Although I am keeping this series on "essentials" to only ten items, my post still became something of a behemoth so I have split the post into two. I'm sorry, I'm wordy! If you missed part one, catch up here. And now, without further ado, numbers 6 - 10 on my "must-have" list.
Combine the stretching of the skin over my stomach and torso with winter and pregnancy hormones that can increase dry skin - I was a scaly dragon. Like many moms-to-be, the very popular, non-organic Palmer's lotion was recommended to me. I've since discovered that NYR Organic offers a luxurious, 100% organic, cruelty-free alternative - since I'm putting this moisturizer on my skin every day and sometimes twice a day, the quality of my moisturizer really matters.
7. Prenatal Yoga
Along with the aforementioned foam rolling, prenatal yoga has been so beneficial for my aching joints. I have found an abundance of prenatal yoga videos on YouTube and also take a class locally, which I highly recommend - it is so inspiring to be in a room filled with pregnant women focused on nourishing their bodies and their growing babies.
8. Belly Band
First, let me just say - pregnancy jeans are a gift from the gods. Don't wait to buy a pair! Heck, don't even wait until you get pregnant, they are that comfortable. For my work pants, however, I didn't want to buy a new wardrobe of trousers. For under $20, I picked up this belly band from Target (and let's be honest, $80 worth of other random merchandise) and am able to continue wearing my normal work trousers comfortably.
As I mentioned along with herbal teas, I struggled with a bad winter cold for about a month. Not being able to take Mucinex or other impactful medicines dragged out my illness and made me feel like a human dumpster. While resting in bed, I put a few drops of Rocky Mountain Oil's Flu Time essential oil blend in my diffuser to create a relaxing, spa-like environment while soothing my congested airwaves.
10. Mamas who have been there!
My last pregnancy essential is free - advice from experienced moms! As pregnant women, we receive a lot of unsolicited advice. Some of it is actually useful! I'm also so grateful to the women in my life who have answered texts or Facebook messages with baby book and registry recommendations, sleep schedule recommendations, and who simply empathized with me over the wonderful but odd months of pregnancy.