I feel very thankful that I have had a very easy pregnancy. Since I've felt pretty normal the majority of the time I don't really have a maternity "survival list," but I certainly do have a list of my favorite things. With only 5 weeks left to go, here is a list of my favorite maternity clothes, food swaps, and pregnancy accessories!
ONE | Snoogle
If you're pregnant, just go ahead and buy a Snoogle now. For real, I waited way too long to buy this pregnancy pillow and should have bought it much earlier. I am a back sleeper and sleeping on my side is very uncomfortable, but the Snoogle helps provide a little bit of back support and helps keep me from rolling over on my back in the middle of the night.
The only problem? This thing is huge and is basically another person in the bed. Praise
God for a king size bed, ha!
TWO | Seraphine Knot Dresses
Pregnancy does not get any more flattering than the Seraphine knot dresses. They can be dressed up for work or dressed down for around town.
They are a bit pricey ($95), but the fit is unbeatable and they also make great nursing dresses (so you can keep wearing them after baby!). And hey, if they are good enough for Kate Middleton, they are good enough for me! ;) So if you're pregnant, treat yourself to one or two of these dresses (which come in short sleeve, 3/4 length, and long sleeve).
THREE | Italian Soda
Since drinking alcohol (and caffeine, for the most part) is a no-go during pregnancy, I've started drinking Italian soda as a special evening treat.
To make it a bit more fancy (who doesn't love fancy?!) I will pour the soda in a wine or champagne glass. These are great to enjoy while watching a movie or sitting outside with John - a very worthy beverage alternative, if you ask me!
FOUR | Designer Maternity Jeans
You get what you pay for when it comes to maternity jeans (I don't think this is necessarily true for tops), so invest in a few nice pairs right away. You won't regret it... I feel so much better about sporting a big 'ole pregnant belly when I am wearing properly fitting clothes!
I'm all about a good deal, but I think the reality with maternity clothes is that they are not all made equal. I don't want to knock on Target, but their maternity jeans just did not work for me... or, at least, after trying on some AG and 7 For All Mankind maternity jeans I quickly learned how unflattering all other maternity jeans were.
FIVE | Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy
I absolutely love this Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy cream and use it several times daily. Currently I don't have any stretch marks (and if I did, that would totally be fine and this little babe would be worth every one), and I don't know if this cream has anything to do with it, but hey, I plan to keep using it regardless because it makes my belly feel uh-mazing!
The cream is the perfect consistency (absorbs very will into my skin - not greasy at all) and can be used starting in the second trimester.
SIX | Cello Parmesan Whisps
I love sweets, but I also loveee salty snacks too. I can totally sit down with a bag of potato chips and do some serious damage. To avoid doing too much damage, I have swapped potato chips for these Cello Parmesan Whips - a very, very worthy swap! I originally found these while at Costco with my mom, but have since bought more online.
Let me tell you... there is only one ingredient: Parmesan cheese. There are 9 grams of protein per serving (and only 100 calories) - which isn't too bad for a salty snack, if you ask me!
SEVEN | Birkenstocks
Before becoming pregnant, I never understood the whole "tired feet" thing. I could walk for miles and miles wearing Tory Burch or Jack Rogers sandals (which have zero support) and not have any issues. However, mid-way through the second trimester my feet started to get sore half way through the day if I was walking around too long without something supportive.
These Birkenstocks have been a saving grace! Since they are sandals they are easy to slip on and off, but they still provide awesome support to keep my feet comfortable throughout the day.
EIGHT | Liz Lange Day Dresses
These Liz Lange for Target maternity dresses are inexpensive, always on sale, and ridiculously comfortable - you can't beat them for running around all day! Not only are they extremely comfortable, but they are the only pieces of maternity clothes that would fit my bump when I was in between normal and maternity clothes.
These dresses come in sleeveless, 3/4 length, and long sleeve. I have several of these and have spent the majority of my pregnancy in them!
NINE | Elli Quark
I found out about Elli Quark from Tone it Up, and they are absolutely delicious. They are perfect for curbing any cravings for something sweet and taste way better than Greek yogurt (and I much prefer the texture!).
Let's be real, the red velvet doesn't replace a slice of cake, but if you're motivated to eat healthy (which I am 25% of the time, ha!), then it is a great alternative (not to mention the 14 grams of protein and only 80 calories!)!
TEN | Balance Ball
There is not much that makes my back feel more comfortable than sitting on a balance ball. Whether I'm working at my computer, watching television, blogging... whatever, I feel so much better sitting on a balance ball. And, as an added bonus, it will be great to bring to the hospital as a birthing ball!
Any pregnancy favorites that I'm missing out on?! If so, please share!