I love a classic look, and a white dress shirt should always be a staple in any wardrobe – even during pregnancy! I love this one from Gap, and it’s perfect for any season or occasion – pair with a dress for a casual day look or dress up a pair of jeans for a night out So versatile, and can be worn in some many combinations. Here are a few I love right now:
So many cute bump-friendly dresses for Spring! Now, it just needs to stop icing and freezing here in Oklahoma, so we can officially switch out our wardrobe. All of these are from Target or Amazon and under $50!! If you live somewhere still experiencing colder temperatures, you can wear any of these dresses with boots and a jacket or cardigan to get more wear before it warms up. Most of these are non-maternity dresses, but are great for your pregnancy and postpartum wardrobe. Check out all the cute options below:
Blush Floral Maxi Dress $34.99
Black Ruffle Sleeve Dress $34.99, comes in 6 colors
Mint T-shirt Dress $25, comes in 6 colors
Turtleneck Dress ON SALE for $17 !!
Long Sleeve Brushed Rib-Knit Tiered Dress $20, comes in 8 colors
Purple Long Sleeve Tiered Dress, $27.99
Puff Sleeve Ruffle Dress $29.99, comes in 3 colors
Sweatshirt Dress $23.80, comes in 4 colors
Ruffle Hem Tank Dress $15, comes in 10 colors
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I am now 30 weeks pregnant with baby Isla, and it’s all becoming too real. My belly is growing by the day it seems, and my hunger has returned with a vengeance. I am now 10 weeks away from my due date, and I just had my second appointment with my new OB. I was on the search for a new OB since about 22 weeks when I finally decided that my former provider was not as supportive of my birth plan as I previously thought.
At my 30-week appointment last week, there were no major concerns. My husband and I got to see baby Isla and her little hands grabbing onto her feet on the ultrasound – can’t wait to meet her, she seems like so much fun already! Took the super-fun 1-hour glucose test, in which you drink orange or lemon-lime liquid and have your blood drawn to rule out gestational diabetes). I definitely drank worse things in my college days, and thankfully, I passed!
Although, my former provider delivered my first two babies, via C-section I might add, she wasn’t too keen on supporting my plans to VBAC with baby number three, meaning Vaginal Birth After Cesarean. I plan to have a separate post all about VBAC and why I want to attempt a VBAC with this pregnancy, will post soon! She was a wonderful provider, and I am thankful I had her to deliver my babies. With that said, I have wanted a vaginal birth since I found out I was pregnant with Eva in 2016, and now, I want it more than ever. My husband and I want to have 5 kids total, and recovering from major abdominal surgery while running after toddlers is not my ideal circumstance. I plan to do a post on each of my daughter’s birth stories at some point, but until then, I will say that my previous births brought my babies into this world, for which I am truly grateful, but there are aspects I would change or do-over if I could. I am so excited and hopeful for baby Isla’s birth, because my new OB is VERY VBAC-supportive, and I couldn’t be happier that I spent the past 8 weeks calling around town and posting on forums trying to find the ideal provider for the birth of my dreams. Never give up, mamas!
How I am feeling: I am uncomfortable to say the least, and like I said earlier, my belly is getting huge! I can feel some swelling starting to happen in my legs as well. Standing for long periods of time makes my legs feel swollen and achey, but not visibly showing much swelling yet. Acid reflux has started in big time, like all day long! I have been having allergies and sinus pressure – thanks, Oklahoma – which is causing me to have mini migraines and neck/shoulder pain. Been using a heating pad for that and Benadryl when I can’t stand it anymore. Going to Thrive Chiropractic Clinic every two weeks for a 30-minute massage and adjustment helps immensely. I also have a 1-hour massage at Recover Therapy once a month. I recommend taking care of your body as much as you can during this time to ease discomfort and ensure baby’s proper alignment for when labor is closer. I am feeling baby kicking like crazy, and I have been utilizing my pregnancy wedge pillow to try and get some sleep.
