Pregnancy Favorites…Thus Far
As I write this I am 19 weeks pregnant and now believe myself to be an expert on all things pregnancy. Therefore, I thought it only right that I share my hard gained wisdom with all of you presently, and planning to be, gestating ladies out there. I’m joking, I basically know nothing, but there are a few things that I have discovered during the last 19 weeks that have vastly improved my pregnancy experience. I thought that even if only a few of my discoveries were helpful to another pregnant gal I should for sure share them. Just like so many wonderful women have shared with me their tips, tricks and advice for getting through this experience with grace and good humor.
Apps & Sites
There are several apps and websites that have been incredibly helpful and useful to me the last 19 weeks. Aren’t we so lucky to have a wealth of information and help right at our fingertips? I can’t even imagine how our mother’s did it with nothing more than an impatient Doctor and a group of girlfriends to talk them through it.
This site, which also has a smartphone app, has been a Godsend. Every week of my pregnancy the app will alert me with new and current information on my developing baby. I love being able to see exactly what stage the little fella is at and I find all the information about that stage fascinating. To me, the germination of new life is as interesting as an episode of Cosmos: A Space Odyssey. The app also offers all kinds of insights and advice on everything from healthy eating to baby names to getting a better nights sleep. It also has a baby center community of expecting moms who share all the nitty gritty of their own experiences which has, on occasion helped me feel like I have a group of cyber girlfriends to talk me through all the ups and downs. No one gets pregnancy better than another pregnant chick. I would warn you though, that some topics of discussion can be kinda scary or upsetting so if you’re easily influenced by other people’s experiences, like I am, and have a tendency to be unable to get something upsetting or scary out of your head, then perhaps avoid the chat rooms.
I was reticent to create a registry because I was uncomfortable with the idea of telling my friends and family exactly what gifts to buy for the new baby. Josh and I are in the most fortunate position of being able to afford to purchase the things we feel we need and I’ve always preferred to receive gifts from the heart rather then the registry. That being said I found this site by chance and when I explored it further I realized how convenient and well thought out it is. Instead of using it to create a registry for friends and family I’m using it to keep myself organized and on top of all the things big and small we will need for our new baby. I’m also using it as a sort of wish list as well for all those fun, adorable or just plain extravagant things we for sure don’t need but I just kinda want! I love that you can save anything from any site to your registry and it gives you the option of supporting local shops and vendors. It’s also given me a lot of great ideas for gifts of support and time versus just stuff. That, I have no problem asking for!
This site has been like having my own personal nutritionist. It has tons of fantastic healthy recipes and the greatest meal planning feature ever. First you calculate how many calories you should be eating based on your height, weight and fitness goals. Then you choose a weekly meal plan based on the calorie count you’ve determined. I found the meals to be absolutely delicious and relatively easy to prepare. The only trouble I had with the meal plans was the amount of time it was taking me to shop for, prep and cook three meals a day every day. Once I got the basics of their pre made meal plans down I started using their menu planner feature so I could build my own. This way I could make my shopping, prepping and cooking efforts as simple or as complicated as I wanted. Having the structure and extra help EatingWell provided made it much easier for me to keep my health and nutrition on track. The first month of my pregnancy I was eating bowls of fettuccine alfredo and huge slices of chocolate cake, all the while telling myself I was eating for two. Even though the second person in this equation was at the time the size of a sesame seed and I’m guessing did not have all that big of an appetite. Had I continued on this path I would have put on far more weight than I wanted to and been compromising the babies and my health. Having a little help keeping my nutrition on track has made all the difference in the world and this way after eating well all week I feel like I’ve earned the wiggle room to indulge on the weekends and have that chocolate cake if I’m craving it!
It’s hard enough for me to get motivated to work out when I’m not pregnant but now that I am it’s ten times harder. I’m not up for weight training, lengthy cardio workouts, or any of those new and fashionable exercise classes. What I am up for is yoga! I’ve mentioned my love of Yoga with Adriene before on the blog and am so grateful for her fantastic Youtube classes that have been the foundation of my at home practice. Recently I discovered two more ways to satisfy my yoga appetite. Though both YogaGlo and Grokker require you to pay a monthly fee to use, I feel they are well worth it and the price per month is basically the cost of just one in studio yoga class. Both allow you to tailor your exercise needs by duration, difficulty level, style and teachers. YogaGlo is strictly yoga with some great meditation instruction thrown in. Grokker has other types of fitness classes and even cooking videos. Both have been incredibly useful in helping me maintain my at home yoga practice by keeping me motivated and inspired. Whatever I’m feeling or however much time I have, between Adriene, YogaGlo and Grokker I’m sure to find the perfect class for me.
