Monday, 19 June 2017

My Pregnancy Essentials

Pregnancy is different for every woman; with certain things happening to some bodies yet not to others, emotions running all over the place and food cravings taking over your life, but all in all, it's a pretty wonderful (but stressful) time.

I'm no professional, I've just tried out a few different things that I've googled and/or been recommended since being pregnant so I wanted to write about my 'Holy Grail' list of the products I've discovered along the way that have helped me tackle some of the bumps in the road & I would definitely recommend to other mumma's to be ✌

Pregnacare Vitamins:
Pre-natal vitamins were the first important product that I went out to buy with my mum when I found out I was pregnant. They've got all the vitamins and minerals that your baby needs to help them grow and if you're like me and have suffered from anemia regularly in the past, they're great at keeping your body up to speed with the intense changes to come throughout your 9 month journey.

Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Oil:

I've heard so many different opinions when it comes to stretch mark creams and oils - some people swear by them, some people believe it's all to do with your genes and they're inevitable either way - but I can honestly say, this oil has helped put my mind at ease when it comes to those scary marks. I've been applying it twice a day on my belly, waist and legs and have yet to see any pop up so far! It's even helped smooth out my varicose veins that run in my family so I can't really fault it and it smells AMAZING so that's always a bonus.

Maternity Clothes:
I've been super lucky I feel as I've not had to go out and spend a fortune on maternity clothes to cover up bump during this summer heat. Having a cousin who had a baby a year ago has been a huge help as she has literally saved my life so many times by passing down clothes and other useful things to save me the hassle of unnecessary shopping, bless her heart, I can't thank her enough ❤ And with my mum being 1-2 sizes bigger than me, I've managed to get away with wearing a lot of her bras and leggings which are the 2 clothing items I feared having to spunk money on the most. So if you do have anyone in your family that can help in this way, I'd highly recommend it as it'll save you a crap tonne of money, especially if you don't know if/when you'll get pregnant again & don't wanna have to invest in the pricey products.

Heartburn and acid reflux is one of those things that not everyone suffers from in pregnancy but unfortunately I've not been lucky enough to escape it 😢 I didn't have it much in my first trimester, but throughout my second and third, it's basically been ruling my life. Even if I don't eat foods that typically flare it up, I still seem to suffer - more so at night time when I'm trying to sleep and it feels like my whole throat is on fire - so Rennie has been my best friend in my time of need. My family, being superstitious Romanian's and all, believe that if you suffer from it then it means the baby has a lot of hair so I guess we'll just have to wait and see if their old wives tales prove to be right or not 😉

Breathable Sports Bras and Nipple Pads:
Oh my god, I never thought I'd say this as I've always craved having bigger boobs since mine are like pancakes normally, but I wish they'd stop bloody growing now! >.<
It's been so uncomfortable finding bras that don't squish them and give me back ache, especially since they're constantly leaking milk at the moment (sorry if that's TMI 😇) so I've literally been wearing loose sports bras or my mum's bras which are 2 cup sizes bigger than my usual. Don't get me wrong, I am loving the cleavage, especially since it's Summer so I get to wear pretty dresses and show them off a bit, but my biggest peeve this pregnancy has definitely been keeping them comfortable and dry throughout the day and night. 

If any of you know me, then you'll know how much I struggle when it comes to my eating habits. I don't have an eating disorder at all, nor do I deliberately stop myself from getting what I need, but for years now I've gone through this roller coaster journey of keeping my weight up and ensuring I eat enough to stay healthy. Add a growing baby into that mix and my food dilemma has become 10x more stressful! There's days when I just don't feel like I can force myself to eat more than maybe 1 or 2 small meals and as much as it pains me that I'm not necessarily giving my baby the best chance to grow, there's not much I can do other than constantly snack and do my best to keep up with everything else, you know? I've noticed that cereal, crackers with cheese, fruit and milk have helped boost my appetite quite well lately, especially considering how hot it is in Britain at the moment, who wants to eat a roast when it's 30 degrees?!

Vitamin E Rosewater Hydrating Face Mist:
This isn't really a pregnancy related product as such, it's just something I've been loving for a while now, but I've also found it super refreshing and useful during this unbearable heat so I thought I'd add it on. This face mist from The Body Shop smells amazing, feels amazing and keeps my face constantly hydrated, even when I can feel my make up running down my face after a hot and sweaty day. It's an instant pick me up and I can't recommend it enough, especially if you are prone to dry skin like me or just want something to help fix your make up and to achieve a natural dewy look.

Mindful Hypnobirthing:
I was recommended to read this book by a friend of mine who is due just a few weeks before me and I can honestly say it's helped calm a lot of my anxieties about labour which is something I never thought could happen. I have THE WORST pain threshold and was beyond terrified of giving birth before giving this book a chance and despite a lot of the controversy surrounding hypnosis, I'm actually feeling a lot more confident about the whole thing now and am hoping it'll pay off when the time comes. If you're worried it's gonna be all that mystical and hypnotic bullshit that you see in movies and stuff, it's not; it's literally all about mind over matter and having an empowering birth experience which I think is incredibly important to first time mums who are as clueless as I was!

Baby Bump App:

Lastly this app has been a cute daily update of what's going on with my body and baby which puts a little smile on my face every morning. It's not necessarily an essential but it's a great way to connect with other mum's on the forums, record your baby's kicks, check out popular baby names and much more. There are plenty of other apps out there like this that do the same thing but seeing as I have an Android phone, Baby Bump has been the best choice for  me so far.

And that's it! My unique list of items that have helped me during pregnancy. They may not work for everyone but they've sure worked for me :) What are some of your recommendations? I'm always on the lookout for more goodies!


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