I am so excited to be dedicating a day each week to talk about all things pregnancy! If you are pregnant, hope to be pregnant or have been pregnant, please share your tips, tricks and questions! My goal is to enjoy these 9 months to their fullest and learn a few things along the way!
So for the first post in this new series, I have decided to share my top 5 pregnancy must-haves. This list is largely based on my first pregnancy, but have rung true so far in this one as well. And of course, the term must have is entirely subjective 🙂
The Boppy Pregnancy Wedge
Ok the first one is something practical yet amazing. The thing is, I hate body pillows. I said it. They are too big and clunky and hot and they get in the way and let’s just leave it at hatred ok? I think we can all see that.
So, when I was pregnant with Oscar, my friend Regan loaned me her Boppy Pregnancy Wedge to help support my big giant belly while I slept on my SIDE. Did I mention that I also hate side sleeping? I am a total back sleeper, but thanks to the wonders of pregnancy, my nasal passages get so swollen when I sleep on my back that I stop breathing and then gasp and sputter for air. At which point Jerry wakes up because I have suffocated him with morning breath and asks tells me to roll over.
So the pillow. It’s magic and you need one. You probably won’t need it until your 2nd trimester but I just turned that corner and used it last night. Amazing. Also? I never returned Regan’s pillow because I became addicted to it. Don’t worry, I just bought her a new one.
I know I know. BOO! BORING. What kind of list is this? But it’s true. Pregnancy can send me straight to the pit of despair if I am not careful. Something about hormones and not sleeping well and feeling all gross. But I am telling you, a couple workouts a week does WONDERS for my mood, not to mention helping me avoid gaining 50lbs like I did with Oscar while I was NOT exercising but sitting in a cubicle all day.
Healthy Moms offers prenatal low-impact aerobics classes all over the place. So find one, and go!
Another simple yet so true suggestion. Nay, command! You GOTTA drink your water ladies! It helps that I love water anyway, but I have to say that being pregnant really makes me crave it. Like all the time. Remember that your wee lil babe is swimming around in amniotic fluid that has to replenish itself to stay clean. So that means you have to provide the refill! Have you had your water today?
I am really fortunate in this area. I mean seriously, we are ALL drinking the water in my town. But I have found that having pregnant friends can really take the edge off on those hard days. Think of them as your glass of wine. No one else understands like they do. And even better, no headaches! Besides, how else would you learn about all the latest new baby gear?
If you don’t know any pregnant gals in person, I have found awesome community on message boards via BabyCenter and Babyzone. And believe me, when you have questions and complaints, no one listens better than the internet!
I am serious. You NEED cheeseburgers. Or bagels. Or Salami. Or Oreos. Or an Oreo Salami Bagel Burger. My point is, find your treat and stock up. A pregnant lady is working hard all the time. You get to have treats. Just don’t go crazy, remember tip #2 and enjoy. You’ll be JUST fine.
How about you? What are YOUR top five pregnancy must haves? Did I miss something crucial? Tell me!