Favorite Mama Products
Some of my favorite products for expectant moms.
I just hit 24 weeks on Sunday, so this pregnancy is just flying by! (I saw “16 weeks left” on The Bump app yesterday and almost had an aneurysm. Uh, wait, what?) Third trimester is just around the corner, and nesting mode is starting to kick in–weekend long crafting, cleaning super powers, and a whole lot of online window shopping. (*Wistfully stares at Pottery Barn Kids rocking chair.* I can’t afford right now–but, but, but it’s Presidents’ Day and it’s on SALE.)
I’ve been meaning to share a list of pregnancy products that I’ve been loving the past couple months, and so here it is!
Disclaimer: This information is meant for women or really nice men who want to give their baby mamas something. But it’s not really a post for general audiences, so if you keep reading, don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Dry Brush, Goop Shop (available just about everywhere)
I’ve been trying to get into dry brushing for a couple years now, but just never had the motivation. Turns out dry brushing and the use of body oil is supposed to help prevent stretch marks–that’s good motivation. Dry brushing also has a lot of other health benefits, so it’s a good habit to start. For tips, click here.
Mama Bee Oil, Target
Before I shower, I dry brush, and after I shower I apply this Mama Bee body oil, and those are my steps to preventing stretch marks. This has also been really helpful in combating winter skin dryness.
All Over Ointment, Tubby Todd
I have a pretty crazy eczema problem. It’s not that crazy right now, but I did have eczema in large patches all over my body for about a year. I managed to kick it around the time Ries and I started a ketogenic diet (cutting out sugar and carbs) but pregnancy has required me to eat more carbs, and as a result, the eczema is creeping back on my hands. One of the women I follow on Instagram has two daughters who suffer from eczema as well and she said this was the product that worked best for them. I was reluctant because I have gone through so many lotions and creams, but I bought it and was not disappointed! (It’s also toxin, gluten, paraben, sulfate, artificial fragrance and color, BPA, and animal cruelty free for any health nuts like me.)
“Sailor” by Zoya, Ulta
Zoya is considered one of the healthiest nail polishes out there–it’s five free (free of formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, dibutyl phthalate or camphor) and vegan–which is one of the reasons I love it, but it also stays on forever. I bought this shade for my toes at the beginning of the month, only to find that I can’t quite reach my toes! (And while Ries will put lotion on my feet, we haven’t quite advanced to the “painting my toenails for me” stage yet.) My birthday is this week, so I scheduled a manicure and pedicure to have someone do it for me! Typically they advise you to stay away from nail polish during pregnancy, so if I use any, I make sure it is Zoya.
VicTsing Humidifier and Diffuser, Amazon
One problem that I had before pregnancy that is a little more of a problem now that I’m pregnant is nosebleeds. (Yuck.) I thought about getting a humidifier for myself and then when I saw that it was also on the registry checklist, I went ahead and bought it. So far I really like this one, and I will occasionally put some essential oils in it since it doubles as a diffuser. I’m not an essential oil expert yet, but it’s definitely something I’d like to get into in the future.
Aura Cacia Tangerine Essential Oil, Whole Foods
This essential oil was on sale at Whole Foods, so I went ahead and picked it up, because happy mama, happy baby, right? I love the smell.
Cake Nursing Bra, Nordstrom
Okay, so hopefully things don’t get too awkward because I’m going to write about boobs and bras. I wouldn’t share this if I didn’t think it was necessary, but I put off buying a maternity bra for so long because I just didn’t think there was any point. I’m naturally pretty flat chested, so the whole getting-boobs-overnight thing was a bit odd, and I kept thinking,
These go away after this is over, right? What am I supposed to do with these things? They’re in the way. My back hurts. Wait, so normal people have to wear bras all of the time? Where do they go when I’m sleeping? God, I am so getting a breast reduction when I’m done having kids, because no way am I dealing with this for the rest of my life.
Wearing a bra was uncomfortable but necessary, so when I finally caved and bought this maternity/nursing bra it was like the heavens opened up. Thank you, Mr. Jesus. The only downside is that sometimes you look like you’re pulling off a 90′s vibe or not wearing a bra, so layering or not wearing really thin fabric is often necessary. (I think if you put nursing pads inside the bra, that would eliminate the problem.) Unless you’re cool with that look and you want to rock the “10 Things I Hate About You” vibe.
MilK Magazine, Barnes and Noble
I found this magazine in Barnes and Noble the other day–turns out it is an English printing of a French quarterly magazine. I’ve never seen such a beautiful publication in my life. It’s all of my photography and magazine dreams come true in one binding. It’s so pretty. Definitely glance through it at the very least if you ever find a copy.
I’m listening to this book on audiobook right now and am absolutely obsessed. I think this genre–personal experience mixed with research–is probably one of my favorite genres ever. It is so interesting to hear the differences between American and French parenting, and the audio recording is so much fun to hear.
This is the pregnancy journal I’ve been using (Ries’ mom got it for me back in October) and I really like it because it’s a fill in the blank book without being too general or leaning too much on family stereotypes. The weekly reviews are easy to complete in little time, which is something that I appreciate, because I think if I had to write more I would be more inclined to fall behind on busy weeks (and then just give up entirely.) I also received this pregnancy journal for Christmas, which I like a lot, but I decided since I already had started From Pea to Pumpkin that I would save the second one for baby #2.
Other favorite things right now: Ben and Jerry’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream (my mom used to buy this a lot but it was never a favorite until now,) Friends (the TV show,) and this Happy Days playlist on Spotify.
Thanks for reading guys!
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-A & R, Intercoastals