This is the start of my new and (soon-to-be) ongoing series of Five Faves! Each post will focus on five favourites of mine based on a theme to share some of the things that I am loving in my life. Some faves will be specific product reviews while others will be habits I have or things I like to do. I’ll try to mix it up so that it’s not like one big ad. I haven’t decided yet how often I will post these or when. I’m thinking once a month, but I’ll be playing it a little by ear once Little Bean arrives.
And to start us off here are my Five Faves for Pregnancy! I realized that this would be a good place to start considering we have about a month or so until my pregnancy will be over, and I wanted to share some of the things that I have really enjoyed or needed during these last 40-ish weeks.
1. Belly Balm – I LOVE this balm by Biggs & Featherbelle which I started using around 20ish weeks for stretch mark treatment and prevention. I haven’t gotten any stretch marks on my belly yet, though some surgical scars I have are pretty crazy looking now, but I did get lots (LOTS) of stretch marks on my boobs since they’ve grown a lot during my pregnancy. But those have completely disappeared since I started using this balm. I usually put it on in the morning before I get dressed, or right after I shower if I shower in the evening instead. It’s pretty awesome. Plus Biggs & Featherbelle are a local company for me, which makes it even better. The balm makes me smell like a chocolate orange, and while normally I am not a fan of body products that smell like chocolate or sweets because it gets nauseating, but the smell of this balm dissipates as it absorbs so I don’t mind it with this.
2. Heating pad – I read a bunch of posts and forum posts and got recommendations from friends and family to get a heating pad early on in my pregnancy. I didn’t because it seemed unnecessary and like one more thing that I “needed”… until it became an imperative to get one as soon as possible because my back was killing me. You don’t need a fancy one, ours is a cheap one from Target, but it is nice that ours you can adjust the heat level.
3. Oyster crackers – My morning sickness consisted of being nauseous everyday, especially when I started to fell hungry. My magical fix was eating lots and lots of oyster crackers. I kept a small container of them in my purse and next to my bed, and ate a handful or so as soon as I was awake in the morning. If I didn’t eat any I would feel so icky that I wouldn’t want to move, but if I ate some while still lying down in bed then the nausea wouldn’t hit or at least would be a lot better.
4. I’m Pregnant! by Lesley Regan – I got this book as soon as I found out I was pregnant, and I have really really liked the style and tone of the book. She breaks a pregnancy down into chunks that are 4-6 weeks and explains how baby is developing and how your body is changing including emotional changes. This book is really easy to read but informative, and she is really good at identifying the risks without putting you into a panic that everything is going to go wrong. I found that other pregnancy books just made me scared of what was happening inside me rather than teaching me and making me in awe I just was nervous of everything that could go wrong.
5. Tennis shoes – I gave up on any other shoes after the 20 week mark or so. I wear my slippers around the house, but to work/Mass/shopping/walks I just wear my tennis shoes. Once in a while I will wear flats to Mass because I am only wearing them for about an hour, and most of that is sitting or kneeling, so I can take it. But especially for work, tennis shoes are the way I go. My knees and back would hurt every time I would try to wear low heels or flats during the day since I do a lot of walking at work between meetings and such so it was getting to be too painful.
And those are my five faves during pregnancy!