Hi my angels! Welcome back to my blog!
Today, I’m starting a new series called Maternity Mondays and this first post will be sharing my essential products that I’ve been reaching for throughout my pregnancy. Now that I’m almost nearing the end I thought it would be helpful to share these items!
One of the first things I changed about my routine was taking vitamins. After my main meal on an evening I take Pregnacare Max vitamins. These were the ones that were recommended to me from my first antenatal appointment and I’ve used them ever since!
In the first trimester I felt absolutely rubbish. Horrible. The worst part is that nobody really knows that you’re pregnant, and you don’t really feel it either. Mainly because you still look the same. I felt extremely dizzy all of the time, I had a permanent headache, stomach cramping and ofcourse the sickness. This is all on top of dealing with your emotions and coming to terms with the fact that you’re going to be a parent. What I can promise you though is that this doesn’t last forever. I felt a lot better after the first three months and my sickness had completely gone away by week 20. One thing that really helped me combat my sickness was ginger biscuits. They taste disgusting but really are an effective method of balancing your stomach. I kept these by my bed and had a few before I even got up and they really did help me stop feeling so naecous!
Everybody says that you can’t prevent stretch marks but that doesn’t stop me from trying! I’ve been using this oil 2-3 times a day from being about 10 weeks pregnant. I had done a lot of research about which oil to get and this one came highly recommended by a lot of mums. Even if it doesn’t manage to prevent stretch marks, it helps rehydrate my skin as it can become quite dry as your hormones change. Your stomach can also become itchy as you reach the second and third trimesters due to the itching and this really helps relieve some of that!
You can buy this oil from Wilko or through this link HERE
On the subject of dry skin, my face is dryer than ever and so I need to take extra care of it! When I’m out shopping, I feel the need to pick up anything with the words “hydrating” , “moisture boosting” or “for dry skin”. This extends to the lips too, so having a good moisturiser that works for you and also keeping a tub of Vaseline in your bag is a huge help!
A circular/electric toothbrush
This might sound a little crazy but the hormones in your body can make your gums extremely sensitive when brushing your teeth, causing them to bleed. Using a rectangle brush and swiping motions can make the bleeding worse and so I recommend getting an electric toothbrush to be a little more gentle on your mouth!
Your midwife will soon become your best friend and you’ll spend more time at the hospital or doctors than you do at home. Balancing all these appointments and the antenatal classes with your job, social life or studies can prove difficult so it’s good to stay on track so you don’t miss anything!
You may find yourself becoming more and more thirsty throughout the day, especially towards the end of your pregnancy and it’s really important that you don’t allow yourself to become dehydrated. It’s recommended that you have 2-3 litres of water a day so I’ve found it really handy to keep a large bottle of water in my bag a day and keep refilling it once I drink it all.
It’s easy to become overwhelmed by the amount of books out there to read, but one I do recommend is “Your Baby” by Simone Cave. This is essentially a week by week guide to what to expect when you bring your bundle of joy home! Although all new borns are different, this gives you a rough idea of how much your baby will sleep and feed. It’s good to read this before your baby comes and then in the weeks that follow the birth of your baby!
You can buy this book HERE
I hope you found this post helpful! Good luck to all the mummys to be out there, you’re doing great!
All my love,