Today’s blog post is brought to you LIVE from the late pregnancy front line. And what a place it is. So many emotions. So many different bodily sensations . Only once before have I had the unique experience of debating whether or not my need to pee every 15 minutes is more or less annoying than the very real feeling that my heart may actually burn out of my chest at any second. I thank the pharmaceutical Gods every day for bestowing the gift that is Gaviscon upon us all.
Then there’s the emotional side of the whole thing. Excitement mingles with trepidation. Expectation and frustration dance a merry jig. I’ve now reached the point where it’s impossible to forget that I am actually with child (this happened frequently in the early stages) and am finding myself on a hormonal roller coaster during my waking hours. It’s not uncommon for a hysterical bout of laughter to seamlessly morph into desperate tears, usually over something completely legitimate like my dinner time re-telling of something cute that the toddler did that day. Sentences like; ‘And then.. (hiccup hiccup).. he said.. (sniffle sniffle).. something that sounded like.. (brave gasp) I love you,’ are not uncommon at our place around 6pm.
Thankfully, I’ve managed to source and protect with the ferocity of a lactating lioness, a kit of stuff that’s made the last few weeks bearable. It’s pretty much my go-to kit of goodies that have helped ease the aches, pains and insomnia and kept me looking less ‘deranged pregnant woman’ and more ‘semi stable expecting mama.’
[NOTE: These are all products loved and purchased by yours truly, apart from the Gaia Body Wash and Pukka tea which was very kindly send out to me]
SRC Pregnancy Recovery Shorts, $189
I suffer from SPD (or Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction) which basically means that the stiff joint that connects both sides of the pelvis, becomes sore and inflamed due to my body over-producing something called ‘relaxin’ which, as the name suggests, helps relax the ligaments in preparation for birth. It makes things like rolling over in bed pretty darn agonising and contributes to my ultra-attractive ‘preggie waddle’. While I’ve been able to keep the condition under control this pregnancy, thanks to weekly Chiro/Physio sessions, the SRC shorts have been a lifesaver for the days when everything is just that little bit extra tender and in need of support.
Rescue Remedy Sleep Drops, $19.95
Pregnancy induced insomnia would have to be the least best part of the last few weeks. For a good week and a half I felt as if I was living off a couple of hours of the lightest sleep you could possibly imagine, never able to drift into a ‘proper’ deep doze. My lovely friend Lee suggested these drops and they have literally been magic. I take four while I’m reclining on the couch and another four just before bed and my sleep has improved x 100000.
Berlei Fabulous Fit Maternity Bra, $39.00
I am seriously in love with this bra. I’ve had my fair share of whining rants about the general unpleasantness of maternity/feeding bras but this guy has been a total game changer. SOO comfy AND pretty darn pretty to look at, it offers a great level of support (no sagging for this lady) and the smooth, soft cops work well under fitted tops.
Gaia Body Wash – Lavender, $10.50
I’ve been having A LOT of hot baths lately, partly for their ache and pain soothing benefits and partly because it gets to a point some nights, especially when I’m parenting solo, when a bath becomes the most viable entertainment option for a hyped up toddler and exhausted mama. I love how ‘lavender-y’ this body wash is and it doesn’t dry out my skin like other bath/body washes tend to.
Bonds Bumps Maternity Lites Brief, $15.95
My lovely friend Shazz bought me a couple of pairs of these rather amazing knickers after she experienced the life changing benefits for herself. I was completely ignorant as to how comfy maternity knickers could be (what a fool) and since trying them, now find myself moaning and carrying on of a morning when I have to don my ‘normal knickers.’
DMK Acu Masque, $70.50
I’ve been battling with my skin this pregnancy and while it could be worse, it’s not exactly what I’d call ‘perfect’. It’s mainly spots on my chin and surrounds that end up popping up at the rate of knots and while I can’t really do much to counteract the hormonal side of things I CAN try and dry out/treat said spots and inflammation as quickly as possible. I use this DMK masque as a spot treatment, after a shower and overnight to help minimise and manage pimples as quickly as possible.
Gaviscon Dual Action Liquid, $8.00
Quite possibly the most glamorous product I’ve ever featured on this site, I have a complete love/hate relationship with my bottle of Gaviscon. I love the fact that it soothes the seriously insanely intense heartburn I get but God do I hate the taste (and the fact that it ALWAYS leaves a weird, chalky white residue on my lips). I used to use Mylanta but switched due to the enticing ‘dual action’ benefits of this brand and have found it loads better and more effective.
Pukka Tea Lemon, Ginger and Manuka Honey, $7.95
I seem to have lost my ability to drink coffee again and though I’ve been forcing it down purely for it’s caffeine content, I’ve also been hitting up the tea with abandon. I also seem to have caught a persistent sniffle which comes and goes as it pleases. The combo of ginger, lemon and honey is lovely and warming and if I’m feeling a bit nauseas/snuffly/generally on struggle street, find this blend both soothing and reviving.
I’d love to hear from you.. what were your pregnancy essentials? Anything critical you’d add to the list?
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