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My Six Pregnancy Must Haves

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Now that I am 6 months along in my first pregnancy, I’ve acquired a few pregnancy must haves. These are things that I have used on a regular basis and/or have saved me from pregnancy woes (this far).

6 Pregnancy Must Haves:

1. Peppermint Tea

The first trimester of pregnancy was really rough for me. My food aversions were so intense, and it was all I could do to get the smallest meal in. From the moment we found out I was pregnant, Ryan started cooking up a storm of healthy meals and snacks (evidence of an amazing father-to-be). I felt so bad that I didn’t even touch 80% of it. I didn’t even enter the kitchen for a month or more. Just opening the freezer took a serious pep talk. The smell of freezing food alone was more than I could take. I was such a mess Ryan didn’t even eat in the same room as me for the ladder of the first trimester, and we are people that eat dinner together every night.

The only way I was able to soothe my queasy stomach and even entertain the thought of food was organic caffeine-free peppermint tea and Queasy Drops. To be safe, I would only drink the peppermint tea once a day. It’s said to be safe twice daily, but I was more comfortable erring on the side of caution. To know what is best for you, always talk to your doctor. Me, my tea, and two cuddle bugs was the regular.

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2. Queasy Drops

Admittedly a large mug of peppermint tea only got me so far. That’s where the all-natural Queasy Drops came in. I ordered both the 21 piece Queasy Drops for queasy stomachs and Preggie Pop Drops to help ease morning sickness. These individually wrapped multi flavor candy-like drops were convenient to throw in my purse and carry with me at all times. It was something I was eternally grateful for while out at the grocery store or restaurants. I couldn’t be more thankful to have the sensitivity to scents behind him, but apparently queasiness can return later in the third trimester. Good thing I have so many of these drops still on hand.

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3. A Simple Journal

From the beginning of this pregnancy I have enjoyed keeping a journal. It is easy to forget the little things. Keeping a simple journal is a way to hold on to the memories and recount the experience as your little one grows. I write the date and week of pregnancy I’m in, along with the details I want to remember for years to come. At first I was just writing symptoms and how I was feeling. Over time, it has turned into something of a love letter to our baby. I began speaking to her and telling her about the first time we heard her heartbeat, the details of the day we found out that she was in fact a girl, and how her daddy will run across the house just to feel her push against me. Typing this brings tears to my eyes now.

4. What To Eat When You’re Pregnant

This book was a sweet surprise from Ryan. It is a week-by-week guide on what to eat to support your health and baby’s development. The book begins with a general overview of healthy pregnancy weight gain and transitions into key nutrients needed during pregnancy. Admittedly the nutrient section put me in tears as she spoke about everything you should have done before even getting pregnant. Being full of hormones and wanting my baby to be as healthy as possible, I lost it thinking I may have already caused harm. I lived in fear of spina bifida until the moment it was confirmed everything was just as it should be. Just don’t let that section get you into over-worried-mommy-mode. From there, the book goes into the power food needed in each week of pregnancy. The author even includes two recipes per week. If you want to know the best way to feed your body during this special and unique time, this book is chock full of nutrient gold. To order your own you can click here or the name above.

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5. 24oz Ball Mason Jar

What I wasn’t eating in the early stages of pregnancy I tried to make up for in H2O. I knew it was important to be drinking a lot of water since I was struggling in the food department. It was important then and just as much once I started eating more…. a lot more. Pregnancy can have a lot of unpleasant side effects like bloating, indigestion, nausea, urinary infections, and a whole lot more. Making sure to drink plenty of water is a great way to relieve or even prevent such symptoms. It also regulates your body temperature and is an essential component to breastfeeding.

The best way for me to ensure I am consuming an adequate amount of water daily is by drinking from our largest Ball jars. (Though Ryan’s mom thinks I’m chugging moonshine when she sees it. I’m going to lovingly blame that on her Tennessee upbringing. That or she’s watching too much of the Moonshiners TV show.) Thanks to the measurements on the side and larger capacity, it makes it easy for me to keep count without refilling a smaller glass several times a day. Plus, it is made of glass and I know I’m avoiding chemicals found in alternative materials. By filling the glass up 4-6 times a day I have met the recommended water intake. It’s mid-afternoon as I’m writing this now and I’m already at the bottom of my third glass.

6. Natural Homemade Stretch Mark Cream

I use/need everything on this list, but this cream, I need this cream. I load up on it every single night and it makes my skin softer than ever. So far I am free of (new) stretch marks. We’ll see if I can go the next 15 weeks with the same luck. All-natural and saves us money, it’s ridiculous how exciting this combo is to me. We have the easy recipe and directions here for you to make your very own natural goodness.

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Bonus.

This is my latest pregnancy favorite- the kiddie pool. I’ve only used it once so far, but I think it’s going to be my best friend through summer in Atlanta with a bean in the oven. Eleanor gives it a thumbs up and a nose lick.

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Now that you’ve seen my list, if any ladies out there have a pregnancy must have on their list spill the beans. Help a newbie out! Especially if you have any secrets on surviving the tail end of pregnancy.

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3 Comments

  • Reply
    Alison
    May 17, 2016 at 10:50 am

    Thanks for sharing your experience so far! I”m just a couple of weeks behind you. Thankfully, I didn’t have any problems during my first trimester. I did keep the Preggie Drops with me at all times just in case and used them whenever I felt iffy. Just having them handy was comforting. The other thing that’s helped a lot is the fetal heart rate monitor we purchased. It was about $50 and worth it to be able to hear her little heart beat and her movements before I could feel her or see my belly get bigger. We use it in between appointments just for peace of mind. I recommend it for anxious moms-to-be but please keep in mind that it can be hard to find the heart beat, especially earlier in the pregnancy, so if you get one please don’t freak out if you can’t find the heart beat right away! Just take a break and try again later. Also a necessity for me so far: snacks. Since the beginning I’ve needed to eat all day long so keeping snacks on hand has been crucial. Pack that purse full of snacks, ladies! And let’s enjoy this crazy ride!

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      this natural dream
      May 17, 2016 at 9:02 pm

      Snacks, yes! Good call. I definitely need to work on my snack game. I can imagine how the heart rate monitor can bring a peace of mind. It’s hard to go a month between appointments without wondering every now and again if everything is going well. I’m so thankful to be in the stage of feeling and seeing this baby move.

      Cheers
      -K

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    Krystal
    May 19, 2016 at 4:30 pm

    Sleep and lots of walks.

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