We’re in the final stretch! I’m a little over 33 weeks, but measuring 3 weeks ahead–which kind of means nothing, but is also giving my a little bit of hope I need to get through these last weeks. We’re crossing our fingers for a July baby girl, although still looking forward to that August 4th due date.
I don’t have the easiest time getting pregnant, or being pregnant (as much as I love the end result), so today I wanted to share with you my 15 favorite things that make those 9 months a little more bearable for me.
1. My legs take pregnancy really hard. They cramp constantly, go up and down in size depending on how much I’m up throughout the day, and I get severe restless leg syndrome where they won’t stop jumping at night! This Lucky Legs Gel has really, truly helped. While all my symptoms aren’t gone completely, there is an extreme noticeable difference the second I apply this cooling gel. The pain is gone and my legs relax.
2. My last pregnancy, I had a major craving for pebble ice and this pregnancy it is back with a vengeance. I’m currently eating about 2 bags a week. While it could be a sign on anemia (definitely get checked if you’re having similar strong cravings), I’m in the clear and just really love the cold crunchy stuff, non-stop. Sonic sells these bags for just over $2. Right through the drive-thru! It’s my not-so-guilty pleasure.
3. I could live in these joggers, actually. I’ve lounged around in them, or dressed them up a little with a chambray or denim jacket and tank. Socially acceptable sweats is definitely what I’m about.
4. This Leachco Snoogle Total Body Pillow is a life saver, back saver, belly saver and even helps with heart burn. When we travel–I pack it. It’s that necessary.
5. I have become slightly addicted to nameberry.com. Naming a third girl was proving to be a challenge, and I spent so much time looking at names and sibling names and reading forums and charts on this site just for fun. We finally decided on a perfectly sweet name (we’ll share it once she is born, but feel free to guess!) while sitting in a parking lot, not looking at any baby names–this is a really great resource and a fun site to dive into.
6. This drapey vest that cinches in the back is not maternity and so slimming! Plus, it’s lightweight so I don’t get too warm layering it over things. I’m looking forward to wearing it long after pregnancy, too.
7. This casual skirt is on constant rotation. It’s so much easier and breezier than any type of pants.
8. Being so pregnant, it’s really difficult to bend down and tie or strap on shoes. I love these easy (affordable!) leather slides that still help me feel put together, are very comfortable to walk in all day and require no extra assistance getting them on.
9. There is an endless amount of pregnancy apps, but after having the BabyCenter, What to Expect and The Bump apps all on my phone for months, I realized I like the BabyCenter App best. Not only is it really informative with the progress of my pregnancy, timely tips, but it also has a lot of built-in tools (like a contraction timer) and upbeat birth month forums!
10. The softest maternity tanks (in at least black, white and gray) are so great for layering under and lengthening other shirts–especially as your belly gets larger and regular shirts don’t hug the bump like these do.
11. I’m lucky enough to never have gotten stretch marks, but I do get extremely itchy all over my trunk. This Mama Belly Butter is my favorite and I’ve tried a lot. It doesn’t have a strong smell and is the perfect, thick but smoothing consistency.
12. This seamless bra is magic. Especially during those early weeks when your breasts are very sore, this is a life saver. Plus, it’s a nursing bra that’s cozy enough to sleep in.
13. These black leggings are my favorite, hands down. They are opaque and can be dressed up and down. Are very slimming and even though they aren’t maternity, they are still comfortable at 8 months pregnant.
14. I always keep these high protein, low carb (and only 1 gram of sugar!) bars in my bag for when I start feeling nauseated, hungry or my sweet tooth kicks in–a great alternative to empty calorie actual donuts.
15. I always hear that one good pair of maternity jeans is worth the splurge, but man, I just love these $40 jeans that go over my belly and fit a little loose around my ankles. They are so flattering and make me feel nearly normal sized.
While this isn’t all inclusive*, I couldn’t recommend these specific items enough. I’ve had a lot of questions about my favorite places to get maternity clothes–Asos, TopShop, H&M, and Boohoo all have amazing, super-affordable, extensive maternity options that aren’t in the least bit matronly (why are so many maternity clothes that way!?) and nearly all of my maternity pieces have come from those 4 places.
*I didn’t include any prenatal vitamins, heartburn or nausea relief on this must-have list because I am on prescription versions of all of those things and I think those types of things are best left up to you and your doctor.
Any of your must-haves you’re dying to add? Sound off in the comments, I love a good recommendation.