~ Pregnancy Must Haves…

Pregnancy is a special time indeed. You are carrying the most precious thing life could gift you with, a baby!!

Needless to say it’s hard-work. Not only is your body going through all the hormonal changes, mood swings, hungry pangs, exhaustion, nausea but you are over equal parts excited!! It’s a time where each woman needs to feel pampered and special and not worry about small things like comfort.

If you have read my take on each trimester: 1, 2 and 3, this post will interest you as today I am sharing my list of pregnancy must haves.

So, my list, in no particular order is as follows:

⁃ Prenatal Vitamins

In reality start eating these from the day you decide to start trying for a baby. There are many options in the market, I took the Nature Made Prenatals.

⁃ Pregnancy Pillow / Snoogle

This one is a life saver as it makes the task of sleeping, less daunting. Finding a comfortable position to sleep in, requires many many pillows and a pregnancy pillow not only replaces them all and makes more room on your bed, but it can later double up as a body pillow to be used post delivery.

The hubby ordered me one in the first few weeks after out we were pregnant and honestly the timing was perfect. It’s available online on Amazon and even in maternity stores.

– Water!!!

One of the 1st things the doctor told me to do was to drink lots of water! In general water is your best friend, but during pregnancy it’s even more so important. Having a good Sippy Cup kept me on track!

If drinking plain water is boring for you, take a look at some of my Flavored Water recipes!

⁃ Ginger Ale

I was blessed to not have bad nausea, but every now and then my stomach would give in and I would vomit. It was mostly smells for me that triggered it. Ginger Ale helped! A lot!!

Ginger is known for its anti-nausea properties and this is a yummy and refreshing way to enjoy that. Also since it’s caffeine free, and caffeine anyways isn’t a good idea when it comes to baby, Ginger Ale is a win win even when it comes to soda options.

I preferred buying the small cans as I would have one entire can and it wasn’t too much, nor would it loose it’s fizz. Available in your local grocery store!

– Sparkling Water

This was like killing 2 birds with one stone!! Not only did it help with the occasional nausea but also helped with my water intake. A win win if you ask me!

This is often flavored and I loved the strawberry and lemon lime flavors the best. Available in your grocery store.

– Dum Dum Pops

Another hit for me when it came to keeping nausea at bay. Available in your local grocery store!

– Caffeine free Soda

I’d be lying if I said I don’t enjoy an occasional soda! Sometimes it’s the only thing that can lift your spirits and going the caffeine free route is best during pregnancy. I chose Sprite and Fanta as my partner in crime.

⁃ Fruits and healthy munch worthy snacks: Granola bars, mixed nuts, fruits bites etc.

Hunger will strike at the most weird hours and sometimes soon after you have had a meal. My biggest problem was running out of options on what healthy stuff to eat to curb the hunger.

My issue was I wasn’t finding everything I usually liked, appetizing any longer. That’s when the hubby ordered me a pregnancy approved Snack Box to try. I definitely found a lot of new options and flavors I liked via this box, bigger packages of which I then bought from my local grocery store.

⁃ Stress Relief and Sleep aromatherapy from Bath and Body Works.

This isn’t just a pregnancy thing for me, I have a full size bottle of each lotion on my night stand, travel size bottles of each lotion in my purse and also my carry on toilet kit. I swear by these scents!!

I also have them in body washes, soaps, bath salts and soaks. And now since they have pilow mists, I have that too!

Trust me, it works wonders to quite the mind and unwind the body making it ready for a peaceful slumber. These are available Online or in a BBW store near you.

⁃ Belly Book

This one was something I had always thought I’d keep when I got pregnant and right as I found out in my 5th week, I started this book. It was a fun way to document my pregnancy and I am excited to share it with Little Miss K when she’s older. I wasn’t ready to wait for it to arrive via Amazon, so I got mine at Barnes and Noble.

⁃ Stretch Marks Cream

This one is more for a cosmetic purpose but definitely helps. I liked the Just for Moms better than the Palmer’s one, but both did work well, so it’s really either or. Just for Moms definitely smells better!!

⁃ TUMS for heartburn relief

Heartburn was my nemesis!!! Every single night I had the worst heartburn one could possibly have.

Though cold milk and vanilla ice creams worked and were a yummier option, sometimes it came down to popping TUMS in the middle of the night.

