Maybe it’s because I’m having twins, maybe it’s because I’m chasing a toddler around (so much bending over! so much lifting!), or maybe a combination of those two things, but this pregnancy has felt much harder physically than my first one.
Whether this is your first pregnancy or your 5th, an easy one or a hard one, here are some products I’ve loved!
- Maternity Support Belt: this belt has been a lifesaver for both of my pregnancies. It helps with lower back pain and it helps support the weight of your belly as it grows. If you buy one thing off this list, get yourself a maternity belt! I wear mine daily toward the end of pregnancy.
- Pregnancy Pillow: I didn’t have one of these when I was pregnant with Julia and I did just fine. But the bigger I get this time around, the more grateful I am for this guy.
- Tums (the smoothie kind!): Heartburn is so real. I didn’t have any with Julia, but this time around, it’s been a close friend for the last few weeks. And yes, spend the extra little bit and get the smoothie kind. The normal Tums taste like chalk and they’re gross.
- Great with Child: I love this book. It’s written by a writing professor, and is a compilation of letters she wrote to a friend throughout her pregnancy. It’s so beautifully written, and I can’t say enough good things about it. If you’re looking for tangible pregnancy advice, this isn’t your book. But for a sweet take on the journey of becoming a new mama, this is where it’s at.
- Promptly Journal: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. This is the greatest baby book! I have one for all three of our kids. It starts out with a section for each trimester of your pregnancy. So snag one in a color you like, and start filling it in. The best part–it gives you prompts to respond to–no blank pages here!
- Almond Oil: Someone told me that almond oil most closely mimics the natural oils in your skin, and so it’s the best thing to use as a moisturizer when your skin is stretching to accommodate a baby belly. True or not, I’m not sure. But I do know that I’ve escaped both pregnancies with nary a stretch mark. To be fair, I’ve also heard that has more to do with your genetics than with any moisturizer you use. So who knows.
- Chewable Prenatal Vitamins: I can’t stand swallowing pills. Especially those horse pills they try to pass off as prenatal vitamins. And so, I pop a couple of these gummy guys every day, and feel good about making sure I’m vitamin-ed up.
What else would you add to the list?
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