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Now that I have 2/3 of my pregnancy behind me, I thought I would take some time to share my top pregnancy must-haves! My expectations about pregnancy BEFORE I got pregnant were juvenile
to say the least. I thought that pregnancy as simple as chugging Pepto Bismol and buying maternity clothes. HA!
Well, turns out that doctors don’t recommend you take Pepto Bismol while pregnant and maternity clothes are not only pretty ugly, but they can be expensive! I feel like I have learned quite a bit about the best (and the worst) of all things pregnancy related, and I figured I would share my knowledge for soon to be mommas and current preggo ladies! I thought about separating this post by trimesters, but some of these items are things that I used throughout my entire pregnancy so far. Instead, I will simply share an item and describe when and how I use it! You can just click on an image and it will direct you to Amazon!
Let’s get started!
1. Ginger Drops
These drops were a lifesaver during my entire 1st trimester. Morning sickness started for me around week 6 and continued on until about week 12. Nausea would hit me anytime of the day and I was always afraid that it would strike when most inconvenient (spoiler alert: it does). I went through three bags during my first trimester and popping one of these in my mouth worked like magic. Within a few minutes my nausea would decrease and I was able to keep on keeping on! I kept a bag in my purse and honestly don’t know how I would have coped without them!
2. Pregnancy Apps
There are three pregnancy apps that I like to use. I have downloaded LOTS and found that these three are the best. I would like to say that I prefer one over the others, but each of these three are good for their own reasons!
The first app that I like is called The Bump.
This app is great because it shows you a picture of baby’s body and mom’s body every week and gives you information about what is changing and possible symptoms you may be having that week. The images seem very life-like and the descriptions are very informative. It has been very cool to see my baby grow from a single cell to what you see in the picture today!
The second app that I like is called Glow. Now, I’m not a huge fan of the pregnancy information on this app because it is a lot of articles that I don’t have the time or interest to read. However, the cool thing about this app is that as soon as I logged that I had received a positive pregnancy test, it placed me in a group with about 500 other women due in June! This group is a great place to ask questions, receive feedback on baby products, and feel a little more at ease to know that other mommas are going through the same things! I have made a few friends through this group and I know that during June, I won’t be able to stop reading everyone’s baby announcements!
The last app that I have been using is called Ovia. I like this app because it compares my baby to a different sized fruit or vegetable each week. This comparison helps me understand how large baby is getting and makes me more excited to meet her! I also like this app because it tells you a fact of the day about baby’s development and shows you what size her fingers and toes are currently in relation to how big they will be at birth! I had to wait a few months before a little hand even appeared on this page, and it has been so awesome to watch her grow!
3. Saline Nose Spray
I got pregnant in September.
I feel like I’ve been pregnant forever.
During the winter months I got a few colds and as a result- a few stuffy noses that interrupted my sleep. During pregnancy, they encourage you not to take a lot of medicine because there aren’t a lot of studies that prove it isn’t bad for baby. Normally I would take Afrin. My OB told me that I could use plain saline nasal spray to try to clear my nasal passages enough to get some sleep. I used this a lot! Even now, I still reach for it every once in a while to get the job done.
4. Fetal Doppler
I asked for this as a Christmas present from my husband and I am so glad that I decided to get one. They run around $50 and let me tell you- IT IS WORTH IT.
I didn’t feel baby kick until I was 4 months pregnant. That means for 4 months, I was blindly hoping that baby was just chugging right along inside me! I had no way of knowing if she was okay besides one ultrasound that we had at eight weeks. When I got this fetal doppler, I was quickly able to identify baby’s heart beat and listen to it if I was ever worried that she wasn’t okay. The instant relief I got when I heard her little heart go was worth every penny! I don’t reach for it as much anymore because she kicks me so often that I assume she’s doing okay in there.
5. Cocoa Butter
Stretch marks. They’re going to happen. Just accept it. I started getting stretch marks on my booty
of all places around 5 months pregnant and I was devastated. I had been using this cocoa butter almost every night on my belly and my boobs since the beginning of my pregnancy and I started getting stretch marks in the one place that I had neglected to moisturize. Some people say that it doesn’t matter if you use lotion or not- but so far I’ve only got them on the place that I didn’t moisturize for 5 months (knock on wood). You decide!
6. Belly Band
I bought one of these back around Christmas when my pants were starting to get a little too difficult to button up. I still use this about three times a week! My pre-pregnancy pants still fit me everywhere but my belly, and I can easily cover up my unbuttoned pants with this belly band! Spending about $15 has allowed me to skip the ugly maternity pants (at least most of them) and keep styling my old clothes!
7. Amazon Registry
When it was time for me to make a registry, I felt overwhelmed by all the different options. I was getting emails from Walmart, Target, Buy Buy baby, etc trying to get me to create a registry with them. I spent a few minutes looking at all the options and realized that Amazon was the best choice. Amazon helps you create a registry by taking you through a checklist. This checklist was helpful because there were a few things that I didn’t think about needing that it clued me in on. Plus, pretty much everyone is familiar with Amazon and feels comfortable ordering from them!
So there you go! I hope you learned something about my pregnancy must haves! If you haven’t already, make sure you follow me on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thiswifestyle/ and leave a comment letting me know your thoughts on this post!