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5 Pregnancy Nighttime Essentials

Sleep.

It’s amazing how valuable sleep becomes when you are pregnant. It never seems like you are able to get enough of it, at least for me. Over the course of my pregnancy, I’ve discovered a few items that have helped sleep come a little bit easier. Hopefully some of these items will help you as well.

 

• Belly Butter – I apply a moisturizing belly butter to my skin every evening after my shower. This not only helps to reduce stretch marks but is a very relaxing ritual that helps to relax my body for bed. I have a recipe coming soon for my belly butter, but in the meantime, you can purchase it at my Etsy shop! I typically like to use an unscented belly butter but you can add a calming essential oil, such as lavender, to help relieve stress and reduce anxious feelings [check out my Lavender Linen Spray DIY as well].

 

PinkBlush Maternity Pants – I LOVE these pants. The fabric feels so soft against my skin and they are cozy enough for both the warm nights of summer all the way through a crisp winter evening. Though they have plenty of room for my expanding belly, they don’t look like maternity pajama pants so I also am planning to wear them post-pregnancy. PinkBlush Maternity is a dangerous website for me to visit as I love pretty much everything that they have to offer. A lot of the clothes, even if they say “Maternity” are styled in a way that you can wear them even after you give birth.

 

Tums – Before I became pregnant, I would get bad heartburn on occasion. Since becoming pregnant, I have experienced horrible heartburn during my second and third trimesters as I was trying to get to sleep. Some nights it would get to the point where I have to stuff so many pillows behind my head that I was basically sitting upright – and that is no way to catch some zzzz’s. After suffering through it for way too long, I finally broke down and picked some Tums up. It’s amazing the difference those chalky little tablets made.

 

Belle – Don’t laugh. A lot of pregnant women tend to use a body pillow of some sort to help support their hips, back, and stomach (like this one) when they are trying to get to sleep. I just use my dog. She is the perfect size and has this amazing ability to know exactly how I need her to lay. As the weather starts to cool off, she generates enough heat to keep me comfortable and provides the right amount of support for my body. Plus, I think it helps her to be so close to Lil Bean and feel him move around.

 

Hot Tea – Even before I found myself pregnant, I enjoyed a nice cup of hot herbal tea before bed. Now that I am pregnant, I have to be careful about what sort of herbs I’m ingesting as not all are pregnancy-friendly. I like to create my own blends but in a pinch, I enjoy the Peaceful Mama Tea from Earth Mama Angel Baby Organics. It contains lemon balm, calcium rich oat straw, calming Chamomile, red raspberry leaf and orange peel herbs traditionally used to help calm and relax during pregnancy.

What are/were some of your pregnancy nighttime essentials?



Week 36 Update [Possible Breech Baby?]

Oh…my…goodness. 36 weeks! It really feels like Lil Bean has run out of room. My stomach has gotten right lumpy looking in spots and when he moves, you can certainly tell!

I had another doctor’s appointment yesterday. Everything checked out well. Lil Bean Bean and I are both perfectly healthy except for one thing – Lil Bean might be breeched.  A breech baby is one that hasn’t quite moved into the optimal position (head down) yet. Breech births occur in approximately 1 out of 25 full-term births (according to the American Pregnancy Association). I have an ultrasound scheduled for next Tuesday so that we can take a look at how Lil Bean is positioned to see for sure.

Even though hearing that Lil Bean might be breeched is not the best news to get, it’s not the end of the world. It just means some adjustments might need to be made to how we thought the next month might unfold. If he is breeched, Lil Bean can still turn (in fact, if he is breeched, I think he just turned last weekend to be so as he made a whole lot of commotion) and there are things we can do to try and get him to turn. All-in-all, we will do what is best for Lil Bean’s health (and my health) so if it has to be a C-Section in the end, then so be it.

Robb and I actually a little excited to get another ultrasound. It’s been quite a while since we’ve seen Lil Bean and I’m looking forward to seeing how he’s changed. Plus, it’ll be nice to make sure that we don’t spot any other potential problems.

Robb and I had a date day this past Saturday – probably one of our last because of his on-call rotation. We went up to Virginia to return a few baby items, went out to lunch to Olive Garden, then went and saw Thor: Ragnarok (not my favorite Thor movie by far – I wish that the movie had been a little less science fiction-y and took in more of the Norse legend).  It was great getting to spend time out and about with him. We also picked up some organizational items for the house and some items to complete Lil Bean’s nursery.

Not quite the best photo but I do love showing off the belly! | 36 Weeks

One of the items we picked up for the nursery was a cheap cubby hole and some canvas bins. Initially we were going to put it in the closet (replacing a plastic drawer and file cabinet that already existed in there) but after Robb dragged everything out, I thought that maybe it would look better under the shelves that I had him rearrange earlier in the week. I’m so happy now with how the nursery has turned out. This was about the third time that I’ve had Robb rearrange everything but it now looks like a cohesive unit (and I think he like how it looks now too). We also added in a rocking chair to give us something to sit. I’ll do a proper post on the nursery soon.

I spent Sunday cleaning (possibly nesting). I had received some new cleaning products in and was excited to try them out. C’mon. How many people can really say that they are excited about cleaning? But for some reason, I couldn’t wait to clean.

Keep your fingers crossed that Lil Bean’s in the right position come next Tuesday!

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