Being pregnant is such a blessing because of the joy and excitement that comes with new life. That being said, there are many areas of pregnancy that present challenges. These challenges can be alleviated by using certain products and adding some activities to your daily routine. This is also a great time to get some reading done because after that baby, you are not going to have any time to read! Any extra moment that you have will be devoted to sleeping, most likely.
I have learned a lot during this second pregnancy and wanted to share some tips and tricks with others. Every pregnancy is unique and every woman is different, so these are just ideas and suggestions that worked for me.
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Pregnancy Suggestions – External
These are a life saver when your belly is constantly growing! Even some maternity pants can be uncomfortable if the waistband is not made right. There are so many different places to purchase leggings, but I got mine at Target. Three different colors to go with lots of different possibilities. Super comfortable during any stage in your pregnancy, but especially in the last trimester when you feel huge and don’t want any extra pressure over your tummy.
2. Creams and Lotions
With a growing baby comes a growing belly and skin that must stretch to accommodate the space. This pregnancy, my skin has been extra itchy. I have found relief in using all natural products to make lotions. I also try to apply lotion to my belly every night to prevent any stretch marks. The most common ingredients when doing a Pinterest search are Shea butter and coconut oil. These two products are great for the skin and help moisturize. Find the raw Shea butter that I use here and coconut oil here.
Pregnancy Suggestions – Movement
3. Exercise of some kind: Yoga!
This is not a time of your life where you should be running marathons and lifting heavy weights, but you shouldn’t be sitting on the couch all day eating ice cream out of the carton either. Find a happy medium. I have fallen in love with yoga and pregnancy poses to relieve aches and pains. I have also found yoga poses helpful to move this baby around when she is making me uncomfortable. Yoga mats are relatively inexpensive and you really don’t even need one. My favorite poses are: the bridge, cat cow, and king pigeon. If trying yoga, just make sure that you are doing safe poses for pregnant women because some can be dangerous.
4. More exercise: Walk/Jog
Again, you need to use common sense and not overdo it when exercising. I try to take a walk every day, sometimes mixing walking with a light jog. Walking is great exercise, especially when you are pregnant. I use these running shoes and love them! If you don’t have time to talk a walk, try to incorporate more walking into your normal day. Park further away from the store entrance, kick around a soccer ball with your child (if you have one already) or go for a swim. The point is to stay active. This will help you maintain a healthy weight during your pregnancy and help your body not get stagnant.
Pregnancy Suggestions – Toxin-Free
5. Young Living essential oils
We discovered essential oils about four years ago shortly after my daughter was born. Essential oils are the lifeblood of the plant and contain beneficial constituents that the human body recognizes. These precious resources can support and balance all systems of the body including emotions. I enjoy adding Frankincense, Lavender and Tea Tree to lotions that I make using Shea butter and coconut oil. Frankincense helps restore and bring balance to the DNA (that’s the genetic instructions) of your cells. Lavender has many benefits, including being calming and soothing. Tea Tree also has many benefits, but is known for its ability to balance the skin. Young Living has incredible products with high standards. For more information, read this post.
6. Toxin-free cleaning
Everyone loves a clean and fresh smelling home, but did you ever stop to think about where the scent is coming from? Many cleaning products claim to use real lemons, but who is truly regulating that? When you are pregnant, you may be extra sensitive to smells due to the hormones. I use only natural ingredients to clean. That way, I don’t have to worry about inhaling harmful fumes. My go-to ingredients for cleaning are vinegar, baking soda and Young Living’s Thieves cleaner. Between those three ingredients, I clean my entire home! For more information and recipes, click here.
Pregnancy Suggestions – Internal
7. Drink pure water
Drinking water is beneficial for everyone, especially pregnant women. The problem is that so many sources of water are not pure. City water is treated with all kinds of harmful chemicals, well water could have harmful substances and bottled water is sold in plastic. We chose to invest in a Berkey water filtration system. So, we pour water from our well into the filtering device and it removes harmful substances like lead from the water. If you’re drinking the twelve glasses a day that’s recommended, you want to make sure you’re drinking pure water without any harmful chemicals. This hydrates your body without overworking your immune system.
The sad truth is that we are simply not getting enough nutrients and minerals from the food that we are eating, so everyone should be taking some kind of supplement. But, just like the water, you need to make sure that the supplements are from a pure source. Expecting mothers need to be extra vigilant to make sure that they are getting folate, Calcium, and many other vitamins and minerals that your developing baby needs. We choose to order most of our supplements from Young Living because it’s a company we can trust for purity. I take 1 ounce of antioxidant juice called NingXia Red every morning with cod liver oil for my omegas.
Pregnancy Suggestions – Literature
Going along with the Young Living essential oils I mentioned above, this book is a valuable resource. It gives in detail specific oils and protocols that are super beneficial during pregnancy, delivery and after baby is born. There are certain essential oils that you should be extra cautious with when pregnant, just because they are so highly concentrated. Everything that you put on your skin or into your body can directly affect your unborn child because everything is absorbed one way or another. Your skin absorbs anything that you put on it and your digestive system must process what you consume. Even after birth, essential oils can be of assistance. There are certain oils that help increase or decrease your milk supply. Overall, this book is a small investment when you consider all the information that it gives you.
I know this is a controversial topic, but let me be clear. There are too many “coincidences” and studies centering around bad science for this not to raise questions. There are all kinds of incentives and rewards for people in the medical profession to push and recommend vaccines. Guess who’s rewarding them? The same companies that make a profit from the vaccines! I just think of all of the people who lived 50+ years ago. They did not have the enormous amount of vaccines that are recommended today and they lived healthy lives.
There are other alternatives. It’s so sad to me that we have been brainwashed and just accept that a pill can help us. The human body is so complex and was created so intricately, there is no way a man-made substance is going to benefit long-term. This book explains lots of science behind the human body’s natural prevention called the immune system and then alternative ways to boost immunity.
Literature for Preparation
I started reading this book after I saw it on someone else’s blog. This is written from the perspective of a mom who is not perfect. Sometimes when I’m reading books or articles, the tone and overall feel of the text is that the author has it all figured out. This is simply not realistic when it comes to raising littles. They are constantly changing and are God’s way of shaping our characters. This book has changed the way that I look at raising my daughter and I wish that I had read it sooner! The author connects raising children with your walk with Christ. An easy read and well worth the investment of money and time.
We purchased this book after watching a sermon series on parenting. This book has definitely changed the way that I view discipline. It is Biblically based and very straightforward. The author has a unique way of delivering content without making the parent reading it feel judged or guilty. This is another book I wish I had read before having my first child. So many gems and perspective shifters! I would recommend this to any parent or parent-to-be!
Overall, there are many challenges and blessings of pregnancy. I pray that you have found some ideas in this post that will be helpful to you. Blessings for your precious bundle and growing family!