Being pregnant the second time around offers a bit of comfort from experience. It doesn’t make nausea more bearable of backaches less nagging, but you know that those discomforts are short-lived. And just like I now know that newborns don’t really require that much stuff, I know my pregnancy needs are on a short list as well.
There are so many fancy-schmancy products geared toward pregnant women. No surprise! After engaged women, we are probably the most anxious to spend our dough on ‘necessary’ items. I have incredibly over-priced crib-bedding to prove it
There are, however, a few items that make pregnancy more comfortable for me, so I thought I’d share with you some of my favorites! In no particular order…
Full Panel Jeans and Leggings – For those that don’t know, pregnancy pants come in two forms- half panel and full panel. I own two pairs of half panel jeans and though they worked well when my belly first started popping, now they are pretty uncomfortable.
When I sit, they cut in and press hard against baby girl and she fights back. They also give me a weird muffin-top/love handle combo. I have enough issues with trying to get dressed right now and sure don’t need another challenge to battle.
The full-panel feels supportive to my growing belly, like a snug hug. It’s official. I’m a full panel girl.
Pro-Compression Socks – Pregnancy is an athletic event, right? Sure, why not. I had heard of women, especially those on their feet for much of the day, wearing support hose and socks. I never thought much of it. However, I am on my feet so much of the day long now and by the end of the day, they hurt. I haven’t experienced any swelling, but my feet feel fatigued. One day I threw on my compression socks and WOW, what a difference! It felt like someone was squeezing my feet. They felt supported and soothed.
Compression wear doesn’t only help my legs and feet better, they can also help prevent varicose veins and reduce swelling. Seriously, though, they feel great! My one little pair gets washed and reused pretty dang often.
Coconut Oil – What isn’t this stuff good for? It’s great for the kitchen, but I’m referring to the jar I keep in my bathroom. After the shower I smother this stuff head to toe, really concentrating on my belly. I know genetics have a large part of determining whether you get stretch marks (I lucked out in pregnancy #1), but staying hydrated from the inside out (drinking water and moisturizing) can’t hurt.
I love coconut oil because it is natural and really moisturizes my skin like a champ. Plus, a chance to give my baby bump a good rub down is fun too.
Decaf Coffee & Tea – I’m one of those who restricts my diet during pregnancy. You know, no caffeine, no deli meat, no medicines. I’m not here to start the discussion, just saying that’s what I choose to do. Because of this, I REALLY enjoy a decaf drink now and then. I’ll sip a small cup of decaf tea or decaf coffee and it feels like a treat!
Yes, I am aware that small amounts of caffeine remain in decaf drinks and that some use chemicals in the decaffeinating process, so I try to stick to organic when possible, but nope, I’m not perfect about it.
The Snoogle – It takes up half the bed, it’s silly looking and I love it. No, not David (hardee har har), I’m talking about my snoogle that I pulled out of hiding. The snoogle basically takes the place of 4 pillows- one for the head, one for the back, one for between the knees and one for belly support. Yes, once I crawl into bed, I wrap the thing around me until I’m in the middle of a donut.
It encourages me to sleep on my side, which is important because I still find myself on my back some nights, and it supports every inch of me. Sleep with this pregnancy has been phenomenal for the most part (knock on wood), so thank you snoogle.
I’m sure I look this beautiful while sleeping with it, too. The only thing missing is the puddle of drool. (Sorry for that visual)
My Hubs – I’d be doing him a disservice if I didn’t mention David. He calls me supermom (which inflates my head more than any other possible compliment), encourages me to relax and rubs my aching feet and back. I’m not sure which I appreciate more, the emotional support or the foot rubs, but both are ridiculously comforting. I know I wouldn’t handle the challenges that come with being a pregnant toddler mom and running the house half as well without his support.
What is one pregnancy item you can’t live without?