SECOND TRIMESTER FAVORITES:

I can’t believe I’m in my THIRD TRIMESTER! I am now 28 weeks pregnant & I can feel my body changing everyday. The baby is getting bigger, and so is my belly. I’d say my second trimester was awesome, especially having the amount of energy I had! But I noticed as soon as I was creeping closer to my third trimester, my energy levels shifted & lowered! Bummer. Back to being tired again.

Also, I’ve been having MAJOR pubic/pelvic pain. It hurts when I walk, it hurts when I try to change my pants, it hurts when I’m trying to change positions in bed. I know it’s all apart of my body adjusting and making room for baby + the added weight, but this part of pregnancy isn’t so “fun”. Speaking of weight gain, I’m on track! My midwife said I’m not gaining too much, which is awesome! I know I still have about 12 weeks left (give or take), so I’m hoping I stay within the healthy range of weight gain!

I did have my 1 hour glucose test, and I passed that- which was a huge relief! I do not want gestational diabetes, and the thought alone is terrifying!  I did mention that I have anterior placenta, and I couldn’t really feel the baby strongly for the longest time! But once I hit around 24-25 weeks, BAM she started moving a lot! I’m feeling her move every night and morning now. I must say, it’s a pretty incredible feeling! It’s so surreal that MY baby is inside me, moving around. I still can’t fathom that I’m having a child! It’s an awesome feeling, and I’m so grateful I get to experience it. My body continues to surprise and amaze me with this pregnancy!

Now I’m just preparing for our baby to come! I am having my baby shower in early October, and I’m excited to celebrate with close family + friends. I hope to document the baby shower with lots of photos! I’ll make sure to have someone be the camera person, since I already know I’ll be super busy talking to everyone, and enjoying the evening. Anyway, if you’re curious what my second trimester favorites were- keep reading! Keep in mind, my pregnancy is super easy & I feel like I’ve been pretty low maintenance.

 

SECOND TRIMESTER FAVORITES:

1. pregnancy pillow- I HAVE THIS ONE.

2. comfy leggings/loungewear- THESE ONES. I need them in every color!

3. prenatal vitamins & add in some probiotics- MEGAFOOD PRENATALS, RAINBOW LIGHT PRENATALS, AND THESE PROBIOTICS. I have used all of these products & love them!

4. water tumbler- I couldn’t help myself & bought THIS ADORABLE ONE. You need to make sure you’re drinking a lot of water! It’s easier to have some sort of bottle to take with you everywhere.

5. comfy shoes for walking- Currently eyeing THESE or THESE!

6. Ina May’s guide to childbirth- THIS BOOK. I have so much anxiety/fear about giving birth & reading this book has truly helped with those fears! Even if you’re not expecting to give birth “all natural”, it’s still VERY helpful and eye-opening. I highly recommend reading this!

I hope this list does help you, if you’re currently pregnant or thinking about getting pregnant. I’m curious to see how my last trimester goes. I’m terribly nervous and anxious for the arrival of baby girl E. I’m sure these last 12 weeks are going to fly by! Until then, I’m going to soak up these LAST moments of being childless.

 

xo

 

FIRST TRIMESTER FAVORITES:

Hi everyone!

I meant to write this post awhile ago, but life has been very busy with moving to a new city and apartment. I have lots more boxes to unpack, but wanted to share my first trimester must haves! Mine will probably be different from other women’s because I did NOT have morning sickness or nausea (keep that in mind).

  1. Good prenatal vitamins. The day I found out I was pregnant I rushed to Target and chose Nature Made Prenatal Multi. I like them a lot! I know that some women get sick/nauseas from taking their prenatal vitamins, but I didn’t. They are inexpensive, too! I only bought the 90 capsules, and did not repurchase because I found these ones called Rainbow Light Prenatal One. Get a good prenatal that works for you!
  2. Make sure to buy good stretch mark lotions/oils! Although stretch marks are genetic, it’s good to moisturize and *try* to minimize them! I already have stretch marks on my thighs/side of my hips from gaining weight in the past. They are white now, but I still want to keep my stretching skin moisturized. For me, getting stretch marks on my stomach is probably inevitable! But my little sister bought me this oil called Mother’s Special Blend All Natural Skin Toning Oil. You can get it from amazon, but she got it from Whole Foods! I don’t love the way it smells, but it leaves your skin feeling VERY moisturized! I slather it on my thighs, stomach, and boobs! I also got this Palmer’s Cocoa Butter from Target! You can put the oil on first, then the lotion for extra moisture.
  3. Baby Center & What to Expect phone apps. It’s always fun to track pregnancy, to see how big your baby is getting and what it looks like. I was amazed with the growth and progress, and I loved reading about each new week with my boyfriend. Baby Center app has something called “birth club” and once you put your approximated due date, you’ll be able to talk to other expecting mamas about…. anything! If you have a question- post it, if you want to rant- post it! When I was feeling cramping in my first trimester, I was so worried but the ladies on there reassured me it was normal! It was just my uterus growing and my body making changes already (as long as you aren’t bleeding!) I highly recommend downloading them both!
  4. Fruit, lots of fruit. Like I mentioned, I was fortunate enough NOT to have morning sickness. I continued to have a great appetite and only had some food aversions (coffee and salads grossed me out). One thing that was strange and I never experienced was HUNGER PAINS & waking up starving. I had to make sure to eat every 2-3 hours or I’d feel like my stomach was empty (that’s the ONLY time I’d get nauseas). The best thing for me to snack on in-between meals? Fruit! I loved eating bananas, mangoes, strawberries and grapes the most! My body craved so much fruit and still does through my second trimester. YUM!
  5. Comfy pants/leggings. Crazy enough, my pants started getting uncomfortable during my first trimester! I literally couldn’t button my pants & SIT comfortably at week 10! I felt SO bloated and fat! So if you’re like me, just do yourself a favor and wear leggings. I kept trying to stuff my ass into my jeans & it was totally uncomfortable. I started wearing maternity jeans by week 12 or so.
  6. Pregnancy journal. As soon as I found out I was pregnant, I went to TJ Maxx and bought a cute journal to write in, to document my pregnancy. I have been HORRIBLE keeping up with it, but I still jot down things going on in my life, symptoms, how I’m feeling, etc. I think it’ll be fun to look back on and read!

I felt great during my first trimester. I was just VERY exhausted! If you’re feeling tired, rest. Take naps & don’t feel bad about it! You’re literally growing a tiny human being. You deserve all the rest you can get, especially before baby comes. If you have nausea, I suggest Ginger Ale, Preggie pops, and lots of water to keep you hydrated!

Today, I am 17 weeks 4 days. A couple more weeks & I am HALFWAY through this pregnancy! Time is FLYING BY, it’s crazy. I get to do my anatomy scan at 20 weeks & hopefully it’s still a little girly 😉 I am excited and very anxious, I just want to make sure she is healthy!

Side note: I made a Poshmark, so check it out HERE. 🙂 Talk to you guys soon!

xx