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Pregnancy Essentials That Make You Feel as Good as You Look!
If you clicked through to this page, you’re probably suffering from your pregnancy symptoms something fierce. Are you feeling a pure & utter exhaustion like you’ve never felt before? You probably aren’t too keen on food or drink either, huh?
Or have you already stepped up to the more advanced “wonders” of pregnancy like swollen feet & ankles? Can’t sleep because you’re worrying about EVERYTHING and wishing that damn carpal tunnel would finally disappear?
Everyone is telling you how beautiful you look with your pregnancy “glow” – but you just ain’t feelin’ it?
You’re in luck because there are some things you can do to make yourself feel better! Here’s my list of what turned my overweight, hypothyroid, 40-year-old twin pregnancy into the best time of my life. Though every pregnancy is different, I’m sure there’s something in here that will help you too!
Morning Sickness & Fatigue
These are the first big signs that something out of the ordinary is happening to your body. It can be extremely debilitating. You feel so run down that you need the entire weekend to recover from a normal work week.
If you’re like me, your morning sickness doesn’t just pertain to the mornings. I felt queasy around the clock. I was living on saltines and apple juice for weeks. I felt so guilty starting my pregnancy on such an unhealthy diet, but it was all I could do to keep it down.
She probably doesn’t know this, but my sister-in-law gave me the best gift I’ve ever received in my entire life – a pregnancy care package! We’re talkin’:
- Traditional Medicinals organic pregnancy tea
- Trader Joe’s sour gummies
- The Ginger People Ginger Chews
Those three items (temporarily) helped alleviate the pregnancy symptoms so that I could eat real food while giving me the energy to prepare it.
A cup of pregnancy tea first thing in the morning enabled me to get ready and go to work every day without having to spend half an hour puking my guts out before I got in the car.
I would eat some sour gummies around 11 am, which again alleviated nausea so that I could eat a sandwich or salad.
I would do the same thing mid-afternoon with the ginger chews. I couldn’t believe the effectiveness of ginger in alleviating nausea! After having one of those candies, I was able to eat a healthy snack like veggies + dip, nuts, or salami & cheese. All the while drinking at least 3 liters of water throughout the day – YAY!
Alternatively, ginger tea (raw ginger + hot water) works well too – without the sugar!
Wash-rinse-repeat until the day comes where fatigue and nausea subside…and it will…I promise!
Making Juicy Babies & Feeling Better
The one item I wouldn’t go without is my prenatal supplement: Pure Essence Labs One ‘n’ Only Prenatal Multiple. There are so many supplements out there, but what makes this one special is that it has a high concentration of phytonutrients and you only have to take one a day.
It provided my babies with all the nutrients they needed to grow strong and juicy while helping me with fatigue and nausea. I can’t imagine the outcome if I hadn’t taken it. I only had to choke down one pill a day as opposed to some supplements where you have to drink a concoction and take pills once or twice a day.
“I had such a good time brooding those babies, that Thomas said the sun was shining out of my a**!”
Feelin’ Fat & Ugly
Despite everyone telling you how radiantly beautiful you are, you probably aren’t feelin’ it. You’re getting bigger by the day and pretty soon you’re going to have to start thinking about maternity clothes.
You’re telling yourself: “It’s a waste of money buying clothes I’ll only wear for 9 months!” Maybe you have the energy and know-how to make some of the DIY maternity clothes you’ve seen on Pinterest? I sure as hell didn’t. And even if I did, I’m not sure I could’ve pulled it off so that it looked good enough for the office.
“This is probably the only time in your life when you’re actually proud of your belly, so give in to your vanity and dress up that bump!“
I spent way too much money at mamarella.com. Everything I ordered fit perfectly and looked so put together – it was magic! I was also a big customer at modli.co and newchic.com (don’t forget to use ebates!) I even found some cool stuff at esprit.com, but most of it fell apart even before the babies were born.
Be sure to buy some pretty form-fitting dresses to really show off that bump. Dresses are great because you go from slob to pretty lady within minutes. Dresses are comfortable too – there’s nothing going on in the waist/crotch area. All you need are some good maternity SPANX, a pair of flats, a touch of makeup, and you’re ready to go!
