With my pregnancy now behind me, here are my thoughts on what was most essential.
I didn’t want to spend a ton of money on such a temporary wardrobe, so I stocked up on basic maternity items and discovered that a lot of my regular oversized tops, cardigans and dresses worked with my belly. Buying everything in black made it easier to accessorize and multi-purpose. I shopped mostly at ASOS, Storq and Target.
- Long tank tops were key for layering
- Short sleeve wrap dress
- Long maxi dress
- Black skirt came in handy for business meetings
- Black dress for more dressy occasions, like my baby shower and dinners out
- Black tights to wear with dresses and skirts
- “Skinny” black jeans
- Workout top
- Yoga pants
At 26 weeks I strained my back and was in severe pain. I got this belly band afterwards for more support. I didn’t wear it everyday, but it was helpful for trips like Portland and New York where I did a lot of walking.
Epsom Salt Baths
My acupuncturist suggested epsom salt baths for my back aches, and they really worked! I buy bags of salt from CVS for around $5 and take 15 minute baths twice a week. An easy and relaxing way to get a good dose of magnesium. Here’s some more information about all the benefits of epsom salt: http://www.saltworks.us/salt_info/epsom-uses-benefits.asp.
I practiced yoga all the way through my pregnancy. I went to regular classes until about 10 weeks and then transitioned to prenatal specific classes at Namaste in Oakland and Bloom Retreat in Walnut Creek. Each class started with going around the room and checking in with everyone on how they were feeling. It was a good way to mark the progress of my pregnancy and surround myself with a community of moms-to-be. It kept my muscles stretched out and relaxed, which helped me cope with my changing body and the challenges of labor too. I’ll be started postnatal yoga classes soon.
Lumbar Support Pillow for Office Chair
My mother-in-law let me borrow hers after my back strain. Sitting in an office chair for 8 hours a day while growing a human being inside your belly is no easy feat. This helped ease the pain.
Tummy Butter and Bio Oil
I was terrified of getting stretch marks during my pregnancy. I started using Tummy Butter as soon as I found out I was pregnant and then Bio Oil starting my 2nd trimester. And voila, stretch-mark free. Who knows if I would’ve been fine anyways without these products, and they’re a bit pricey, but they sure didn’t hurt.
Mommy Friend Network
Towards the end of my pregnancy, my good friend Helen added me to her chat thread with mutual friends who are all recent mothers. We use Line to update each other throughout the day. I’ve found these girls to be an invaluable resource for all my random questions, thoughts, and fears. And they’ve been a life line of support in the early days of being at home with new baby. Thanks girls, couldn’t do this (sanely) without you!
Dear Lord, I ate so many sweets while I was pregnant. I couldn’t control myself. I’ve never craved donuts so intensely in my life. I was afraid of getting gestational diabetes, but when each blood test came back normal, I’d be ecstatic and then want to eat more cake. Thankfully the sweets craze was temporary, and now that I’m not pregnant, I’m back to my normal self and the pounds are slowly shedding away. So I’m kind of glad that I let myself indulge during this time.