Okay all you women out there, let’s get real for a quick minute. Pregnancy ain’t no walk in the park. It might be for some of you lucky ladies out there (I’m glad you can’t feel my resentment as I type… 😉), but for the majority of the female species, it’s nine months of heartburn, mood swings, back pain, and the appetite of fifteen morbidly obese men.
I definitely haven’t had a bad pregnancy, but it wasn’t all roses and sprinkles and rainbows either, man. Now that I am a few weeks into my third trimester, I have developed a list of absolute must haves that I will be gripping to like a lifeline throughout all nine months of my next pregnancy. Most of these I didn’t discover until at least half way through, and I wish I had every single one of them from the second I peed on that positive pregnancy test.
Now, before I start, some of you might totally disagree with these for personal reasons or health reasons (especially because a few of them are pills), which is FINE. You do you. But just as an extra little tidbit, the few medications I mention here were recommended to me by my OB, and I was assured they were safe for preggo ladies. But if you feel more comfortable not taking any meds, then don’t do it! Anyway, moving on.
SO: my list, ladies and gentlemen. But probably mostly ladies…these are ordered kind of by trimester. The ones I posted earliest in my list are things that I utilized right from the start. The things I listed later are things I use like crazy now.
#1: Heating Pad
When: first trimester for uterus pain, late second and third trimester for lower back pain.
Oh, my dearest heating pad. What ever would I do without you? Okay for reals, I don’t know how I would have survived certain days in the last several months without my best friend, Mr. Heating Pad. According to doctors, you need to only use a low to medium setting and use the heating pad for about twenty minute intervals if it’s on your belly.
I’m less careful about that if it’s on my lower back, but if you want to be extra safe, just give your body a break every twenty minutes so that baby doesn’t get too hot in your tummy.
In the first trimester of my pregnancy, I had a decent amount of cramping in my lower stomach just from my uterus stretching and doing things it had never done before. It felt a lot like mild period cramps, and the heating pad came in handy big time then. In the middle-ish of my second trimester, I developed some back pain. Some days it wasn’t bad at all, but on some particularly active days, my back would KILL ME.
Specifically after a little nesting episode I had the other night that involved me bending over my bathtub/shower and scrubbing for forty-five minutes. That was probably not the best idea. The heating pad and I had a nice bonding experience later that night. So for first trimester, stomach pain. For second and third trimester, it is a life saver for back pain.
And totally safe as long as you use it correctly (low-medium heat, 20 minute intervals).
#2: Unisom and B6
When: first trimester for morning sickness, third trimester if having trouble sleeping.
Oh…my…GOOOSSSHHH this literally made my life amazing in my first trimester. People with morning sickness: HEAR ME – this wiped out any trace of sickness I had, period. Period. Like…100%. Granted, I didn’t have the worst morning sickness ever, but I was extremely nauseous when I woke up and would stay slightly nauseous pretty much all day.
On top of that, I had serious food aversions – specifically to meat. This didn’t totally knock out the aversions, but literally, I’m telling you – the second I started taking Unisom and B6, any trace of nausea completely vanished. It made my life SO MUCH EASIER.
This is a doctor recommended treatment for morning sickness. What you do is take the Unisom and B6 together before bed, go to sleep, and wake up feeling awesome. That’s it. The second I find out I am pregnant again in the future, this will be a permanent companion on my bedside table from day one on.
And now that I’m later in my pregnancy and I don’t get nauseous anymore, I still take Unisom often to help me fall asleep. That pregnancy insomnia is no joke, yo….