I have been beyond lucky to have so much help prepping our hospital bags. Between close friends forwarding me their exact lists to all the Instagram direct messages that I received with feedback, I can say we are packed and ready to go! There are a ton of things that I probably would have never thought of on my own, so I wanted to share the full lists (all three of them) in today’s post. Keep in mind, I’m a total over-packer no matter where I’m going, so to some, these lists probably look crazy long. But I’d rather be over prepared than have forgotten anything! (Plus, first-time mom here, so I’m not exactly sure how this whole thing is going to happen, haha.) Click through to see my full hospital bag packing list!
PS. Some of these items might be TMI, but I want this post to be as helpful and thorough for you guys as possible!
First and foremost, I have been VERY blessed with what I consider an easy pregnancy. I know there are so many health issues that can arise during these 9 months, so this post is not meant to complain about a superficial inconvenience. I have gotten many messages/DMs regarding hormonal breakouts during pregnancy and safe skincare solutions, so I wanted to devote an entire post to it. That being said I am definitely counting my blessings and hope this post can help alleviate a little bit of pregnancy strife for those looking for options!
I touched lightly on this topic of hormonal breakouts in this pregnancy skin myths and truths post. But, I really wanted to do a deep dive and share a little bit more about what I’ve learned about safe skincare during the past few months. Like I mentioned before, my skincare included a lot of ingredients that are considered not safe for pregnancy like retinol and salicylic acid. I’ve since had to overhaul my skincare products, and I’m sharing every single product swap that I’ve been using in today’s full post!
There are a lot of scary parts of pregnancy, but one of my biggest fears has always been not knowing how it would impact my body. How much weight will I gain? Will I be able to wear normal clothes? There’s absolutely NO way that I’ll be posting photos of my bare belly on social media…
Somewhere around the middle of my second trimester, I realized none of my pants fit anymore, and I had a full-out meltdown in my closet y’all. It wasn’t pretty. But my waist wasn’t the only thing that was growing. For the first time in my life, my chest was larger than a 34B, and all of my bras were increasingly uncomfortable. Even though I was still able to size up in most non-maternity clothing, I was starting to struggle with my own body image.
And while people still tell me 34 weeks in that I “look so small,” I don’t FEEL small.
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I can’t believe that we are already down to a 7 week countdown over here! The weeks have really been flying by even now that I’m in my third trimester – when people said the days would start to drag. (I think they might even be flying by faster?!) And now, I finally have some overall perspective on my own pregnancy health and how I’ve been staying active even on those “off” days. In today’s post, I narrowed it down to the 5 easy and relatable pregnancy health tips that I’ve been living by the past 33 weeks.
And staying healthy means finding activewear and athleisure pieces that work during different stages of pregnancy. I’ve posted about Jockey’s comfy pajama options before, but I’ve been wearing several Jockey activewear pieces well into my third trimester. A few of my favorites (sized up in all of them for the bump):
• This oversized, super soft long-sleeve tee that even fits over the 33-week bump.
This post is written in partnership with Clarins. The opinions and text are all mine.
I’ve always believed that your best accessory is your skin, and it pays to look after it if you hope to feel good about yourself and make lasting impressions. BUT pregnancy has really put my skin beliefs to the test y’all. I cruised through the first trimester with zero skin changes, so I thought surely I’d be good to go heading into the second trimester. Wrong. Around the middle of my second trimester, my skin decided to do a complete 180 on me. No longer was I the person with the occasional breakout, I was the person with insufferable breakouts. Not only did I need to completely change my skincare routine to all-natural products, but I also found myself in search of products that soothed my disrupted skin. Keep reading for my experience with pregnancy skin, but keep in mind that I understand everyone’s experience during pregnancy is different!