Pregnancy is not easy (well maybe it is for you), however a lot of changes are happening and here are a bunch of items that have saved me through the 9 long months.
The Pregnancy Pillow aka my boyfriend:
If you dont have one of these you must invest or borrow from a friend. I am a back sleeper and was told that is a big no no during pregnancy so I bought this pillow to help and well lets just say I missed it when I gave it up once I had my first born (I promise you my husband did NOT miss it). The moment I found out I was pregnant with baby #2, that pillow immediately came out of storage and I am wondering how I am going to give it up again. I bought the Snoogle but there are tons of brands out there to choose from. One thing to note: this pillow is NOT small!!!
If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to purchase one of those water bottles that are leak proof (trust me on that one) and you can fill up and throw into your purse. I am always thirsty and when I need water, I need it now. Lucky for me, I work in the promo industry so I have an endless supply of water bottles, but go to any pharmacy or supermarket as they have tons of options.
The Long White Layering Tank:
The question is how many of these white long layering tanks do I actually have in my maternity wardrobe? Easily 6-7 and I could probably buy more. These are not just for summer time, they are amazing for layering since either your boobs have gotten too big and your regular scoop neck shirt just turned into the lowest cleavage shirt or your belly is hanging out the bottom of your shirt. I even thought it helped make those “trouble” areas a little less “trouble”
A Good Place to Shop:
You can try to wear your pre-pregnancy clothes for as long as possible, but I promise you it won’t last long until you start feeling that everything is so tight and you just want to get it off (or peel it off depending on how far along in your pregnancy you are), or your belly is actually hanging out the bottom (hey if that’s your cup of tea, go for it) at which point you decide “ok now it’s time I buy some maternity clothes” but where do you go? Well pick out your favorite maternity shop and treat yourself to some cute clothes. My pick (both pregnancies) was/is a little boutique shop called Kick Maternity that is located mid-town Toronto. Not only do they have a great selection of clothes, they carry brand names, non-brand names and their staff are SUPER helpful and most importantly they are honest and know their stuff.
Ok so your jeans are getting a little tighter now and its hard to get them done up – what do you do?? You don’t have a bump so no need to get maternity jeans yet, but you can’t sit in those tight jeans that leave the button mark embedded into your skin … get a belly band!!! These bands have the appearance of wearing a tank top but infact you leave your jean button open and the band keeps your pants from falling down (smart invention) – even good for post pregnancy. I got mine at Kick Maternity
As if my pregnancy pillow/”boyfriend” wasn’t enough, I added in the pregnancy wedge pillow in the last few months of my pregnancy. Near the end, I tend to use the pregnancy pillow as support for my back leaving an open space for that poor heavy belly of mine and decided to try this out and for $15 it was well worth it! Wedge it right under your belly when lying down and it just lifts an enormous weight off. I got this at Toys R Us
Well there you have it … my pregnancy survival guide. If there are any products that have helped you during your pregnancy, please share by commenting below.