What I’m craving: CARBS. I feel like I am back to the first trimester, and am craving carbs and comfort foods. Breakfast sandwiches (egg, sausage, and cheese), pasta, Cherry Pepsi, and all the desserts. Trying to get in my protein when I can, but it’s hard because the thought of meat has been disgusting probably this whole pregnancy. I always start my day out with two scoops of collagen peptides in my coffee, and then have a protein shake in the afternoon. During pregnancy, women should aim to get around 70 grams of protein a day.
What I am doing for labor preparation: During this trimester, it’s GAME TIME! I have been seeing a prenatal Chiropractor in Tulsa Thrive Chiropractic Clinic every 2 weeks since about 22 weeks. Benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy include: reduce pain, optimal positioning for baby for labor/birth, and a healthier and more comfortable pregnancy overall. I walk for 30 minutes a day when my schedule and the weather permits. My biggest endeavor during this month has been starting Hypnobabies online home study class. Hypnobabies teaches “teach real, medical-grade somnambulistic hypnosis techniques, creating an automatically peaceful, relaxing and more comfortable pregnancy, a calm confident Birth Partner, and an easier, much more comfortable natural birthing for our pregnant students.” This is has been eye-opening for me as a major component that I plan to utilize for my upcoming birth, free from epidural and pain meds. I will do a full review of the program after baby is born!
Overall, this mama is optimistic, determined, but dammit am I tired! I keep reminding myself that I CAN DO HARD THINGS, and that this is only temporary. Just happy to be in the last third of this pregnancy, and that much closer to meeting baby Isla. More updates to come!
This go-around I am feeling the start of the third trimester, HARD – extreme hunger and exhaustion, aches and pains, headaches, and super bitchy and cranky. Like do not mess with this mama! BUT, We are so close now, and shit is getting real, mamas! Here are some things I have used in the past and some new items I plan to try out. Whatever gets us to the finish line, check it out –
Now, by this time you are probably getting pretty uncomfortable. I usually use my husband as a body pillow, but this comes in handy when you start sweating in your sleep and are not interested in cuddling.
It’s time to prep your hospital GO bag, and this one is a good option. I’ll do a post soon on what to pack in here as well, since that time is getting closer!
Bringing your own clothing to the hospital is an option, and I love this idea. I haven’t down this previously, but I ordered two of these in different colors. I think it will help me to feel more at home and comfortable during labor.
Your feet might start swelling around this time, so you will want to be in flip flops. Might as well indulge in some cute ones since you are growing a human and all. Go get a pedicure while you are at it, since I know its been a minute since you could reach your feet.
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During my first pregnancy, my feet grew a size and a half (!) and never went back. It’s a thing apparently, and I’m using it as a good excuse to buy new shoes.
No matter what time of year you are in your third trimester, dresses are always a good idea. I HATE PANTS! Go with easy neutral options and dress them up or down depending on how you feel.
Closer to your due date, around 32 weeks, you can start to use a workout ball for gentle pregnancy exercises, such as hip circles, figure 8s, etc. In labor, you can bounce on the ball or use it move around for comfort or positioning.
Time to start all the labor prep. I am trying red raspberry leaf tea for the first time during my third pregnancy. I started drinking one cup per day in my second trimester, and am drinking 2 to 3 cups a day now.
Another common labor prep practice is eating dates. Trying this for the first time as well during my third pregnancy. I plan to start around 32 weeks, and eat 6 to 8 dates per day. NOTE: It helps to mix them in a smoothie or overnight oats if you aren’t a huge fan of the taste or texture.
With all three pregnancies, epsom salt foot baths are a must to ease achy, swollen feet. Trust me, you will take any relaxation you can get.
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Here are some of my essential items that I swear by during the second trimester of pregnancy. Some I’ve used with all my pregnancies, and some are new items that other mamas have passed along. Either way, you cannot go wrong with having some or all of these on hand during these long, TEN months.
Storq Signature Leggings My super generous and lovely mama friend gifted me a pair of these leggings, and I will never go back – BEST GIFT EVER! Incredibly soft, and feels like heaven. I have always felt that traditional athletic legging material is too constrictive for me the further along I get, and these are just so comfy.
