*Originally posted Sept 22, 2017
Sitting at 24 weeks pregnant, I’ve gotten to experience quite of the joys or pregnancy as well as a few of the discomforts that come along with hormonal and physical changes.
Here are some of my must haves for a comfortable pregnancy:
Prenatal Vitamins. I’m almost certain the first prenatal I picked up at CVS was causing my nausea on early mornings because when I switched to these that discomfort virtually disappeared. I did a lot of research and read a lot of reviews looking for a high quality vitamin that my body could actually use and would not just be lost in my urine. After deciding that finding something in a glass bottle wasn’t going to happen I opted for these and am so glad I did. These taste absolutely delicious, I split up the dose and take two gummies at bed time and two with breakfast in the morning. This is the first time in my life that I have been truly consistent with taking a multi-vitamin and plan to continue with these even after Baby Foster arrives. The best part? I use Amazon subscribe & save so I never run out!
Magnesium. Some research suggests the morning sickness during the early stages of pregnancy may be a result of decreased magnesium absorption. The changes in our hormones decreases our body’s ability to properly absorb the essential mineral. I always take a magnesium supplement at bedtime to help with muscle recovery and digestion and have continued this throughout the pregnancy.
Coconut Oil. You won’t find this in my kitchen but there is always a tub in my bathroom. Coconut oil is a great moisturizer and has antibacterial properties. It has kept my face clear and helped tremendously with the back breakouts when my hormones were freaking out in the first trimester. It is also helpful to prevent stretchmarks and to soothe your skin when it starts to get obnoxiously itchy in the second trimester.
Insulated Water Bottle. This bottle seriously keeps stuff cold forever which is exactly what you need in the heat of summer to make sure that you are well hydrated. You want a LARGE bottle that you don’t need to refill constantly throughout the day if you don’t have access to a good water source. And if you haven’t had enough to drink your body will let you know when you wake up with charlie horses at 4am and then have to limp around for a week because your calf is so tight. Yup, that happened and it wasn’t fun .
Comfortable Bras. My boobs changed almost immediately; it was one of the signs that let me know I was expecting. Everything became uncomfortable. There are three bras that are keeping me comfortable and supported for my long days. But don’t go crazy buying a bunch of new bras at the first sign of changes, your boobs will continue to grow throughout your pregnancy and while you are breastfeeding.
- Fabletics Dash Seamless Bra. This is one of the very first items I got from Fabletics when I became a VIP a few years ago. It is so so comfortable but does not offer substantial support for HIIT or running. This bra is great for my days coaching at CrossFit, when I don’t need the support for intense activity or for running errands. I am still comfortably fitting in the size small (their tops runs large).
- LuLuLemon Energy Bra. This has been a favorite of mine for quite some time, supportive yet still fun with the different straps. This bra is great for intense CrossFit workouts or running. I’ve had to go up one size on this.
- Aerie Sunnie Bra. When I first tried this on around week 17, it was instant relief. I didn’t want to change out of it in the fitting room. Wireless and lightly lined, it is very supportive without being restrictive. One down side to this bra is the racerback, which adds to the comfort but I’ve found that the straps show at the neckline of most of my tops. I’m wearing one cup size larger in this bra.
Pregnancy Pillow. At week 16 my doctor told me he didn’t want me resting, sleeping or exercising on my back any more. The added weight in your abdomen from your growing uterus can decrease the blood supply and therefore oxygen to your baby. This was a major issue for me because I had converted myself into a back sleeper a couple years ago. It’s better for your joint alignment. A couple weeks later I started to experience a lot of pain in my hips (round ligament pain) and could not get comfortable sleeping on my side. After one really bad night of sleep, or lack of sleep, my husband ordered me a pregnancy pillow. This thing is awesome! Everyone should have one, regardless of whether or not they are expecting. I sleep so much better.
Ovia App. This app was suggested to me by a friend who is due a couple weeks before me and I’m so glad I added it to my phone. I look forward to my weekly updates on Wednesday to check in on how baby is growing and developing. You can select a theme: Parisian bakery, fun & games, fruits & vegetables, exotic animals. I usually check out all four each week. The app also allows you to track appointments, weight changes, pictures, and symptoms. This is a great tool for all expectant mothers.