⁃ Comfortable clothes:

Maternity Yoga Pants, Oversized T-shirts, Sleepshirts and a well fitting bra is your best friend. An alternative could be raiding your hubby’s closet, mine had lots of t-shirt options for me! LOL!!

I have a post dedicated to budget friendly pregnancy style, coming soon, so stay tuned for that.

⁃ Comfy Shoes

Since water retention is common during pregnancy, and so is swelling from all the extra weight you’ll be carrying around, your foot size will increase and it’s of utmost importance to wear the right shoes for the best support and comfort.

I’ll be talking about my choice for shoes in the pregnancy style post.

⁃ Pregnancy Apps and books

These books were very informative, old school style. You can find them on Amazon or any bookstore.

I also downloaded these apps below. Even though all of them basically talk about the same things, it was fun to read the additional things each of these had to offer.

My favorites were – What to Expect and BabyCenter. I absolutely loved the comparison of the baby size to fruits each week. Their week by week description of baby’s development was very helpful and I definitely learned a lot from their articles. And these apps don’t scare you, with what could go wrong, so that’s a win win!

– Oils

When I was 24 weeks along, my sister visited from India and got with her Forest Essentials oils – The Back Pain Relief Oil and The Stretch Mark Oil, it changed my life!

Since then I’ve gone through several bottles of the Back Pain Relief one as that’s one thing that has stuck around even 5 months postpartum.

If you follow me on Instagram (nshrivas) you must have seen this post of mine, talk about addiction to Forest Essentials!!

Well this was my list, hope it helps some of you to-be mommies out there, and for all you experienced mommies out there, I’d love to hear what we’re your must haves!!

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~ Third Trimester… Tick Tock, on the clock!!

Thank you for all the love on my posts on First Trimester and Second Trimester, I was stepping out of the comfort zone of my usual topics, and sharing something very personal, even with these posts – Newborn Essentials 1 and 2. I want to say a big thank you to the amazing response, love and support these posts have gotten!!

So by popular demand, I’ll be continuing to share pregnancy / maternity / baby related posts every now and then, starting this wrapping up the trimester series, with this 3rd trimester post.

So jumping into today’s post – if you are pregnant, please don’t jump, just waddle into today’s post… LOL!!

So the third trimester is the last one of the 3, the end of which happens with a big debut of that of your little one. This trimester you’ll be excited, anxious and tired, all together. The excitement is beyond the roof these last 3 months but that just adds to the exhaustion!! LOL!!

So how to get through this one? Here’s my take on it:

– Rest, relax and don’t stress: trust me on this one.

– Get your baby shower out of the way before 35th week, if you are planning to have one that is.

– Get your maternity pix taken before the 35th week as well, because being super big will leave you tired and sweaty and you won’t be able to enjoy the experience. Definitely don’t do it before 33rd week coz you want that bump to be big and cute!

– Definitely finish all your shopping by the 36th week. I say 36th week but in reality once you are done with your baby shower, you can then decide what else you need depending on the gifts you received and didn’t. If you aren’t doing a baby shower, shop as you go. Amazon is amazing especially if you are a Prime member. Stores like Baby’s R Us match price, so don’t forget to take advantage of that!

– Engage your hubby/partner in all your decisions, it makes life so much more simple. You don’t need disagreements of any sort when your pregnancy hormones are already out of wack. Engaging your partner also makes them feel more connected to the baby.

– Don’t forget to drink that water – or else Braxton Hicks show up and they are not.your.friend!!

– Plan date nights and watch many movies, now, before the baby shows you two become you three!

– Have the essentials ready to go like the car seat installed etc. Hospitals in the US won’t let you take the baby home if you don’t have a car seat installed and inspected.

– Pack and get your hospital bag ready by the 36th week since 37 onwards you are considered full term and that baby can come anytime. I’ll doing a separate post on what goes in your hospital bag, so stay tuned for that.

– Sleep, if you can that is!! I say this because while sleep is surely important, it is next to impossible. Between being huge and having to pee every 15 minutes, sleep goes for a toss. Still, try to take naps and get some shut eye before the little one arrives coz once they are here, you aren’t going to get any sleep atleast for the first…2 months!!

Over and above all, just wait for the special moment, patiently, and in the mean time, enjoy the last few days/weeks as just the two of you, soon you’ll be a family!