Third Trimester Pregnancy Essentials!

Third Trimester Essentials

The third trimester is definitely one of the hardest of the three and I wouldn’t be able to get through it without my eight pregnancy essentials. Some of these I used during my first pregnancy, loved them and so have used them again during this pregnancy. But some I have only just discovered and started using them in this second pregnancy, wishing I’d found them the first time round!

1.Dreamgenii Maternity and Nursing Pillow

The Dreamgenii pillow is one of the things that I used in my first pregnancy and decided to use again in this pregnancy. I found sleep uncomfortable from quite early on at the start of my second trimester so felt like I needed some extra support from then. For some reason I threw away most of my pregnancy stuff after my first pregnancy so had the option of buying the Dreamgenii or something completely different. After considering a few different pillows I decided to get the Dreamgenii again, mainly because it still stands out from others on the market by having two types of support; one for your legs and back compared to others which only really have one type. Just like the first time round, its my bump and back that need the most support so having the Dreamgenii has definitely helped me get more comfortable at bedtime.

2.Bravado Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra

I was asked to review the Bravado body silk seamless silk nursing bra during my second trimester, and it turned out to be one of the best things I have ever reviewed. At the time I hadn’t invested in any proper nursing bras but was really desperately needing to. Discovering Bravado, which I had seen during my first pregnancy but never tried was very fortunate timing. I don’t wear anything else now and have since invested in a few more from their nursing bra range which are just as great. This is one of the things that I wish I’d discovered during my first pregnancy and would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a good maternity and nursing bra.

3.Elemis Japanese Camellia Oil

I used Elemis Japanese Camellia Oil during my first pregnancy, loved it and have continued to use it throughout my second pregnancy. It is a scentless, natural oil that I use religiously every day and swear by for preventing stretch marks. It is a little on the pricy side at £35 a bottle which I’ve worked out lasts around 3 months, but is well worth it. If there was only one thing out of everything on this list that I would recommend buying, it would be this!

4.Topshop Maternity Moto Jeans

During my first pregnancy I was lucky enough to be able to fit in my regular jeans pretty much until the end of my pregnancy. My second pregnancy has been a completely different story. I’m much bigger this time round and I’ve felt it the most in my clothes. Given my love for jeans, it made sense to invest in a pair of maternity jeans, and after shopping around online (because no one seems to stock maternity wear in store anymore!) I found these black Topshop ones which I loved because they are so on trend. They are super comfortable, fit and wash really well. Topshop have a great selection of maternity jeans so I’ll definitely be picking up one more pair for maternity leave which starts in a few weeks time as I can see I’ll probably be living in jeans an T’s until the end.

5.Natural Birth and Fitness Birth Ball

A birthing ball was again one of the things that I used during my first pregnancy and found really useful towards the end of pregnancy. Unfortunately we lost a few bits for my birthing ball when we moved house last Spring so I had to buy another one which was annoying, although I know it’ll be worth the investment. I’ve got to the stage of pregnancy where I find it quite hard to find a comfortable sitting position, and sitting on a birthing ball seems to be the only thing that helps. It’ll also be great for using when I get Braxton Hicks which I get occasionally at the moment, and obviously early labour too, eek!

6.Mindful Hypnobirthing Book

I’ve talked about the Mindful Hypnobirthing book briefly in my last pregnancy update, and mentioned that I was trying to refresh my knowledge after doing a Hypnobirthing course during our first pregnancy. We didn’t have the birth experience we’d hoped for the first time round, although Hypnobirthing did help us feel empowered to ask the right questions and feel in control. One of the main reasons that I think it didn’t properly work for us first time round was because we didn’t properly practice and apply ourselves to the exercises, and I think with Hypnobirthing you get out what you put in. So this time round I’m trying to take it more seriously and put some real time and effort into it. I still have lots of the resources and books from the first time round, but I saw this book recommended by The Mummy Stylist and liked the look and sound of it so ordered a copy for myself. So far its been a much easier read than the typical Hypnobirthing books that are used so I’d definitely recommend it.

7. Mama Mio Tummy Rub Butter

Just like in my first pregnancy I’ve suffered a little from an itchy tummy. Whilst the Elemis oil is fantastic for moisturising and keeping stretch marks at bay, it doesn’t really do anything to keep the itches away. I remembered trying some Mama Mio products during my first pregnancy and being impressed so decided to try out their tummy rub butter during my second trimester. This would again be one of my favourite pregnancy products. Its pretty amazing. It stops any itches instantly, smells great and is a natural product that lasts for ages. Definitely one to try out if you’ve been suffering from an itchy tummy too!

8.What To Expect When You’re Expecting

This is probably one of the few things that I kept from my first pregnancy, which is a little ridiculous given that we knew we would probably have at least one more baby. Anyway, this book for me is like a standard pregnancy must have text. I found it really useful the first time round pretty much reading it from page to page. This time round I’ve just dipped into it as and when I’ve needed to. I love how comprehensive and straightforward it is to read, and the fact that you can either read it page to page or dip into it. Think Baby Centre deconstructed into a book; super useful, detailed and easy to use.

So those are my eight third trimester pregnancy essentials. Obviously some things I have had and used since the second trimester, but these are all things that I don’t think I could get through the last phase of pregnancy without. There are so many pregnancy things out there on the market it can be overwhelming, especially the first time round to navigate which ones to get. I always find it useful to be able to read reviews and recommendations from other bloggers and parents so hopefully this is useful for others mums to be too!

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  1. May 9, 2016 / 5:54 am

    Some fantastic products here. I love the look of the pillow, mine was so helpful during my pregnancy as I usually sleep on my tummy and couldn’t get comfy on my side at all. The tummy rub butter sounds like a great idea too and I loved having a birthing ball to roll around on! #marvmondays
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    • December 20, 2016 / 12:14 am

      I know right pregnancy pillow works great, i finally decided to get one after reading this review and choose number 2 http://reviewssimple.com/best-body-pregnancy-pillows/ it gives great support and it works great even if your not pregnant to haha for sleeping. great for sidesleepers to who want some support. πŸ™‚

  2. May 9, 2016 / 9:06 am

    I love my Dream Genii and just purchased a Bravado bra this week and love it already!! #MarvMondays
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  3. May 9, 2016 / 9:17 am

    You’d think as someone who has had five babies that I would have got myself one of those pillows and yet every baby I’ve wanted one and never got round to buying one! Infact, even though there are no more babies, I STILL want one as I love something to cuddle at night and my husband is not a sleep snuggler!! #MarvMondays
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  4. May 9, 2016 / 9:22 am

    Definitely some essentials their! I never got on with my maternity pillow but loved my ball!
    #MarvMondays

  5. May 9, 2016 / 11:38 am

    I had an itchy tummy during my third pregnancy and it was torture, so yes a soothing cream is perfection! #marvellousMondays

  6. May 9, 2016 / 1:59 pm

    I have to admit I loved the third trimester of my pregnancy – I actually think it was my favourite bit! I loved my birthing ball (eventually, once I got over my fear that I was going to pop it haha) and also my tummy butter. I wish I had used my hypno-birthing cd more, as I think it would have really helped in when my birth didn’t go to plan. Maybe something I will look into for my next pregnancy. Good luck with your last few weeks, not long to go now!! #MarvMondays

  7. Rhyming with Wine
    May 9, 2016 / 2:22 pm

    The pillow looks amazing! I had a very basic version but used it day and night through both pregnancies and as a nursing pillow. It was a Godsend. I also loved the “What to expect” books and mobile app. We’re currently quite heavily dependent on “The second year” and “The Toddler years” Brilliant books!
    Thanks for hosting #marvmondays. Xx
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  8. May 9, 2016 / 3:17 pm

    that book is the best πŸ™‚ I wasn’t keen on the 3rd trimester. achey hips and was super anxious ! #marvmondays
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  9. May 9, 2016 / 6:25 pm

    I have my maternity jeans too from HnM. Love them!! Think I will be living in them. I’m hoping to get my ball out too but I reckon my daughter will think it is a bouncy castle so that could be very fun!! Time is really flying. Can’t believe you in the third trimester. Really hoping the hypnobirthing gets you a more controlled birth. Thanks for hosting xx
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    • May 18, 2016 / 4:08 pm

      Thanks lovely. I really hope so, but I feel like I could be missing some things I havent discovered yet lol

  10. May 9, 2016 / 8:34 pm

    Congratulations on expecting number two – and sorry I haven’t visited your blog for a while! Lovely list here. I totally agree on having a lovely oil to keep your bump nice and supple. I used Clarins Body Treatment Oil and LOVED it – it’s almost worth getting pregnant for. NOTE: I will not be doing this!! Hope your third trimester goes really well. xx
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    • May 18, 2016 / 4:07 pm

      Aww thanks lovely and no worries! One of my friends used the Clarins oil when she was pregnant and swore by it too. Really tempted to try it as well πŸ˜‰ x

  11. May 9, 2016 / 8:36 pm

    Looks like you’ve got it totally sussed, my colleague is having a baby in July and she uses her exercise ball to sit on at work and swears by it X #MarvMondays

    • May 18, 2016 / 4:07 pm

      Not sure I’d say that, but I’ve definitely found a few things that are must haves. Sure Im missing out on a whole lot of other things though!

    • May 18, 2016 / 4:05 pm

      Thanks lovely. Definitely all fantastic products to try if you get the chance to. The Elemis Oil and Bravado bras are a must! πŸ™‚

  12. May 10, 2016 / 8:06 am

    Great post, thanks for sharing. That last trimester can be tough but it sounds like you’ve got it covered with all of these fabulous essentials! I loved my pregnancy pillow,as i hated sleeping on my side (always been a tummy sleeper) and it really helped, I love Elemis and this is such a beautiful product…did you know Victoria Beckham went through about 10 bottles during each of her pregnancies..I used to work for Elemis! I also used hypo techniques for my labour, but it was a CD and I listened to it so much and it helped me so much, I felt in control and it allowed by body to relax and go with the flow….hope it helps. #MarvMondays

    • May 18, 2016 / 4:04 pm

      Thats how I discovered the Elemis oil, through one of Victoria Beckhams tweets a few years ago when she was pregnant. Somehow I remebered or found the tweet or post again when I was pregnant the first time round and decided to try it πŸ™‚ I think I average around 3 bottles a pregnancy, one per trimester but by the sounds of it maybe Im not using enough!