Lululemon Swiftly Tech Long Sleeve 2.0 Shirt I have three of these long sleeve shirts, and they’re awesome since they stretch with your growing belly. I have heard from so many mamas, that these are their go-to, pregnancy-friendly workout shirts. Moisture-wicking, and who doesn’t love thumb holes?! NOTE: Size up at least one size. I also linked some budget-friendly options below that come in several colors:
Swollen feet and ankles are a thing by now…. Since I am working from home while pregnant and chasing two toddlers, slippers are basically my only footwear choice. And yes, I have definitely gone into Starbucks wearing these, because at this point, I have no shame.
During my second and third pregnancies, I craved carbonation AKA cherry Pepsi. I’ll admit not the best choice, so I try to swap in some sparkling flavored water when I can. This is also helpful in the first trimester when you are fighting nausea and morning sickness. I like Hi-biscus the best.
I have been working really hard to consistently get enough protein during this pregnancy since I have been disgusted by the thought of a chicken breast – YUCK. So, I make a Blender bottle of this powder with 8 ounces of water or almond milk almost every day, if I can remember. I prefer the Vanilla Bean flavor, because it goes well with any smoothie combination, but it also comes in chocolate. I also use the powder in my overnight oat recipes, so good! It’s vegan, non-dairy, Lactose Free, No Sugar Added, Gluten Free, Soy Free, and Non-GM0.
Let’s talk stretch marks. You have to keep moisturized to prevent those lovely stretch marks. I have used the combination of products below during all three pregnancies in combination with the body oil below with great results. I can say, SO FAR, I have only found one new stretch mark. I do have 13 more weeks to go with pregnancy number three, but I am hopeful to avoid more of those tiger mom stripes if I can.
For those mamas who are utilizing a meditation, workout or walking routine, wireless earbuds are your best friend. I like to use them for phone calls when my hands are occupied with toddlers or cooking dinner as well.
You are going to grow out of your bras before baby arrives, so you might as well start using your nursing bras during pregnancy. I have worn these for nursing my two babies, and these are super comfortable! I went ahead and started wearing my nursing bras during this pregnancy, becuase all my other bras were getting tight around 22 weeks. Might as well have them in rotation, since I will need these handy once baby is here.
Just ordered this pregnancy wedge pillow, and I am so glad! I started having trouble sleeping around 24 weeks, and this wedge pillow was a game changer! Memory foam with a washable cover, and you can finally stock up on that sleep before baby arrives.
Here are some of my essential items that got me through the darkness that can sometimes be your first trimester of pregnancy. For me, the first trimester feels like the longest hangover without the cocktails and good times to show for it. It’s all about survival right now, and cheers to hoping that the second trimester brings that boost of energy that some of those mamas are raving about!
Daily water intake is huge throughout pregnancy, but especially in the beginning. This gallon water bottles makes it easy to make sure you are getting enough water. It has hourly reminders to drink up. I’m so incredibly thankful I have never thrown up during my pregnancies, but I had 24/7 nausea like a mother! Stay hydrated!
Again, I never had the urge to vomit, but many mamas do. Sea Bands acupressure bands are a natural alternative to prescription medication, and I have heard so many good reviews.
I used Preggie Pops during my second pregnancy, and it helped so much! I prefer to go the natural route when I can to avoid prescription medications. I liked all the flavors! Make sure to consult your doctor if your nausea and/or vomiting are impacting your daily life.
Ginger ale can help so much with easing a sore stomach and nausea. Keep it on hand at all times.
Start your prenatal vitamins as soon as you get that positive pregnancy test!I have tried so many brands, and these below are my favorites:
To help extend your wardrobe as long as you can, you need to get Belly Bands. Mama, you will get bloated here and there in the first 12 weeks, and it can make it difficult to button those skinny jeans. I have these in three colors to help stretch your wardrobe a bit farther.
I purchased Expecting Better on a mama friend’s recommendation with my third pregnancy. Loved it! The author has a way of presenting research in a way that makes you feel more confident in your decisions while pregnant. Quick, easy read.
Especially if this is your first pregnancy, it is so much fun to document all the feelings and changes you are going through with a pregnancy journal. I kept one for each of my pregnancies just to compare, and it’s been interesting how similar and how different each time has been.
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