Deciding what to talk about for my first blog post was difficult, until I realized that I should start out by discussing what’s been consuming my entire life – pregnancy!! This is the first child for my husband and I and to say I’m overwhelmed is a bit of an understatement. This is the last week of my second trimester, which is making me so nervous that I’m nearing the end. However, I’ve picked up some helpful tips along the way that I want to share with my fellow preggers (or soon-to-be mommas) out there. Hoping it helps you too!
Put Yourself First
This has been so crucial for me during the past few weeks. I work full-time and there have been countless moments where I’ve felt stressed, overworked and in pain from various work-related circumstances. In the past, my first response was to work harder and show that I can handle anything. Now that my priorities have shifted I’ve learned to take off from work more often to give my body the rest it needs, along with staying calm in stressful situations so it doesn’t affect the baby. The truth is, nothing else matters during this time more than family. Listen to your body: if you need rest take it! Don’t feel bad about calling out/leaving work if you need to. If anyone questions you just know that you have the perfect excuse: you’re pregnant!
I’ve always been pretty healthy with my diet but have put an even stronger emphasis on eating a variety of fruits, vegetables, protein and whole grains each day now that I’m pregnant. It makes your baby happy but also it’ll make you feel so much better! When I eat something healthy I have more energy to get through the day, which is very important during this tiring time! Also, slugging down as much water as possible has helped combat some recent dizziness and dry lips – ick! If you can, bring a water bottle with you whenever you leave the house. It helps in so many situations!
Getting dressed in the morning gets harder & harder. I fought getting maternity clothes for a long time because I didn’t want to spend money on something I’d wear for only a few months. Honestly though they’re worth the investment, and I’ve gotten away with purchasing only a few key pieces. (Side note: I remember the day I changed my perspective on this. I was at a family event with a dress on and tights, and the tights weren’t maternity tights. It had been a long day of chatting and standing and by the end of it I had actually blacked out! My doctor said part of the reason was having restrictive clothing on, which prompted me to finally purchase some things that are comfortable and that fit!)
My must-haves are:
- Maternity leggings:You can use these for everything – running errands, pairing with a dressy top for work, lounging at home, working out. Love these and they’re super comfy! I got a pair from ASOS that I love. My family also got me some great ones from Motherhood Maternity.
- Bras & Undies:I didn’t think this was needed until I thought about much my body has been changing, especially my hips and boobs! I didn’t want to risk stretching out my current stash and thankfully my family helped me out by getting me a few new pieces. Now I can’t wear anything else because they’re all so comfy, and honestly maternity underwear is pretty cute these days. You can find great & affordable options at several places, such as Target, ASOS, Motherhood Maternity and Gap.
- Flats:Not really a “maternity” item but still essential. Luckily flats these days are in so there are so many cute styles out there. I recently got some tie-up ones that have gone with a lot of work and casual outfits. High heels are awesome and look great but after 8 hours they can really put a number on your feet. It’s so much easier to fall as you get bigger and it’s not worth the pain of trying to get through the entire day with heels. Get some cute flats that you can wear for at least part of the day, if you can. It’ll make the days so much better!
- Cami’s and a few flowy tops: These items will get you through so many occasions, especially when your non-maternity clothes just aren’t working. Sometimes I can get away with just wearing a normal t-shirt or top that I had, but when I can’t and I’m frustrated thesematernity versions come in handy! I only have a couple in some basic colors so they can go with a lot.
- Skirts and Dresses: If you go to work every day then you’ll need these. I’ve actually worn a lot of non-maternity dresses throughout the first and second trimester. I just looked for ones that aren’t cut off at the waist and had some flow to it. I’ve really enjoyed renting dresses so I can have more variety and find the styles that work well with the bump. However, eventually they start to not work so well and sizing up doesn’t always help. Getting a few casual and semi-casual dresses and skirts will help you get dressed in the morning for any occasion!
Alright, this post is getting too long! I just wanted to share a few tidbits that have really helped move this pregnancy along in the easiest way possible. I also recommend taking photos so you can remember the time. Even if you aren’t feeling your best, it’s still great to look back afterwards and see how much your body has accomplished. Put some cute fashion links from ASOS below if you’re interested. This store has great quality for affordable prices!
Anyways, hope you moms and moms-to-be enjoy your day!