Don’t leave home without ’em!
I felt like all eyes were on me – critical and well as well-wishing – so my new wardrobe really gave me a well-needed boost of confidence. And due to my high-risk pregnancy (being over 35, twins, hypothyroid, and having gestational diabetes), I felt like I was constantly in a doctor’s office. I noticed that I was taken more seriously and received better service when I was well-dressed. In hindsight, I still don’t regret spending the money on myself. Just slipping into something comfy and then instantly looking pretty made being pregnant a lot more fun.
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Swollen Legs, Ankles & Feet
So let’s just say you’re only three months pregnant and the heat of the summer kicks in. You know what happens? Your lower extremities swell up like crazy. Suddenly your pretty legs have turned into tree stumps. You up a shoe size overnight. Your skin itches and feels like it will crack open any minute because it’s so tight!
Thigh high compression stockings will be your new best friend. You may need help putting them on the first few times (right when you get out of bed in the morning!) but they pretty much take care of the problem. I bought these on Amazon. They fit perfectly, did a great job with the compression and stayed up all day long without cutting into my thighs.
Even if you normally don’t have problems, be sure to wear them when flying – a total game changer!
We all hope that we’ll be one of the magical mamas with anti-stretchmark genes (do these women really exist?) But just to be on the safe side, slather that Mother Love Pregnant Belly Salve all over yourself as often as you can! It has all natural and organic ingredients, smells pleasant to a pregnant lady and doesn’t have a greasy residue.
I wasn’t one of the lucky ones (I was as big as a VW bug and the stretch marks started showing up 3 months before due date), but I’m confident that the damage would have been much worse had I not used the salve almost every day. I used at least 5 or 6 jars. I also tried a self-made salve based on coconut oil and vitamin E oil which was amazing, but it didn’t absorb fast enough for my taste.
Oh yes…getting up to pee 5 to 6 times a night…needing what felt like hours to find the right position to get back to sleep again…lying awake wondering about how it will be with a baby to look after…what else do I need to do before the baby’s here????
If you’re a stomach-sleeper, my heart goes out to you. That is not a good thing when you’re pregnant – I know.
DON’T DO WHAT I DID! I was stupid and went for the less expensive version and only bought a long-side sleeper pillow, because my better half was concerned he might get kicked out of bed by one of those gigantic total body pillows. Well, I’ll tell ya what…when in doubt, buy the total body pillow! Just do it! Those nights are long and uncomfortable and it’s good practice for the hubby to wake up a few times a night too, or maybe he should buy you a bigger bed? This is about YOU.
“YOU have the baby…YOU make the rules!”
This is also where lavender oil comes in handy. You can’t just pop a melatonin and call it good when you’re pregnant. Lavender oil (and magnesium oil spray) are your last resorts. Although I never liked the smell of lavender, it certainly helped me fall asleep fast(er) and kept me calm(er) during the insomniac nights of worrying. There’s nothing I could do about the numerous trips to the bathroom, but I couldn’t live without my lavender oil. I still use it every night.
If you are having problems with carpal tunnel, this is what you wear. It won’t cure the problem but will help you cope.
Outsource anything you can!
As time goes on and your belly gets bigger and the back pain gets worse…mama doesn’t have the energy to do much of anything. Making babies is really hard work.
Have your groceries delivered…I’m serious! I’m still having them delivered and my twins are 1.5 years old!
Get a Blue Apron Subscription. They will provide you with everything you need to prepare quick, easy and healthy dinners for you and your family. I did it for the last 3 months of pregnancy and can highly recommend them.
Don’t have the motivation or the energy to clean your house? Hire a cleaning service (this is also great for the first 3 months after having your baby, by the way.)
Just say “NO!” Don’t feel like visiting your in-laws next weekend? Don’t want to help that one friend who always seems so needy? Don’t do things you dread – it’s all about keeping a positive mindset and saving your energy for making juicy babies.
With the help of these pregnancy essentials, you’re totally gonna rock this pregnancy! Just remember to STAY COOL! If you’re relaxed, your baby’s relaxed – making for a much happier baby (and mommy!) once she arrives.
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