31 December 2014

My Pregnancy Must Haves [Part One]

Now that I'm more than halfway finished with my second pregnancy (?!??!), I wanted to share some of the products that I've been loving in the maternity world. Part two of this post will come near the end of my pregnancy as I grow more large and in charge. ;) 
pregnancy must haves
one || Egyptian Magic || I wish I could say that I made it out of my first pregnancy without any stretch marks, but that simply wasn't the case. (Sorry 'bout your luck hips!) Regardless, well hydrated skin during pregnancy (*ahem*cold, dry Alaskan winter) never hurt anybody. I've been primarily slathering on Egyptian Magic, but I also love Palmer's Cocoa Butter and Burt's Bees oil!

two || Rosebud lip balm || This almost requires no explanation. Almost. I become a serious mouth breather during pregnancy. No really!  My nose is stuffed from conception allll the way to delivery. Gotta keep the lips protected from the insane amounts of air that passes over them on the reg. ;)

three || Camelbak || It seems that I've made a habit of spending my first trimester nauseous. (I have to admit that the morning sickness was not as bad this time around. Still sucked. But not as bad.) Keeping fluids down is so important and I've noticed that when I'm nauseous I don't drink anything unless I'm reminded. Keeping a water bottle around serves as my reminder. Love Camelbaks!

four & five || Josie Maran & Blemish Stick || My skin hates being pregnant. Boy or girl, it doesn't seem to mater, my face becomes breakout central! Since your standard topical acne treatments usually contain salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide (should be avoided during pregnancy)  i've been using tee tree oil on blemishes instead. This Burt's Bees Blemish Stick paired with some argan oil for hydration seems to be holding the hormonal acne to a reasonable teenage level. ;)

six || Ava Anderson Deep Conditioner || Without getting too hippie on you, I do try to pay a little extra attention to the chemicals that are in the products I use during pregnancy. I love that this deep conditioner is non-toxic and uses natural ingredients. The coolest part? It works! My hair is soft, healthy and manageable. 

seven || Snoogle || I literally can not say enough good things about this pillow to do it justice! I sleep with a regular body pillow when I'm not pregnant, but whip this baby out pretty early on in pregnancy. Like my mouth breathing tendencies, I seem to become a wicked snorer the moment I become pregnant. (Hey Kyle, I didn't get into this "situation" all by myself. Quit complaining about the middle of the night log sawing that happens in our room.) This pillow helps me not only sleep/lay more comfortably, but quiets my snoring down a few decibels.  

eight || Ole Henriksen Eye Gel || Fake it til you make it, right? No matter how much sleep I get, I'm exhausted by lunch time. This eye gel is so amazing. It reduces puffiness and is incredibly hydrating. I like to keep my in the fridge for a little extra cooling effect. 

nine || Leggings || Whether my regular pants fit or not, I love wearing leggings almost daily and using pregnancy as my excuse. I love these leggings from Forever 21 because they come in a variety of colors and cost at most $5! (That's code for I have a shit ton of them.)

ten || Simple Wishes Nursing Bra || I never really used nursing bras during my pregnancy with Mallory and I'm quickly learning the error of my ways! I love the support the offer while still being comfortable as things...change. ;) This particular nursing bra can also be used for hands free pumping, a feature I'm sure I will need this time around..

eleven || Trident White gum || Mouth breathing makes for unpleasant smelling breath, amiright? To top it off all foods seem to leave a strange aftertaste in my mouth. Ew. What's the deal with that?! 

twelve || S. Pellegrino || Drinking sparkling water is a tried and true nausea fighting trick from my chemo days. I like mine with lime!

Well, there you have it! My current pregnancy must haves. Soon I will be entering the land of, inappropriately wearing flip flops and obnoxiously loud breathing. Cheers to that!

What are some of your pregnancy must haves?
Disclosure :: I received the deep conditioner and nursing bra in exchange for my review. As always, all opinions are my own. 

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