Now that I’ve passed the halfway mark of what feels like the longest pregnancy ever I thought now would be as good a time as any to give you a run down of the products I am loving as a pregnant lady and things that are making my life easier.
(Fun story: adding to my feeling like this is an incredibly long pregnancy, the other day my sister-in-law – who I might add, was present when we told the family I was pregnant at Christmas – said ‘when are you due again? November?’ I almost died!)
Before I was pregnant I thought ‘oh I won’t buy maternity clothes, I’m sure I can just make my existing clothes work for a while’. And while this may be true for some women, I needed the maternity clothes very early on (otherwise I would have run out of suitable clothes very quickly!).
I will note that so far my maternity clothing purchases have been pretty much limited to dresses and bottoms, I haven’t quite got to purchasing tops yet but I feel that it’s in my very near future – my existing collection of tops that will fit over the enormous and ever-growing bump is getting a bit meagre.
This singlet top is awesome. I wear a singlet top under almost everything between March and October anyway because Canberra gets cold and layering is your friend, but this one has really great support panels and really helps take some of the weight of your belly (which gets surprisingly uncomfortable!) and helps to add a bit of a smoothing effect under your clothes so you don’t get any weird lumps or bumps. It’s also quite lengthy so it’s great for layering (and for covering up the top of your pants in the early days when you can’t quite button them up!)
I looked around for a little while before buying these. I knew I needed a pair of maternity jeans but I was a bit picky about what I wanted. I didn’t want ones that buttoned up because I didn’t want the button digging in, I didn’t want the ‘belly band’ attached to the top of them and I wanted dark wash skinny jeans. Given all that I looked around for about 3 weeks before I decided on these jeans from Seraphine which ticked all my boxes and are so comfortable. I love them.
I needed some good work pants early on as I quickly couldn’t button any of mine up and these were the first pair I purchased. They’re a good quality material with a bit of give in them and look perfect for work. I like the cropped length, it’s been a good pair of pants to get me through the cooler days of summer and the start of autumn. The top of them can be worn over the belly or folded down so you can use them right through your pregnancy.
This skirt is amazingly soft and comfortable but still looks professional enough for the office. This skirt has been great as, like the Ripe maternity pants, the top of the skirt can be worn over the belly or folded down so it’s really versatile and can be worn throughout the pregnancy. I bought this especially for work but I think it would work well dressed down to be more casual as well.
I adore this dress. I think it is one of my favourites of my maternity dresses so far. It’s super cute and can easily be worn to work or on the weekend, plus it makes me feel good. It’s just so pretty and I feel like my bump looks lovely in it. I love that it’s also designed for nursing so I can wear it post-baby too!
Another of my favourite maternity dresses! This dress is so comfortable and so flattering with the side ruching and I think it will be just as much of a favourite post pregnancy as it is now. This dress is lovely dressed down with sandals or ankle boots or dressed up with heels and some statement bling.
This is like a rosehip oil on steroids. My skin has been horrible since being pregnant (I miss my pre-pregnancy skin!) with really bad cystic breakouts, especially along my chin. I have been using this to a) calm my skin down and b) help stop any possible scarring from the horrible breakouts. I use it every night on my face after washing and before moisturising and it’s been lovely and nourishing.
Yep, good old sorbolene cream. I started getting really itchy skin due to dryness about a month ago and my doctor recommended taking shorter, cooler showers (I was not thrilled about this recommendation – I love a long, hot shower) and using sorbolene to get some much needed moisture back into my legs. It’s worked, and I’m still slathering away with the sorbolene to keep the dryness (and itching!) away.
Palmer’s Cocoa Butter massage cream for stretch marks
Ultimately whether you get stretch marks or not is largely genetic, but I’m keeping my skin well moisturised to minimise any stretch marks that may make their way across my stomach. I’m yet to see any stretch marks, but I am sure they are coming as I already have some faded stretch marks on my sides from when I was a teenager. This stuff is really thick and creamy and sinks into the skin really well (and smells delicious!) so I’m confident that this cream is keeping my skin moisturised and supple.
I fought the whole pregnancy pillow thing for a little while, but when I was building myself a pillow fort of up to 7 pillows, I knew something had to give. This pillow is amazing, and I am only loving it more as my belly gets bigger. I am so much more comfortable sleeping with this pillow than anything else and it makes rolling over in the night easier as I don’t have to adjust pillows.
More on this next week but keeping up with my exercise has (I think) really helped me feel a lot better during pregnancy than I would have otherwise and has stopped me from stacking on too much weight (my current weight gain is well within the healthy range!) and has really helped me feel more comfortable with my ever changing body.
Not so much now but during those hideous
morning all-day sickness days months it was one of the only ways I felt a little better and knew I was keeping up my electrolytes. At one stage I was drinking a glass of this every day. This stuff is also great if you get a stomach bug and need to rehydrate. I like the dissolving effervescent tablets.
I saw my osteopath once a month before I was pregnant anyway but it is definitely needed now! I have some ongoing back issues that require regular maintenance (I sound like a car!) and they have been somewhat exacerbated by my pregnant state, plus I’ve had some super fun rib pain from about 12 weeks which gets worse when I sit at my desk for too long, so getting some regular treatment for my back has been great. A good osteopath will know what things are safe for pregnant women and adjust your treatment accordingly.
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What were your must-have products during pregnancy?
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