Thursday, August 9, 2012

I couldn't have made it through this pregnancy without...

I'm sure every woman has her ups and downs throughout her pregnancy.  My pregnancy was definitely on the easy side but there were a few pains and annoyances here and there.  There were a few items that helped me through those bad times and made these 9 months a little easier.  Here are a few of my pregnancy survival items!

1.  Chewable PreNatal Vitamins:  You may be laughing but I have a serious problem when it comes to swallowing pills.  And have you seen the size of most prenatal vitamins?  Two words: horse pills!  Needless to say I was ecstatic when I found out VitaFusion made gummy vitamins and my doctor approved them!

2.  Maternity Belt:  Around 29 weeks I started experiencing horrible back pain due to my lil man pushing on my sciatic nerve.  Let me just say it was one of the worst pains I have ever experienced.  I dreaded having to get out of bed and walk anywhere.  That was when the waddle began because walking normally was no longer possible.  I endured the pain for about 2 weeks before I finally decided I would try anything that might help.  I resorted to the maternity belt, not very flattering I know, but a lifesaver.  I could walk again!!  After about 2 weeks of wearing the belt, the pain disappeared.  Thank you maternity belt for getting me through those 2 weeks!

3.  Mustela Stretch Mark Cream:  My cousin recommended I use this cream to try and avoid stretch marks and boy am I glad I did.  Not one stretch mark!  Now who knows if this cream was the sole reason why I have no stretch marks but I am going to believe it is!  And my belly sure has expanded!

4.  Snoogle Pillow:  This is by far the most amazing thing ever invented.  I don't know how I would have survived without this pillow.  I have been sleeping with this since I was 3 months pregnant.  The further along I got the more I needed this pillow to sleep.  Now at 37 weeks, I don't sleep well regardless what I try but without this pillow I would literally never sleep!

5.  Eucerin Intensive Repair Lotion:  My skin became extremely dry throughout my pregnancy.  Without a good hydrating lotion, I would have been miserable because there is nothing I hate more than dry skin!  Eucerin did the trick and is not greasy like so many other lotions I have tried.

6. Cantaloupe:  Since about 30 weeks, I have been eating a cantaloupe a week all by myself.  I don't know what it is about cantaloupe but I just can't get enough of it.  It is just so refreshing!

What were/are your go to items?

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Morgan said...

chewy vitamins are where it's at!

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Christine D. | The Plumed Nest said...

great list! i wish i would have known about chewable prenatal vits! with my first son i used an oil called "mothers milk" and i didn't get any stretch marks either, but honestly i think it's in the genes because even after my second pregnancy with twins i didn't get a single one either. with my first it was all about caesar salad and with my twin ice. i was so obsessed with ice, i would literally have a panic attack if i didn't have it. i frequented all the gas stations in town for the best ice (the smaller the better). obviously it was from iron deficiency but hey, i was really hydrated! your pregnancy pics are so sweet! love them :) oh and i had sciatica with my first and oh! it hurts!

Miki {Becoming What I Always Was} said...

I love seeing these lists. I have a couple blogger pals that have made them. I always like to pin or save them because I assume that one day I will be pregnant, and I wouldn't want to go without! =)

Erin @ The Grass Skirt said...

I'd be lost without my pregnancy pillow! And I have never ever liked cantaloupe in my life, but I've been eating it like mad for the past two weeks. I wonder what it is about it that makes us crazy pregnant ladies want it so badly? :)

MerciBlahBlah said...

Chef Boyardee. I know, I know. It sounds terrible, but I had a lot of nausea at night, and Chef Boyardee was the ONLY thing that sounded appetizing to me. I asked the nurse about it, and she said it was because it was all carbs, so my body kind of knew that is what would be easiest to digest. When I was in the hospital (I was on hospital bedrest from 25 weeks until I delivered triplets at 34 weeks) I craved orange juice like it was going out of style. There was a room at the hospital for all the ladies on bedrest, stocked with stuff like cereal, ice cream, oj, pop tarts, fruit, etc., and I would send my husband to bring back as many cups of oj as he could carry.

Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy!!



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