loving lately – the pregnancy edition
First things first – happy (early) birthday to my Mama! May you have many, many years of nagging me to death and kissing my babies. :) I love you.
Today I thought I’d share some things/products that are making life easier on me during this pregnancy! Things that bring a little smile to my face or help fill up my ever-expanding belly. Be warned – some were sent to me for free, but most I spent Travis’ hard earned money on. This was fun to put together – I’ll probably have a Part II.
Yes To Blueberries Intensive Skin Repair Serum
I don’t know what it is about being pregnant, but I want to spend money on myself. Like my skin or massages or pedicures. Anything that makes me feel more beautiful, I guess.
I found this serum at Target during my first trimester (I use their night cream as well) and I’ve been loving it ever since. It’s lightweight and doesn’t make your face all greasy. Plus, like all of the Yes To products, it’s all natural and smells great. I order now through Amazon’s Subscribe and Save (bundle 5 products and get 20% off each month) so I’m never without it.
Chips! All the CHIPS!
I’m totally that pregnant woman that says, “Baby NEEDS these _____.” (<-fill in the blank with something ridiculous. Chips for this example. Adorable aztec-patterned Ezra + Eli leggings work well too.) As I’ve complained about over the past 7 months, food and I don’t really get along due to pregnancy nausea. I don’t really have a ton of cravings – I eat to get full and to stay on top of the nausea. Chips work well for me! My latest crunchy loves include Lundberg’s Wasabi Rice Chips and Garden of Eatin’s Red Hot Blues (tortilla chips with a kick!).
Tamara Grand’s Ultimate Booty Workouts
Tamara and I became friends when she started submitting videos for my Tuesday Trainer series (man, I miss doing those! Hope to get back to them later on this year!). She is an EXCELLENT trainer, blogger and mama.
She wrote a BOOK! Ultimate Booty Workoutsis an amazing collection of glute-sculpting workouts and exercises (Tamara is even the model in several of the moves!!). The book, which is perfect for both beginner and expert, moves you through a 3 phase “bootylicious” program (<-my words, not hers. :) ). Each exercise has a thorough description and visual – it’s really a great resource!
I’ve been incorporating several of these just while at home in the afternoons and LOVE the variety that Tamara provides. Great book, friend!
Unisom + B6
Here’s a tip for combatting pregnancy nausea (but you should talk to your doctor first!)!
Take 1/2 of a Unisom (doxylamine only) and 50 mg of B6 every night before bed. The dose of Unisom is so low that it really has no effect on your sleep (or making you feel groggy the next day). Legend tells that this mixture mimics an anti-nausea medicine sold in Canada – I have no idea if that’s true. I do know that it helps to take the edge off of the queasiness and that I can tell a difference between the days I take it and those that I forget.
Cross Training Couture tops
Lastly, I’ve been wearing Michelle Myers’ Cross Training Couture tanks ALL pregnancy long (Michelle happens to live near me in Asheville, NC!). Most of them are size medium (and you can tell) but I have a few size large.
They’re flowy. They’re incredibly inspirational. And they cover my bump. LOVE!
QUESTION: What are YOU loving lately?? Leave a link if it’s something I need to buy!