Hello! Happy Monday! I’m so excited because today begins my last week of classes–just finals week after this, then graduation! I’ll have my Bachelor’s in Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences just 11 days from now!
How was your Easter Sunday? Mine was nice and relaxing 🙂 Church, lunch with family, and badminton in the backyard! Somehow we forgot to take pics of the game…we were all busy playing I guess!
I love this sign on the bathroom counter at church ❤
I want to share a few products I’ve used during pregnancy that have been life savers. Don’t get me wrong, there are some serious discomforts associated with hosting a baby in your uterus for 9 months, but there are many things moms-to-be can do to minimize them. These are my favorite products I’ve been using over the last couple of months–I can’t believe the 2nd trimester will be over in a few weeks. That was fast!
So here we go!
- Bra extenders–Victoria’s Secret $16
Before I knew these existed, I thought I had to get lots of new bras because the bands were ALL TOO TIGHT. I know, I’m in the Dark Ages…but I had no clue I could use these instead! I never knew my rib cage would expand while pregnant, so I learned the hard way. LOL Now everything fits and I can breathe again 🙂
I got mine from VS because I needed them ASAP, but these ones on Amazon look similar (and are cheaper!).
Pros-all my bras fit now and I don’t have to spend $$$ on new ones that I’ll only wear during pregnancy
Cons-when I leaned back into the wooden bench at church yesterday, I felt the hooks on the extender pressing into my back. Not painful, but a little annoying.
- Belly Belt — Motherhood Maternity $20
This is another “make the clothes you have work” product. Assuming you stay the same size during pregnancy (very possible, but not everyone does), you can use these button-loop and hook options to add room to pants, shorts, and zippered skirts. I knew I’d be wearing shorts a lot during the summer months, and I didn’t want to buy new ones. I also will need several pairs because I don’t want to sweat all day and have to do the laundry all the time! (sorry, TMI?) So I decided to give the Belly Belt a try. I already gained enough weight to “grow out of” most of my shorts, but there are a few pairs I can still wear.
The Belly Belt comes with two sizes of button-loop extenders and two sizes of hook extenders. There are also three different fabric colors with slots for the “belts” to slide through, so once your zippers don’t come up all the way any more, you’re covered by the material, and the fabric is secured in place.
Pros-saving money again, by not buying new clothes! It’s also comfortable. I don’t really feel it.
Cons-you have to wear the same size pants/shorts that you did before pregnancy, or else this is useless. Also, if you’re wearing a snug shirt and want a seamless look, this won’t do it. The belt is a little “bumpy,” maternity pants/shorts are so much smoother at the waist.
You can tell in this pic that the belt is by no means “invisible” under a shirt. For me, the fabric bunched up quite a bit.
- Stretch mark prevention! Anti-aging essential oil blend is doing a fabulous job! (Ask me how to get a membership for the discount and I’ll set you up with some free goodies!)
I rub a teeny tiny amount of this on my stomach every night before bed, and I have ZERO stretch marks and no itchy skin! As I learned when I was younger, my skin is very prone to stretch marks so I was a little worried when I realized I was pregnant and my stomach was about to grow fast. But so far, so good!
Pros-smells amazing! The smell is very relaxing, and it has no funky ingredients like some lotions/creams do. It’s also basically the texture of water, so no residue or oiliness stays on skin. Also it lasts forever (heh heh, pun not intended)! I started with a half-empty bottle and used it every day for 4 months. There’s still enough left for at least a month.
Cons-I haven’t noticed any.
- Homedic Shiatsu Foot Spa–Amazon, about $35
I have high arches, and for the past 2-3 weeks have been experiencing annoying foot and lower leg pain. This foot spa is great for those times my husband is working and can’t rub my feet 😉
It has a regular and a warm-hot setting, and each pad has nickel-sized balls that give a fabulous foot massage! I was on my feet all day Saturday, and by 7pm my feet were in a lot of pain. I was getting ready to go to a birthday party (and wishing I could go barefoot!!), when my husband pulled this out from storage under the stairs for me to give it a try. I used it for about 20 minutes and my pain was gone the whole night! I’ll have to use it every day now–in fact I’m using it now while I type 😉
Pros-It’s small and lightweight, easy to use (just one button to toggle between on-warm-off)
Cons-it makes a soft “warbling” noise the whole time, and the hot setting got a little too hot for me (I had it on for about 20 minutes though). Also it doesn’t fit the entire foot at once, so I do the top half for a while, then move my feet up to do the bottom half.
There you have it! Any other moms-to-be wanna share their fave products in the comments? I’d love to hear them!
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