Our 7 Wellness Must-Haves in Pregnancy
Pregnancy is a difficult time for many mums-to-be, and understandably so. As your body goes through a 9 month period of extreme change to accommodate a growing, living baby, it is only natural that you are going to experience lots of emotions along the way.
As I enter my second pregnancy, there are so many tools that I have picked up during my first pregnancy and afterwards that have served me really well and helped me to navigate the second pregnancy with much more confidence. Some of these changes are small but have had a profound impact on my wellbeing, lifting my spirit and helped me to implement small routines into my everyday life that have made me feel more like myself despite all the change my body is going through.
Hopefully the below products and routines will help you also, whatever stage of pregnancy you are in.
1. Belly Belt
If you are like me and enjoy walking, this is a MUST for the later stages of pregnancy when the weight of the bump grows and you find it impacting your walking. It might start with some back pain, or pelvic floor pressure, but a belly band is SO helpful in alleviating that pressure, and allowing you to move about your everyday with more comfort. Even if you just need some help moving about the home, a support band should help make things feel a lot more comfortable!
2. Magnesium Salts
Sleep can be problematic BEFORE the baby arrives and this was not something I anticipated before my first pregnancy, but I felt much more prepared in my second pregnancy as I knew the mix of hormones and baby’s movements might disrupt my sleep. I found sleep most problematic in different stages of the pregnancy; during nausea in the first trimester and towards the end of the third trimester, when it was more difficult to move in bed.
During these periods I found a really solid nighttime routine worked wonders. This involved taking a bath with my magnesium salts and using magnesium lotion. Magnesium helps you to sleep, helps to settle anxiety, and for me this routine really helped my mind to quiet down.
3. Belly Butter
The skin is our largest organ and one of the most fascinating ones at that. Having seen my skin stretch and shrink during my first pregnancy and watching that process manifest itself again, it it is really quite amazing that it is capable of expanding at the rate that it does. With this stretching you might find that the skin around your belly becomes itchy and uncomfortable and so I moisturise twice daily, once with a belly butter and once with a belly oil! Two of my favourites are below!
4. Apple Watch/Tracking Tool : Staying Active!!
It is no surprise to anyone that moving and exercising in pregnancy is going to make you feel better. It can be really hard to find the motivation but a pregnancy personal trainer and my Apple Watch helped me to stay on track in all trimesters.
If you want a cheaper alternative you will now find lots of trackers available that will help you measure your steps, and stick to personal targets. They help hold you accountable, which is the key to success! Even if it’s just 30 minutes of walking a day, it made me feel so much more myself in both pregnancies, helped with my labour, and critically with my post-partum recovery.
5. Maternity Leggings
The comfiest thing to wear in pregnancy and you can use them postnatally whilst your body is recovering. They have a stretchy band that will grow as your bump grows. I lived in my pregnancy leggings for almost 6 months in both pregnancies! This was the only pre-natal clothing I felt was an absolute MUST to invest in.
6. Herbal Teas
I LOVE the soothing effects of hot herbal tea in pregnancy. Without the usual 2-3 cups of caffeinated tea and coffee, I found this to be the perfect replacement. I personally have a cup of herbal tea in the afternoon and before bed, as a way to promote better sleep and ease any restlessness towards the end of the day. My favourite evening teas in pregnancy are normally cinnamon blends and my go to brands have been Pukka and Clipper – both delicious! I plan to drink them lots in post pregnancy too.
7. Pregnancy Pillow
Back to the topic of sleep and rest in pregnancy, as we all know it is critical to a healthy mum and baby. If you haven’t yet tried a pregnancy pillow then I promise you that this final item on my list will NOT disappoint. It will help you to support the entire body, including back and hips to fight any discomfort or pains in pregnancy and I used mine post pregnancy to help with feeding support.