Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Second Trimester Must-Haves

My second trimester is coming to a close in the next week. How that happened so quickly, I have no idea, but here we are, three months away from meeting this little lady who still has exactly 0 things ready or purchased for her arrival. What I have invested in--and rightfully so, I suppose--are all of the below items that made up my must-have list over the last 12 weeks. A little about each to follow.

1. Palmer’s Cocoa Butter for Stretch Marks: the holy grail for lessening the appearance of stretch marks. I’ve been genetically lucky enough to not have had any through each of my three pregnancies, but use this after every time I shower to keep my skin hydrated and soft. 

2. Pajamas: I LIVE IN THESE. I ordered up a size and fit perfectly over the bump with room to grow. These are coming to the hospital with me since they’re also nursing friendly with buttons that work.

3. Vitamin C Serum: I’ve gotten dark spots on my face, or melasma, during this pregnancy. The only pregnancy safe product that WORKS is vitamin C, and this serum has really helped with hyperpigmentation and reducing fine lines.

4. Bra Extenders:  These extend the life of my normal bras all the way up to when nursing bras are needed. 

5. Home Doppler: This has been everything in my pregnancy this time around. Before I felt movement, I’d use this several times a week to hear baby’s heartbeat for peace of mind, beginning at 9 weeks. Now, I check on her every other week or so, or on any days where I feel like I don’t feel her as much as I’m used to. There's still quite nothing like that whoosh/whoosh/whoosh sound.

6. Maternity Tank Tops: I wear these things under everything. They’re long and stretchy, and smooth everything underneath.

7. One Line a Day: The sweetest little book to remember my (last) pregnancy. This makes journaling so manageable. 

8. Metamucil: An absolute must-have for me in this pregnancy. The bloat has been real. The Targets or Walmarts of the world don’t have this Metamucil version made with real ingredients (no artificial dyes or sweeteners).

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