Do you remember your last pregnancy? Did you have any favorite helpers during your pregnancy that you recommend to every pregnant woman that you see? No? You’re not that crazy? Well, I am and I do! I happen to love seeing pregnant women and spreading the love to them about what helped me the most during my pregnancy. Call me crazy, I know you do anyway, but it happens! And if I saw you walking down the street with a pregnant belly, I’d definitely share with you as well! But, just so we don’t have to have all that uncomfortableness if you’re a male reader, I’ll go ahead and share them with you here that way we don’t have to buy all the plane tickets that would allow us to casually bump into one another. Without further ado, here are my top 5 pregnancy helpers:
5. You know one of those delightful side effects of pregnancy… that one where there’s a discharge in the second half of your second trimester through the birth of your child? Yeah, that whole uncomfortable thing. Well, the only thing that helped me there were cloth pads. I know, it sounds crazy. But they were larger, less environmentally dangerous and more comfortable (less rashy) than pantiliners or traditional pads. I highly recommend that you check out Rachel’s Legal Pad if you want to try these out (and support an awesome girl!)
4. Yogi Tea’s Mother to Be tea is one of my favorites because I drank one cup of it throughout my pregnancy (upon waking, which did help settle my stomach a bit) and it resulted in benefits at delivery – I had one of the lowest amounts of blood loss allowable. In fact, it was so low that they were expecting to find me hemorrhaging, but no – it really was just the herbs! This tea was comforting in the cold winter mornings while I was pregnant and also helped me focus my attention on the wee one growing in my belly when I was spending most of my days praying at the porcelain throne.
3. Nicki’s Nursing Sugar Cookies are the best nursing pads I have ever found. I was a tester for her when she first started making them, and they have only improved since then. From great to awesome! They have soft bamboo velour on one side and pink microchamois fleece on the other with two layers of hemp and a layer of microfiber in the middle. They are ultra soft, super absorbant and I have never once had any chapping problems – even without using lanolin. I have used these while nursing full time – for a whole day – and they are still not wet on the outside. I have also used these while pumping and again – no moisture! It wicks away to the center and is ready to absorb more! Another great part of these is that 10% of every sale goes to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation!
2. B-Natal Lozenges and Lollipops – are sweet little miracle workers, and the only way I made it to work some days during my first trimester and the first half of my second trimester! I literally took paper bags covered in plastic bags everytime I went in the car because I had such terrible morning sickness – ALL DAY LONG! They offer enough B6 to help keep you from tossing your cookies in those lovely early days. For me, they worked better than lemon, ginger, meditation or anything else I tried. (I threw everything at this, until my midwife recommended these to me!) So if you’re suffering, I’d recommend these to you as well!
And the number one pregnancy helper is…
1. Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth! I read the book and began practicing the exercises and the diet early on in my pregnancy. We took the childbirth class locally, and it prepared us in a way that we couldn’t imagine trying to have a natural birth without. My husband was an excellent coach, even through the Pitocin and the pushing – he caught our son and used Kangaroo Care to warm him after he made is great arrival. Without Bradley, I don’t know what we would’ve done. With Bradley, my husband was the talk of the hospital for a while yet to come! I highly recommend these childbirth classes to ALL expectant mothers, especially if it’s your first time! You’ll learn more than you ever thought you could and also learn how to prepare your body for labor, delivery and after. It’s a great experience and you can even make friends through the class! We still see some of our classmates on a weekly basis!
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