Comfortable clothing has become a total necessity the last month or so. I wish I could tell you I care if that comfortable clothing is also chic and fashionable but I really don’t. I JUST WANT TO BE COMFORTABLE DAMMIT! Luckily the things I find most wonderful to wear just happen to look pretty cute too.
These are not cheap but I think they are well worth their ticket price. I wear mine literally everyday. Don’t worry, I take them off long enough to wash them! They are so soft and have no itchy tags, digging seams, or middle squeezing waist bands. They feel like second skin and to me, they’re more comfortable even, than being naked. They are a genius combination of super breathable and touchable soft fabric with added lycra for stretch and shape retention. That lycra also comes in handy when you’re feeling a bit more jiggly and squishy than normal and like the feeling of everything being comfortably held in place by sweet soft angel hands. I’m serious, they feel that wonderful! I throw these on everyday with my jockey tank ( I’ll get to that next) and either a comfy sweater or a chic button down depending on whether I’m hanging at home or going to be seen in public. They’re beyond comfortable, versatile enough to dress up or down and though I have deemed them as my pregnant lady pants their actual purpose is that of a yoga pant. So they have the added benefit of allowing me the freedom to roll out my mat any time of day and get my practice in because I’m already dressed for it!
We have a Jockey outlet up in Utah where I live which is where I discovered these amazingly soft, resilient and flattering tanks. I now have them in black, white, pink, blue and cream. I wear them constantly and especially love them under sweaters or button downs. They’re pretty figure fitting so for the first 12 weeks of my pregnancy I didn’t wear them out in public without something over them. Those first trimester months were tough since only Josh, my mother and I knew about the pregnancy and anything too fitted made me look like I’d overindulged in twinkies and Big Macs and not at all like I was pregnant. It’s a rough phase on the ol’ self esteem, that first trimester. Anyway, back to the point of the Jockey tank, they’re the perfect shell, or when you do feel like rocking your baby bump, the perfect warm weather top that’s flattering and comfortable. These camies also wash incredibly well. I throw them in on a warm wash and dry them on high. They never shrink, they hold their shape and they don’t fray. They are truly a great buy and for me an indispensable piece of my pregnancy wardrobe.
I have a few Rails button downs that I basically just rotate throughout the week. Again they’re pricy but one or two button downs that wash well, look great and are comfortable can ultimately save you money in the long run. I’ve been penny wise and pound foolish in the past, purchasing cheaper button downs that ended up falling apart or shrinking in the wash. Button downs that only lasted me 6 months to a year. Once I bought my first Rails shirt I never looked back. I love all of their plaids and would have one in every color if I could. Goals people! I do hang dry my Rails shirts to avoid any shrinkage cause I love the fit and would hate to mess with it. So although they may require a smidge more effort in the care department they’re 100% worth it!
I’m pretty big into natural remedies and even more so since I’ve been pregnant. During the first trimester my doctor advised against taking any over the counter drugs for indigestion, headaches or allergies so I started researching what natural alternatives I could use that would actually work. My biggest pregnancy complaint has been indigestion and waking up with the occasional stuffy nose and sinus headache. Both are very typical pregnancy symptoms and I was able to find great healthy solutions that really work.
