Tuesday, August 2, 2016

How I've Survived Pregnancy So Far

Growing a baby is no easy task. Although I've had what I consider to be, a fairly easy pregnancy, some days are still rough. For all you pregnant mommas out there or anyone who is considering/trying to get pregnant, here's how I've survived pregnancy so far.


At the beginning of pregnancy (during my first trimester), I was overwhelmed by nausea. I never got sick, but I definitely was nauseous a lot of the time. That is until I started putting a bag of saltine crackers by my bed. I would set my alarm 20-30 minutes earlier than when I needed to get up & would eat my crackers before I got out of bed. Seriously, this was the game changer for me. I also realized that eating smaller meals multiple times a day helped during the first trimester as well. I was advised not to stop eating crackers because often during the third trimester, nausea can come back. So I've continued to eat my crackers every morning since.

Belli Anti-Blemish Facial Wash
Like most pregnant women, my face has broken out throughout pregnancy. This facial wash though really has seemed to help. It's definitely not bulletproof (note: the big pimple on my chin recently), but it's helped tremendously & definitely more than my typical facial wash. I've learned that ordering it from Dermstore is much cheaper than ordering it from Belli's website. Dermstore offers free shipping & a lot of the time, they have a coupon out. I'm about to order my third bottle so basically one bottle has lasted me an entire trimester if that gives you an idea on how long it lasts.

Body Pillow
If you're familiar with any of my "bump" posts, you know that I can't say enough about my cheap body pillow I got from Bed Bath & Beyond. I definitely recommend getting a body pillow of some sort if you're having issues sleeping throughout pregnancy, but try the Boomerang pillow before you buy a $50+ one from Amazon. It's helped so much, I really don't know how I would've slept throughout this pregnancy without it.

Coconut Oil
I'm a believer in the whole coconut oil trend. Ever since I found out I was pregnant, I've put coconut oil on my stomach & chest every night before bed to help prevent stretch marks. I haven't had any stretch marks (yet) & it seems to make my belly nice & smooth.

Water & Icees
Most of you know my obsession with 7-11 Icees, but I've also just been super thirsty lately. Maybe some of that is because of the heat, but I do highly recommend staying hydrated during pregnancy. I can tell a difference in my body when I haven't had any water to drink in a while. I've also read that staying hydrated helps prevent swelling & Braxton Hicks. And let's face it, Icees are just straight up good. Unfortunately, there's no scientific evidence that Icees are actually beneficial for pregnancy ;)

Dresses, Nike shorts & Leggings
What would we do without these items?? I'm basically living in most of these things lately, but even at the beginning of my second trimester, I found that wearing any of these things helped keep me comfortable. Let's face it, you can't button your pants anymore, so why feel bad about your body when you can wear comfy clothes (& often, still look fashionable)? P.S. I have found so many cute flowy dresses at Old Navy FYI.

Prenatal Yoga
I'm not a girl who loves to workout, but I do like it when my body feels good. Yoga has always helped that. There are so many free yoga videos on Youtube, it's really unbelievable. When I'm not pregnant, I love Yoga with Adriene. But since I am pregnant & this is a post talking about pregnancy, I've really enjoyed these quick 10 minute prenatal yoga videos by Tonic. She's got a cool accent & she doesn't mess around. I feel like doing prenatal yoga will ultimately help me during the whole labor process.

A Support System
When you're pregnant, you need someone in your life who can be your support system. Like I said earlier, growing a baby is hard. There are a lot of days where it seems like my hormones are off the wall & I just want to cry (& that's totally unlike me if you know me). Other times, you're in pain & you just need someone to rub your back or tell you to sit down & take it easy. So whether you're married, in a relationship, or single, if you're pregnant you need to have someone who can be your support. I really don't know what I would do without my husband, my mom or my friends throughout this pregnancy.

Clearly there are other things that have helped me get through pregnancy so far, but these are the obvious & the most helpful ones for me! How have you survived pregnancy so far or in the past?

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