April 17, 2010

things loved during pregnancy

Thought I'd pass on some links to some items that I enjoyed or found useful through out my pregnancy. Hope you find some of them helpful!

1. Be Maternity tank
When I got pregnant everyone told me to invest in the BeBand (I think there are five different ones with different names from different stores, but oh well). I absolutely hated the BeBand. It didn't really help hold up my unbutton pre-pregnancy jeans, or my maternity jeans. It was always rolling up or riding up. It just didn't work for me.

However, the makers of the BeBand also have a tank top made out of pretty much the same material. Those I absolutely love. For me, once my regular jeans and pants no longer fit, it worked best to wear maternity pants, and then wear the tank to hold them up. I still like to wear my tanks under shirts. They are really comfortable and kind of hold everything in. I got mine at Target.

2. the snoogle
If you hadn't gathered, I'm a tummy sleeper. Once that was no longer a possibility, I was miserable. I just couldn't get comfortable on my side at night, and kept rolling on to my back while I was sleeping (which is apparently a pregnancy no-no). The snoogle helped me stay on my side, and definitely made sleeping more comfortable towards the end of my second trimester and the beginning of my third.

(that is one hot picture isn't it? ha ha)

I won't lie, towards the end of the pregnancy, the snoogle became more of hassle than a help. When you're peeing 3 times a night, and you have no abs, and everything in your body hurts, navigating that giant pillow is near impossible. Lots of times I would go to sleep with it, and then the first time I got up to pee in the night I would just chuck it on the floor. Usually by that point in the night I was so tired that I didn't notice how uncomfortable I was. :o)

3. What to Expect When You're Expecting
Pretty much everyone has heard of this lovely informational book. Sometimes it sounds silly, but really almost everything you could need to know about pregnancy is in there. That book is where I learned that stupid symptoms like my carpal tunnel and changing vision were indeed normal.

4. Belly Laughs by Jenny McCarthy
Another great book on pregnancy. Jenny's book makes for a quick and humorous read that illustrates the good, the bad and the oh so ugly of those amazing nine months. If you want to get the nitty gritty on all of the ridiculous things that can happen to your body while baking a baby, definitely pick this one up.

5. thebump.com
On this site you can find lots of information on getting pregnant, pregnancy, babies and more. They have some tools and gadgets, and I personally enjoyed the 'how big is baby?' section throughout my pregnancy. Also there is a section called 'community' full of different message boards. Sometimes the posts can be a bit ridiculous, and girls can get worked up about random stuff... but overall I really enjoy the message boards. You can get quick answers to questions you have, and it is nice to be able to chat with a bunch of women who are going through the same thing you are.

Other things I loved? My husbands sweats, Snickers ice cream bars, fuzzy socks and raspberry hot chocolate from Starbucks. Oh, and all things chocolate. But hey :o)


Happiness is Eva said...

I just posted a similar topic on my blog - but my must have list also included antacid! Heartburn was something I was not prepared for.

Hope you are adjusting well to life with a newborn : )

Blair Smith said...

I remember getting you a raspberry hot chocolate once from Starbucks while you were pregnant. I miss you Ashley!

Ashley said...

Blair I appreciated that very much! And surely you can't miss me too much. You ditched me for preschool! Ha ha...