As you have already noticed, my last several posts have been all pregnancy related and pregnancy updates. When you are expecting, so much of your life revolves around the life growing inside - your eating habits, your thought process, and your lifestyle. I found myself always googling all sorts of questions and pregnancy tips and products I was curious about. As we are preparing for our baby to arrive, I wanted to share my experiences for any mom-to-be or momma-to-be who are in a similar phase.
Best Pregnancy Books
It's difficult to figure out what to eat when pregnant and create a pregnancy meal plan for nine months. I mean you know what nutrients you need to focus on and all the healthy pregnancy food out there. However, knowing what to focus on weekly makes life much easier. This book provides a week-by-week guide on what to eat during each stage. Although I didn't try all the recipes, that's also included, I found it tremendously helpful to know what food-of-the-week to focus on for the target development. It just helped narrow down the overall list of food to eat when pregnant. I also loved learning and being aware of how my baby was growing each week and how the food was effecting the growth.
This book is quite insightful and educational. I really enjoyed reading this book and learned some valuable and fascinating information. Dr John Medina is a developmental molecular biologist and a dad, who draws examples from scientific studies and neuroscience research and facts, as opposed to mere opinion.
I have six other pregnancy books here, but I'd be lying if I said I read them all.
Pregnancy Constipation Relief
I know it can be embarrassing to talk about such a topic, but it's important because constipation in pregnancy is real and inevitable. It's also something that's much more difficult to deal with when you have a baby in you. Some women struggle with this from the beginning of their pregnancy. I had to face this one time during my third trimester when I missed my high fiber meal, and I couldn't imagine having to go through this for months. Natural remedy for constipation worked like magic for me, and I didn't have to face it again. I just got lucky though. You should check with doctor. My relief:
These natural remedies might not work for you, and you might need to ask your OB to suggest something else, or something over the counter. I am keeping MetaMucil handy as well per my OB’s suggestion.
Pregnancy Skin Care
I don't use a lot of products on my face (mainly because I don't know enough or I'm lazy), and I hardly wore makeup during my pregnancy. And whenever I did use products, I wanted to make sure that I was using pregnancy safe skin care. In other words, I focused on more natural products for my SPF day cream and my night cream. For body lotion, I used what I have been normally using right after shower on damp skin: Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil. There are various skin care products out there which might have the best lotion for pregnancy listed. Please do your own research before using any products, because what works for me might not work for you.
Wear comfortable women's shoes! Heels are hard to bear during pregnancy. At least, it was in my case. Also, my mom was pretty convincing (adamant) about me not wearing heels for as long as I’m pregnant. I'm not sure if there are any pregnancy shoes or maternity shoes specifically, but sneakers were my best friend and the best shoes for pregnancy. By the end, you'd probably want the most comfortable shoes you can find. I don't feel like showing my Nike Free sneakers here since they now look crusty from overuse, but I'll share a few similar options below that I'm admiring (click on the images below if you want the links). I wore low heel sandals occasionally, and whenever I did, I kicked them off my feet after an hour or so. Couldn't tolerate them for too long as I got bigger. If you saw any picture of me wearing heels, I'm pretty sure it didn't stay on my feet longer than the shutter speed. I wore my oxford shoes as well since they are flat and comfy.
Anyone who knows me knows that I'm not much of a gym person... at least, not anymore. So, when flexibility and pelvic movement becomes the focus with your growing belly, yoga comes to rescue. I looked for pregnancy yoga near me, but I couldn't find any classes. So, I've been watching prenatal yoga videos on youtube and they help me tremendously and almost instantaneously. Simply search prenatal yoga, and it'll give you a lot of options. You can search by trimester as well.
I hope you find these tips helpful. Let me know if you have tips and tricks up your sleeves for pregnancy!