by Mindi Artherton
Well, here I am. third trimester, third baby, third time to worry if I’m really up for this whole mom gig.
Third time to feel those exciting little flutters for the first time, third time see my husband’s big smile when he first feels the baby kick and third time to thank God everyday for another baby!
While this isn’t my first pregnancy, all three have been unique in their own way. After having gone through this process (nearly!) three times, I have learned a few things along the way. While I could write several blog post about what you don’t need for your baby that you may *think* are must have’s your first go-around, there are a few things that I would say YES! You HAVE to have this for your sanity while you are rockin’ that baby bump!
5.) Keep the heartburn medicine handy. I know this isn’t a “problem” for some expecting moms, but oh my goodness! It is never-ending for this momma from about week 10 until a month or two after the baby is born. And no. Neither my first or second baby had any hair. So whether you take something over-the-counter (that your doc approves, of course), you have a prescription or you have a magical home remedy, keep the heartburn medicine handy. You never know when it will strike and you will be glad you don’t have to run out to grab what you need.
4.) Make room honey, I have a new snuggle-buddy. My bff during all three pregnancies has been my boppy pregnancy pillow. There might be other options that work great too, but I had purchased this when I was preggo with baby #1 and it has worked great for all three kids–both post and prenatal! It helps support your tummy or roll -over and use it on your back. It is around $50 and it was money well spent! #notanad
3.) Avoid the itchy-scratchys if you can. I have no idea if using a good lotion every night all over that growing bump helps prevent stretch-marks. I have read information arguing both ways, but what I do know, is when you belly keeps stretching, it can really itch and be uncomfortable. I try to make sure to use a good quality lotion nightly all over this big bump of mine and it does seem to help! And I figure it can’t hurt with the potential for stretch marks either!
2.) Stock up on those dresses! If you’re like me and you have to dress-up on several occasions throughout the week, I would highly recommend stocking your closet with dresses. They fit your growing bump through many stages of your pregnancy and they may even work for after baby arrives too. My favorite spots to shop for inexpensive dresses I can wear to work and for play are Target, the Jane app and Francescas.
1.) Girl, I got you. Here I am at week 29 and I have yet to purchase one single item of maternity clothing. My friends are awesome–and you know who you are! Within minutes after telling my girlfriends I was pregnant, they were immediately making arrangements to get me the tubs (and tubs!) of maternity clothes we have compiled between the three of us during three pregnancies each. Yes, I will need to make a couple of fall purchases to add to those tubs and get me through, but I truly “get by with a little help from my friends.” Ladies–do this. It will be a blessing to all of you when you can’t seem to find a thing to wear.
So what are you must-have preggo items? I’m sure I left something great off that I don’t even know about yet! Let me know in the comment section at the top of the page!