1csm_slide1_64ff140afc.jpg Pregnancy Edition

For those of you that know me, you know I have 5 kids and that every couple of years for the past 12 years I’ve been pregnant. Now, don’t go assuming anything from this blog post!  I AM NOT PREGNANT.  I simply got inspired by seeing a lot of things about Christmas in July and that always gets me thinking about The Sound of Music and the My Favorite Things song so I thought, “What a great time to share about all my favorite things?!?” As a mom, I figured the best place to start is where it all starts, PREGNANCY!

When you first discover you’re pregnant you want to find the best nutrition you can. Your doctor will likely prescribe a prenatal vitamin and you’ll likely walk out with a bag full of samples from their office. I tried a few different ones over my pregnancies but discovered some made me more nauseous than others and some just didn’t absorb well into my body. My all time favorite became the Garden of Life Prenatal vitamins. When I faithfully took them, I didn’t have low iron and felt fairly energetic throughout my pregnancies. They worked so well for me, my doctor didn’t even bother prescribing one with my last 4 pregnancies and just said to keep doing what I was doing. One of the things I liked about these over other prenatal vitamins was that they contain Folate instead of Folic Acid. Wellness Mama goes into greater detail about the differences, but in summary, Folic Acid is the synthetic form of Folate. I prefer to go with the natural form over the synthetic.

I will tell you that with each pregnancy my need for comfortable maternity jeans happened earlier and earlier. I tried all the different versions available and these were BY FAR the most comfortable.

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There are things about pregnancy that people don’t tell you. My mom was quick to make sure I knew that the best chance of keeping away stretch marks was to make sure my skin was moisturized properly. I used a few different things over the years, but I love this Mother’s Balm from NYR Organic.

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And last but certainly not least, sleep is a rare commodity in pregnancy so you have to make the most of what you get. A nice wrap around body pillow is amazing I wish I had come across these sooner! The American Pregnancy Association recommends sleeping on your left side to increase the amount of blood and nutrients that reach the placenta and your baby.

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I’m sure there were many other products that made life easier, I’d love to hear what your favorite things are! Comment any of your favorites. I look forward to seeing what other things have been helpful to you. Next time I’ll share my favorite things for the first year. Thanks for stopping by! I hope what you find here is helpful to you or someone you know.

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