Wednesday, December 5, 2018


I'm no expert. Anyone else could make a way better (and probably a lot more helpful) list than this, and actually - I loved the majorty of this stuff prior to being pregnant, but here are my PREGNANCY FAVES 23 weeks in...

I'm the kind of person who doesn't need a lot of stuff. I want a lot of stuff, sure, but in my opinion being pregnant isn't super different than not being pregnant and I don't think you have to change your entire life around for it. Obviously take your prenatals and know you'll outgrow your clothes, but you don't have to buy into everything. (This also goes for baby things in general, but let's talk about that when the time comes.) I think there's a huge market for those of us in the maternity and baby world, and so much advice about what you need, or don't need. But everyones world is different, so this isn't that. It's simply the top 5 things that I love and can't live without this pregnancy. Don't buy into it if you don't want to.

But, IF you do want my advice (kidding, lol).....

Literally, buy this the minute you find out your pregnant. Especially if it's your first pregnancy because then the minute you're ever pregnant again, you'll be bringing it back out. I originally got mine at 10 weeks with Emily because I'm a hardcore stomach sleeper and it's always soo hard for me to learn how to sleep on my side. I feel like my bones are just knocking eachother, and I can't fully stretch out so it's like I'm cramping up, and I hate it. And still, many nights I wish I could just roll onto my stomach - but this makes it 1000% more comfortable to sleep on my side. You can lay with the long side supporting your front or back (I sort of alternate between the two) and you can even prop yourself up in bed, which is nice if your name is Emily...

^^ basically Emily, lol. You really never know what kids will like and decide they're obsessed with.
(Or is that just my kid?) She drinks all her milk, and watches all her shows from the snoogle now. I'm begging John to get her the "junior" version for her new "big girl bed" that's will here after Christmas because I think it might entice her. (More to come, but omgpleasepray.)

I got mine on Amazon, but I think the prices look pretty comparable everywhere. Worth it, worth it, worth it. (And this might be my very best advice here, which is why I've listed it first.)

I won't show you mine because it's terribly personal (in the best way), but if you're pregnant and want to document it - CHECK THIS OUT. I used the same book with Emily too and neither girls may be interested in it until they go on to have babies of their own, but it's so fun to have a space to docuement this time. It goes by so slow, yet feels so fast once it's over. And regardless of what your pregnancy was like and the sucky parts (I have sucky parts too), you won't meet a Mama who doesn't say she misses her belly once it's all said and done. And this is set up really nicely week-by-week, with a space for a picture each week and a little entry on how you're feeling, and what's going on in your world. There's a space for notes on each appointment + ultrasound, a place to jot down your cravings month by month and a few pages to write your reflections on each trimester. * I go to town writing little side notes and putting pictures of everything in it!

This is where someone will no doubt tell me that this stuff is full of junk or something, but we're entitled to our own favorite things. And this pregnancy, I love this junk. It's something I actually started using AFTER Emily was born because my doctor told me it would help "tone down" my c-section scar (sry), and when I was nursing I was terrified my usual tiny b-cup's would get stretch marks (sry again). And I started to really like it, so now I slather it all over my entire body after I shower each night and I feel like this.

It doesn't smell particularly great, but neither does coconut oil day after day after day and I know a lot of people use that. (But again, my world, my opinion.) I get mine at Walmart because I found it's the best price. And because I'm trying to stay out of Target.

Yes, I just linked my Beachbody site - BUT HEAR ME OUT. If you don't have Beachbody on Demand, you need it. Pregnant or not. But if you happen to be pregnant, this is my favorite!


Except me, as a turtle.

FUN, RIGHT? Really though! I LOVE IT SO MUCH. I did the whole 30 day program during my second trimester with Emily, and I'm choosing not to commit to anything like that right but I try to incorporate it in at least once a week. Twice if I'm having a good week. The reason why it's the bomb is because:

A) it's low impact.
B) it's fun. (Like, so fun.)
C.) Emily doesn't scream when I turn it on.
And  D.) because as much as I hate to say it, I have to say it. It's a calorie burner. Meaning I can still eat whatever I want. Because I will eat whatever I want.

There's a few other workouts that I love for pregnancy too, but this is a must try.

Every pregnant women will know what "the uniform" means, and this is mine. I've always been pregnant in the winter, so I don't know what it's like in the summer, but it's important you find your uniform because getting dressed each day can get incredibly frustrating as nothing fits. I don't have a ton of maternity. But because I'm home 99.98% of the time, I don't need a lot. I have about five pairs of maternity leggings (all of which I got on sale), two bras that currently fit, and then I get away with tight fitting shirts and either my old converse or my Costco slippers. But whenever I do leave the comfort of my home, it's in this vest.

It keeps me warm enough during these mild Texas winters. But also because walking around pregnant is what I imagine being famous is like. You get a lot of looks and I feel this somehow gives me some privacy. Like I'm sheilding my baby and also saying, "don't talk to me." ALSO doubles as a muffin top concelear, lol. And when you can't see the muffin top, "you're all belly."

Which is what every pregnant women wants to hear, FYI.

This is obviously a more personal item because not everyone will experience heartburn, but these are a staple in my diet. I know there's a big rumor that babies with hair cause heartburn, and I did have one baby already with a headfull of hair - but I think it has more to do with my short torso, and the fact that my stomach is full REALFAST. My babies live right up in my boobs so it makes sense it feels like my food is in my throat most of the time. So most meals are followed up with these. You could use regular TUMS, but the Smoothies are the best. IN MY OPINION :)

Hands down, HANDSDOWN the thing I cannot live without right now. Take my snoogle, TAKE IT ALL. But I may die without pizza. It's my favorite food, and a big deal because there's nothing else that has been a huge "craving" of mine this time around (I blame intuitive eating, lol) so a lot of the time nothing sounds good at all - which is frustrating. (Apparently typical for learning how to intuitively eat.) But pizza is the one thing I will jump up and down for. I can eat it any time of day, and love it just as much cold, if not more.

And it's not even that Little Caesars itself is the best pizza ever - I know this, but the fact that it's always available, is a pregnancy must. Nothing worse than craving something but knowing it'll take too long to make, or it's too far away or will cost too much. Little Ceasars is only a five minute drive, pizza is always "hot and ready" and waiting for me - ANDDD only $5. You can't beat it.

I told you, helpful right?

What were your favorites while pregnant? What couldn't you live without, or what do you suggest to everyone you know? (For me, it's the snoogle. You've gotta have it.)

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