One of the first and worst pregnancy symptoms I’ve had was indigestion. I’ve joked about how much I belch in the past but those first eight weeks were totally out of control. I was desperate for a solution and to not feel like my stomach was going to explode after every meal. I found a lot of home remedies online that included apple cider vinegar so I figured I’d give it a shot. Well I’m glad I did cause it works like a charm. I started out putting 1 teaspoon of baking soda, 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and 1 tablespoon of fresh squeezed lemon juice into 8 ounces of warm water every morning before I would eat. I know it sounds a bit counter intuitive to drink baking soda but it would force all the air out of my gut (I won’t lie those baking soda burps were pretty impressive) and calm my stomach. I won’t get into the science of how or why this formula works because I don’t really know but there is plenty of info online to read up on it if you’re interested. Once I got through the worst of the early indigestion I omitted the baking soda and lemon juice and just used the apple cider vinegar. Now I carry around a large water bottle that has about 1/4 cup of vinegar in it and sip on it all day long. It calms my stomach right down and helps me digest things with far more ease. I’ve become so addicted to my vinegar water that I even made Vinegar Shrubs to add a little pizazz to my now sour staple. I discovered that the shrubs are an excellent substitute for a cocktail when mixed with sparkling water and poured over ice. That’s a pregnancy win win in my book!
Now this next remedy may be a bit controversial. Like most ladies, I have heard, read and been told that caffeine is a big no no during pregnancy. For me that was really no big deal since I had given up coffee about 4 years ago after I discovered it had a lot to do with the stomach pain I had been suffering from. Pregnant or not I’ve always had a bit of a touchy digestive system but eliminating coffee seemed to really help. So when I told my OB/GYN that I was suffering from sinus issues and headaches I was incredibly surprised by her advice. She told me to have a cup or two of coffee a day. Apparently caffeine reduces inflammation and… well read this article for a much better explanation than I can give. When I expressed concern, my doctor assured me that a cup or two a day was fine but not to over do it. She told me as long as I wasn’t downing a whole pot my baby would be just fine. My doctor also told me that coffee would help with the water retention I was suffering from, seeing as caffeine is a natural diuretic. If I’m being honest I was almost more excited about that than the headache help. So I started drinking one or two cups of low acid organic coffee in the mornings and just like she said, my headaches were cured and my ankles far less swollen. A friend introduced me to Puroast, a low acid organic coffee that tastes great, is far easier on my stomach and mindfully grown and harvested without all the harsh chemicals used at most coffee farms. I totally get that this remedy may not be for everyone, and may make some expectant mother’s too nervous to try. I strongly believe that you must use your intuition and instincts when it comes to your and your baby’s health; and, though our doctors are offering their best advice and opinions it’s still up to us to make the final decisions about our bodies. In my case my gut told me to give it a shot and see how I felt and I felt better than before. I took that as a sign that baby boy Kelley and I could tolerate the caffeine just fine.
Hopefully some if not all of my suggestions will be of some use to my sisters in gestation. I plan to do another post on my third trimester tips and tricks once I get to that point so stay tuned!
I love your pregnancy favorites, and will definitely be checking out the youtube yoga site and lulu lemon pants. I’m 17 weeks now, and it’s fun to read along about your journey! leftcoastnp.blogspot.comSeptember 20, 2016 at 8:17 pm
So happy for you 🙂 My daughter is right at 22 weeks herself 🙂 a first time mommy she’s something else lol We had a great ultrasound today and got to see the sweet little girls face 🙂 wishing you all the best from here in Louisiana.. Always a fan..TerenaSeptember 20, 2016 at 9:19 pm
Loved reading the blog part about pregnancy faves.:). I`m 25 weeks pregnant myself,with my first child,so it`s nice to read someones elses experience of being pregnant.September 20, 2016 at 9:22 pm
Congratulations! Thank you for your honest post! It is so nice to read about pregnancy through your perspective, and have enjoyed reading about all of your favorites! I am 24 weeks along, with my 2nd child. I have a little girl who turned 3 yesterday, and we are expecting a little boy this go round! I am very excited, and nervous at the same time! I hope you enjoy your pregnancy to the fullest, and wish you the best of luck!!!September 20, 2016 at 9:36 pm
First of all, you’re radiant ! It means a lot that you are sharing this part of your journey with your fans. I’m two weeks behind you (17 weeks) so it was great to read advice from someone in the same boat! Thanks for the workout and diet suggestions! I had preeclampsia with my first so I really need to monitor my intake and up my exercise this time around. Wishing you all the best as you progress!September 20, 2016 at 9:41 pm
You are a such beautiful woman. I know, the new little one will make your all life completly. All the best and most wishes from germany ❤️September 20, 2016 at 9:42 pm
Love this blog post! I’m currently 14 weeks pregnant (my second child), I definitely know what you mean about that awkward chubby belly stage! I love the lulu lemon pants you mentioned – did you get your regular size (before pregnancy) or did you go up a size?September 20, 2016 at 9:48 pm
I am 10 weeks and in the dead center of the abyss of nausea and indigestion. I am going to try your ACV tricks. Thank you for sharing!September 20, 2016 at 9:48 pm
Hi Katherine 🙂 I’m pregnant with my second child, due February 6th, so im 29 weeks. I loved the natural remedy suggestions. That is very interesting about coffee! Who knew.
