The things I liked and continued to use throughout my pregnancy.
I will continue to update as I find products that work well.
- Ovulation Test Strips
- I have never been on birth control so I was able to track my period for the last 5 or so years using the “Life” app on iTunes. I tested the accuracy of the ovulation dates the app provided and these ovulation strips proved it was spot on (don’t stress, ovulation test strips aren’t always accurate, just happened to be correct in my case).
- Pregnancy Test (HCG)
- These were the first tests to give us a “yes!”
- I promise you don’t need to buy the $15 grocery store tests; although, once you get a positive, the one that reads “pregnant” is fun to take.
- Prenatal Vitamins
- Start taking these prior to getting pregnant.
- I take these because they contain FOLATE vs FOLIC ACID. Folate is the natural form of Vitamin B9 in food while folic acid is the synthetic form of B9. Folate is more easily absorbed into the body. I think this might be the main reason why my fingernails are so strong and have grown so fast.
- No nausea from these.
- DHA Supplement
- Take these after getting pregnant.
- At your 8 week OB appointment, your doctor will ask if you are taking this supplement. DHA supports the baby’s brain and nervous system development.
- I take these because they don’t have a fishy aftertaste and did not impact my skin.
- No nausea from these.
- Preggie Pops
- These helped the onset of nausea (week 7-10) but did not work as i progressed.
- Would recommend to have on hand. Sour candy (that stays sour) also helps.
- Skin Products (if you get hormonal acne, you NEED to check this out. I tried $100s worth of products so you don’t have to)
- Bellaband – turn your normal pants into mat pants
- If there’s one thing you take away from this list, you NEED this product and you need one in white and one in black.
- I was able to wear my normal jeans until trimester 3 using these bands. I’m pretty sure they would still work for me now in trimester 3 but I don’t like wearing pants at all!
- Check out my Instagram “Baby Girl” highlight (@thewhimsicalpineapple) to see how they work.
- They basically cover the zipper and button on your pants so you can wear them undone.
- Stretch Mark Products – I used the following interchangeably
- Bio-Oil (I loved Bio-Oil but did NOT like the smell of this product that was recommended by a couple pregnancy sites (could be from using it during nausea 😉
- Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Massage Lotion
- Mustela Prevention Cream (I was told the Mustela Oil is great as well but stuck with the Bio-Oil)
- Brazilian Bum Bum Cream – highly recommended to me (This fragrance is definitely noticeable but I loved the scent and loved how long it moisturized. A dime size amount goes a long way.)
- Expecting Better
- This is the only book you’ll truly need during pregnancy. Trust me, I bought all the books about pregnancy but this is the only one I will keep for next time.
- The author busts conventional pregnancy myths – beginning with caffeine and fish.
- “Expecting Better presents the hard facts and real-world advice you’ll never get at the doctor’s office or in the existing literature. Oster’s revelatory work identifies everything from the real effects of caffeine and tobacco to the surprising dangers of gardening.”
- Sleep Lady Method Sleep Book
- This book was highly recommended to read prior to baby girl’s arrival.
- Will be implementing the lessons taught within the pages of this book. I plan on creating a sleep blog post as soon as we navigate through this new season.
- We’re Pregnant! The First Time Dad’s Handbook
- This book has helped Greg understand what I’m going through, what to expect in upcoming prenatal appointments, how to speak to me when I’ve gone crazy, etc. ; )
- “We’re Pregnant! The First-Time Dad’s Pregnancy Handbook gives the first-time father the tools he needs to prepare for a newborn’s arrival. Featuring must-ask questions, milestone trackers, and more, this approachable, action-oriented handbook also takes you beyond the due date, offering fundamental information on how to plan and perfect your own daddy daycare.”
Praying these help!
“I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”