By now you should know that I’m pretty willing to let it all hang out when it comes to pregnancy. I mean, who would post all of those pictures on a public blog if they weren’t, right? With that said, I’ve been thinking about a few things that may or may not come useful to you current, future, or far-in-the-future moms.
Make it smooth(ies)–When it comes to Tums, take mine (and my sister’s) advice. Go for the Smoothies series. My personal fave are the assorted fruit though the berry kind is decent, too. (Anyone tried to Cocoa and Creme ones?) Don’t do the knock-off store brands like Safeway and especially not Safeway brand smoothie mint flavor unless you like to chew on dried up tablets of toothpaste.
Puffy and fluffy–What “they” say is true. Pillows, pillows, and more pillows. A body pillow is a must.
This ain’t where you skimp–If you think that while you are pregnant you can save a ton of money feminine hygiene supplies, oh boy, think again. If you don’t already use flushable wipes (yes, I’m going there) you should try them. My personal recommendation is the Target Up & Up Toddler Flushable Wipes. I could go on about this subject but I think I’ll leave it at that.
Fish = puke–DHA, DHA, DHA is what “they” say you should supplement in addition to your regular prenatals. I tried the fish oil ones and as soon as I started burping up that lovely flavor, the puke followed close behind. Probably my worst “sick” day ever during the past 8 months. I personally recommend the OTC Expecta supplement. It’s plant-based so no fish guts. Not convinced? You can do your own thing but for me it was plant-based or nothing. (I think they also have an AIO prescription that is plant-based, too).
Words, words, words–I don’t care who you are, what your background is, or what your family upbringing taught you. Science and research is AMAZING and if you don’t do YOUR research, you’ll be sunk. Read books and magazines but be careful not to take one source as fact. So a few books that I found sooo useful…
- Taking Charge of Your Fertility
- What to Expect (bla, bla….you know this one)
- Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child
- On Becoming Baby Wise
Rock-a-by Brittany…–Other sleep aid wonders of the world.
- Yoga stretches before bed (especially the pelvic tilt one….cat and cow is it?)
- Unisom (talk to your doc as opinions on this one varies. I just use it occasionally.)
- Podcasts or music to distract your thoughts (this worked for me when I was sick at night.)
- Fan (nothing like a little white noise)
- Humidifier (especially in Utah. stuffy nose anyone?)
- Johnson’s bedtime lotion (this is still in a trial period….I’ll explain more later).
Speaking of stuffy nose–My bedtime nose routine consists of this. A good cleaning of the nose. And I mean good. Battle that dryness with a few squirts of saline spray then blow it all out. Keep breathing easy and nosebleeds at bay by swabbing each nostril with a small amount of vaseline (aka petroleum jelly).
I’m sure I’ll think of more truths and tips later….