I see the light at the end of the tunnel… well at least the light at the end of the second trimester tunnel because we are rounding 26 weeks ya’ll! I’m trying not to count down because this is my last pregnancy so I should be “savoring” it right? Side note: I’m not the best pregnant woman. I don’t luvvvvvve being pregnant…. I love the ability to carry and birth a child and count it as one of the greatest things I’ll do in life. But what I mean is I don’t feel like I’m at my best while pregnant because frankly I’m more tired, irritable, scatter-brained, sore, and have zero control over my body …have I mentioned I like control before? Its not my best quality but it has helped me learn a lot about myself, life, and how to manage pain and discomfort when it arrises. Since pregnancy is my perfect storm of discomfort I rounded up the top 10 things that give me comfort during my pregnancies.
I have used this oil for 6 years since my very first pregnancy with Waylon. I remember Sam brought it home one day to help me with my itchy skin and to ward off any anti stretch marks. FYI, when I was pregnant with my first son 6 years ago I was so afraid of stretch marks but have never actually gotten them from pregnancy; although if you do have them please know they are your tiger stripes mama and just add to your beauty! I have found Bio Oil to make my skin softer, more even toned and genuinely more supple. The Bio-Oil formulation is a combination of plant extracts and vitamins suspended in an oil base. It contains the breakthrough ingredient PurCellin Oil™, which changes the formulation’s overall consistency, making it light and non-greasy. This ensures that the goodness contained in the vitamins and plant extracts is easily absorbed. Bio-Oil has undergone safety assessments in accordance with the Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on Cosmetic Products. The toxicological profile, chemical structure, level of inclusion and total level of daily exposure of each ingredient used has been assessed and deemed safe for use (including for use by pregnant women).
The Baby Center App:
The Baby Center App & Website dishes out all the info about getting pregnant and what you can expect every week while pregnant. I love getting the weekly videos about what our baby might look like at each stage. Also since this is my 3rd pregnancy it has totally helped me stay on track of how far along I am since I tend to forget this time around. It also offers a support system of other women who are pregnant at the same time as you. The only caveat I have with any online pregnancy forum is to remember to not get sucked into the “scary pregnancy”articles. You know the ones that make you more anxious and then you end up googling horror stories thinking that all the bad things are going to happen to you….ya been there done that.
Peppermint Mints or Gum:
When I was about 7 weeks pregnant in late November I was flying home on an airplane and nearly lost my Thanksgiving dinner. The turning and turbulence of the plane my nausea skyrocketed….I hit my flight attendant call button and luckily got a sympathetic one. While breathing into my barf bag with my toddler by my side she knew exactly how I felt and told me smelling a lime wedge would help me as it did for her during her 3 pregnancies. She was right and it got me through the next hour until we landed. So to reduce nausea or scent aversion cut up a lime and smell it.
This might not be feasible for everyone but during the 1st trimester when nausea was at it’s highest going to bed at 7:00 pm was one of the only ways to end the nausea and feel better the next day. I noticed that when I didn’t get enough sleep my nausea and exhaustion was worse.
When my body is growing and changing at rapid speed jeans are the last thing I want to put on. I found dresses that drape and hang without any restriction feel the best while pregnant. My favorite one at the moment is this dress from Humble Hilo.
Ginger Lemon Tea:
Both lemon and ginger have energy-boosting properties, as well as antioxidant and immune-boosting effects. Despite it being called a tea, lemon ginger tea is actually an infusion of lemon juice and ginger root, and it does not technically use any tea leaves. I loved drinking this tea in the morning in place of coffee and at night before bed for it’s powerful active ingredients. Ginger is known to soothe nausea and eliminate vomiting while promoting more effective digestion and nutrient absorption. Lemon, on the other hand, is closely linked to reducing indigestion and heartburn.
A lovely treat for the tired mama to be. You deserve these weekly and you’ll need them when you can see your toes anymore in the 3rd trimester.
A Solid Support System:
For me my solid support system is my husband who came home from work every day in the first trimester, took over all parenting duties, made dinner, and did all the laundry. He would laugh and say that he still does all this but during my first trimester I just couldn’t hang past 5:00pm so he let me letdown and go to bed early. If you don’t have an arrangement like this then take support from friends and family where you can. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, dinners, and or order take-out when needed.
Meditation + Prayer:
During the most challenging moments of pregnancy whether it be nausea, round ligament pain, exhaustion or labor, meditation and prayer can be a game changer to set your mind on a more positive and healthy track. My favorite free mediations can be found on christablackgifford.com.
I hope you’re enjoying life and a healthy happy pregnancy if you’re currently pregnant.
*Maternity Photos by Meghan Nicole Photography