If you know me at all you know that I am not a huge fan of pregnancy. It’s okay and I guess its cool to feel the baby move, but really I don’t care for it. Being nauseated, an alien being flipping around in your stomach, the aches and pains of your body relaxing to accommodate this big thing growing in you. I could really do without all that. But thankfully I found some products that helped me cope better the second time around and I wanted to share them here!
The first thing that I am so thankful for is Beautycounter’s products, especially the balancing face oil. My skin in my first pregnancy was TERRIBLE. On top of feeling disgusting because I was pregnant, I also felt terrible because I wasn’t confident with my skin. Everyone kept saying, “oh your skin will just glow!” – well this was not the case for me. This time around, though, I am using Beautycounter products and they have made such a HUGE difference! I think that the balancing face oil is the one product that I can’t give up, but there are a few others that I would also recommend for pregnancy and post-pregnancy skin. If you struggle with skin issues (whether you are pregnant or not!) I would be happy to talk about options with Beautycounter for you!
Here is my website if you want to browse (specific link to face oil in the caption): http://www.beautycounter.com/amypietch
Okay – this is by far the best purchase that I made for this pregnancy. I wouldn’t say that I sleep as peacefully as the lady above (is she even pregnant???) But it does make me much more comfortable! I really like that there are pillows on both sides, this has really helped my back and hips. It also means that when I turn over I don’t have to rearrange all the pillows to try and get comfortable again. I actually flip it the other way so that the open end is at my head, then I can use my own pillows for my head. There is a downside – this pillow is HUGE. We have a queen bed and Bryan gets maybe a third of the bed these days. I think if you have a King bed it would be fine, but it’s tight in the queen. Thankfully, my husband knows how important sleep is for me so he puts up with the pillow, but I’m pretty sure he is counting down the days until it’s gone.
Okay so if you are TOTALLY cutting out caffeine, then this one isn’t for you. There is a small amount of caffeine in these drinks (about 25 mg), but for me this is the perfect amount! I loved having these mid way through my day as a little treat and pick-me-up. The flavors are incredible (Pink Grapefruit is my favorite, but all the flavors are great) and they were something different from just plain water all the time. It was nice to have a sparkling fun drink option. You can purchase directly from the website here: http://www.drinkbai.com/voyager-pack or at Costco (which is where we get ours)!
Next is this meal replacement shake by Vegan Smart. Especially in my first trimester I was very nauseated every morning. It was terrible. I didn’t want to eat ANYTHING but knew I needed to get nutrients in my body. This was a great option for me! I could make this shake in the morning and shake with ice cubes so it was super cold (which was the only way I could stomach anything) and I knew that I was getting some good nutrients every morning. I had tried other shakes, but many are soy based which my body does not do well with. This shake is soy and gluten free but packs 20g of non GMO protein. I still drink these daily, as soon as I wake up, to make sure that I am getting some good nutrients in the morning. It blends pretty well (sometimes I get clumps, but if I use a blender bottle its usually pretty smooth) and the taste is actually quite good. I have only tried the chocolate, but it’s not super chalky which was another requirement of my first trimester stomach. This was a life saver for me with second baby!
Again, available on amazon Prime here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FYD5MVA/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Guys – I cannot explain what a difference good, supportive shoes make. My feet hurt SO BADLY with Vincent and never fully recovered after the pregnancy. The only shoes that really made my feet feel okay were sneakers and I can’t wear those to work and they are too hot for summer so this pregnancy I was on the hunt for something better. Thankfully I discovered Born sandals! I picked these up at DSW and they are FABULOUS! I don’t know exactly what is wrong with my feet – high arches, overpronation, or something along those lines – but these shoes are super supportive (they come all the way up the arch of my foot) and cute! And sandals! So many good things.
So these are 5 things that really helped me feel better in my second pregnancy – what else has helped you guys feel your best while being pregnant?