Our baby girl is here and she is just about the most scrumptious thing I have ever seen. It is still so hard to believe that she was in my belly! It’s all such a miracle.
As beautiful as the whole process is, pregnancy does not always seem so magical. Your body goes through SO much and there are a lot of hard days. It was really important to me to stay positive and grateful – getting pregnant in and of itself was a little process for us so I certainly was not going to let my discomfort steal my own celebration for what was happening inside of me.
Like most pregnant women, I could name more than a few things that were making me uncomfortable. My midwives were watching me closely because I was swelling so badly! I couldn’t fit into any shoes and sleep became really difficult. Towards the end of my pregnancy, I discovered the wonders of diffusing lavender essential oil. I had never diffused oils before and it would put me into a deep sleep every night. I still got up a few times to go to the bathroom, of course – but it was incredible to me how much the lavender oil helped! (I use Doterra Lavender Oil and diffuser.) Another sleep game changer was my Snoogle! Around 27 weeks, I suddenly started to experience changes in my sleep. I immediately ordered my Snoogle on Amazon Prime and it was one of the best purchases I have ever made. I looked forward to my comfy little nest every night and I could not have survived Third Trimester without it! It’s also been helpful and doubled as a nursing pillow since Chapel was born. I can wrap the pillow completely around my body when I want to nurse in bed and both baby + I are comfortable. I would recommend this pillow to any pregnant woman!
It became really important for me to find ways to feel cute and put together with my expanding body. I have three favorite clothing pieces that I would buy over and over and over again. The first is my Bump Body Dress. I received so many compliments every time I wore it. It was seriously the most flattering maternity dress that I tried. It gave my whole body and belly the cutest little shape! ** Bump Body is offering my followers 20% OFF with the code ROSEWATER**
I purchased these Ingrid & Isabel Leggings from Peanuts Maternity + Kids in Santa Barbara. I absolutely lived in them. They have the belly support that I needed and somehow were completely flattering. I tried so many leggings and none came close to this pair! And since it was shorts weather during a majority of my pregnancy – I also wore these shorts very frequently. They were not-too-long, not-too-short, comfortable and cute!
Little pick-me-ups go a long way during pregnancy. I loved receiving the Ecocentric Mom Pregnancy Box every month. It’s a subscription box that is filled with clean products for me to try and usually a little something to help get ready for the new baby! I’m looking forward to getting the Mom + Baby box next! It’s such a great gift idea for the clean beauty and clean eating mom-to-be! I’m so glad to have found some items to help to me to feel good during my pregnancy! It was certainly challenging at times, but I would do it all again in a heartbeat because it gave me the most precious gift!