Another suggestion I’d share is Jessica Simpson maternity jeans are great! I got mine from the motherhood maternity outlet.
Thank you for sharing your tips 🙂September 20, 2016 at 9:48 pm
20 weeks! OopsSeptember 20, 2016 at 9:53 pm
Always been a fan since you started been following you are so beautiful watching your pregnancy glow my oldest daughter said she can tell how blissful you are. We are planning to move to Utah after seeing all your beautiful pictures through the years we need a change. Thank you for the inspiration. Can’t wait to see your next posts. Lots of love from Nevada. Diane and family!September 20, 2016 at 9:51 pm
Thank you!!! 7 weeks along after having enormous twins 6 years ago! I was told though, it’s like riding a bike! I should probably invest in a helmet just incase! 🙂September 20, 2016 at 9:54 pm
First of all, congratulations! Secondly, have you guys found out the baby’s gender? Or are you leaving it a surprise for the birth day?September 20, 2016 at 9:56 pm
Lula Roe leggings, omg, best pregnancy pants ever!!!! They don’t cut in to your bump, or roll down when you move around!
My son is now 4.5 weeks old, but immediately after a c-section, the leggings were the only thing comfortable!September 20, 2016 at 9:59 pm
Ooooo girl, I need to get some of those Lululemon pants… Pregnant or not! 🙂September 20, 2016 at 10:00 pm
Thank you for sharing your favorites! I’m currently 11 weeks, and finding comfortable clothes is my main priority at this time lol. I will definitely look into your suggestions. Big fan since “Wish Upon a Star”<3September 20, 2016 at 10:06 pm
Thanks for the puroast recommendation-just ordered it. I’m 18 weeks and a few times a week my sinus headaches are KILLER.
Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy!September 20, 2016 at 10:08 pm
Thank you for these suggestions.I’m so worried about clothing once it’s get cooler in TX.As of right now my go to attire is LuLaRoe tights and shirts.I will def check those out being we have an outlet nearby as well.I am 12 wks with a baby girl after losing my baby girl last year (9.15.15) at 22 wks.I am struggling with headaches,heartburn and nausea.I love the idea of the meal app and I’m def going to sign up for yoga.This post made my day!!!September 20, 2016 at 10:40 pm
Awww…Baby Center. I discovered that site before apps were really a thing. I found a group of moms all expecting #1 in the same month/year. All of our babies turned 13 in April. 🙂 We’ve moved over to Facebook, but still “talk” regularly and have even vacationed together!! BC is a great resource for mamas.September 20, 2016 at 10:41 pm
Thank you for the advice. I am 12 weeks along with a boy as well. We already have one healthy 5 year old boy, and we lost our last baby when I was 18 weeks pregnant. We are praying this pregnancy is healthy. I enjoyed your home remedies and comfy clothing selections.September 20, 2016 at 10:46 pm
Thank you so much for sharing! I’m 24 weeks and have not been enjoying the pregnancy process so far! I’ve been sick, and not feeling like myself. This post was so nice to hear, I can’t wait to try some of the things you suggested. Thanks Katherine!September 20, 2016 at 11:11 pm
These are awesome thanks for sharing!!! Who knew coffee could helpSeptember 20, 2016 at 11:52 pm
Now I’m dying to know if I’ve run into you on Babycenter! I haven’t been expecting for a couple years so I’ve moved on to the more parenting-focused groups on the site. My first birth group on Babycenter sure did help pass those looooong months of pregnancy. Congrats on your latest addition!September 21, 2016 at 12:16 am
Heyy.. Wow good to know u r on babycenter. I am 33 weeks and it has really really been of great help especially the birth club communities . Your article is really well wtitten. Would like to hear from you soon in another article. Do let us know you are having a girl or a boy 🙂September 21, 2016 at 1:17 am
I’m newly pregnant (almost seven weeks) and just found out a week ago. This article is definitely helpful! Thank you so much!September 21, 2016 at 3:15 am
Any advice on a 1st trimester ‘bra’. I want comfort and support (the American dream).September 21, 2016 at 3:49 am
