Monday, January 13, 2014

12 Essential Pregnancy Products

12 Essential Pregnancy Products

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Big thanks to my pal Savannah for helping put together this roundup of pregnancy essentials for my readers!  I hope you guys enjoy. -Melissa

Hello friends! Savannah here from Maiedae. I'm SO excited for sweet Melissa and this special time she is having with her beautiful newborn. My husband and I are expecting our first little one on February 3rd and we can hardly wait to meet him! Today I wanted to share with you some of my favorite "pregnancy help" finds that I continue to use over and over again to help throughout each trimester.

1. Belly Band - I have loved using a belly band during pregnancy. During the first 25-30 weeks of pregnancy it was a great way to continue wearing my old jeans and feel an extra sense of support. It's also great to use under tops that aren't quite long enough. I've worn a lot of black during this pregnancy and own a black belly band. I love wearing it under my tanks tops as extra support and a seamless look. Also, its a great extra layer to keep yourself warm during the cold months!

2. Facial Wipes - There are many days when exhaustion gets the best of you and you just don't have the energy to complete your nighttime face cleaning routine. I have found myself using these facial wipes over and over again to get all of my make-up off from the day and do a quick cleanse. I LOVE them. Total time savers.

3. Self-Filtering Water Bottle - Drinking lots of water during pregnancy is super important. If you prefer filtered water, I highly recommend this amazing carbon self-filtering water bottle by Black + Blume. My husband got this for me recently and I love it. The carbon filter lasts for 6 months at a time and beautifully filters any tap water, it also adds good nutrients back into your water. Yes please!

4. Sprout App - I have been using this app since we found out about the pregnancy in May. This is a beautifully designed app that tracks the development of your little one each week. It also has a great space to record your appointments, doctor questions, weight, fetal kicks and contractions. I especially love how beautiful each week of development looks. No strange fruit comparisons here!

5. Salve & Lip Balm - Not only do I love the smell of this balm but I love how moisturizing it feels. My lips are constantly feeling chapped and this has been a great way to keep them feeling nice. This product can also be used on dry patches. Multi-use products are my favorite.

6. Paperless App - Minds can get mushy during pregnancy. I've often found myself forgetting things, especially if I don't record them. I LOVE this app. It's a great way to keep track of all your to-do's and lists in an easy, attractive way.

7. Dry Shampoo - Best invention ever. Again, sometimes low energy gets the best of you. I love using dry shampoo in-between hair washings. It's a great way to give your hair the umph it needs and keep yourself looking good without all the effort. ;)

8. Body Conditioner - I love using Lush's body conditioners/shower smoothies. This product is meant to be used after body wash. I love putting this stuff all over my tummy, letting it soaks for a minute or two and then rinsing it off. It makes my skin feel so soft and smell so good.

9. Pregnancy Pillow - I have found myself using this on and off throughout my entire pregnancy. Sometimes you need the extra comfort and support during pregnancy while you sleep and this is the perfect way to give you the extra comfort you need. It's especially helpful if you're not a natural side sleeper.

10. Tummy Butter - This stuff is amazing and so moisturizing. Every-time I put it on it makes my tummy feel soft and smooth for days. It's a great way to help prevent stretch marks and keep things supple.

11. Fiber - Let's be honest. Pregnancy can severely slow down your digestion and cause some serious constipation. Taking daily fiber supplements can be a great way to help things "move along" and stay as close to "normal" as possible. ;)

12. Epsom Salt - One of the side-effects I've struggled with most during pregnancy is back pain. During the first and second trimester it was mostly in my lower back and during the third trimester it's been mainly in the middle of my back. A nice warm bath with a cup or so of epsom salt is a great way to get some relief. Plus the smell of the lavender is so soothing and helps get you sleepy for bedtime.

I hope these picks were helpful for you!  Thank you again Melissa for inviting me to be a guest contributor during your time away. :) -Savannah

Savannah and I announced our pregnancies right around the same time, and it's been so much fun comparing stories along the way and counting down the days until our little ones' arrivals (only three more weeks for her!).  This list of pregnancy helpers that she compiled is spot on. I'm so grateful that she put it together to share with you guys!  Make sure you pay a visit to her blog.  It's full of gorgeous pictures and fantastic features about beauty, fashion, home, and baby.   

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  1. Congratulations to you both! We're expecting our 3rd in March. Finally, a boy! Yay!

  2. Awesome! Congrats to Savannah and Melissa!
    This list is great, I agree with all of them (although I never used epsom salt). And I have to admit, I loooove using LUSH's Ro's Argan body conditioner regardless, it is incredibly good!

  3. Awesome list of items here. I want to check out that self-filtering water bottle and the Paperless App - good stuff even if you're not preggers!

  4. I'm not pregnant, but I can see this is a wonderful selection! The dry shampoo and lip balm are great :)

  5. I have a bunch of friends and family who are pregnant and I just sent this link to all of them!!! :-)

  6. I love that Rose Salve, I use it for everything!

  7. Great list, I'd also add a good supply of Luna bars or energy bars for on the go, and also some nice smelling massage oil.

  8. Thanks for your comments and suggestions you guys! And thanks again to Savannah for this fantastic list. :) xo,m

  9. Thanks for posting this! I'm 25 weeks and this list is great. I had morning sickness severely so bad I had to quit work. The only thing that worked for me was young living essential oils peppermint. It also helped sooth headaches or migraines. Just an idea for moms that had MS bad. Lavender and peppermint oil aid relaxation too! :)


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