I feel like we were waiting for so long to get pregnant with this baby. Like I have said before we don’t have a hard time getting pregnant but we had life get in the way of having another child and when we finally did get pregnant with baby girl I was so excited. I went for an OB check up before we even started trying and just looking at the ultrasound monitor gave me all the feels. I could imagine seeing a little baby bean and hearing the heartbeat and I could’t help but feel excited and hopeful and scared all at the same time.
Because I felt like I had been waiting and waiting for baby number 2 I have had a totally different outlook this time around. Not that I didn’t love being pregnant with Gemma, but this experience I’ve just felt more in tune. I already weigh more at the halfway point of this pregnancy than when I delivered Gemma full term but its honestly not even on the forefront of my mind. (Which coming from me is saying a lot) I’m loving feeling every kick and I’m embracing the changes my body is making instead of resenting them. Instead of fearing birth I’m actually so excited to give birth again and I think that birth can be one of the most beautiful and memorable days of your life.
There have been a few things that have been totally saving the day this pregnancy and I wanted to share for other mamas out there.
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- GOOD pair of maternity jeans.
Around 12 weeks I just couldn’t handle anything tight around my belly and I decided to break down and buy a cute pair of maternity jeans. I decided on these Madewell skinny jeans with the full panel and have been loving how soft and stretchy they are. Order one size down. Haven’t bought these Madewell jeans in black yet but I’m pretty tempted too.
Drinking TONS of water from my Hydroflask has really helped me stay cool and has kept my digestion on track..pun intended! haha but when you have a growing baby in your belly you can use all the help you can get.
3. Comfortable sweatsuit
4. Positive Affirmations
Saying out loud or in your head positive affirmations. Whether that be about your body, the baby, your life, your blessings. It has really helped me have the proper mindset and positive/hopeful outlook I want to have.
You’re probably like..duh! But if you haven’t been prego before buying a shirt that is actually long enough to cover your bump and is comfortable and breathable can be a game changer. Love this one..and this one.
6. Pregnancy Pillow
This one is so essential!! Just got this memory foam one and love it! I never bought a pregnancy pillow with Gemma and it is so great to be able to have something to put between your legs and help you stay on your side.
My feet don’t get super swollen but I am already a sweaty mess and wearing sandals just seems like the only logical option. Also I got a pair of Birkenstocks when I was pregnant with Gemma 4 years ago and they have held up so well. Worth every penny!
8. Shea Butter
Gemma was only 5lbs 11oz and I still got a few stretch marks. Which is a bit of a bummer, I would like to keep them at a minimum this time around if I can. Shea butter is super hydrating. I am just hydrating everything, drinking tons of water, oiling up my face with my fav Biossance oil and my belly with Shea butter. Logan doesn’t even want to get near me while we’re in bed haha. He thinks all the moisturizers are sticky and will make him break out. Kid doesn’t know what he’s talkin about haha.
I am all about anything that helps a prego mama out. Hopefully you liked reading about these things that have helped me out.