This is my first pregnancy (my son was adopted). And I will admit that I had no idea how I would handle it. I am very happy to say that I love being pregnant! I am a little shocked that I am enjoying it as much as I do. Here are a few of my favorite pregnancy things that have made this process easier and more enjoyable for me. I am currently 30 weeks as I am writing this.
This contoured body pillow has saved my sleep throughout this pregnancy! In fact, I really wish I had this pillow when I was dealing with my back issues and surgeries. I tell my husband that it’s like sleeping on a fluffy cloud. The hourglass shape supports my stomach to keep it from hanging down. And being able to wrap my legs around the bottom part keeps my hips aligned. I got this pillow early on in my pregnancy but it didn’t really start making a difference in my sleep until I was about 4 or 5 months when my stomach was growing. It’s going to be kinda hard to let this pillow go after the baby is born, but I know my husband will appreciate having a little extra room back on his side of the bed!
I will be the first to admit that I’m not a big workout person. My main motivation for any workouts is to keep my back strong, flexible, and pain free. I walk often and do lots of stretches (mostly on my exercise ball). I’ve always liked Tracy Anderson’s workout videos and do them occasionally. Her workouts are low impact and focus on targeting the accessory muscles, creating lean muscles. She uses mostly body resistance which makes her workouts good for any fitness level. I decided to give her Pregnancy Project a try. I love it! It’s the perfect amount of strength training and stretching, while remaining low impact. The set comes with 9 DVDs, one for each month during pregnancy. Each workout is 35-55 minutes long (most of them about 40 minutes). While pregnant, I have done these videos instead of other stretches. I do a video 3-5 times a week along with walking.
DIY Stretch Mark Cream
If you are or have been pregnant, you know the feeling. The one where you can feel your skin being stretched and pulled as your stomach is growing. It can be a little uncomfortable. Not only does keeping your skin hydrated and lubricated stop that feeling, it also helps prevent stretch marks. I use this DIY Stretch Mark Cream 1-2 times daily throughout pregnancy.
This pregnancy tea prepares the womb for childbirth. This blend strengthens the uterus and has been used for thousands of years to support pregnant women. Some women say this tea helped reduce nausea. I drink one to two cups a day. I add a little honey and gelatin (find it here and read about it here) to each cup.
When hunger strikes while I’m pregnant, it strikes hard. Out of nowhere. I go from “sure I could eat” to “if I don’t eat something right now I might hit somebody” in about 0.2 seconds. I don’t have any warning or any control over it. When I’m at home, I have a kitchen full of healthy snacks from boiled eggs to smoothies full of superfoods to raw milk (read why I drink raw milk while pregnant here). But when I’m out and about, I have to be prepared for this hunger beast to attack. My favorite on-the-go snacks are Dale’s Raw Food Bars (read more about why I love Dale’s here) and Nick’s Sticks. Although I’m lucky if I get the Nick’s Sticks. My 2 year old son sneaks a stick anytime he sees them!
Overall, this has been a super easy pregnancy. I was never nauseous, I have slept pretty well (other than lots of bathroom trips), I haven’t had any heartburn problems, and my immune system has stayed strong. I know a major contributing factor is that I use essential oils everyday. But not just any essential oils, I use therapeutic grade essential oils from Young Living. They are the only oils I ever use, but especially while pregnant. Read more about why I chose Young Living Essential Oils here and about my trip to winter harvest here. I keep my diffuser on whenever I am home (you get a diffuser with your Premium Starter Kit), I use the oils topically as needed, and I put them in my DIY personal products (like my stretch mark cream). I also used essential oils while conceiving and I was pregnant in one cycle. The guide I use for using essential oils safely during pregnancy is Gentle Babies by Debra Raybern. The book provides safety information and recipes for using essential oils for common pregnancy issues.
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