Pregnancy survival kit

This is my first go round for being pregnant and I wanted to do a post on things that I have discovered that have made my life more comfortable for the past 6 months. Because us girls need to stick together and share all the tips ya feel me?!

First of all- ‘morning sickness’. Or in my case evening sickness. For the first trimester I was super sick. I would go home from working my twelve hour shifts to puke and go to bed. It was not fun times. I actually lost weight my first few months of pregnancy because I couldn’t keep anything in. I tried a lot of things to help with nausea and a couple tips helped me:

Snacking- I had ritz crackers on hand always and sometimes shoving one in when I would start to feel bad would help.

Mint pregnancy lozenges- there were days I was sucking on these all day especially at work.

Avoiding certain smells/foods- at almost 6 months I can just now eat pickles again without feeling sick. And I can finally smell chicken being cooked. But these were things that I just could not deal with the whole first trimester. Also my husband had to stay on top of the trash- if I opened the can and got a sniff I would always puke for sure.

Going to bed early- I did this whenever my work schedule allowed. Often times if I was in bed before 8pm and didn’t move I could avoid my nightly puke.

I realize I’m not making pregnancy sound very fun. And I hear it’s not the same experience for everyone. But this was my experience.

Once I got past that dreaded first trimester things started looking up. The second trimester has been much more kind to me. I’m rarely nauseous and I haven’t actually puked since I hit that milestone.

Some pregnancy must haves for me are compression socks. My cousin also works twelve hour shifts and always wears these cute polka dot print compression socks from Amazon. I had been told by co-workers that swollen feet and ankles would become inevitable but so far since I started wearing these I have been able to keep the swelling to a minimum.

Another must have is this pregnancy pillow also from Amazon. This thing is amazing, comfortable and affordable compared to a lot of options out there. I use it every night. Like, after I’m not pregnant I might still want to use it – it’s that good.

Something I don’t think a lot of women share about pregnancy is how it’s hard to see your body morph and change into this thing you no longer recognize. I also feel like it’s super hard to find cute maternity clothes. I can’t understand why clothing designers think that just because you’re pregnant you want to suddenly wear a garden on your big new body. Why so many huge floral prints?!

I don’t know about you- but becoming pregnant did not change my personal style. I was able to find some cute basic maternity pieces like jeans, shorts and bib shorts at my local destination maternity. I also found a couple cute tops at pink blush maternity online and of all places. I’ve been giving stitch fix a chance again as well to see what they can come up with for maternity clothes… so far I haven’t been impressed really but I keep giving them a try because they keep waving my styling fee.

Mental health and feeling your best throughout pregnancy is important and throughout these changes one thing I started using is sunless tanner. It just makes me feel better when I’m tan. And these L’Oréal tanning wipes are the best. I get mine at target.

One last tip I discovered over the last few months is this leave in spray/ de-tangler and this amazing wet brush. Because I’m pregnant and tired and drying my hair is more work than I want to do most days. 😂 I have a feeling I will continue to love this combo as I get bigger and the summer gets hotter as well.

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