Oh man the poor neglected second child syndrome is already alive and well in this house. Not to say this baby isn’t loved beyond belief, but long gone are the days of reading every pregnancy book I can get my hands on, taking the perfect weekly bump picture, or crashing on the couch when I get home from a long day at work. Welcome to the world of pregnancy with a toddler.
I miss that new feeling when everything was unexpected and the unknowns were exhilarating. But much like being married for almost 10 years, there is something to be said for the comfort of knowing what is to come and the stability of doing it the second time around. Now that I am 27 weeks pregnant with a baby girl (ahhh!!) here are a couple items that have been lifesavers the second time around.
I didn’t have morning sickness with my son at all, which was the first thing that tipped me off that this was going to be a girl. This sickness mostly felt like an all day hangover without a cool story to tell from the night before. It was even worse from dinner time on. I carried these around with me for about 12 weeks straight:
Sadly none of the above was a miracle cure for me, but at least took the edge off to be able to function and take care of my toddler. My thoughts are with anyone in that first trimester and hope these can help!
I originally bought a super fancy and super massive pregnancy pillow, but I soon realized it was way too big and I never ended up using it. Instead I bought a cheapo one at target and got a soft fuzzy cover for it. I have had terrible SI pain and just sleeping with this in between my legs side lying has been a godsend! Im a stomach sleeper and this allows me to get mostly on my stomach and sleep comfortable. At least in between running to my toddlers room b/c he still isn’t sleeping through the night, and those awesome middle of the night bathroom breaks that is.
I know there is no such thing as stretch mark prevention, but I really like this belly cream for adding some extra moisture when it feels like I can’t grow another inch. If nothing else it takes away the itching and hey if it helps in any way with preventing them more power to it! I preferred this to some other lotions and especially the oils which I felt were too sticky.
I wear Knocked Up Nails polish even when I’m not pregnant. It wears wonderful and the colors are beautiful. You can check out their full line here. My favorite color is fierce, fabulous female its a gorgeous dark color for fall/winter.
I had every intention of being a super cute pregnant fashionista but the reality is I spend most days in maternity leggings here These are pretty thin so I wouldn’t really leave the house in them unless I had a long shirt/cardigan. I lived in these last pregnancy too.
Stitch Fix has been hit or miss with maternity boxes this time around I’ve gotten a couple cute pieces from there (my referral link for newbies is here for your first styling fee waived) but I actually found the Pink Blush maternity site and grabbed a few cute shirts from there and A Pea in the Pod. Just basic stretchy cottony ones I can wear with my leggings. Also check out Facebook B/S/T sites I’ve found some really cute hardly worn items for a steal!
Life moves in fast forward speed these days so I am trying to schedule some time to be present, in the moment and remember what it is like to be pregnant. It will be over before I know it and taking time to care for you and take a break is a must. 7. Don’t burn the candle at both ends. Stay hydrated, remember to eat, and take frequent breaks. Get off your feet whenever possible and prop them up at the end of the day. Schedule yoga and light exercise to reduce anxieties. Read, socialize, book a massage, and get plenty of sleep. I also have scheduled a few facials/massages/nail appointments and they always feel twice as luxurious while pregnant.
What were your pregnancy must haves the second (or more) time around?