Pregnancy Favorites

Dec 27, 2017

As my pregnancy is winding down, I'm kind of starting to get a liiiiiiiiitle bit sad that I won't be pregnant much longer. I'm aware I will soon be regretting that statement when I'm waddling and peeing every 5 minutes and unable to sleep, but for now things are somehow still great.
Now, don't get me wrong, we are beyond excited to meet our baby in a few weeks (days?), but it's pretty nice knowing he's safe and sound in my body that is growing a life.
All the things I have feared about pregnancy like lack of sleep, lack of alcohol, discomfort, constipation, and nausea reallyyyyy haven't been that bad. I've been too lucky, I'm aware. No nausea, I'm still sleeping great, and the lack of alcohol actually isn't that bad.
Not having hangovers and periods is THE BEST.
Throughout these last eight months I've come to find so many great things I want to share. I am by no means a pregnancy expert, but I do think I'm the ultimate target for all pregnancy related ads on social media.
I've tried it all.
I love a good pregnancy "must have" list, so I figured I would share my own.

Pink Stork probiotics
I'm a sucker for all things organic/natural and high quality (aside from the toaster strudels I have recently reacquainted myself with), and the Pink Stork brand of items are some of the best. Constipation was one of my biggest fears throughout pregnancy (I've heard some horror stories) and I'm gonna go out on a limb and attribute my lack of constipation & hemorrhoids (TMI?) to the fact that I've been taking these probiotics daily since the first trimester.
Knocking on wood.
I also recently read that taking a daily probiotic during pregnancy can help prevent eczema with your baby. The cheapest place I've been able to find them is $14.99 at Target. Getchu some.

Belly Buds
Playing music for the baby was a high priority in the early days of our pregnancy.
We started around 14 weeks (it's never too early to culture your offspring amiright?) We refuse to let him grow up with a poor taste in music. 

V-neck pocket maternity tee
Maternity tee requirements: must have a v-neck and a pocket. Don't ask questions. I needed it.
This one from Gap was my all-time fave. I would have ordered it in every color, but they only have it in one color.

Maternity bras
Unfortunately, I required new bras from day one of the pregnancy. My only complaint. Boobs.
I'm not usually a "sleep in a bra" kind of gal, but pregnancy has forced it upon me.
After a quick google, I was overwhelmed with every pregnancy bra targeted ad known to mankind.
True & Co sucked me in first with their ad for "the most comfortable bra on the internet".
It was mighty comfy, butttttt it didn't work for me. I would stretch out overnight and the ladies had a hard time staying contained. Just saying.
 Day to day I wear these cheap-o Amazon bras (which double as nursing bras), but at night time I wear the Kindred Bravely bras. These have less padding (so, not appropriate for the public) but they are wayyyyyyyyy more comfortable. I have tried two styles so far: the French terry
and the organic cotton crossover, and the organic one is my favorite. Great support and comfort.
I also ordered some of their postpartum high waist underwear, and I love.
I look forward to seeing how these work during the post-partum/breast feeding phase.

Pajama wise, I've always been a fan of the boxers and oversized tee situation. Pregnancy has turned me into a nightgown + boy shorts kind of gal.
All-time fave nightgown:
Anything and everything in the modal-blend material from GapBody like this.

Maternity Jeans
My first splurge. I spared no expense. Went straight to Pea & The Pod and let them take all my money. Probably my favorite purchase of all. I will be buried in these AG Secret Fit jeans.
Keep an eye out for a sale every so often so you don't have to pay full price.

A fall/winter staple.
Before I found out I was pregnant, I had recently fallen in love with Girlfriend Collective leggings. My sister came across their start-up campaign where they were giving away free leggings if you paid shipping. It honestly sounded like a scam at first. We paid like $20 for shipping and then never heard back from them for over six months. Randomly we both got leggings in the mail and never took them off. They were high waisted and tight (almost like spanx) but they were thick and supportive. The material was unlike anything I had ever worn (come to find out they are made of recycled water bottles).  I seriously wore them every single day when we were in Copenhagen and Norway. Then I got pregnant and they no longer fit. I don't know why I didn't just order some in a larger size, immediately. Instead I tried every other legging known to man. Soma leggings were comfy and high waisted. The belly didn't cause them to roll down, but they pilled easily and were somewhat sheer in certain places with bending and squatting. I had also heard that Lululemon Align and Wunder Under leggings were perfect for pregnancy. Tried them. They were comfy as heck and so darn soft, but the tops rolled down like crazy. It actually started to really drive me nuts. I think I will definitely wear these post-partum, and love them, but for now, nah.
Back to square one.
Girlfriend Collective.
My first true love.  My original leggings were a size medium. I ordered some XLs and they are the cure to the pregnancy legging debacle. 

Compression socks
Another pregnancy fear: swelling and spider veins.
The fact that my job involves a lotttttt of standing and being on my feet (particularly during our busy season which coincides with my 8th month of pregnancy) I knew that compression socks were going to be a requirement early on. I started wearing them during surgery days around month 5, but at this point I'm wearing them every day. I really feel like they have been helping a ton. I haven't noticed any foot or ankle swelling (or any spider veins! Again, knocking on wood).
My two favorite brands are Sockwell  & Darn Tough (which are made in Vermont and guaranteed for life!).

Call it fate, but I find it miraculous that Clearly Canadian came back on the market during my pregnancy. This stuff has been my sanity. I haven't been able to find any of my favorite flavor (orchard peach) in the area, but I've had two saints from Louisiana smuggle me some across the border (and one friend flew me some all the way from Georgia!) I'm currently rationing them to one a week. Gotta make it last, ya know?

So, that's all I've got for now.
Quite the wide variety of favorites.
I love the age-old pregnancy question of "what are you craving" because I'm literally craving everything, all the time. Comfy leggings, all the food, sparkling soda from the 90s.
You name it, I crave it and I will find it.
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