I’m 39 weeks pregnant today! I can’t believe I’m so close to the finish line – he could be here any day now!
I’ve been reflecting on my pregnancy journey and wanted to put together a list of all the best things I’ve discovered throughout my pregnancy. Basically, this is the list I wish I had when I first found out I was pregnant and was completely overwhelmed with everything.
Feel free to follow or ignore anything you want – this is just what I personally loved and what worked for me based on my experience. If you have any questions about anything, it’s best to reach me via instagram or twitter @vasseurbeauty
Education/ apps / websites
BOOK: Brain Rules for Baby. I’ve read over 10 baby/pregnancy related books (if you know me, you know that I over research everything) and this is BY FAR the best book I’ve read. I won’t go into all the reasons I love it – we would be here all day – but it starts with pregnancy through your baby’s first 5 years. If I could recommend that you do only one thing from this entire list, it would be to read this book:
BLOG: Great mom blog with lots of pregnancy and baby product recommendations: https://www.lucieslist.com/#
WEBSITE: I randomly found this website that talks about week by week changes during pregnancy and it’s become my favorite to reference http://www.mamamaternity.co.nz/step-by-step-guide/weeks-11-13/
APP: What to Expect. Gives daily updates and articles and a weekly video showing your baby’s development.
*If you read Brain Rules for Baby then you will learn the benefits for each of these supplements. These are the exact ones I take*
Raw Prenatal http://amzn.to/2iBA8vI
Vitamin D http://amzn.to/2iXIUkh
Calcium/ Magnesium http://amzn.to/2iXD5DB
My first trimester was pretty rough, I had strong food aversions and could pretty much only eat food that was beige in color (bread, pasta, oatmeal, etc). I wasn’t as concerned about being healthy as I was just surviving. Then in the second trimester, even though my food aversions mostly went away, I still felt terrible and was tired all the time. I found out that I was borderline gestational diabetic and I was forced to completely overhaul my diet. It ended up being the best thing that happened to me during my pregnancy – by doing this I felt 50x better, more energized and a lot less moody. So much so that I am going to stick to this type of low glycemic diet indefinitely because I love how it makes me feel.
The gist of it is
- Eat frequently (every 2-3 hours, set an alarm if you need to)
- Eat protein and a complex carb with EVERY meal and snack
- For protein I typically have eggs, organic/grass fed meats and protein shakes. (I try to eat 70-80g of protein a day)
- Complex carbs I mostly eat are brown rice, oatmeal, sweet potato, black beans & ezekiel bread. (I shoot for 20-30g of carbs with each meal)
- Lots of vegetables
- Healthy fats (peanut butter, avocado, olive oil)
I eat the same thing for breakfast, lunch and snacks daily and for dinner I make a BLue Apron or Sun Basket premade meal kit.
For my daily protein shake I use this organic protein powder (approved by my doctor and super tasty!) http://amzn.to/2iXKLp6
Body and Skin Care
When I became pregnant I had to reevaluate all of the body and skin care products I was using – and very long story short – I switched to natural products but didn’t love anything so I did my own research and created my own line products with the absolute BEST ingredients (my mother is a cosmetic chemist for over 30 years). More about my line & why I created it can be found here
BODY OIL: This is my holy grail product – it’s a 100% organic body oil and is designed to prevent stretch marks. Oils penetrate deeper into the skin and give the most effective hydration – you can read more about the specific oils used and their skin benefits here. I apply this to my belly/hips/thighs about 5x a day and so far have zero stretch marks! https://vasseurskincare.com/collections/body-care/products/glowing-hydration-body-oil
I wanted to create a multi-purpose shower/bath product to keep things simple, so this works as a face, body wash and shaving cream. It’s fortified with six super hydrating, antioxidant-rich natural oils to cleanse gently, but thoroughly while imparting essential moisture to skin. https://vasseurskincare.com/collections/body-care/products/3-in-1-body-wash
BODY LOTION In my research I found that a particular type of shea butter is best for preventing stretch marks. Mine contains whipped organic grade A shea butter and antioxidant-packed organic oils to intensely nourish and moisturize the skin. Also enriched with powerful moisturizing oils (camilla, sea buckthorn, grapeseed): https://vasseurskincare.com/collections/body-care/products/ultra-hydrating-body-lotion
*You can buy all three as a kit and save 25%* https://vasseurskincare.com/collections/body-care/products/vasseur-beauty-kit
For my skin – this has been tricky. I’ve been dealing with extreme acne throughout my entire pregnancy. It’s completely hormonal (and also genetic – FUN FACT: my mom had such bad acne with me that’s why she created her own skin care company!). This was my first pregnancy symptom and has been the most enduring, though I have mostly got things under control now thankfully.
