Hi! Today I felt like writing about a few 3rd trimester favorites that I’m loving lately! I feel truly fortunate and blessed to have the pregnancy experience that I’ve had so far! Every time I’ve gone to my chiropractor he asks me how I feel and if I’ve had any pain here or there, etc. My answer is always no, I’m feeling great, no pain yet! At this point in pregnancy, he said his patients usually have some kind back pain, sleep issues, ongoing headaches, round ligament pain, or general discomfort. He tells me I am his best pregnancy patient.. 😛 I am just so very thankful and grateful to have this experience and not to deal with many of the complaints that are so typical for this stage. I obviously can’t take full credit for this because, like any first time mom, I am completely winging this and just doing the best I can in every situation. I read pregnancy blogs and get recommendations from other moms who have been here, and follow the advice of my midwife- all of which have been so helpful and invaluable to me. I still deal with Braxton Hicks contractions, having to pee a lot, constant hunger, and occasional heartburn but if that’s the worst of my concerns I feel so so blessed! I pray that the rest of my pregnancy, and especially the labor and delivery will go as well as things have gone so far. Anyhow, I wanted to share a little list of sorts about some of the things that are making my pregnancy so enjoyable!! Some are health related, some are comfort related, and some are just for fun. 🙂
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7 things making my pregnancy more enjoyable, in no particular order…
-Chiropractor! I started getting back pain in my early to mid second trimester. Since going to the chiropractor I haven’t had ANY back pain, round ligament pain, or any body discomforts. Seeing a Webster certified chiropractor is really helpful for keeping everything in your body properly aligned and keeping your ligaments flexible and loose so baby will have lots of room and be able to get into the best position. If baby is breech, they’re also trained to do things that encourage the baby to flip head down. I feel like getting adjusted and stretched out really has helped me stay pain free as well as helping baby get into the optimal head-down position. I so highly recommend going to one if you are able to! I’m almost positive I’d be in pain if wasn’t going.
-Prenatal Workouts! I use this FREE prenatal workout plan by Glow Body PT and absolutely LOVE it- Ashley, the instructor, is super fun, relatable and encouraging, so I just had to give her and her program a little shout out! If you were active before pregnancy I highly recommend trying to keep up with it if you are able! I try to do 5 days a week for 20-30 minutes a day if I can. It doesn’t always happen but I do my best. This particular workout plan only goes until 32 weeks, and Ashley encourages you to kind of just go at your own pace for the remainder of pregnancy. Working out definitely helps me feel good! Its good for me mentally, puts me in a good mood, and also helps me maintain the strength and flexibility that I had pre-pregnancy. These workouts also incorporate LOTS of exercises for strengthening your pelvic floor -squatttsss!- Which is great prep for having a baby! She also has a 12 week postpartum plan that I’ll be doing once I have the baby that I’m super pumped about!
-Collagen! I wrote a super in depth post about the benefits of taking a collagen supplement awhile back so I’ll leave that HERE. But I think collagen has helped me in other ways too now that I’m pregnant. Collagen is one of the most important proteins your body needs to make a baby! That’s enough of a reason itself, but getting extra collagen in your diet will also help prevent stretch marks! Collagen is also great for your joints and ligaments. Could this be another reason I haven’t had any joint or ligament pain?? I don’t know, but the thought occurred to me the other day when I left the chiropractor and I wonder. I never really thought about the benefits of collagen for my joints and ligaments because I’m still young, but studies show that collagen is a great helper in this area! I use Great Lakes collagen powder and usually just add it to my coffee or tea, but its flavorless and dissolves in anything, so the ways to incorporate it into your diet are limitless!
-A Body Pillow! Seriously this was a lifesaver for me. They make expensive “pregnancy pillows” but I thought those were just really excessive looking. They’re huge and expensive. I don’t think Ryan would be thrilled with me taking up over half of the bed with my massive pillow so I decided I didn’t want to go there. For awhile I was making due just by using a couple pillows for my head, one between my legs, and another small one under my belly. That didn’t go so well..haha! I bought a body pillow and I cuddle up with that thing and fall asleep right away. It is sooo comfy!! The ones on Amazon were like $20 so I went to Target and they had them for $9.99! So that’s my recommendation, go find a cheap one. Best thing ever for sleeping while pregnant.
-Cute Comfy Maternity Clothes! The “comfy” part is definitely a necessity, but this one is just for fun. 😉 I am having so much fun dressing my baby bump and have found the cutest stuff at Pink Blush Maternity! I wrote a post about that here and shared some of my favorites. My latest favorite has been this lightweight hoodie I just got from them. Its perfect for wearing around the house when my husband blasts the A/C, and great for cool summer nights outside. Feeling cute and confident in my “new” body is important, and getting to wear comfy maternity clothes that are still adorable is the best!
-Good Vitamins & Supplements! My midwife has a pretty extensive list of supplements that she recommends to all her moms to keep them healthy and to prevent common issues that arise in pregnancy and labor/delivery. I definitely don’t take all the supplements that she recommends just because it would cost a fortune and I hate pills. Plus, the supplements that I DO take are already mega bucks and involve taking lots of pills..Haha! But these are the supplements that her and I felt were the most important and beneficial:
- A high quality raw prenatal vitamin made from real foods with folate (NOT folic acid!) I take Garden of Life Raw Prenatals! If you only take one vitamin/supplement, make it this! If you’re curious why I recommend folate instead of folic acid, check out this super informative post by Wellness Mama blog! I thought about writing a post about this myself, but she sums it up too well so I’m happy just passing this information along!
- A good prenatal probiotic! I also love Garden of Life brand for this! A good probiotic will prevent yeast infections, and Group B strep! Its also helpful for the digestion issues some women get when pregnant and is good for lactation and your immune system.
- Vitamin C! Also Garden of Life brand…It is clearly my fave and the best quality I’ve found so far. 🙂 Remember the importance of collagen in pregnancy I talked about above? Well, vitamin C is needed to make more collagen! Iron is also something you need lots of during pregnancy and vitamin C helps your digestion of iron, so its best to take a vitamin C supplement to help your body get more iron from your food! Vitamin C is also great for your immune system so you might prevent getting sick if you have this daily immune boost!
- Oregon Grape Root– This is one I just got to take for about a month. My midwife tests for group B strep at around 35 weeks so she recommended the probiotics, which I was already taking, and Oregon grape root to prevent testing positive for that. Group B strep affects 1/4 to 1/3 women in the third trimester and there’s usually no symptoms of it and the mom can usually handle it fine, but it can pose a (very small) risk to the baby if the mom tests positive. To prevent this from happening I’ll do all I can do to prevent it! If tested positive for group B strep, antibiotics are used during labor which is something I definitely don’t want! I’ll find out in a few weeks. 🙂
-Shea Butter! In the beginning of my first trimester I shared a recipe I came up with for stretch mark prevention cream. I used this for awhile but eventually pregnancy laziness settled in and I wanted something I didn’t have to make. For all the moms that roll their eyes at DIY beauty product recipes and say things like “I ain’t got time for that,” I get it. Haha- I do really enjoy making homemade products but understand that sometimes you just want easy. So I started just using straight raw shea butter all over my body. Shea butter also helps your body produce more collagen. I feel like I’m always talking about collagen. 🙂 I won’t know until after I have my baby about whether or not I’ll get any stretch marks, but so far I’ve gotten none! I know if I’m going to get any, the next two months will be the time it happens so I’m trying to be diligent in getting my collagen and vitamins and buttering up at least once a day! I’ll update y’all after the pregnancy to see if I’m successful!!
Well that sums it up!! Let me know what your 3rd trimester must haves are/were in the comments below!!