Monday, March 31, 2014

2nd & 3rd Trimester Pregnancy Essentials & Book Reviews

After posting my 1st Trimester Pregnancy Essentials, I received lots of emails asking if I would also post my 2nd and 3rd trimester pregnancy must-haves! So without further ado...

2nd & 3rd Trimester Essentials

Bump Nest Pregnancy Pillow: I started out with the Snoogle pregnancy pillow and then quickly realized that the Bump Nest was the better option for me and totally worth the splurge. You can read all about my comparison between the two pillows {here}.

Stretch Mark Prevention Creams: I've officially gone through 5 jars of different belly creams/oils/butters and have decided on a favorite! So far I've tried Burt's Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter, Motherlove Pregnant Belly Salve, Belli Elasticity Belly Oil, Revitol Stretch Mark Prevention and The Spoiled Mama Bump Gloss Stretch Mark Oil. I liked all of them for different reasons, but my absolute favorite has been the Motherlove Pregnant Belly Salve! My mother-in-law actually purchased this one for me after some research and I love the consistency of the shea butter and the smell is heavenly.

Heat Pad: By the end of my second trimester I was already starting to have horrible upper and lower back pains. Heat pads (that plug into the wall with automatic shut off timers) have saved me. I use mine while sitting on the couch or while laying in bed.  I also have a second heat pad (a Preggie Meggie Pregnancy Heat Pack) that I use at the office that is much cuter and conveniently heats up in the microwave.

Tums: Once I got into the 30's weeks I started getting heart burn at night, especially if I ate a late dinner. Keeping Tums on my nightstand is a life saver.

Sleep Lavender Chamomile Luxury Bath Soap: My nightly bath is probably one of my favorite parts of my entire day. Not only does it relax me but it relieves so many of my pregnancy aches and pains.

Up & Up Prenatal Gummy Multivitamins: If I have to take vitamin every day, it should at least be in candy form! Plus I never forget to take these since they are such a treat!  

Exercise/Pregnancy Ball: Throughout the work day I'll swap out my desk chair for my exercise ball to help strengthen my legs, back and core muscles. If you're going to purchase a ball, make sure you purchase the right size for your desk so you don't sit too low/high. Towards the end of pregnancy, you can also use the ball for certain exercises to encourage the baby to drop and start labor.

 EOS Lip Balm: I have gone through so much lip balm in my first trimester it is ridiculous! I have to carry one of these everywhere {in the car, next to my bed, on my desk, in my purse, etc.}!

Pantiliners: Stock up. In fact, buy in bulk if you can. You'll use them.

Tumbler: Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! It's so important for so many reasons so I always have a tumbler with me at work, running errands, next to the bed, etc.

Pregnancy Support Belt: Once my belly got absolutely huge I needed some sort of relief while on my feet and especially during long walks.

Slippers: The best slippers ever. They cozy, fleece-lined provide good support and relief after a long day in heels/flats/boots.
Next up, books! I felt like all I did was read, read, read during throughout my pregnancy. Now I am so sick of baby books. Here is a review of the stack of books that Matt and I read...
 Belly Laughs by Jenny McCarthy: This was hands down my favorite book I picked up. It was hilarious, informative and a very quick read. I highly recommend every mommy picking up a copy of this book! This is also a great gift to purchase for newly pregnant women who are freaking out about the months ahead!
Baby Names 2013 by Eleanor Turner: After going through this book cover to cover, Matt and I agreed this book was great for entertainment but still didn't help us narrow down boy names.
First Time Dad by John Fuller: Matt said this book was pretty common sense and uninformative. 
Praying Through Your Pregnancy by Jennifer Polimino and Carolyn Warren: This book is the inspiration behind the weekly prayers I include in my bumpdates. I love how the authors focus on the baby's weekly development and how to pray for him or her. There are tons of books out there on how to pray for your baby and I recommend picking one up that you feel connected to.
Be Prepared: A Practical Handbook for New Dads: This was Matt's favorite book. It is hilarious, informative and a quick read. I am pretty sure this is the only book be read all the way through.
What to Expect When You're Expecting: You can download the app and skip on this book.
The Father-To-Be Book: Another book that Matt couldn't really get through. If you can get your hubby to read one book all the way through I would recommend the Be Prepared book.
The Girlfriends' Guide To Pregnancy by Vicki Iovine: I had higher expectations for this book. There were tidbits of informative information but none of it was "new" to me. I wish I would've just checked this one out of the library instead of purchasing it.
Secrets of The Mommyhood by Heather Alexander: If I only had time to read one book during my pregnancy, this would be the one I'd pick! I felt like this book covered everything I needed to know from pregnancy to the baby's arrival - all within 175 pages. And to top it off, it's hilarious and I found myself wanting to hug the author for being so awesome. I even read many chapters of this book aloud to Matt and he loved it! 
The top 3 winners for us...
Secrets of The Mommyhood / Be Prepared: A Practical Handbook for New Dads / Belly Laughs
Outside of all theses books, some of the best advice I found was not only on parenting but on balancing your new life as a wife and mommy. I am thankful for these encouraging articles that have been sent to me along the way...
To Wives: Before You Were "Mommy"
The Questions That Will Save Your Relationships


  1. All of this was so helpful during my pregnancy too! The body pillow is an absolute must. I couldn't have gotten through it all with out it because the sleep is so important! Can't believe how close you are to the end!! So exciting.

  2. Thank you so much for including my Preggie Meggie in this round up, I am so happy that it has given you some relief (while still looking super cute of course!!!). And I really really want those slippers!! xx

  3. Such a fabulous list! I definitely was in love with my pregnancy pillow with my daughter! Those slippers look super comfy and oh so cozy! You're so close mama!!!!!

  4. Passing this along to my girlfriend who is still in her first tri-mester! All great suggestions for mommy's-to-be!!

  5. So helpful! I'm going to check out your review of the Bumpnest now..I've been debating for a few weeks now.

  6. great tips! pinning this for the future! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

  7. When my co-blogger/BFF was pregnant, I snuggled up with her pregnancy pillow every time I visited (even though I was NOT pregnant haha)...glad you're finding some great items to give you some extra comfort!

  8. Oh Dear, I somehow totally missed this post (I'm gifted). Sorry. And thank you so much for your kind words about my book. I am so very glad you enjoyed it, and I love that it made you and your husband laugh. I've been thinking about you and that sweet Caroline is absolutely precious! Makes me wanna hug you, too!

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