I don’t know if it’s because of my age, or that I have an active toddler, but this pregnancy has been a little tougher on me than my last one.   Here are some items, that have been life-savers to me this time around:

1.  Maternity Leggings – I don’t know what I did without these my last pregnancy! I am living in them pretty much all the time. They are comfortable and oh so versatile. I wear them as tights with boots now that it’s cold out, as pajama pants, and “fancy” pants when paired with a nice (long) sweater and a statement necklace.


2.  My Husband’s Beer Stein – No, not for chugging beer, although I would give anything for a Guinness right now <sigh>. I use it to keep track of how much water I have consumed because I was having a hard time staying hydrated and with pregnancy brain I forget how many glasses of water I drank. If I guzzle down one or two of these babies a day, then I know I am getting all the water I need, not to mention peeing every five minutes. Fortunately, I work from home a lot.



3.  Papaya Digestive Enzymes – For heartburn relief and to help when it feels like dinner is slowly rising up to my chin. These things are awesome, taste like candy, and do not have that yucky chalky taste that Tums do. Basically digestive enzymes aid in digestion, which is often compromised during the nine months a little person is growing inside you and squishing your intestines and pushing your stomach up. Taking enzymes help with that “heavy feeling” after eating or with heartburn after consuming too much of my child’s Halloween candy.

papaya enzymes

4.  Epsom Salts – I have written about the magic of Epsom salts before, but I seriously love warm baths with these little bits of heaven. They are loaded with magnesium which is a natural way to relax and detoxify. They also help you avoid getting those horrid leg cramps you get in the middle of the night, causing you to scream bloody murder and wake your sleeping three-year-old.  My doctor informed me that it is due to a magnesium deficiency, so by throwing two cupfuls of salts into a warm bath does the trick.


5.  Inspiring Childbirth Books – I have been contemplating and extensively researching going for a VBAC this time around, so I need real life stories about childbirth to get me psyched up and know that it is possible to push a baby through my supposedly small pelvis. I feel like I am starting over again and going into the great unknown.  I am currently reading Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth, which is a compilation of inspiring childbirth stories. If these women could do it, so could I (maybe?)!  If anyone has any VBAC success stories, I would love to hear them if you are willing to share!

Ina May

What are some things that helped you survive your pregnancy?


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