When I first found out that I was pregnant I was on top of the world! My husband and I had wished for this little baby so dearly. However, I quickly realized just how clueless I was when it came to all things pregnancy. Most of my pregnancy has been trial and error. However, during this trial and error period I have stumbled across some items that I just could not live with out. Hopefully you will find this list as helpful as I did!
- A Desk Fan. I’ve never felt hotter than I do right now in the middle of my third trimester. No, I’m not talking about that wonderful pregnancy glow you often hear about, I’m talking about the increased body temperature that comes along with carrying your little one. Between elevated levels of progesterone, an increased workload on your body, and a boosted metabolism, it’s no wonder why we all turn into such hot mamas by the end of our pregnancy! One of my co-workers (tired of hearing me complain about the temperature in the office everyday) went out and bought me my very own desk fan as a joke. Joke or not, I use that thing every day!
- A Budget. Early on in my pregnancy I had to literally ban myself from going onto Pinterest. All of the adorable clothes, hand-made baby shoes, designer nurseries, and $300 diaper bags gave me a false sense of what my own pregnancy would look like. There are many costs to consider when becoming pregnant and its important to sit down and really think about where you put your money. Besides all of the fun things like clothes and toys, we also spent a hefty amount of money on OB/GYN visits, getting our carpets steam cleaned (I should probably do this on a regular basis but I’ve been slacking), buying furniture, and putting away money in anticipation of my lost wages while on leave to name just a few. Having a budget in mind early on will make it a lot easier when making those tough financial decisions down the road.
- Black Leggings and a Pair of Jeans. I first found out I was pregnant this past April. Timing was great because I was able to go months without ever having to put on pants! I wore a maxi dress just about every day of the week. However, something tragic happened in late September – It got too cold to wear my beloved maxis and flip flops. At this point I started to panic. I searched everywhere for a solution that was both cute and could still fit in my budget. Luckily I found Liz Lange for Target. By shopping at Target I was able to get a whole new (and cute!) maternity wardrobe on my slim budget. My top two favorites? A THICK, THICK, THICK pair of black leggings and some dark wash skinnies. The jeans have elastic on the sides and nothing covering the belly. You can barely tell they are even maternity jeans!
- Tums. I’ve never had heartburn before. Not until my 2nd trimester that is. Some nights the heartburn is so bad that I can barely sleep. On days like these my Tums are a godsend!
- Comfort Foods. During my first trimester there was a 3 week period where the thought of food, any food, made me want to curl up in a ball and cry. This is an especially tough time because many of us choose to delay announcing our pregnancy until the second trimester. This means that not only do you feel like crap all the time, but you also can’t tell anyone why you are feeling like crap. This is where your comfort foods come in handy. For me it was cereal, milk, vanilla wafers, and ice cream. I reverted back to eating like a toddler. All I’ll say about this period of time is thank goodness for prenatal vitamins!
- A Good Pregnancy App. There are many apps out there on the market, but for me I really enjoyed using ‘Glow Nurture’. It kept track of my pregnancy, provided daily articles for me to read, and has a very active community with lots of options for joining groups. If you haven’t tried it out already, you totally should!
What have your pregnancy must-haves been so far? I’d love to hear!