Now that I’m almost 8 months along I consider myself somewhat of a pregnancy veteran. I thought it would be fun to review some pregnancy-related products that I’ve bought and also pass along some tips that I wish I knew earlier.
I think the third trimester is nature’s way of prepping you for the rigors of parenthood. Most women don’t get much sleep, and as a result neither do their spouses. Things like heartburn, hip pain, and overactive baby are all enough to keep even the soundest sleeper up at night. Here are some things that I find helpful:
- Body pillow. Your expanding pelvis means more strain is placed on the hip sockets- using a body pillow will help “stack” the hips and place the legs and pelvis in a neutral position. Whether you pay $60 for the weird-shaped Snoogle or $15 for a fuzzy Target one you can’t go wrong. I should have bought one years ago. Two cons- they take up a lot of space and can be cumbersome if you repeatedly flip over at night. Oh, and your spouse will want to use it too.
- Boppy Wedge. Once your belly starts getting big & heavy you will feel better if it’s supported. Yes, you can use a regular pillow but like the body pillow it takes up a lot of space. A friend gave me her old Boppy Wedge, which is a small, moderately-firm foam wedge designed to fit perfectly under a belly (or behind your back). LOVE it. It’s small, stays in place and relatively inexpensive.
- Tylenol PM. Tylenol is the only pain reliever that’s safe for pregnancy. The sleep component is also OK. Use this when all else fails!
- King-sized bed. Take a Queen bed, add two people, a bunch of extra pillows, a Snoogle and Boppy wedge and someone’s going to fall off. A king bed would be SO much nicer. Just sayin’.
- The couch. Constant rotating, shifting pillows and grumbling tends to wake up the spouse. Sometimes it’s better if someone just sleeps on the couch or a separate bed.
Maternity clothing can be a blessing and a curse. Yes, things like full-panel pants are eventually necessary but are often ill-fitting and come in limited sizes and styles. If you are a hardcore fashionista you will either spend nine months complaining and hiding out in your house or end up broke after buying expensive designer garments. Example- there’s a boutique shop at the local mall that sells cute, well-made t-shirts for $50. To quote Mackelmore that’s $50 for a T-shirt, right? For the rest of us, I recommend spending money on a couple pairs of nicer jeans, some maternity tanks and layering them under pre-preggo cardigans. If you have to dress up for work, well, that kinda sucks for you.
Here are my short and sweet reviews of a few stores, ranging from lowest to highest price:
- Old Navy: If you are on a complete budget Old Navy is for you. Most local stores carry a rack or two of maternity wear but the majority of items are only found online. The only caveat- many items ordered online can only be returned via mail. Old Navy clothes have never fit me well, so I only bought a couple T’s and tanks.
- Target: The Liz Lange line has some really cute pieces. Relatively inexpensive too!
- Motherhood Maternity: This is the generic mall maternity store full of uninspiring frumpy clothing. Not always cheap either. Definitely my least favorite. They don’t make XS sizes either. Apparently the highlight of the store is their Jessica Simpson line. No comment.
- Gap: Yay! Glad to see a major retailer jump on the maternity bandwagon. Their selection is limited, even online, but the look is very familiar. I love how they make both demi- and full-panel jeans. Not cheap though.
- Destination Maternity: This is the “highbrow” mall maternity store, with their most expensive pieces sold online. Did you know that Motherhood Maternity, Pea in the Pod and Destination Maternity are all part of the same company? You can find all three brands here. Destination Maternity carriers a wider selection of business/dressy attire and a few “designer” pieces from celebs like Heidi Klum (which BTW are for women 5’8″ and taller).
So there you have it. 8 months of research put together nicely in one blog post!