pregnancy: maternity essentials

maternity essentials - everything i'm really relying on right now // cait's plateblue top: lush // jeans: ingrid & isabel {similar, less expensive here} // shoes: bp. – currently sold out {similar herehere} // fitness tracker: fitbit // watch: daniel wellington // earrings: target //

What to Expect When Expecting: This was recommended by my doctor.  I love the tone of the book – it’s not too extreme in one direction or the other.  It provides helpful information but is not too ‘preachy’ and never comes across as terrifying.

Body pillow: I’m a back sleeper through and through so this became really important for me in the second trimester when you’re supposed to transition to sleeping on your side.

Heating pad: Honestly, I’ve been using this more for comfort than for soothing aches and pains – but it definitely helps with both!  Sometimes when I’m tossing and turning and having trouble sleeping, I find putting this under my back helps relax me enough to get back to bed.

Belly band: This became SUPER useful when my belly got bigger.  It provides extra support not only for your back but also for your tummy.  It’s a definite lifesaver for women who want to keep running throughout their pregnancy (despite a growing tummy!), but honestly I can see it being helpful even just day to day if you’re struggling with back pain.

MyChelle Sun Shield Clear Spray Broad Spectrum Sunscreen: This sunscreen is great.  It’s a water-resistant UVA and UVB full-spectrum sun protection.  It utilizes a titanium oxide and zinc oxide (vs. oxybenzone) and is free of things like parabens, phthalates and artificial fragrances. PLUS it lasts for 80 minutes!

Herbal Insect Repellant: I love this because it’s herbal-based and DEET-free.  I get eaten alive in the summer so to try to mitigate unwanted bites (hello zika!), I spray this on over my suntan lotion.

It Cosmetics CC Cream: I love this cream not only because it provides full coverage but is also paraben-free and contains titanium oxide and zinc oxide-based SPF 50.

Floppy Hats: If you couldn’t tell, sun protection is high on my list!  Big floppy hats in addition to my sunscreen have been a huge lifesaver.  This way I can be out in the sun with everyone else but not worry about over-exposing my skin to the sun’s rays.

Got others that I might be missing?  Please share!  I’m always looking for resources, suggestions and recommendations!

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