As of yesterday I am 17 weeks and feeling pretty great! The nausea has subsided and my energy is finally coming back. In the past week I’ve started feeling the baby kick and it’s been amazing. I love late at night, laying completely still and feeling the little flutter. It’s still too early to feel them on the outside but I’m so ready for when Alex can feel them as well! We’ve been trying but so far, nothing. Soon!
I thought I would share some things that have been really helping me through my pregnancy. Every pregnancy is different, there has been some things I’ve heard to be lifesavers for other moms but haven’t really worked out for me.
1. Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Body Butter.
Honestly, I was prone to stretch marks before getting pregnant so I wasn’t sure if it would even be important to invest in something like this. I decided to try it out and its been awesome! No new stretch marks and it has also faded old ones as well. Plus the smell is subtle. Highly recommend!
2. Amy’s Organic Soup
This may be a silly thing to add, but these soups have been a lifesaver! They are all organic and BPA free so on days when I don’t feel up for making lunch I can just throw one of these in the microwave and I’m getting a well rounded meal. I’ve tried most flavors, and there isn’t many I don’t like! So good!
3. Daily Planner
I tried doing a pregnancy journal and it just wasn’t for me. I didn’t feel like I was free to just write and I found myself having to fight to write in it. I decided to just order a weekly planner that goes until next December so I could just jot down little things here and there. I organize my appointments, weekly updates and little things here and there. Honestly, I love doing it this way! It has a little folder in the back where I keep pictures and little things and comes with really awesome stickers to keep everything really organized. Plus it fits in my purse so I can take it anywhere. I also love that it goes until next December so I’ll pretty much be able to document from the middle of my pregnancy to the right before the baby’s first birthday.
4. Childbirth Without Fear
WARNING: If you click on that link the cover of the book is pretty graphic, which is why I’ve included an old cover here. As of right now, I’m approaching as natural of a childbirth as I can have. This book has really taken away a lot of my fears and makes me feel confident that this is something my body is made to do and I can get through it. I am having a hospital birth but I thankfully found a doctor that is completely on board with giving me my natural birth. I know a lot of people have conflicting ideas on what is best but after my extensive research I definitely don’t think I’m making a bad or hard choice here.
5. The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding
This book is filled with really great information. I love that there is tips for how to prepare during pregnancy and a ton of information for after the baby is here. Highly recommend!
6. Black out Curtains
We actually just got these as a gift from Alex’s mom for his birthday but personally, I am LOVING them. We got them in navy and there is seriously NO light that gets through. We have a complete wall of window in our bedroom so its been amazing to finally be able to sleep in past 7! These will also come in handy when the baby is born.
7. My Pregnancy App
I LOVE this app! It tracks the baby daily, gives weekly updates and has awesome pictures and videos while you go along. It also tells you the baby’s size, weight, length, etc. Its been great to have such detailed resources in my pocket.
8. Target Yoga Pants
These pants have been amazing and so comfortable. The best part about them is they have a fold down waist and since I now have this belly, I just leave it up and they offer great support. 99% of the time I am in pants like these or maxi skirts, another lifesaver!
This website has been an absolute lifesaver. It’s basically one list compiled from a bunch of different websites. So I was able to put everything from Target, Amazon, etc in one place without having to send people to a bunch of different registries. Plus, say you just want to shop at Target you can make it show just Target options. Easy!
That’s all I have for now, any suggestions? Is there anything pregnancy related I NEED to have? Let me know!