Now that I’m well into my second trimester I’ve found several products that have really helped me along the way. Before I share them with you, here are a few free apps worth downloading to your phone.
- What To Expect (tracks week by week)
- BabyBump (also tracks week by week)
- Clue (good if you are trying to get pregnant)
This list of products accumulated naturally. Each week I feel like something new is happening connected to pregnancy so I’ve had to seek out solutions as I go. Everything from my skin to sleep to safe ways to get a pedicure, the list below contain products to help you adjust as easily as possible to this magical time in life.
- Basq NYC Stretch Mark Cream – around week 18 my sister-in-law sent me a package with this yummy cream. I was hesitant to try the usual Cocoa Butter because my skin tends to break out with nut based ingredients. This cream is perfect! It smells so good, and you don’t need much per application. I use it in the morning and before going to bed. For more info, click here.
- Rainbow Light Prenatal One Multivitamin – I started taking these prenatal vitamins while trying to conceive. They have all of the minimum suggested nutrients and more. Plus they are vegan and gluten-free. I found my bottle of 150 tablets on sale at Whole Foods. Oh, and what I love most is that I only have to take one per day. Some prenatals require you to take 3 pills per day. For more info, click here.
- CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser – I’ve always had sensitive skin, but early in my first trimester I had what appeared to be an awful skin rash. My doctor referred me to a dermatologist and she gave me several samples of this hydrating cleanser to start using. Within a week my skin was clear and I haven’t looked back. I still use it and love how nourished my skin now feels. It’s not uncommon to develop skin rashes or irritation while pregnant because of the hormonal changes. For more info, click here.
- Crocs Isabella Sandals – I never imagined in a bajillion years that I would ever own a pair of Crocs. But when I needed a pair of comfortable shoes to wear around Vegas last year, I found a pair of Crocs that just happened to be the cutest pair of sandals in the entire store. These sandals feel like I’m walking on a thick cloud and have become my go-to shoes while pregnant. Crocs has an entire line of fun jelly sandals for women you can choose from. For more info, click here.
- Leachco Snoogle Total Body Pillow – this body pillow that my husband picked out for me has helped me sooooo much. I started carrying heavily early in my pregnancy and the weight of my stomach alone was hurting my back. Since you can’t sleep on your stomach or back while pregnant, it’s usually a night of tossing and turning from one side to another. This body pillow is great because it secures my neck and allows me to wrap around the pillow so my back and stomach are aligned. The only downside is it creates a huge wedge between us while we sleep :-/. For more info, click here.
- Taylors of Harrogate Decaf Black Tea – I love my morning Breakfast Tea but caffeine is frowned upon while pregnant. I know, I know, technically I can have a cup of coffee’s worth per day. But since I tend to sneak in dark chocolate here and there I don’t want to add to my caffeine intake with what I drink. Fortunately, a very lovely brand makes a wonderful decaf breakfast tea blend. I can’t taste the difference and don’t have to worry about limiting myself. For more info, click here.
- Prenatal Fitness Fix with Erin O’Brien DVD – I live in LA and that means sun pretty much every single day of the year. This summer was particularly hot, and even leading into Fall it’s been unbearable. If I don’t get up with the sun there’s a good chance it’s too hot to do my morning walk. So I needed an alternate workout, something I could do anytime of the day. A friend suggested a home video she used during her two pregnancies and it’s been so helpful. Check it out here, it’s reasonably priced.
- Acqua Panna Still Mineral Water – I’m sure it’s mental but I think water tastes better from a glass bottle. Then again, plastic is known to seep into anything it touches so that could be why water in plastic bottles doesn’t taste nearly as good to me. Acqua Panna is a great mineral water than you should be able to find at your local grocery store. You can never drink too much water while pregnant, so do what you need to do to get it in. For more info, click here.
- Julep and Butter London Nail Polishes – I wasn’t sure about certain beauty items like hair dye and nail polish when I first found out I was pregnant. Right before conceiving I started to make it a point to get regular pedicures as an act of self-care and I really didn’t want to stop. I managed to find a couple of lines that make polishes that are safe to use while pregnant and also have gorgeous colors. The first is Julep. In addition to polishes they offer a monthly curated box service with makeup and skincare items. You can find more info about Julep here . The second is Butter London and I was drawn to them because their colors are so dreamy. I love the design of their bottles too. For more info, click here.
- Tums Smoothies – The final item on my list is one I’m sure you have heard of many times. Towards the end of my first trimester I started to get acid reflux. It didn’t matter what I ate or drank, once a day it would happen, sometimes more. So I asked my doctor and she suggested that I get a bottle of Tums. It works ladies. I guess that’s why it’s still around after all of these years. You can find it at your closest pharmacy or grocery store. But if you would like to read more about it, click here.
I hope you found this list helpful. I’m already asking around for must-have items for after she arrives so if you have anything you’d recommend please leave it in the comments below.
Photos by L Squared Photography