I have to tell you, I’ve been so grateful for your support and enthusiasm and general radness when it comes to all of the baby stuff I’ve been sharing here on the ol’ blog. I know that not all of you are parents and perhaps the baby stuff doesn’t really interest you, but I’ve always tried to share here about what’s going on in my life, and let’s be real — a pregnancy and babies are pretty all-consuming. So thank you for coming along on the ride.
For those of you who are parents, or planning on being parents someday, or maybe are expecting right now, I thought I’d try to repay your kindness and share a few things that really came in handy throughout that crazy, twisty-turny, uncharted, swollen, pregnant territory. These were my pregnancy go-tos, whether it was for the entire nine months or just a few crucial weeks.
Hands down, the best thing I did for myself throughout my pregnancy was to stay true to my gym schedule. Right off the bat in the first trimester I noticed that I had to slow my pace a bit during my usual workouts, but every day that I made it to the gym I felt better.
Chimes Original Ginger ChewsIn the beginning I had all-day sickness. Just kind of a pervading queasiness that never left. Kelly recommended ginger chews and they made a world of difference. I’d take little bites of one of these over an hour or so and it helped a bunch.
Bringing Up BébéI might have talked about it here before, but it’s definitely my favorite baby book. It’s not the book to read if you’re looking for specific tips and tricks, but overall it was the only book that made me feel less nervous about parenting.
Trader Joe’s Prenatal Vitamins
Truly, the only vitamins I tried that didn’t make me nauseous. Take them at night before you go to bed if you’re extra sensitive.
Ovia Pregnancy App
Yes, there’s an app for that. I was obsessed with checking this app in the beginning and still use it to this day. It’s got updates on how your baby is growing and what it’s doing, symptom lookups, a food safety list, a calendar where you can track your stats, and a whole bunch more.
The best pillow in all the land. If you’re expecting, treat yourself to one. It really has helped me get better sleep.
Crystal Light Lemonade SticksSome of YOU lovelies actually suggested these after I complained how tired I was of plain water, and they’ve been lifesavers! Especially during the extra-long summer California has been having.
Ben & Jerry’s Americone Dream
No matter what anyone says, I will always believe that a little Ben & Jerry every evening helped settle my stomach. And yes, it had to be this flavor.
Mossimo Black Leggings
They’re cheap, they’re stretchy, and you don’t have to buy them in maternity sizes — just maybe go a size up if you even need it, and wear the waistband under your tummy.
If you’re expecting or are a parent, I’d love for you to share some of your must-haves! Let’s build a master list for all the beautiful mamas out there. xoxo