This is my pregnancy skin care routine (in order applied):
In terms of other natural products I use
Deodorant – Kiss My Face http://amzn.to/2hL1BtH I can’t say this is anywhere near as good as a regular deodorant, but it’s the best of the 6 or 7 different brands I tried. The key is to reapply a few times a day.
Toothpaste – http://amzn.to/2iBFEyB
Pregnancy pillow – I started using this around 25 weeks and have come to really love it, it wasn’t comfortable to me at first but switching to a new pillow is always an adjustment http://amzn.to/2irjZsi
Beauty pillow – I use this in SO MANY WAYS – as a sleeping pillow on top of my pregnancy pillow to prevent sleep wrinkles, to prop up my head in bed while I’m reading, behind my back while sitting/working AND the shape fits perfectly around my belly so I use it to prop things on https://vasseurskincare.com/products/beauty-pillow
In terms of wardrobe I talk about my favorite items and show them in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrwSdlbUhuM
Back pain: Around weeks 17-20 I was dealing with severe back pain. I did a ton of research, tried everything including braces, wraps, acupuncture, massage, etc and finally figured it out – my bed was too soft!!! I had been using a down mattress pad on top of my bed (which I loved!) but the day I took it off my pain went away and has never come back.
Pelvic pain: Around week 35 I started having severe pelvic pain – it was excruciating. It got so bad that I was on crutches and couldn’t walk. Ryan even had to carry me to the bathroom!!! I figured out the #1 cause of this was stress (the pain flared up right as I was launching my product line and was working crazy hours). I also started using a warm compress and taking nightly “de-stress” warm baths and the pain has gone away almost completely.
Baby Gear / What to buy
This could be it’s own incredibly long and detailed post, so to keep things simple here’s the video with my favorite baby products I’ve purchased: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5LZ6xXHkZY
Here’s my baby’s nursery tour: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFoHfLzCUGg
This is one of the best comprehensive lists I’ve found, I have pretty much everything from this list: https://www.romper.com/p/27-newborn-baby-essentials-i-couldnt-have-survived-without-15066?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=owned&utm_campaign=rompernewmom
The Belly Book: http://amzn.to/2iwnOKL
I’ve never been the journal type, but I’ve been obsessed with keeping up with my belly book. You basically write your weekly pregnancy update/photo and it also asks you other questions along the way.
Instax printer: to print my weekly pregnancy photo I use this printer – it’s bluetooh and doesn’t use ink. Love this little guy http://amzn.to/2iIp25j
Pinterest: follow me on pinterst to see all the baby related articles I pin daily https://www.pinterest.com/VasseurBeauty/
Youtube: My full pregnancy related video playlist including my pregnancy morning and night routines are all here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLHGmd2Hq3kj3D4cySyJPGnfA6rMjeiKU7
*check back, I may add more to this list as I think of things!*
Okay, I’m going to stop here for now – let me know if you guys found this useful and if so I will make my labor/ postpartum list and newborn essentials list in the future! Ever since becoming pregnant I feel a special connection with all other pregnant women and moms so please feel free to reach out to me for anything!
PS come find me on instagram for baby updates & photos! https://www.instagram.com/vasseurbeauty