Now that I’m almost through the second trimester, I thought it’d be fun to share some of the things that have gotten me through the past 12 weeks. I’m hoping it’s useful for any other moms-to-be or future moms-to-be!
1. Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter and Body Butter. Especially since the winter air has been super dry lately, I’ve been slathering myself with this belly butter and coconut body butter as often as I can, which is usually once in the morning, once during the day at work, and once at night. Then I just cross my fingers that stretch marks are minimized. And if I still end up with them, they’ll just be known as my mommy marks.
2. Leggings. I have two pairs of maternity leggings, one long pair from Athleta and one cropped pair from The Gap. I am still able to fit into my old leggings, they’re just not quite as comfortable and I’m pretty sure in a couple of months the maternity leggings are going to be all I want to wear.
3. Bump Nest Pregnancy Pillow. I’ve mentioned this one quite a bit, as I started using it a couple of months ago for my hip pain, and it’s become even more beneficial now that my belly is getting bigger, too. I absolutely love it and can’t imagine a night without it. I’m sure it will be even more useful in the next few months.
4. BabyList Registry. With BabyList, you can add things for your registry from any store online, which is just about the greatest thing ever. This means you can have items from Target, Land of Nod, Pottery Barn, Amazon, REI, and even Etsy. Also, once you add an item, it will show price comparisons from other sources online.
5. Long Tank Tops – I wear these with everything. Every. Thing. Under sweaters, with cardigans, to bed, you name it. They’re also a great way to extend non-maternity clothes into the second trimester. Take a sweater that might be a little more cropped than it used to be. Throw a long tank top underneath it and all of a sudden you can wear it for a couple more months. This has pretty much doubled my wardrobe.
6. Tums Smoothies – With my raging heartburn, I’m popping these like candy these days. I can’t stand the texture of regular Tums, but I actually kind of like the smoothies version, which are creamier in a way.
7. Prenatal Vitamins – I started with generic prenatal vitamins but they always made me nauseous afterwards and I was convinced they were making me constipated. TMI, sorry. So I switched to Rainbow Light Prenatal Multivitamins and love them. They aren’t super expensive like a lot of the more natural brands that I have seen recommended, but still claim to be easier on your stomach, non-constipating and include probiotics so they’re easier to digest. They’re also Vegan and Gluten-Free which is nice to know for any special dietary needs.
8. Snacks. Lots and lots of snacks. My appetite has been in full force lately, so it’s been important for me to keep healthy snacks around for between meals. Especially at work, where there is oftentimes chips and candy laying around, it’s nice to know I have something healthy to tide me over instead. My go-to snacks have been clementines, almonds, cashews, string cheese, homemade Lara bars, homemade energy bites, carrots and hummus, grapes, dried fruit, and Food Should Taste Good Chips.
9. Pregnancy Apps. I have downloaded a few of these, which mostly give an overview of what baby is doing week by week, changes in your body, things to ask your doctor, and some of them have ways to track your symptoms. I currently have What to Expect, Web MD, Sprout, and Cute Fruit.
10. Good bras. That are likely a size or two up from your usual size. I have bought a couple of nursing bras simply to adjust to my “growing needs” but they will also be helpful once Baby E comes and I’m (hopefully) nursing. I also bought the Coobie Bra which was recommended to me by a friend, and absolutely love it. It doesn’t have any wiring in it, so it’s comfortable to wear around the house lounging, and I’ve even worn it to bed lately when I feel like I need a little more support.
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