~ 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!!


~ Tips on how to stay refreshed this summer!!

Tuesday, June 20th 2017 is the 1st day of summer this year, even though Houston’s temperatures have been soaring high already! In all honesty, it’s still not that bad and often there is a nice cool breeze cooling things down. We’ve also been having way more rain than usual!

So with summer just around the corner, I thought of sharing some tips that help me keep refreshed during the brutal summer months here in Houston, for these tips, read on:

Drink up!!

Chilled water is my go-to choice during the summer, but it doesn’t have to be boring!! Spice it up with lemon wedges and mint leaves or for something different, here’s my ~ Detox Water… post that shares some yummy recipes to make your regular water interesting. I always carry a bottle of water with me when I am out and about to stay hydrated at all times, and I suggest you do too!!

My recent find at the grocery store (maybe I am late to this party) is Sparkling Flavored Water!! I’ve tried the Strawberry flavor as well as the Key Lime and they are both very refreshing especially for someone like me who does not drink alcohol and also tries to stay clear of soda.

Choose the right fabric to wear!!

Read cutesy dresses, flowy tops, shorts, skirts! Light flowy fabrics in cute prints and pastel shades is what my summer wardrobe is made of as comfort is key! The more breathable the fabric, the better.

I am loving the latest collection at Old Navy, Gap and even Ann Taylor / Loft has been a wonderful surprise since their clothes aren’t only constrained to work attire now! I’ll be doing another post soon on where I shop, so stay tuned!

Don’t forget your workout:

Being an outdoorsy person, preferring to work outdoors over the gym, this heat can challenge my dedication but I don’t give in. I take either early morning or late evening walks, sometimes both, because it’s the best time of the day to be outdoors during the summer. The fresh air is a welcome change!

On the weekends and usually once over the weekday, the hubby and I make our way to the pool for a refreshing dip. The water is still a tad bit cold for my liking, but it’s surely refreshing!! We are water babies and the swimming pool, a lake, the ocean are always calling our name. We often make our swim trips into BBQ dinners as well, and here are my recipes on what we BBQ: ~ Paneer Tikka! and ~ Chicken Tikka / Tandoori Chicken!!.

Eating the right fruits:

Tropical fruits are my go-tos during the summer! Even though now days all fruits are always available all year round, my summer favorites are Mangos, Watermelons, Strawberries, Bananas, Oranges and Apples.

Smoothies is also a good way to go, and here’s some recipes that you could try: ~ Smoothies!!

Get the right haircut / hairstyle:

Before the start of summer 2016, I colored my hair and also got a new hairstyle. This summer, I am due for a haircut, but I am definitely not chopping my hair off or coloring it! Instead just going for a trim and maybe some bangs.

If you are into coloring your hair, you’ll find these posts helpful: ~ Hair Coloring 101… and ~ Hair Conditioning 101….

Being a comfort chic, I usually throw my hair up in a bun and it’s not so sexy! LOL!! Currently pinteresting cute ways to throw my hair up in a bun, for more on what I find, follow me on Pinterest: Niti Shrivastava Shukla.

Hope you enjoyed today’s post and are all set to be refreshed and enjoy this summer!!