During pregnancy I love to buy things that will be great for both during pregnancy and after. For me, that has meant lots of tunics, leggings, elastic waistbands and cardigans or kimonos ( depending on the season). I love to layer or wear long flowy tops that can hide a new bump, postpartum tummy and grow with a bump. I have been pregnant in every single month of the year throughout all of my pregnancies and I have to admit, being pregnant in the winter months was by far my favorite. Dresses are easier in the summer and spring, but it was easier on me, physically, during the winter. If I could offer any advice it would be to embrace the maternity jeans. They really are so comfortable – especially at the end of your pregnancy. Fitting into those elastic waistband shorts or leggings can be tough if you are carrying low (which I have with all my boys). Today, I wanted to share my favorite staple clothing pieces for pregnancy – some that are maternity and others that I just sized up one size in to make it work. These have been my go-to basics during this pregnancy!
I can’t believe we are 36 weeks along with this little babe! It is really flying by at this point. I am definitely getting more uncomfortable and have had the worst sciatica pain for the last couple of weeks now. There are days I have trouble walking and other days that I feel totally fine. It’s funny how that happens. It went away right after I gave birth to Hamp, so I am hoping this goes away just as quickly. I go in for an ultrasound next week to see if baby has turned yet…prayers are greatly appreciated! I really don’t want to have to have a c-section my last pregnancy. Of course, I will do whatever I have to and have zero control over it, so I am just being very prayerful. We are getting so excited to meet our little buddy, but until then, here are a few 3rd trimester favorites that I have been using daily this time around!
Well, it’s no secret I have been super MIA around here these last few weeks, but I promise I have a pretty good reason! I have tried to get back into the swing of things multiple times, but my body just kind of laughed at me for trying. I truly believe there is a season for everything and as much as I wanted to be working and sharing all the good sales with y’all, I have just had to listen to my body instead. So…we have been keeping a little secret, but I promise it is a good one!
Are you an expecting mom? First off, Congratulations! This is such an exciting time and can also be a little scary – especially for first-time expecting moms. I remember how scared I was throughout my pregnancy with my first son. All of the “what-if” questions. Not having a clue when it comes to having your own baby, being responsible for another person, not to mention all of the health concerns and issues that arise in some pregnancies and newborns. One little thing can turn an exciting time into a very scary moment. I have been so blessed to have three healthy babies, however, my third pregnancy was not easy. I had a “full placenta previa” throughout most of my pregnancy and was even on bedrest for 5 weeks. I also experienced a lot of pain that I did not experience in my first two pregnancies. It was very difficult and there were a lot of concerns about my sweet Weston coming early.
One thing that helped me during this time and really in most situations in my life is feeling prepared. There is only so much we can prepare for, but these little things really help put the mind at ease. I leave the rest up to God and pray – a lot. Packing my “go-bag” earlier on in my last pregnancy was something my doctor recommended just in case I went into labor early. Having that little bag with everything in it made me feel so much better because I knew I just had to grab it on my way out the door and I’d be good to go. Here is what was in my go-bag:
By some major miracle, I finally finished packing my hospital bag. Even though I will be having this baby literally any day now, I have been putting it off. I think part of me just really doesn’t feel as concerned as I have in the past about making sure I have anything and everything I MIGHT need. I am only taking the essentials this time because I tend to overpack and have taken way too much stuff the last two times. In all honesty, other than toiletries and clothes, the hospital provides so many of the essentials that you really don’t have to take much unless you just want to. However, I am all about feeling comfortable and as “at home” as possible, so I do like to include a couple of personal touches to keep me sane.
It is so hard to believe that my pregnancy is coming to an end! Baby boy will be here any day now. I’m trying to enjoy every last moment until he decides to make his appearance. I’m honestly not sure if this is my last pregnancy or not, but just in case, I want to remember and enjoy every little detail and movement even though the last few weeks have been anything but pleasant. I have been very sick throughout this pregnancy and have had a lot of pain and contractions the last 3 weeks. Here are some of my third trimester must haves that have gotten me through the tough moments!
I am 32 weeks pregnant and struggling. This past week has been a hard one. I have been sick every day, but it worsened when I went to one of our local consignment sales on Saturday. It’s held in a basement with no air conditioning and people were packed in there like sardines. What us mothers will do for a bargain. Sigh. I was relieved to see I wasn’t the only one – and not the only pregnant woman, either – struggling down there, I got way too overheated. I almost didn’t make it back to my car, but luckily I had my mom with me who was able to help me get there without falling out. I have naturally low blood pressure, so fainting has occurred in my past, but I have never fainted while pregnant and really don’t want to.