blended smoothie — sometimes I add in protein powder since baby needs protein!
AND DON’T FORGET THE WATER! Drink more than you have ever before. I keep my water bottle filled and at my side at all times.
A few things in the bathroom….
Neutrogena Makeup Remover Wipes — these are the BEST. I wear a decent amount of eye makeup, including a nice thick crayon liner and mascara, and these babies take it ALL off! They don’t irritate my eyes at all, they aren’t greasy, they are just perfect. And easy and quick – which is just what I want when I’m exhausted from all this baby making. They say you don’t even need to wash your face after using them but I do – I still want my face squeaky clean after a long day. But even just as eye makeup removers, I am in love with these. Best place to get them? Costco – You get a big box of refills plus two travel size packs for what it would cost you to buy 2 at a normal store.
Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Skin Therapy Oil - If you’re pregnant, get this and use it everyday. Don’t question it, just do it. Your belly will itch and this will make it feel soooo much better. It smells like coca butter, which I find lovely, and so far I’ve been lucky to have avoided any stretch marks. I can’t say it’s because of this stuff, but it certainly can’t hurt! If you’re not pregnant – it’s a great moisturizer and helps diminish the appearance of scars, aging, etc. Love this stuff.
For your purse…
Gas-X - Just trust me. Keep them in your purse. Especially if you’re pregnant.
Johnson’s Hand & Face Wipes - I originally got these for Logan, to clean his hands and face after eating and after playtime, but I find myself using them all the time too. I like them better than WetWipes – they aren’t as… WET (I find them slimy), they are softer, and they have a much more lovely scent!
Elastic Hair Ties – LOVE THESE! They are much more comfortable to wrap around your hair than anything else, and they are so cute! You can find them in any color and with or without sparkle. You can even make your own (hmmm…future tutorial?), and they look great on your wrist too, which is why I love them. I always, ALWAYS have hair ties on my wrist (to the point where I feel vulnerable without them now) because my hair tends to get a little unruly. I like to have the option to throw it up in a pony tail or bun if it’s driving me crazy, or when I’m having a pregnancy induced hot flash. These do just the trick and you can get them just about everywhere now.
Exercise – If you can. I say if you can because I could during most of my first pregnancy and I couldn’t during my second because of some medical issues. Let me tell you – the difference is incredible! Not just the weight gain, but my overall feeling of health and well-being, my energy levels, the aches and pains… it’s a whole heck of a lot worse. Can’t get to the gym? WALK! Or do a video workout. My favorite is Lindsay Brin’s Moms Into Fitness Pregnancy Fitness DVD – there is a DVD for each trimester and a KILLER postnatal bootcamp video that I swear by. It slimmed me right back down to pre-baby weight and shape after my first pregnancy, and I kept doing it for maintenance long after I had Logan – it’s a GREAT workout!
Some Pregnancy Specific Tips:
Sleep. Whenever you can. Trust me, you won’t for a while, and you’ll never get to “sleep in” again, so DO take advantage.
Pillows, Pillows, Pillows. Stock up if you only have 1 on your bed – I have a Snoogle but even that doesn’t quite cut it for me. My hips start to hurt! I sleep with 4 pillows surrounding me for support.
Get Ready. Before Baby comes – get everything done. Get the car seat installed, get everything built, wash all the baby clothes, stock up on diapers, wipes, etc. And Fill up the fridge and pantry with easy eats. You won’t have time to do anything for a couple of weeks – you will be housebound, especially if you have a c-section. Protein bars were a staple for me right after I had Logan – quick and easy and nutritious.
Pack your slippers in your hospital bag, along with a robe and some extra pajamas so you don’t have to wear the hospital gowns the whole time you’re there. If you have a c-section, they will make you walk the halls, so best to cover up!
Take Offers for Help! Your friends and family want to help you after baby arrives? Let them! You can’t do everything on your own and you will be exhausted. Let them cook for you or take them up on their offer to help you clean or do laundry. You’ll want to do it on your own, but you should use any baby naptimes to nap yourself because like I said, you won’t be getting any sleep for a while.
ONE LAST THING — This book is a lifesaver and you will get your baby sleeping through the night by two months if you follow it. We did and Logan was sleeping through the night in his crib by two months. He’s now 27 months old and still sleeps from 8pm to 7am every night.
That’s all for now – I know this post isn’t crafty, but it falls into my Ramblings category Hope you got at least one tip out of it!
Do you have any pregnancy tips? Please do share in the comments!!!