This post is completely inspired by Magan’s awesome PMS survival kit post on Rather Be Reading. You should go check it out if you haven’t already. Especially since it might be easier to relate to than my Pregnancy Survival Kit. But nevertheless, here is my pregnancy survival kit:
I still have 12 weeks to go in this pregnancy. Those might just be the hardest and most uncomfortable 12 weeks of the 40, because it’s third trimester time (aka I get huge time). So far, I’ve been super lucky and had a easy pregnancy, no horrible morning sickness and no extreme aches and pains. That doesn’t mean that I feel at all like the same person I was before September of last year. Nope, nothing is quite the same when you’re pregnant.
I have found some things that make me feel happy, comfy, and just more human.
Water – I’ve been a water drinker for a long time. I cut out sodas 9 or 10 years ago. So I drink water 99% of the time anyway, but pregnancy makes you thirstier than you have ever been in your life. Honestly. Some days I drink 100 ounces or more.
Holiday Reese – I’ve been really lucky that all the major candy holidays have happened since I got pregnant. Easter will be the last one. I need to take advantage of those Reese Eggs while I can! Not to mention Cadbury Mini Eggs.
Chobani Flips – OMG, OMG! I’ve been addicted to Chobani Greek Yogurt for awhile now. They are yummy and good for you! I’m a vegetarian so all that protein is a big plus for me. A couple of weeks ago I discovered Chobani Flips though, and my life has been changed forevermore. They are ahhhmazing. Whoever comes up with their flavor combinations is a absolute genius.
Panera – Panera is my best friend. Med veg sandwiches, tomato and mozzarella, mac and cheese, tomato soup, it’s all so yummy.
Books – Admittedly, I haven’t been doing much reading at all. I’m easily distracted and I just have a million other things to do. So when I do pick up a book I need it to be super riveting. The perfect books for my mood lately have been contemps with a nice blend of heart wrenching and fun. Some great examples of those kinds of books: Eleanor & Park, Speechless, The Fault in Our Stars, Along for the Ride, What Happens Next, and many more. Most of those were read pre-pregnancy, but those are the books I want to read now. I have read some other that completely sucked me in, Days of Blood and Starlight and Requiem.
Maternity jeans – Oh, comfort! Why do maternity jeans get such a bad rep? I love, love, love them! They aren’t your mom’s maternity jeans, they are cute and so comfy. I’m going to have a hard time giving them up.
Pillows – This might seem like a weird one, but no. It’s a very important one. My parents bought me one of those chair pillow things for Christmas and it is a reading life saver. Really, I can’t believe I’ve went years without one! Then I was lucky enough to score a Bobby Pregnancy Pillow from Amazon Vine a couple of months ago. It has also been a life saver. You know all those thing you hear about how hard it is to sleep while pregnant…all true!
Awesome TV shows – Sometimes I don’t feel like reading or I’m just too exhausted to keep my eyes open while reading. So, that’s where awesome TV shows come in. The hubs and I have been re-watching The Office, it never gets old. We also re-watched a few episodes of Friday Night Lights, but then we got distracted by Sherlock. Beau (the husband) has already watched them all then decided I needed to see them too. We made it into a family night kind of thing. Every Monday we go have dinner with my parents and watch an episode. We’re done with them now, though. I’m going to miss Sherlock, I might have a nerdy crush on him…
Doppler – The ultimate peace of mind. Did you know that you can buy fetal heart rate dopplers? I didn’t until I was pregnant. You might think, why would I need one of those? Well, because pregnancy is worrisome. At least it is for me. Early on, before you start feeling the baby move this gadget can be your best friend. You get to hear your baby’s heartbeat! It’s very reassuring. Then when you do start feeling baby move…but not all the time and you get yourself freaked out, the doppler to the rescue again!
Pregnancy Apps – They have become a morning ritual. Most of them have a calender with daily updates that tell you helpful info. The weekly updates are the best! They tell you how much baby has grow and developed in the last week and what kind of changes your body is going through. I always look forward to reading the weekly updates when I start a new week. My favorite apps are: What to Expect, BabyCenter, and Sprout. WTE seems to have the most info, followed closely by Babycenter, but Sprout is pretty awesome in its own way. It actually shows you a image of what your baby looks like every week. Well, most of the other do too, but Sprout just has a cooler picture. See:
So that is my pregnancy survival kit at the moment. If you’re a momma what was in your kits? I hope all you future mom’s remember something that helps you when you’re expecting one day, but I think mom-to-be or not we can all agree that holiday reese cups are amazing.