Loved reading this! I’ve had two miscarriages and just found out I’m pregnant again, I should be 5 weeks on Friday. Absolutely petrified it’s going to go wrong again but fingers crossed this one sticks 🙂 I’ve just downloaded the Baby Center app, thanks for suggesting it!September 21, 2016 at 6:11 am
I m very happy for your pregnancy! !!i am big fan for you!!i follow you on Instagramand i read your blog!! I wish you health and happiness! !! Kisses from GreeceSeptember 21, 2016 at 8:17 am
Thank you for the advise about indigestion! It is the worst, I am definitely going to try your remedy. I have started to drink warm water with lemon before eating in the morning but it hasn’t worked. I am 13 weeks now 🙂September 21, 2016 at 9:13 am
Thank you Karherine for this lovely written post! I am as far as you in pregnancy. Also done with week 19 today. Almost half way done! When I read your post I agreed with all of it. Especially with BabyCenter, the explanation about what’s happening in the weeks, and all the other informations they give. As well as the community you can talk to. I totally appreciate it to ask the other future moms stuff I am struggling with or telling them stories of hope when they feel uncomfortable.
So I hope for you, that your time of pregnancy will continue without any trouble!
Blessings from Germany to Utah!September 21, 2016 at 10:06 am
Here’s my imput to responding to your lovely and tender post Katherine. I received soooo many clothes for my little boy that I decided to hang everything in the closet and group them into sizes so when he got to that size I didn’t miss him wearing them. In a drawer they’re out of sight and mind and whooosh, he’s grown out of them before he wore them. Same for shoes!September 21, 2016 at 4:40 pm
Congratulations! Thanks so much for the BabyList love. If you ever need any additional registry advice, please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d be so happy to help!September 21, 2016 at 4:57 pm
Yay! I’m praying that you and your baby are doing well!September 21, 2016 at 6:28 pm
Another must have for me was a snoogle.. my hips hurt so bad and it was hard to get comfortable at night and the snoogle really helped… wish i would’ve known about it with my first pregnancy ! Congrats and best of luck !September 21, 2016 at 8:22 pm
You look as radiant and beautiful as ever. Ive never been pregnant but I look up to woman who seek the best support in making the experience a graceful one because I am honestly scared of it. Thank you for sharing your time and wisdom. Please be well.September 21, 2016 at 11:03 pm
Just so very happy for you, your husband, and darling children! What a wonderful surprise! I wish you a happy, healthy and blessed pregnancy. My daughter is due with our second grandchild at the end of October and it seems like she was at your stage just a couple of weeks ago and now is in full mom mode, nesting like crazy. Time flies by so quickly so before you know it, you will be holding your baby and in total awe of the whole process.September 22, 2016 at 2:02 am
Congratulations! I appreciate your suggestions! I need to find some of those leggings!! I’m 33 weeks now and essential oils have been such lifesavers! I love that they are natural and can help with any issues that may arise! If anyone is interested in learning more let me know! Keyessentials@outlook.comSeptember 22, 2016 at 3:42 am
Please be aware of anymore headaches because that could be a symptom of preeclampsia. I delivered at 34 weeks because of preeclampsia. Know the signs and symptoms! Preeclampsia.orgSeptember 22, 2016 at 1:42 pm
I loved this article! I’m a little further behind than you (11 weeks), and it’s my first pregnancy as well.
Now that the season is changing, I really want to buy fall clothes, but I feel paralyzed about sizing! I love Rails shirts too, and flannels/button ups in general. Are you buying new shirts yet? Are you sizing up with non-maternity brands like Rails?
Also, would love to know about the bra situation and what you’ve tried…. Again, do I buy regular bras just bigger at this point, and then go to maternity/nursing bras?
