SAM AND I always knew we wanted kids and that we loved the idea of having them close together. Since Finn and baby #2 will be about 17 months apart, I have spent a lot of time being pregnant in the last two years. I have fairly easy pregnancies and for the most part enjoy being pregnant, I love to watch my body grow and get bigger and curvier and to see and feel the baby move around in my belly. That said, there are lots of discomforts that come alongside being pregnant and today I am 37 weeks and feeling huge so it seemed like the perfect time to write about things that have helped me in pregnancy.
Tracy Anderson: The Pregnancy Project: I have blogged before about staying fit while pregnant and these DVD's have made it possible even on days where it's too cold to get out walking. There are nine DVD's that adapt and change with each month of pregnancy and help to stretch out difficult places and keep you as toned as possible as your body changes. Around six or seven months pregnant I begin to get sciatica regularly when I walk and I had a lot of back and leg pain with Finn. With both pregnancies I have found that when the aches and pains come, if I do the workout, by the next day the pains have subsided and I feel significantly better.
Carriage 44 Pure Shea Butter: I can't rave enough about this product. The company uses only natural ingredients and all their products are handmade. I have used this to moisturize my belly in both pregnancies and not only does it leave my skin feeling so smooth but I swear its the reason I avoided getting stretch marks on my belly.
Urban Spa Stimulating Body Brush: I am big on exfoliating and this brush does the trick! I sometimes use it to dry exfoliate and other times I use it with my body soap. Exfoliating is so good for your skin and has also been said to help avoid and/or reduce the appearance of stretch marks.
Aura Cacia Organic Rosehip Oil + Aura Cacia Jojoba Pure Skin Care Oil: I remember asking a friend of mine how she got her skin to glow like it did. She was two weeks postpartum with a baby who wasn't sleeping and her face looked so fresh and had this amazing, healthy glow. She confessed that she mixes two parts Rosehip Oil with one part Jojoba oil on her face and I immediately went out and bought some and have been using it ever since! Trust me, even on tired days it gives the illusion of the coveted "pregnancy glow" and your skin will thank you. S'well Stainless Steel Water Bottle: The moment I get pregnant it seems my body needs 10 times more water than normal. I am always feeling incredibly thirsty and contrary to my normal preferences I crave cold water over room temperature. This water bottle is amazing and keeps cold drinks cold for 24 hours. I love the design of it, the stone texture makes it easy to grip, and I love that Finn can't open it.
Leachco Snoogle Body Pillow: This body pillow may be the bane of my poor husbands existence but it has been a life saver in both of my pregnancies. I am naturally a back or stomach sleeper but this makes sleeping on your side so much easier and helps to alleviate some of the aches and pains when you get really big. Celestial Seasonings Bengal Spice: This tea is incredible. It is spicy and comforting and has been a huge comfort to me during this pregnancy, especially since so much of this pregnancy has been in the colder weather and most days I feel averse to coffee. It's caffeine free and I have found that one bag can be used twice!