Friday, September 19, 2014

Pregnancy Must-Haves Round Two:

I am now 35 weeks pregnant and SO ready to meet this little man! I wrote my first list of pregnancy must-haves when I was 25 weeks, so here is my updated (and final!) list now that I am nearing the finish line:
1) Bump Nest Maternity Pillow - I purchased this towards the end of my second trimester and it has been a huge help. I've had a really hard time sleeping, but this pillow gives support and relief in the areas that need it the most.
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2) Prenatal Yoga - I've been taking prenatal yoga once a week since I was 25 weeks at Yogi Beans via the Prenatal Yoga Center. It is mainly stretching, but it has been a great way to force myself to stay active even on the days when I really don't feel like it. It is also a great way to meet other girls and get tips for different positions and stretches to try while in labor.
3) Babybites Expectant Moms Group - I found out about this resource through an expectant mom at yoga and it has been amazing. You meet once a week for 6 weeks with a "moderator" and 10 other expectant moms who live in your neighborhood and just chat! As someone who doesn't have any friends with children, it has been a great way to meet some other ladies on the UES who have due dates close to mine. It will be great to have other people to visit with while on maternity leave!
4) Nail Salons - I pretty much get pedicures every 1-2 weeks now and I do not feel guilty about it one bit! My feet are killin me and getting a pedicure with a 10 minute massage is like heaven on earth.
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6) Natural Stretch oil by Earth Mama Angel - this was on my last list, but I had to mention it again because it is seriously a miracle worker. Stretch marks are genetic and I sadly got a ton during my growth spurt in middle school, so I was bracing myself for postpartum belly that looked like war zone. Crazy enough, I haven't gotten a single stretch mark! I've been putting this on once-twice a day since my first trimester and I'm so thankful that I did. I will definitely continue to use this as part of my daily skin care routine post-baby.

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