Would love to know your thoughts!September 22, 2016 at 3:41 pm
THANK YOU for this post! There is such a dearth of info on helping with first trimester. I had some caffeine this morning and voila! No more headaches! I can’t wait to try vinegar shrubs. Thanks again for posting!September 22, 2016 at 4:28 pm
Thank you so much for the coffee suggestion! I am in my 22nd week and I was okay with the caffeine, but the heart burn the coffee caused was killing me! Hopefully this low-acid kind will be better because I am definitely missing my coffee fix 🙂September 22, 2016 at 5:31 pm
I just discovered your blog today, and I am hooked. Beautifully written, lovely photographs, just so nice to spend time reading your posts. Wishing you the best for the remaining weeks of your pregnancy and many blessings to your beautiful family.September 23, 2016 at 12:29 am
Such a great post As a therapist who specialises in helping mums and couples I think having information like this in one place from such a lovely and inspiring person like you is wonderful for new mums. Also, there is such a misconception that pregnancy and childbirth is so easy for famous mums which of course one thing has nothing to do with the other – people are unique and babies are unique and thus understanding this makes it easier for us mums to reduce the pressure to try to be perfect and to pretend that motherhood is a breeze – for fear of being judged harshly if we’re having a bad day.
So… Thank you for sharing your journey. I will recommend your blog to other mums and ‘mums to be’ to gain inspiration too.
Lizzie O’HalloranSeptember 24, 2016 at 4:11 am
Thanks for the lovely ideas & suggestions! I’m 8 weeks with my first pregnancy and close in age to yourself (a little older!) I will definitely be following up on your tips, especially the vinegar shrub / mocktails – can’t wait to try!. Also love the book reads you suggested in your previous blog! Keep it up, you have a really sweet blog and I look forward to following it x Roisin (in Ireland)September 26, 2016 at 11:17 am
Hey my name is Amanda from Philadelphia pa I and currently preggers 6wks 3d with baby number 4 .. I am a stay at home momma and home school my oldest two children 8 and 6 and my 3 yr old is a crazy little monster …. but I will tell you what I love being a mother being pregnant and breastfeeding there is a closeness you get with your children when u breastfeed I understand that a lot of people are against it but boobs are made for that .. sorry had an argument with an uneducated person about this earlier guess just on my mind .. but there is nothing in the world like being a mother I don’t know how some people don’t put their kids first and love them the way I love my kids .. doesn’t make any sense to me … happy for all u preggers out there …September 27, 2016 at 1:24 am
I love baby center .. ovia pregnancy app is good and what to expect when expecting app .. there’s a lot of apps this is my 4th child I have read just a out everything there is to know about pregnancy but I still feel the need to read on love It … I had preeclamsia with my first 8 yr son with my 6 yr daughter it was a great pregnancy and my 3rd 3yr girl was easy pregnancy this one my 4th I am 6 wk 3 d so .. I am so tired this time around I don’t know if it’s because I am home schooling my 2 older kids and have a toddler running me rampid or maybe its I’m 28 this time around and not 20 21 and 25 I’ll tell u what seems a lot harder on me ..whoop don’t get me wrong I love being preggers it’s my favorite this in the whole world…….. I think this is going to be my last pregnancy my doctor says that I shouldn’t have anymore because I have to have c sections and after 3rd one he said gets a lot harder to recover from ….I hope that isn’t the case .. ugh.. I have a high threshold for pain so hopefully I’ll be OK …the other ones didn’t hurt .. but anyways I wanted to let u know that I enjoy your work and you are a graceful star you hold your self with the up most respect and aren’t like those people who pride themselves on trying to be on every magazine covers . You are a true classy woman. I admire working mothers because I don’t know how mothers that work do it I am very fortunate that my husband has a wonderful business and I can stay home with my kids I spend every minute with them ..well I wish u all the best threw out your pregnancy .. hope to her more .. love ya doll ..September 27, 2016 at 1:48 am
The best thing while I was pregnant…as I got bigger, getting comfy trying to go to sleep was really tough! Check out the Bump Nest…like a snoogle, only a little bigger and softer. It’s like having another person in the bed, but was the only way I got comfortable. Also great when you’re nursing!! I have loaned mine out to several friends and they have loved it too! Also…cute pillowcase prints!September 27, 2016 at 2:54 am
Congratulations! It was fun to relive my own pregnancy by seeing you discover yours! I just wrote this over at Scary Mommy. This will be a great site to read post-baby!
