My Favourite Things: Pregnancy

This whole becoming a mom thing has been quite the journey.  Most of the time I liked being pregnant, but I'm not going to lie, it's not all roses and sunshine.  Your back hurts, you're emotional, you're tired, hungry.... it's important to find those key items that make your life a bit easier.  I always love hearing from other moms so here are a few of my pregnancy must haves for you preggo ladies, friends of preggo ladies or just to be filed in the "just in case" folder.

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Fashion: I found that having a few basic maternity clothes and mixing with "normal clothes" was key to my fashion happiness.
1) I bought a great jersery black dress (similar to the one above) from Mexx Maternity that I wore tons.  With a jacket, cardigan, necklace, you could dress it up or dress it down.  Dresses were one of my fav things to wear, especially in the summer because it's one piece and there's no annoying elastic digging into your belly.
2) I'd suggest getting a few basic plain t-shirts for layering. I had a short sleeved white one from Thyme Maternity that I wore all the time.  This way you have the practical long maternity top that you can pair with all your regular layering pieces - jackets, cardigan, etc.  Don't buy maternity cardigans, normal cardis and jackets totally work.
3) I lived in these maternity leggings in my last trimester.  Maternity jeans were great but by the last trimester these were the only things that felt comfortable.  Get yourself some long shirts or cardigans to wear with them so you cover your butt.

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Cardigans, jackets and blazers were the one thing that I still bought while I was pregnant.  It was so nice to be able to look at the "normal clothes" and they're great for adding some colour and pattern to your maternity basics.
4) Joe Fresh Blazer
5) Old Navy Cardigan
6) H&M Cardigan

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Accessories were key to making me feel normal and not frumpy.
7) I love scarves and pretty much wear them all year round - bright, colourful and patterned add interest.
8) A great skinny belt was my go-to item and helped me feel less like a giant tent.  Wrap it around the smallest part of you, you know that disappearing waist that slowly creeps closer and closer up to the boobs.
9) Statement jewelry is another item to pump up your basics.  I got one just like the one above from H&M for only $15.  The one above from j.crew is just a little pricier ;)

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10 & 11) Stretch marks, um, no thank you. Straight up, greasy vitamin e oil at night and vaseline cocoa butter for the day.
12) Okay, so maybe the snoogle was like having another person in the bed, but trust me you'll do whatever it takes to help you sleep.  Those hours between getting up to go to the bathroom are precious.
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13) I LOVE this journal.  I started this once I got pregnant and it's great to track the little everyday things throughout pregnancy and once the babe comes.  One line a day is usually pretty manageable.
14) I researched and read a lot, this book is hands down my favourite. It's easy to read, informative and not filled with terrifying, make-you-paranoid information.
15) You lose a lot of your bendiness during pregnancy so it's important to keep moving.  When sitting, standing, lying down is uncomfortable, doing a bit of stretching really helps (so does going for walks).  I liked this prenatal yoga DVD a lot because it had a different gal to follow for your 1st, 2nd and 3rd trimester.

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What did people do before iPhones?? As an information junkie, I loved having all that info at my finger tips. Plus, it kept my male co-workers entertained when I could tell them what size fruit my baby was at (it was their fav preggo question). Here are a few of my faves:
16) iPregnancy
17) What to Expect Pregnancy
18) Baby Bump
19) Labour and Contraction Timer (for when the time finally comes)

Some other must haves were a hot water bottle for sore backs, one for drinking and snacks, snacks, snacks. My purse was always filled with goodies for those I'm pregnant, feed-me-before-I-kill-you moments.  Seriously, don't mess around with a hungry, pregnant girl.

So, those are a few of my top must have items, I hope it helps. Anything to add mamas out there??

I'll be back later this week with of Alice's favourite things and my favourite things for mom. later peeps!


Christine

14 comments:

  1. Christine, this is a fantastic round up! I was allabout simple pieces and fun accessories while preggo. I had a BLANQI bodystyler that solved lots of problems as well:)
    Need to head to HM to get that necklace!

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  2. I love this post!! I'm not a momma (or pregnant yet) but I love to bookmark amazing products and ideas from those that have been there! Thanks so much for sharing :)

    Dana
    www.southerninspired.blogspot.com

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  3. Great post Christine! Can't wait to read about your fave new mom things and Alice's favourite things!

    I loved accessorizing with cardigans, scarves and necklaces too. I bought very little actual maternity wear and managed to make do with lots of my regular clothes. Hopefully I can this time too!

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  4. LOVE this post!! So useful for a pregnant girl like me!! I'm already living in leggings...what am I going to do by the 3rd trimester?!

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    1. Rock the leggings girl, I wore them the whole pregnancy too!!

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  5. awesome post Christine!! thanks for sharing!! :)

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  6. This is amazing! totally going in my "hopefully will need in the future" file! This is awesome. LOVE that flowered cardi that you featured, and think the basics that you showed are totally reasonable for maternity leave clothes, and then "topping" everything off with blazers and cardis. LOVE! (and thank you in advance)

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  7. great list!

    I REALLY don't like being pregnant...and I don't like the body I am lugging around at the moment...

    you have to treat yourself to pretty clothes that are comfy and other comforts else your 9 months will seem almost endless...

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    1. amen. I'm almost finding the "transition clothes" period harding to manage then being pregnant (almost). Our poor bodies ; )

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  8. This is a great list, C. I'll file it away "just in case." And I'm going to check Superstore to see if that striped Joe blazer is available. I like it. A lot.

    p.s. You went through your pregnancy with such grace & class (hello LBD). That's why Alice is so sweet. xo

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    1. Aww, thank you, D! I have no doubt you'll do the same!

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  9. This seems like a great list, I'm not pregnant but it will come in handy if I ever am :)

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