Brookie-Lee’s Pregnancy MUST Haves

I am now more than 30 weeks pregnant.  Birth is just around the corner and I’m at the point in pregnancy where there are certain things that are a MUST!

#1) I have a very tender spot on my belly right above my belly button where all the muscles connect.  This spot has always been a favorite target for baby’s little feet or knees.  On long days my belly gets tired and this spot’s tenderness can be overwhelming.  So what do I do on the long days?  I wear a belly band.  The gentle support that it gives me is night and day.  An added benefit is lower back pain relief as well.  Not to mention that it’s great for that lower belly gap between your shirt and pants when you get ginormous but don’t want to buy anymore maternity clothes because your baby is almost here.

#2) My copper ring.  One of those midwives tales that I didn’t put much merit in.  Well I was SO wrong!  I am pregnant with my fourth baby.  My first son honored my belly with an artistic set of stripes.  My second son added one mark to that high up on my belly.  My first daughter didn’t add any stretch marks.  And at 30 weeks this baby added 3 stretch marks.  That belly still has 10 more weeks to grow!  The difference?  It’s not weight, it’s not how big my belly is.  It has to do with the elasticity of my skin.  Why didn’t I get any stretch marks with my daughter?  I wore a copper ring.  The pure copper that leaves the ugly green mark around my finger.  The body absorbs the copper which greatly helps with the elasticity of the skin.  Needless to say I dug through my jewelry box and found my copper ring.  Two weeks later and no new stretch marks although my belly has grown.  I’m a believer.  (Not the magnetic copper.)

#3) The combination of relaxin, a growing uterus, and the odd distribution of weight when pregnant, your muscles and bones go through a lot.  My first three pregnancies I visited my chiropractor, Dr. Zak, throughout.  This time I’ve been so busy that I didn’t make time.  Big mistake.  My whole second trimester and the beginning of the third trimester I felt like an old lady.  I chalked it up to four kids in five and a half years.  My pelvic bones have really been hurting me which makes you waddle.  Turning over in bed is quite the ordeal when you have pelvic pain.  I went to see Dr. Jill last week and the difference has been incredible.  I saw her again yesterday.  Chiropractic is also very important during pregnancy for baby’s positioning and for body health in preparation for birthing.

#4) Personal me time is not a priority.  With three kids, household tasks, and work it’s hard to put yourself first.  Lets look at the alternative though.  Mom is so exhausted and spent that all she wants to do is rest.  The solution?  Take one to two hours three times a week to strengthen your body.  Prenatal yoga gently helps your body regain it’s strength and energy.  It’s amazing.  I went to a class two days ago and had so much energy afterward and yesterday.  It’s blowing my mind.  I plan to go to class Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays until this baby comes.  A healthy, energized mama is so much better than having a mama who wishes she were on bedrest because her body is exhausted.

#5) A thick fluffy pillow between my legs at night.  It’s amazing the difference of the quality of sleep I get.  I’m less restless, and don’t wake up with extreme pelvic pain in the morning.  I also love my pile of pillows that I sleep on.  I get pretty bad acid reflux as my belly gets bigger.  The reclining, comfortable position that my pillows create allow me to get the much needed sleep that my body needs.

#6) A couple good pairs of maternity jeans are lovely to have as well.  I just bought a new pair for $22 that are stylish and fit great!  Feeling confident in what I’m wearing helps my self-esteem and brightens the day.

#7) As a working mom it’s hard to find time to get to the grocery store.  Walking the aisles and having strangers make comments is something I could do without as well.  “No really I don’t look like I’m about to pop, I still have ten more weeks thank you very much!”  I’d much rather walk with Baby Boot Camp or exercise with my prenatal yoga class to stretch my legs.  A lifesaver has been ordering online and having my groceries delivered to my door!  And I love supporting local farmers while feeding my family all-natural food.  A healthy diet is essential for baby’s development and important for pregnant and an easier birthing.

These 7 things are MUST haves for me.  When you are well rested, have more energy, healthy skin, a supported belly, aligned structure, healthy diet, and a flattering outfit your whole day is brighter.  Trust me, I’ve experienced it with and without.  I wasn’t doing these things while I was less pregnant and I felt awful.  Now I’m doing them, I’m more pregnant than I was, and I feel great.  I’m shaking my head at myself.  Wondering how I forgot these secrets and so happy that I did something to change.  I have the energy to finish this pregnancy healthy and happy.  Next stop, my favorite part, a gentle and beautiful birth!

Comment on this post and share your pregnancy must haves to enter yourself in a drawing for a FREE Bella Band OR FREE adjustment at First Choice Chiropractic OR FREE prenatal yoga at Darling Yoga OR a FREE box of organic produce from Fresh Connect!  Winners choice!

