Wednesday, July 11, 2012

pregnancy survival kit

So 9 months ends up being a whole lot longer than it looks upfront.

Not in a bad way. In a God's giving you plenty of time to be thankful and prepare for this little babe's arrival kind of way.

And along the way, you come up with things you can't, under any circumstances, live without.

I saw this on LittleBabyGarvin's blog before I got pregnant, and decided I would come up with my own list one day.

And so I have.  And I'm sharing it with you. Preggers and non-preggers alike.

This would make a stellar pregnancy survival kit to gift to any new momma's out there.

IZZIE Sparkling Fruit Juice: This is the perfect thing to bring along to the beach, lake, friends houses, etc. when you miss drinking a glass of wine. Its bubbly and fun and you may or may not get very sick of having water all the time. Clementine and Blackberry are my favorites! You can find them at Target in the drink aisle. [Oceanspray also makes a sparkling cranberry version that's my 2nd fav.]

Water Tumbler: You are supposed to drink about 2 quarts of water during pregnancy (holy moly!) I carry my tumbler with crushed ice in it everywhere [and I mean everywhere] I go. I have been known to stop by Panera's soda station to fill it up with water, even when I have not purchased a thing.  Or a friends house. Or a random office water cooler.Thankyouforthefreewater.

Cetaphil Facial Cleanser: My first iota of a clue that I was pregnant was that my Proactiv face wash BURNED my face. Like through several layers, my face was on fire (figuratively) and no amount of cold water would stop it. Turns out pregnancy and Proactiv, nor salicylic acid, play in the sandbox nicely together. However, remove wonderful face cleansing products and add hormones, what do you get.....pimples. So all pregnancy long, I have been on the hunt for something to CALM MY FACE  down. A Pharmacist friend suggested Cetaphil. And I love it. Gentle, but tough, and does the trick on mostly calming down the new pimples.

Sparkling water: Again, you may get very sick of water.  So I have tried many tricks. Sparkling water + fruit. Sparkling water+ Strawberry lemonade + fruit. Sparkling water + IZZE sparkling fruit juice. All of them make me happy and mix it up enough for me not to go gaga.

When the Belly Button Pops, The Baby's Done: This is beautiful, God-loving, month-by-month pregnancy guide written by a mother of two. She is no doctor, but she will make you laugh and turn your pregnancy worries, fears and concerns over to God instead of going neurotic. Read it along side What To Expect When you're expecting. It won't disappoint!

Witch Hazel: For those zits that pop up that just.wont.go.away. Witch Hazel is a natural astringent that acts as an anti-inflammatory and feels nice and cool on your skin. I got this okay'ed by my OB, make sure you do too! It shrinks the zits and dries them up a tad so you can wake up and feel refreshed {instead of afraid }to look in the mirror.

Tums Freshers Mints: For anyone out there who has EVER had heartburn, you know how awful TUMS taste. Mostly like flavored chalk disintegrating in your mouth. So, if you, too happen to suffer from 7+ months of heartburn thanks to baby-on-board (or maybe its just a part of your life), these little mints are awesome. They are literally the size of mints, less chalky, and take you about 1/3 of the time to chew and get rid of the evidence.  I carry them everywhere with me, and may have made hubby do a late night run for more tums.

Greek Yogurt: Protein is your new friend. You, my pregnant friend, are supposed to have 60-70 grams of protein a day. Yowzers. Greek Yogurt has 14g of Protein. For comparison sakes, 1 egg has about 6g of protein. So unless you want this baby to starve you into hysteria all day long, I highly encourage finding snacks packed with protein. Enter in Greek Yogurt. There are TONS of flavors and its delicious and good for you too!

Have a happy and joyful pregnancy! 

"Every good and perfect gift is from above..." James 1:17