http://bit.ly/2dma2ZJOctober 3, 2016 at 6:19 am
In the food section, you referred to “babies.” Are you having twins!?!?!October 3, 2016 at 12:40 pm
I am 28 weeks pregnant (expecting twins) and I wanted to Thank you for all these tips, especially concerning coffee. I use to have headaches and since I am pregnant it’s getting worse… I stopped coffee from the very first day of my pregnancy thus I knew caffeine was recommended to ease the pain.October 3, 2016 at 12:53 pm
You look amazing, pregnancy fits you well ❤️
So happy for you, your hubby, and your beautiful girls. Wishing you all safe and easy delivery when the time comes!October 4, 2016 at 6:07 am
Katherine- I am 21 weeks today and I cannot wait to meet our little man. Loved reading your post! Some of your favorites I was already using ( Baby Center, Babylist, Apple Cider Vinegar) but I picked up some more! I put in my purchase for the Lululemon pants, the Jockey tanks and the Rails button down. (P.S. Nordstrom Rack has them on sale if you need any more!) Thanks again for such an awesome post and congratulations on the new addition to your family 🙂October 4, 2016 at 8:17 pm
I’m expecting as well (7 weeks) and loved your post, well, love your blog in general. Ive been pretty lucky with very minimal nausea thus far, fingers crossed it continues that way. Lulu lemon simply has the best stuff, I wish they actually had a maternity line. (Lulu if you’re reading this!…)October 6, 2016 at 9:56 pm
Thank you for sharing your experience with us, and I wish you all the best from on gestating lady to another.
You are beautiful and I love your posts! My best friend owns a wholesale/retail company called Little Adventures (littleadventures.com) and would love to meet with you. We are a Utah based company, women owned, and have been selling super soft, washable children’s dress ups for over 14 years all over the US and International. We are launching a marketing campaign and would love to discuss opportunities with you. Her heart and soul and what she stands for reminds me of you and I really think you should meet! And you have a cute little family so please let us send you samples! 🙂October 7, 2016 at 7:07 pm
Great info! Thanks for sharing such a fresh and simple perspective on pregnancy!
I too love diving into natural remedies and easy practices, and I write about them whenever I can. I’m a mother of four, so I’ve had the chance to test things out. Haha!
Nothing helped me understand cravings and listening to my body like pregnancy! I wrote about that here….
I’ve also read up on the herbs, essential oils, and gemstones that can help labor and recovery. I put A LOT of emphasis here on recovery because birth gets all the attention. That’s a real shock when you feel like you’ve ran a marathon and been hit by a train, and just when you’re ready to down painkillers and take a 7 day nap, you look down and realize you’re holding a baby that isn’t too interested in helping you out with that. 😛 I honestly love labor and relish in being the super-charged woman a birthing woman is. However, future mamas should know that the work and pain doesn’t end after birth. So be ready and make it easy!
Best of luck all you mamas out there!October 20, 2016 at 7:40 pm
What about remedies for your over.sensitive sense of smell?’ Im going. Crazy!October 20, 2016 at 11:03 pm
My baby is now 6 weeks old, and its the best time. At first it’s hard, breastfeed wake UP every 3 h. ITs hard. My tips, sleep everytime your Child sleeps. Well not easy when you have two and you must wake UP. Good luck.November 4, 2016 at 10:05 pm
Congratulations to your family on your baby bump.November 11, 2016 at 4:05 am
Tea with sprinkles of cinnamon helped my stomach when I was pregnant.
Congratulations, Katherine! Hope everything is going great! Your pics are so sweet. Thanks for the apple cider vinegar remedy. I also found those apps/sites very helpful during pregnancy, as well as the Wonder Weeks app once my baby was born. Super recommend it! Blessings!December 15, 2016 at 8:32 pm
I have learned new things from this post. Doing an experiment gives us the inspiration of new invention. Thanks for sharing the ideas with us. Carry on!!! Your site will be more informative and more useful to.February 12, 2017 at 7:18 pm
Where was this site when I was pregnant the first time? I don’t even know how I managed to find this article, but I have fallen in love with it! Thank you for showing me all of the different things out there for us preggos! I feel like I found the holy grail or something!June 23, 2017 at 7:19 pm
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