Let’s face it most pregnant women crave something at some point in their pregnancy. It maybe constantly and consist of beer and pickles or whatever sounds or smells good in that moment. I haven’t found something that I have craved constantly but my desire for a balanced sweet and salty menu has been fairly consistent. While I will NEVER pass up a nice bowl of icecream or cookies and milk, I have tried to find something that satifies my sweet tooth with something healthy.
The Edy’s Fruit Bars have hands down been one of the best food purchases I have made over the last 7.5 months. They are cold, sweet, contain actual fruit and are sooooo delicious! Even better, when you pair them with some lightly salted pretzels and maybe a small glass of Caffine Free Pepsi. True preggo delight!
Although I do not take them seriously, I have found it fun to read all the myth’s published about pregnancy. Some of the best are the ones that predict gender. For example, craving salt means you are having a boy and sweats indicate a girl.
Out of all of them, there is one that I am most anxious to see play out. Apparently, the more heartburn you have, the more hair will be on your little one when they are born. At the rate this little is going, they will need a hair cut in the first hour!!!
I am not one to take medicine often, especially while pregnant. While I know many types are just fine to use, I don’t see the point if I can push past the pain or discomfort and it go away on its own. With that being said, one can only try sleeping through heartburn for so long. On average, I probably need 5-10 tums a day. Mostly it is at night or during the day when I am hungry, yeah figure that one out! Hands down, one of the best pieces of advice I have receive, from my Mommy of course, is that pepermint helps with heartburn. Since then, a bag has been planted in my purse and is restocked
So ladies, if it’s burning, pop a pepermint to alleviate the burn and give yourself a little fresh breathe!
I dove into this pregnancy like I did our wedding with tons of books, websites, blogs, magazines and asking around. What I realized is that you are usually familiar with a lot of must have and must do items to get ready for a wedding, but preparing for a baby is completely different. So, I thought it would be a good time to share what the three most helpful books have been since the start of my pregnancy. There are a ton more that I will share after Peanut is born so I can really comment on what was more helpful. The top three books I reccommend when you or someone you know is pregnant are…
Number One Girlfriends Guide to Pregnancy
The Author has found a humourous way to provide the basic information every Mother-To-Be needs.After reading so many books that are often quite scary, this was such a joy to pick up. I would often read this book on the bus and get funny looks when I would burst out laughing. The Author and fellow Girlfriends mentioned in the book are blunt, honest and open about everything from begining to end with pregnancy.
Number Two The Mommy MD Guide to Pregnancy and Birth Rallie McAllister and Jennifer Reich
This has been a fantastic book to read thought my last 7 months. It is broken up by chapter which coinsides with each week of your pregnancy. Each chapter/week is broken down into Your Baby’s Size, Your Baby’s Latest Developments, Your Latest Developlents, Justification For a Celebration and then stories from Mothers who are also medical professionals. It was been nice to just focus on one week at a time, soaking in the most important information without being overwhelemd.
Number Three Pregnancy & Birth: The Essential Checklists Karen Sullivan
As someone who LOVES lists, this book has been a great resource and starting point for many of my personal lists. It breaks down things to do, think about and follow from getting your BFP to well after birth. My favorite lists so far have been; what to ask at your hospital visit, birth plan, hospital bags, birth partners checklist and nesting instinct. You will be seeing some of these lists in the near future as we get closer to Peanut’s due date!
The more I think about the tips I think are most important to share, the more I realize how many I actually have. Everyday, sometimes multiple times a day, I come across something and say to myself, “I need to remember to post this”! I got to the point where I started a list that I am constantly adding to and pull from it every week. Since I am officially in my 3rd trimester, I realized I am running out of time for pre-baby must haves so I maybe doubling up over the next few weeks to get them all in :o)
I always admired stylish pregnant women when I would see them out and about. I never gave much thought to where they purchased their clothing or even how easy/hard it was to find things. I was about 10ish weeks in when my pants were too uncomfortable to wear and I needed to start looking for maternity clothing (specifically pants). It’s on the early side but my pants were pretty tight/uncomfortable before I got pregnant.
I quickly learned that finding maternity clothing was much harder than I thought. Stores like Kohls, JC Penny, Macy’s etc… claim to have a maternity section, but what I found was a rack or two containing a few items. While Black Friday shopping, Rob and I went into Gap kids and the back part of their store was dedicated to maternity
I will do a more in depth post later about my experience with maternity clothing. For the purposes of this tip, I want to introduce you to, what I have found to be the single most important article of clothing in my collection (well several since I bought 3 gray and 4 white).
The Old Navy maternity fibbed tank top! I wear one of these under almost every top pre-maternity and maternity alike. I also parade around the house in these and often sleep in them too. They are long and scrunched on the sides to grow with your belly AND they make my bump look oh so cute! It seems to just hug me in the right places. I will be open and say that at the time of my BFP, I was about 186 lbs. As of today, I am about 198. So, as a not so little preggo, finding something that hugs me in the right places and makes me feel good is better than gold, chocolate or french fries!
Most Old Navy stores do not have a maternity section but their online selection is THE BEST I have found with affordable prices and free shipping over a certain amount. I suggest you stop on by, you won’t be disappointed!
There are so many things that you will read and hear that conflict with one another. From what foods you should & shouldn’t eat, to the amout of exercise you should be doing and the list never seems to end. One of the few things that I have heard and read that has been consistent is the importance of drinking water. I have always been good at drinking water but now that Diet Coke is out of the question, my intake has doubled at least. I know it’s hard for some but I have found it even easier to stay on my water intake with one of these lovely cups always in hand or in my purse. It is small enough to carry around, fits in my car cup holder, and is quite stylish! I try to drink about 20 refills a day and can tell a difference how I feel when I do. Sometimes I add lemons or limes for a little flavor :o)