Must-Have Products for a Comfortable Pregnancy
I've never run a marathon, but I have to imagine it's similar to experiencing 40 weeks of pregnancy. You hit the wall, then you keep going, but by the end, you're hot, tired and uncomfortable.
As I near the end of my second pregnancy, the days are beginning to drag on and on. I am downright exhausted by the time I get home from work, and literally no position (sitting, lying down, or standing) is comfortable for more than a few minutes. Luckily, I've found some products that have helped me through these last few months. Today I'm sharing them with you!
It's not pretty. In fact, it's the exact opposite of pretty. However, when you are carrying a small watermelon on the front of your body for weeks at a time, “pretty” begins to take a backseat to comfort. I was skeptical about my belly band – my husband had to drag me to the maternity store to try one on – but the first time I felt my belly drop after removing the band, I was sold. There are a variety of bands on the market, but from experience, go with the most supportive band that fits in your budget. This Gabrialla Maternity Support Band has been my constant companion for about 15 weeks. Your back will thank you.
This time around, my feet haven't had the extreme swelling like last time, and that's partially because I'm being more proactive in putting my feet up. If you have an office job or work from home, a footrest under your desk is a must-have. Propping up your feet will help improve blood circulation in your legs and keep swelling to a minimum. A footrest will also alleviate some back and hip pain, too. Although I admit, I've finagled a pretty sorry footrest from a box and a heart-shaped pillow under my desk (hey – it does the job!) there are really great, affordable options out there. The Kensington SoleSaver footrest, $20, has two height adjustment levels, and a large non-skid surface. It might be the difference between wearing your shoes or your slippers out of the house!
You will not catch me out and about without a tall, super-cold glass of water. This is probably the single most important way I've kept more comfortable during my pregnancy – despite the 20 trips per day to the bathroom. Drinking water helps keep swelling down all over your body and removes toxins that could affect your baby. Plus, it cools down your internal oven just a little so you can be more comfortable. I'm a huge fan of the Tervis tumbler, which keeps beverages cold for a longer period of time than other water bottles, but another great option is the Cool Gear Pure Bottle with Freezer Stick. This bottle not only filters your water, but also keeps it cool with a frozen core. Bottoms up!
Maternity Yoga Pants
I have been determined to dress more stylishly this pregnancy than last, which has meant re-purposing my regular clothes into maternity clothes. That short dress became a top; the top became … a rather inappropriately sized top. I unbuttoned my jeans and held them together with a hair elastic. One day, my husband came home with the most glorious present ever: black yoga pants that looked like work pants. Angels sang; I cried. I've worn these pants several times a week for the better part of eight weeks. It's my worst kept secret – I will tell just about anyone who asks me at work that yes, I am wearing yoga pants. Seriously – if you have a belly, go get some maternity yoga pants.
I got this as a Christmas gift from my husband. So, maybe it wasn't romantic, but it was practical and has been well loved. I love the Boppy Sleep Wedge because I can use it so many different ways: between my knees, under my belly, and behind my back, to name a few uses. I like that it's small and compact and more breathable than the large pregnancy pillows. It helps relieve pressure points and keep comfortable in bed …well, as comfortable as is possible with that small watermelon getting in the way.
What are your must-have pregnancy products?