1. THE HONEST COMPANY ORGANIC LIP BALM TRIO
Pregnancy always seems to make my skin super dry. But it’s not only my skin the suffers, my poor lips do, too! Partly because of the weather, party because of the hormones and the rest is likely because I’ve been breathing out of my mouth when I sleep, which is something I never do normally. I can’t go anywhere without my Honest Company Organic Lip Balm ($10, pack of three) and I recently put one aside (the unscented one in case I have a smell aversion during labor) for my hospital bag.
2. THE HONEST COMPANY BODY OIL
Another Honest product I can’t live without lately is the Body Oil ($10). I put it on my belly, hips and lower back each night before bed to keep my stretching skin happy and itch-free. The light scent smells so good and it doesn’t leave my hands or belly all greasy once it’s rubbed in and dried. I also love that it’s all natural and safe enough that I can use it on the baby for his nightly infant massages. If there’s any left by the time he gets here.
3. PETUNIA PICKLEBOTTOM TRAVEL TRAIN CASE
At some point in my pregnancies I end up simplifying a lot of my personal routines – to make things easier as the third trimester exhaustion sets in and once the baby arrives. One of the biggest (and easiest) changes I make is organizing my daily skin care and make-up needs. I love the Petunia Picklebottom Travel Train Case ($42) for this. It’s the perfect size to hold my daily make-up, moisturizer and pillbox for my prenatal vitamins. It also ends up serving as my toiletry case for the hospital as it ends up being more than halfway packed anyway.
4. BELLY BANDIT UPSIE BELLY
As the belly gets bigger (and the stomach muscles give way even more), the pressure and pain I feel on my belly and back becomes quite intense – and it seems to be getting worse with each kiddo. I’ve tried a few belly support bands in the past, but the Belly Bandit Upsie Belly ($70) is by far my favorite. I love the way it fits – the SecureStretch material forms right to my body and totally slims my pregnancy muffin top at the same time – and while it doubles as a postpartum relief/healing aid (when turned around and used with the included ice pack), I’ve already used the ice pack on my back and love the relief it provides after a long day.
5. FROM PEA TO PUMPKIN PREGNANCY JOURNAL
I was given the From Pea To Pumpkin Pregnancy Journal ($16) as a gift towards the end of my second trimester. Luckily, I had kept track of my progress each week (on the blog), so it was easy to fill in the weeks that had already passed. If you’re looking for a fun, light and informative journal that’s easy to fill in weekly, this is a great one! I don’t have a tone of time (clearly) to journal each night, so I appreciate the fun prompts, questions and weekly notes to help make this pregnancy more memorable and fun to look back on.
6. NOOK PEBBLE BODY PILLOW
Okay, let’s get real about pillows for a moment. If you ask my husband, I have about six too many pillows on the bed. But if I had it my way, I would only have two of the Nook Pebble Body Pillows ($200 each) – one on each side of me – and then regular my pillow for my head. Out of all the pillows and special maternity pillows I’ve used and tried over the years, this one takes the cake. The memory foam inside molds to my body no matter which position I find myself in – and it’s usually not that stereotypical on the left side with my leg half bent nonsense. Because I only have one, I end up moving it from side to side throughout the night. And some nights, I can’t decide if I want to hug it or if I want it to hug me… It provides the most amazing back support when placed behind your back and body.
7. BELLYBUDS BABY BUMP SOUND SYSTEM
I’m a huge fan of music. Music is my happy place and it never fails to calm me down – and I need some calm after a day with the boys and all these pregnancy hormones. I play Steven Halpern’s Comfort Zone before bed every night – his music is not only extremely soothing, it’s also my Hypnobirthing music. I’ve recently started playing it for the baby, too. Yes, he can hear it through my alarm clock speakers, but not as clear as I hear it. I’ve been using Bellybuds ($50) recently and in addition to my calming music, I’ve been playing my favorite lullabies for him as well. That way, when he’s here, he’ll definitely know the lullabies – and hopefully sleep better. Ha! Bellybuds are also amazing for different family situations. You can also play a recorded voice for baby through VoiceShare. Record, share and play voices from anyone directly to baby, which is prefect for long distance relatives, a husband that travels for work or is deployed during the pregnancy.