First of all, let me start out this post by saying that I am DEFINITELY not pregnant right now. I am so excited to be again in the future, but right now? Right now I’m loving the time we’re being blessed with just Weston.
I don’t know if I have ever shared this online, but I always imagined that pregnancy would be just this amazing and magical time where I felt more womanly and awesome than ever. And I was wrong. It’s not that my pregnancy with Weston was bad or hard; other than developing gestational diabetes it was incredibly easy (physically). I had comparably minimal
morning all day sickness, only got sick a few times, and was able to exercise and eat well pretty much the whole time. I would wear out quickly towards the end of my pregnancy, but otherwise it was easy.
But I’ll say it a million times over and over again: having my sweet baby on the outside is infinitely more fun than playing guessing games about him on the inside. Becoming a mother is what pregnancy is all about, in the same way that a marriage is what a wedding is all about. Motherhood is what all of pregnancy, easy or not, is all about!
This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do what you can to safely make yourself as comfortable as possible during pregnancy. Looking back on my pregnancy with Weston I feel like I can give a little bit of input for mommas-to-be on what things really helped me along the way – and I’m happy to share!
- A good pair of maternity jeans. I’ll go ahead and say it, I bought the GAP maternity jeans that came really highly recommended and I hated them. Every time I wore them the elastic got weaker and they would stretch out, leaving a grossly oversized pair of pants to wash after almost every wear. I borrowed some pretty pricey maternity jeans from A Pea in the Pod that were amazing and fit perfectly every time. It’s worth it to spend a little extra for something you will literally wear every.single.day!
- A body pillow. I got mine for $10 at Target and used it every night. I know there are fairly pricey maternity-specific body pillows out there, but I found that a standard one was perfect for me!
- Prenatal yoga. Please know that if you are pregnant you should always get the OK from you doctor for any physical activity before starting something new! I have an amazing friend who gifted me with about a dozen prenatal yoga classes, which were absolutely wonderful. The studio I went to was YoMama in Boulder(when we lived in Colorado) and it was just a wonderful way to get in some me-time, meet other soon-to-be-mamas, calm my nerves and just get in some great exercise in general.
- Comfortable shoes. Granted we should always have good shoes, but especially if you are cleared to walk while pregnant you’re going to want something that has great support.
- Well-fitting nursing bras. As with all bras, you want to make sure you have a good fit. I just tried a bunch on right before having Weston and picked 2 that fit well and were easy to use, but there are more and more shops popping up these days that cater specifically to the nursing mom – use those experts! You’ll be glad you did!
- A good stool softener. I’ll be honest, it feels a little weird to put those words on a food-centric blog, but today I’m getting real with y’all and you need to know that this is something most new moms need the first few weeks or so after delivery. Always check with your doctor beforehand, but from my experience I would recommend DulcoEase Pink – super gentle on my tummy!
- A massage or pedicure or something fun after delivery! I know this isn’t a “thing” per se, but getting away for an hour or so alone is such a great idea postpartum. Moms need time for them too!
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