I am now 38 weeks along in my pregnancy! Woohoo! Our little man can come any day now.
If I had to use one word to sum up this whole journey, "blessed" would be it. Considering I didn't think I could have children anymore, and that this will be my only child. I can't help but feel so blessed to have been able to experience having a child and being a mommy.
I had a pretty easy pregnancy with no crazy mood swings or horrible morning sickness. However, this 9th month has been a little tough sometimes. I have headaches, get very little sleep and everything becomes harder to do with the pelvic pain and weight of the baby. You can come out now little man!
My advice? I stayed active throughout my pregnancy, and always made sure to include a workout (even if it was a small one) to my day. Yoga and pregnancy stretches are a must! It is SO important to stay active during your pregnancy! I know if I had not stayed active throughout these 9 months, I would really be regretting it at this point. Drink lots of water and try and keep a healthy diet (Even though it can be hard at times).
I know that every pregnancy is different, but I hope that some of these items might help or come as some comfort for some of you newly pregnant mamma's out there.
Fetal Doppler - I recommend a doppler to every new mom starting at week 10. I only payed around $50 for mine. Being that your doctor visits for the first half of your pregnancy are so far apart, it put my mind at ease and gave me a lot of comfort knowing that I could listen to his heartbeat any time I wanted to in between doctor visits. So much can happen in the beginning of pregnancy, and there are a lot of risks for the first 12 weeks. DON'T freak out if you can't find the heartbeat your first try! It took me a few times to find it. There are also some great videos on YouTube that can help show you how to use it. I purchased the Sonoline B and it comes with the jelly and batteries.
Garden of life - Vitamin code raw prenatal - I love my prenatal! Vitamin code is a raw, all natural prenatal vitamin that never upset my stomach (like most prenatals did to me). It has ginger root in it, and ginger helps with morning sickness and upset stomach (nausea). I am pretty sure that my vitamin was the reason I never had morning sickness. It gave me a lot of energy, helped boost my immune system and just made me feel really good. I order them from Amazon.com
Organic Rosehip oil & raw coconut oil - I have been using these 2 throughout my whole pregnancy to help keep stretchmarks away. I totally thought I would get stretchmarks because they are hereditary, but I haven't got any yet (and I am late in my 9th month). It wasn't a huge deal if I did get them because there are so many ways to get rid of them now, but I wanted to do anything I could do to help prevent them. I heard about the rosehip oil from (supermodel) Miranda Kerr. Miranda used it and swore by it during her pregnancy. I purchased the rosehip oil from Walmart and the raw coconut oil I got from good ol' Walgreen's. I used the rose hip oil in the morning all over my bump, butt, legs, boobs. Before bed and after I got out of the shower I used the raw coconut oil.
Tums - I used the chewable Tums because of the heartburn. Especially in the later months of pregnancy it can be a pain at times. They also have calcium (good for you and baby too).
Pregnancy Pillow - My husband bought me a full body pregnancy pillow (thank you honey!) and I used it every night during my 5-8 months. Before I was pregnant I was a tummy sleeper, so it was hard for me to adjust to sleeping on my side all night. My hips would hurt, and the pillow really helps support the hips and keep you comfortable during the night. When I hit 9 months though, this was taken off of the bed. I am in and out of bed so much at night, I just don't sleep much anymore haha!
Ginger tea - I got headaches during my pregnancy, especially in the 2nd and 3rd trimester, and Tylenol did NOTHING for them! My husband (to the rescue again) was reading about ginger tea as a natural way to help with headaches. I found this helpful to take some edge off of those pesky headaches.
Pregnancy Apps- I used the "What to expect" and "The bump" apps. It was fun (or not so fun) to read what you will be going through each week (or the next week) and each app gives some good information about changes to your baby and your body week by week. My husband also had the What to expect app and would follow along with it every week. It is good for the husbands to know what to expect also.
Fruit & granola bars- Snack attacks come quite often throughout pregnancy, and no matter what, I was always reaching for Granola bars and fruit. I always had each on hand. Fruit was good for the vitamins and I always purchased the granola bars with almonds in them (both very good for you and baby). Much better for you than a bag of chips or a cupcake.
My husband - Saved the best for last! He was really a trooper these long 9 months, and was such a help to me. He always wanted to try his hardest to make it to (almost) every doctor visit (and there were many). He was up with me a lot of nights and always looked for answers to help when I wasn't feeling my best. We have had a good sense of humor throughout it all and I really appreciate all the times he would make me laugh when I wanted to cry. He has always been my rock, but I feel like this has really made me fall even more in love with him (and I didn't think I could possibly love him any more than I already do).