About Brookie-Lee

Brookie-Lee is the mother of four wonderful children and wife to her best friend. She is a La Leche League Leader, Hypnobabies instructor, and previous owner of Happybottomus. She gives birth at home, breastfeeds, co-sleeps, cloth diapers, baby-wears, non-vax, eats organically, uses natural remedies, does yoga, and now homeschools. She lives in Historic Northeast Kansas City and has an urban farm with a garden and chickens.
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13 Responses to Brookie-Lee’s Pregnancy MUST Haves

  1. Angela says:

    Thank you so much for this post! I too am at the 30 week mark and so many of my physical challenges can be helped by the tips you shared. One thing I would add is Pregnancy Tea. I love to sit and relax with a nice cup of tea and know that the healthy ingredients are also helping get my body ready for the coming birth. I know Traditional Medicinals makes one, which is usually what I drink, but I just saw this week that Earth Mama Angel Baby and Yogi make teas for expectant Mamas too!

  2. Heather Hendricks says:

    Yes! Thanks so much for this post! I am also a few days past the 30 week mark, woohoo! I have a 12 year old daughter, and this pregnancy has been so different with seemingly feeling every pregnancy symptom in the book(s). :) Or, maybe it’s just been so long since the last time I conveniently forgot the inconvenient aches, pains and other symptoms that I have now when my bundle was born. I do have to say that parenting a daughter arriving into her teen years, and anticipating the arrival of our new bundle (another girl!) has added all kinds of interesting tidbits to my days!! I wouldn’t change it for the world, but your ideas for managing at this point in pregnancy are appreciated and helpful!

    • Heather Hendricks says:

      I forgot to add that my pregnancy survival tip, and one that I sometimes rely on daily is a warn Epsom Salt bath! Great for relaxing muscles! I make sure to drink plenty of water before, sometimes during, and after to keep myself hydrated. ~Heather

  3. AngiebLanigan says:

    Thanks for this post. I said, “amen” to all of your must haves:) I didn’t do yoga during my pregnancy, but I did water aerobics, which was so awesome! I did it all the way up until I gave birth and I think it helped me have a quick pushing session!
    I didn’t know about the effects of copper, but I will definitely check that out during my next pregnancy!

  4. colleen haake says:

    My must haves for pregnancy are New Chapter Prenatals. They are pricey but totally worth it. You can even take them on an empty stomach. I like how they are a whole food prenatal. The body aborbs the nutrients better than a lab made vitamin. Belly band, wish I had one with my daughter. I wore throughout the whole pregnancy with my son. I even used it after I had him. My regular jeans were too tight so the belly bad held up maternity jeans.

  5. Maggie says:

    Great list! I am in my 22 week with baby # 3. I also adore many that are on the list. A new one for me is a green smoothie. Made with flax, spinach, banana, milk & any other fruit you want to throw in. I have one in the morning & it gives me SO much energy, not to mention all the good nutrients for me & baby. And yummy too!

  6. Amanda K. says:

    I love this post! I had no idea about the copper ring thing. I am 28 weeks along with baby #2. I absolutely have to have tea with this baby. My midwife gave me a great recipe (1 part nettle leaf, 1 part alfalfa, 1 part spearmint, and 1 part red clove). It has so many vitamins and good stuff jam packed in there. It is also good for constipation and headaches. It just makes me feel better in general!

  7. Patti says:

    This is a great list, thanks! I am just starting my 3rd trimester with our first and can’t wait to check out your store!

  8. Great post! I also went to the chiropractor and wore a belly band. I thought it was a necessity to have two wedge pillows! Two you might ask? I know, I’m strange, my husband thought I was the crazy pillow lady. I had a pillow between my legs, a wedge pillow supporting my bellow, a wedge pillow supporting my back, a pillow for my head and a “hug pillow” as I like to call it. Wedge pillows are a great invention!

    I’ve never head of the copper ring; I’ll have to try it with #2!

  9. I love this post. I had no idea about the copper… but I am totally a fan of the big, fluffy pillow and cute jeans. (-;

  10. Brookie-Lee says:

    Great responses ladies! Thank you SO much for sharing! I know your ideas have inspired me as well as other readers.

    Congrats to MAGGIE! You are our drawing winner! Please let me know what you would like and we will send it your way!

    FREE Bella Band OR FREE adjustment at First Choice Chiropractic OR FREE prenatal yoga at Darling Yoga OR a FREE box of organic produce from Fresh Connect! Winners choice!

  11. Maggie says:

    Whoo hoo!! SO excited to win! I am choosing the free yoga from Darling Yoga. Need to get my body moving again!!