Pregnancy is a beautiful, crazy thing, and it's even crazier to me how each one of our bodies reacts so differently. It's common to be uncomfortable, not know which products are safe to use, have trouble finding a pair of maternity jeans that fits just right.. I'm totally in the same boat, and I wanted to do a quick roundup to share some of things that have helped me so far over the past 22 weeks. If I can recommend something that helps even one expecting mama, it's worth it to me. :)
Burt's Bees Mama Line: Vitamin E Oil & Belly Butter
I've been using this stuff since the beginning of my pregnancy, and I've been so pleased with it so far. I believe, to a certain extent, that stretch marks are partly hereditary and you're either going to get them or not, but I'll do whatever I can to prevent them! My mom didn't get them with any of her pregnancies, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I'm the same way. My sister told me that you can get stretch marks everywhere (not just your belly), so I've been lathering myself in these products morning and night since about week 14. The Vitamin E Oil smells like lemons and is so pleasant! I typically put the oil on at night, and the belly button on in the morning since it absorbs quickly and won't get on my clothes. I've also been using Palmer's Lotion on and off in between these two products.
The Bump App
I've noticed that some apps share too much, and some don't share enough. I've really loved The Bump app so far (free in the app store). It updates you every week on how your body is changing, how baby is developing, and compares baby in size to fruits & veggies. There is also the option to "see the baby in 3D" which is always so crazy!
Most of my jeans and shorts are high waisted, so they became pretty uncomfortable early in pregnancy. These leggings saved me! Luckily, I work from home, so I wasn't having to dress up for the office. If you are, I definitely recommend this pair of pants ($10 and come in so many colors). They can easily be dressed up and have an elastic waist band, which can make all the difference when baby (and your tummy) starts growing. See how I styled them for the office in this blog post: Dressing Up Joggers.
I purchased a pregnancy pillow a little too early on in pregnancy, but I am so obsessed with it now. Being a stomach sleeper previously (miss it so much), sleeping while pregnant was a struggle in the beginning, especially when I started growing a bump. It's obviously still a struggle now that my bump is getting bigger, but I know it would be so much worse without this Snoogle pillow - it's been a life saver! I've also heard that this one is awesome as well.
Belli Beauty Products
If you've been following along my pregnancy journey, or you follow me on Instagram, you may have heard me mention a few times that I struggled with acne the first few months of my pregnancy. It was frustrating, and I was so confused what to do about it. I didn't want to use anything too harsh and I also didn't know what products were safe to use during pregnancy. I was probably way more conservative than necessary, but better safe than sorry, right? About a month or two ago, I was talking to one of my friends about how frustrated I was, and she recommended this Belli Beauty Face Wash, which is safe to use during pregnancy and for nursing mamas. I was so desperate and willing to try anything, I went that same day to Buy Buy Baby to pick it up - and I am SO thankful that I did. Not only do I feel good about using it because I know it's safe, this stuff has changed my face for the better. It may honestly even be better now than before I got pregnant - and I'm not exaggerating. I currently don't have a single breakout, and I'm just working on bettering the overall texture of my skin. I have noticed my eyelids are dry (is this another weird pregnancy symptom or just me?!) but I just got the eye brightening cream and it seems to be helping.
Y'all, I swear this dress is magic. It literally fits everyone. I'm sure if you follow any bloggers at all, you've probably seen this one a million times, but it's just that good! It fits all body types, so I thought it would be perfect to try out with my growing bump (and of course it works perfectly). It's under $60 and comes in so many colors. I've had great feedback from a few of you who've also ordered this dress for your pregnancy and I think I need it in just about every color. Other than this dress, I've been living in non-maternity shift dresses and t-shirt dresses, which also work well with a bump. They are honestly what I find to be most comfortable and easy to find, and with the temps in the upper 90's these past few days, they are much cooler than anything else! I'll link a few of my current favorites below :)
Although this is a prescription and not something you can buy over the counter, I thought I would touch on it quickly because it's so important and makes a huge difference if you find one you love. My doctor let me try out 5 or 6 different prenatal vitamins whenever I went to my first appointment after I found out I was pregnant. She told me to try them out and let her know which one I preferred and she would write me a prescription. I remember thinking, "Why would I even have a preference or know the difference in between any of these?", but after trying them all out, it totally made sense. Most of the prenatal vitamins gave me really bad indigestion, which already comes along with pregnancy, so I crossed those off the list immediately. I finally decided on CitraNatal Assure which I am still loving. I ran out a few weeks ago and all the pharmacies in the area were backordered, so I ended up having to take some over-the-counter vitamins for a couple of days. It may have just been in my head, but I swear I could tell a difference in the way I felt and my tiredness. If your doctor offers, I would definitely take them up on trying out a few different vitamins to see which work best for you.
I've always been one to carry around a cardigan - I get cold in restaurants and while shopping, even in the heat of summer. But cardigans are such a helpful piece when pregnant. By throwing on a cardigan, I'm able to wear tanks and dresses that I may not feel as comfortable in because of the tighter fit. If you tend to get warmer, or plan on being outside, a kimono is another great option. I'll link a few of my favorite lighter cardigans/kimonos for summer below.
When you're pregnant, you never know when you're going to be hungry, but it's most likely going to be much more often than your norm. I learned pretty quickly that it was important for me to carry a couple of snacks in my purse for when I was on the go and maybe wouldn't be able to grab something to eat. I have really loved these Lara Bars throughout my pregnancy as a snack to hold me over between meals while I'm on the go. I also love that they only have 4 ingredients, so I know they are a little bit of a healthier option.
Do you have any maternity/pregnancy products you have found that you love?! I would love to hear in the comments below!
Happy Friday Eve :)