Wednesday, August 27, 2014

My Pregnancy Product Picks

I recently realized that I never shared my list of favorite pregnancy products!  Well, without further ado, here they are, in no particular order -- my pregnancy product picks!  Say that 10 times fast.  ;)  These are the products that kept me sane/rested/healthy/comfortable during my pregnancy:
For that never-ending nausea I experienced!


Prenatal Vitamins
To keep Mommy & Baby healthy!  I found these easier to swallow than the Rx vitamins my doctor provided samples of, and they contained a more complete array of vitamins than most of those samples did as well!


Snoogle Pregnancy Pillow
Shep bought me one of these for my birthday back in November and it was soooooo comfy!  It especially came in handy as my belly started getting bigger and I couldn't sleep on my back or stomach.  Cuddling up with this thing definitely gave me some additional Zzzzzzzzzs.  I even used it for about a month postpartum!

Nine Naturals Body Wash
This stuff smells great and is 100% natural.  My skin is sensitive, but this wash is mild so I was able to use it daily without any problems.  In fact, I still use it and plan to keep buying more as I run out -- I love it!

Clarisonic Mia
Pregnancy can wreak havoc on anyone's skin, and mine is sensitive and prone to blemishes on a good day.  I bought this little doodad about 1.5 years ago and it has seriously changed my life.  Well, it's at least changed my skin.  ;)  You use your normal cleaner with it, and the soft bristles ensure that all make-up and dirt is lifted from your skin, while allowing the cleanser to really penetrate the surface of your skin.  After using it, my face feels smooth as a baby's bottom, which helps my moisturizer absorb better.  I love my little Mia!


While we're on the topic of skin, I've been using these products from Dermalogica for over 5 years now and have been really happy with the change my skin saw once I started.  If you're in the market for a new cleanser/moisturizer, I recommend trying these out.  They're a little on the pricey side, but a little product goes a long way and I can always find a 20-25% off coupon for one of the online skin product stores that sell this line.


Old Navy Low Panel Jeans
Moving on to clothing...  I'm so lucky that I get to wear jeans to work, and even luckier that I came across the super-comfy low panel maternity jeans at Old Navy pretty early on in my pregnancy.  The price can't be beat, and they have different styles and colors.  I think I bought a total of 7-8 pairs and loved them.  Since I started wearing maternity jeans in week 9 {gulp!} and lived in them all week long for many months, I definitely got my money's worth out of them.  In fact, truth be told, I don't ever want to wear "regular" jeans again!  Seeing the shape of pants buttons stick out under shirts is a huge pet peeve of mine, and this elastic band solves that!!  ;)  They say to buy your regular size in maternity clothing, but I purchased the next size up in these jeans.  During the second half of my third trimester, I bought 1-2 additional pairs in the next size up from that {so 2 sizes above my normal size} because the ones I'd been wearing were getting very snug.  Could've been the fact that I put them in the dryer, or my growing belly.  ;)

Skechers Flex Appeal
I'm normally not a sneaker-wearing kind of girl.  I don't really love the way traditional sneakers look, and don't find them very comfortable either.  That was until I met these blue bad boys.  First, they're blue.  Instant score.  Second, they're made with memory foam.  Whaaaaa???  Yeah, you heard me.  They feel like slippers, I swear!!!  Even my swollen achy third trimester pregnancy feet felt great in these things walking to and from work in the city every day, and they feel even more comfy now that I have my old feet back again!  I lived in these things from the time I bought them in early April through my delivery of Emily.  And let me tell you, as soon as the weather gets too cool to wear sandals again, these are going to be my new old best friends again.

And last, but certainly not least, prenatal massages.  Ahhhhhh....  Most physicians and massage therapists will advise you to wait until your second trimester for a massage, but the wait will be oh-so-worth-it once you finally get on that table.  I am definitely a spa-loving girl, and have had more than my fair share of professional massages.  I was a little nervous about getting a prenatal massage, but as soon as I got one I wanted another!  There are so many benefits to massage, and if pregnancy isn't a time for pampering oneself, then I don't know what is!  Just be sure you see a therapist certified for prenatal massage, as there are certain trigger points in the body they'll want to avoid.  Once your belly is too big to lay comfortably on your front or back, they can prop you up with pillows in a side-lying position.  Alternatively, some spas will have special tables or pillow bolsters that have a cut-out for pregnant bellies.


So tell me ladies -- what is/was YOUR favorite pregnancy product/pampering tradition/splurge?


Disclaimer:  I have not been paid or otherwise compensated in any way for writing this post.  The opinions expressed here are 100% my own.

1 comment:

  1. I love the Snoogle pregnancy pillow as well! It really helped me sleep from my late second trimester. For multivitamins, I used the non-iron ones because ugh ... iron caused constipation. My splurge however was a couple of $100 Pea in the Pod jeans! For tops I subscribed to Gap/ Old Navy emails and I purchased during their sales for an average of $10-$15 per top. I thankfully work in Silicon Valley where no one cares about what you wear to work, so these tops + jeans worked very well. For my baby shower I bought a funny tshirt from Etsy that said "I ate a watermelon seed" and all guests had a chuckle over that one. I won't be pregnant for halloween but there are some really cute and some really freaky things you can do that you can find on Pinterest.


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