Even though it doesn't feel like it some days, I know I won't be pregnant forever, so I've tried to limit purchasing too many pregnancy or maternity items. My poor co-workers see me in the same rotation of outfits each week, but I just hate to spend a lot of money on clothes that I will only wear for a few months. That being said, there are a few purchases that have been totally worth it!
- Maternity Pajamas - Since most of my pajamas are loose, I naively thought I could wear my normal pajamas throughout my pregnancy. Wrong! I splurged on some Lake maternity and nursing PJs and wear them every.single.night. I have some of these in non-maternity sizes, and they were my favorite pajamas before I got pregnant too. Considering how uncomfortable I feel most of the time, they were worth every penny.
- Sulfur Soap - At the start of the second trimester, I started feeling like myself again, but I developed the worst hormonal acne. I tried every pregnancy-safe treatment, and after nothing worked, my doctor suggested a nighttime regimen with sulfur soap. I use an Olay Clarisonic-knockoff brush to wash my face with the soap, rinse, and then apply more sulfur soap and leave it on for about 10 minutes like a mask before I rinse it again. While my acne hasn't cleared up 100%, it has majorly improved.
- Prenatal Yoga - I've been going to prenatal yoga at least once a week since about 20 weeks. It is so nice to be in a small group with other pregnant ladies, so we can chat about our experiences. It has helped me feel better physically and mentally, and it has reduced my back pain. I've loved going to Babymoon in Lexington for prenatal yoga.
- Burt's Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter - I use this every morning and night, and it feels really soothing. I've noticed extra dry patches on my arms and legs since becoming pregnant, and I use this on those areas too since it thicker than my normal lotion.
- Acupuncture - For the past couple of years, I've seen an acupuncturist for various reasons. During pregnancy, she has been able to help with general discomfort, skincare, and sleeping issues. Maybe it's a placebo effect, but in my experience, acupuncture really works. If you're local to Lexington and interested, here is where I go. If I go past my due date, I'm planning to give her a call, so she can hit all of my induction points. I could go on an on about acupuncture, but I'll spare you.
Mamas, what were your pregnancy essentials?