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Pregnancy, a magical time, but also a period of discomfort and unbelievable changes to your body. From nausea to the sleepless nights and body aches, it’s the little things that get you through the rough patches.Â Through trial and error,Â I’ve figured out a few items that have helped me get through the dark times, and I hope they bring you some comfort as well.
Peppermint Tea + Ginger Lemon Tea – Â Drinking tea in the morning and in the evening helped lessen nausea (that seems to be when it was the worst for me. ) This is a more settle alternative to ginger or peppermint candies and chews, as those seemed to be a little too strong for me.Â
Tic Tacs – These little lifesavers helped distract me from the acidy task in my mouth that just seemed to NEVER go away during the 1st trimester. I prefer the orange flavor.Â
Body Pillow – Â Maybe the only reason I get any sleep. Offers support all around the body and keeps me from rolling on my back while sleeping. It has also eased my back pain immensely.
BLANQI Everday Leggings – These are definitely a splurge, but worth every penny. I snatched a pair up during their Black Friday sale, and then my sister-in-law gave me some for Christmas. I wear them almost every day, by far, my favorite item in my wardrobe. I recommend sizing down.Â Â
Pant Extenders – I started needing these much sooner than I did with my other pregnancies (3rd baby problems.) These are great if you don’t want to get a whole new wardrobe of maternity clothes. I still have yet to find maternity pants that I love, so I prefer to use these on my regular pants.
Prenatal Gummies – During the first few months, the prenatal vitamins would not help with nausea, but I’ve found these to be fairly gentle on the stomach.
Big Water Bottle – My doctor really doesn’t give me too much instruction on what to do, or eat and all that, but her big thing is DRINK LOTS OF WATER. I use a giant Â Bubba water bottle. I fill it up 2-3 times a day, so I know I’m getting plenty of water for both me and baby.
Vega Protein Powder – During the first trimester, it was difficult for me to get the proper nutrients, simply because anything that wasn’t quick and easy did not sound appealing. To make sure I was getting some protein and other nutrients, I would make myself drink a protein shake here and there. Now it didn’t always sound good, but it was a little more bearable than eating a normal clean meal. I tried a few other options, but to me, the Vega brand tasted the best. I mix with almond milk and sometimes would add a little coffee.
Dwell And Slumber Dress – I have been swooning over these dresses since I was pregnant with Amelie but didn’t pull the trigger until the 3rd time around (a little gift to myself(: ) And my only regret is that I didn’t get one sooner because this loose silhouette dress is really a great staple for moms. A comfortable dress and functional and flattering easily styled to be dressed up or dressed down. It’s cute, pregnancy-friendly, and nursing friendly. Â A win, win, win in my book. Shown below, wearing the Classic Caftan.Â
Exercise – Better sleep, better mood, more energy, relief from nausea, and body aches – I give most credit to exercising. Â As much as I did not feel like working out at all during the 1st trimester, I found that a little bit of exercise went a long way. If you need some suggestions for some FREE workouts, check out my post on prenatal exercise. Great for both beginners and advanced.
For all you expecting mothers, I hope this helps! Each person is different, and each pregnancy is different. All my pregnancy essentials may not end up being your essentials, but I’ve figured out what works for me by trying out different recommendations from other mothers. These are simply just suggestions, but ultimately do what’s best for you! And if you have any recommendations, please share; I’m always adding to my list (: