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 my second 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 maternity things 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.
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 continued to use it throughout my second pregnancy. It is a scentless, natural oil that I used religiously every day and swore by for preventing stretch marks. It is a little on the pricy side at £35 a bottle which 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!
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 was a completely different story. I was much bigger and 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!
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!