    • May 18, 2016 / 4:02 pm

      Ouch! I can imagine how painful that must of been to have during pregnancy. Definitely a must for a decent nights sleep x

    • May 18, 2016 / 4:00 pm

      Thanks! I noticed New Look has quite a good maternity range too πŸ™‚

  13. May 11, 2016 / 7:54 am

    There are some fab products here! I have already made a decision about the Bravado maternity and nursing bras for next pregnancy, they look so comfy, much better than my M&S ones. Completely agree with you on TopShop maternity jeans, although I’m amazed you stayed in your normal jeans until nearly the end of your first pregnancy – that’s amazing! Thanks for hosting lovely. Claire x#MarvMondays
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    • May 18, 2016 / 4:01 pm

      Oh I totally recommend the Bravado nursing bras, they are amazing, if theres one thing you should get next time its a couple of these. Looking back im a little amazed I fit in my normal jeans too the first time round!

  14. May 11, 2016 / 2:43 pm

    Great products here – especially the pregnancy pillow, couldn’t believe the night’s sleep I had when I used this for the first time! Also a decent bra is such a must – my boobs doubled in size and it was impossible with underwired bras! Very useful post for pregnant ladies x #KCACOLS
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    • May 18, 2016 / 3:56 pm

      Oh that first nights sleep after you get a pregnancy pillow is bliss!.. Although I am finding that the bigger I get the harder its getting, even with a fab pillow!

  15. May 13, 2016 / 12:19 pm

    I’m not sure I would’ve had any sleep at all when I was pregnant if I didn’t have my pregnancy pillow! And I do like the ‘what to expect’ books, they’re very useful, although I think I looked stuff up online more during my second pregnancy! x #KCACOLS

    • May 18, 2016 / 3:53 pm

      Me too, although I feel like I used the websites more during my first pregnancy and less so second time round. Everything seems to be much less or more relaxed this time round πŸ˜‰

  16. May 13, 2016 / 6:53 pm

    Oh I so agree oil is an essential when pregnant! As is a decent maternity bra, there are some really great products here excellent checklist for those expecting. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you can come back again next Sunday xx

    • May 18, 2016 / 3:50 pm

      Thanks lovely. Most people seem to use creams but I find the oil really effective and swear by it πŸ™‚

  17. May 13, 2016 / 8:48 pm

    The pillow looks great I really wish I had had one when I was pregnant i had so much trouble sleeping and getting comfortable! #kcacols
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    • May 18, 2016 / 7:59 am

      Its great, I dont know what I’d do without it! Although like the first time round, the bigger im getting the less it seems to be helping. I think I am almost beyond the pillow, lol

  18. May 14, 2016 / 7:06 am

    I had everything there other than the tummy rub and books. That ball was my saviour in the evenings and I’m pretty sure it helped bring on my labour the first time, not convinced, but I’m pretty sure… x. #marvmondays

    • May 18, 2016 / 7:57 am

      It would be pretty amazing if that worked for me second time round! I was overdue the first time round despite using the ball and trying various other things that you try first time round in desperation. I think this time Ill take more of a laissez faire approach and just see what happens πŸ˜‰

  19. May 15, 2016 / 12:03 am

    I love the Dreamgenii pillow. I also had it and I used for both pregnancies. I had the same problem than you that with my second pregnancy I needed to use the pillow at a very early stage. For me this pillow was a lifesaver!! Love it. I didn’t use a ball as I have a programmed c-section second time around. I wanted to but the last book but for some reason I never had the chance. This is a great list! Thanks so much for sharing this at #KCACOLS,:-) x
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    • May 18, 2016 / 7:52 am

      Thanks lovely. I completly agree, the Dreamgenii is such a life saver! I really dont know how I would manage without it. Saying that, Ill be glad when I dont need it anymore and can have a nice sleep on my back or side without needing the extra support πŸ™‚

  20. May 15, 2016 / 7:15 pm

    I could not live without my pillow and pregnancy bras from like 24 weeks. I was a big tummy preggo and my cushion was my saviour… took it to hospital too and used it for several weeks after. Im reluctant even now to switch back to wired bras. Great post
    #marvmondays
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    • May 18, 2016 / 7:45 am

      Definitely things that you cant get through pregnancy without! I remember feeling the same about underwired bras afterwards too, ha ha!

  21. May 17, 2016 / 9:32 am

    I swore by topshop maternity jeans. So comfy but look good too! I don’t really shop there anymore..think I’m too old!!
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    • May 17, 2016 / 8:51 pm

      Me neither, they are far too young and trendy for this mama these days πŸ˜‰ I hadnt shopped there for years, but they definitely are one of the best for maternity jeans!

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