The 2nd trimester has been such a breeze! Nausea has subsided, and I am full of energy! The biggest changes are with my comfort level and the state of my body.
Now that I am in the 3rd trimester, I created a list of few items that are now considered "must haves", as they have really helped me survive all of the changes baby and I have been going through.
Victoria's Secret No-Show Cheekster Panties
These are SO comfortable and don't press awkwardly on your belly! Being a some what full-butt panty AND a seamless cut makes them perfect for leggings or tight pants. "Maternity" panties can be super gross and frumpy! NOT sexy! These are quite the opposite. They are flattering, soft and still sexy! I bought 5 for $28 and had TONS of lovely colors to choose from! www.victoriassecret.com
Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm
I've noticed that my lips are just a MESS! They are dry and flaky and not something I can deal can tolerate. With a combination of the cold weather and whatever part of pregnancy that is sucking all the moister out of my lips, I needed to find a solution. I tried a few different lip treatments and the only one to truly helped was Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm. I use it at night before I got to bed and if I am going to be out in the cold. My lips are so soft and no longer look like I took a cheese grater to them THANK GOODNESS! EW! www.burtsbees.com
Dove Sensitive Skin Nourishing Body Wash
As expected, my skin HATES me while pregnant! Well, most of the time. I have noticed that "pregnancy acne" has been a frequent visitor on my face, usually ALL OVER my chin and jaw line. Pimple ointment is a no-no while pregnant so I had find a safe alternative! I started using a soapless cleanser on my face by Dove. After a few days, I noticed a HUUUUGE change! My spots started to clear up and my skin is now the smoothest its ever been! Its not dry or oily! I get occasional blemishes which is normal but nothing like it was.
Bringing up Bebe, by Pamela Druckerman
A friend recommended this book to me. I read 3 sentences offered in an Amazon preview and I was immediately hooked! This book is wonderful! No, I am not French… but I DO respect the way they raise their children. This book is hilarious and really makes you wonder how off track we have gotten with using plain common sense while raising children. I don't want to give too much away, but do yourself a favor and read the preview here.
Sweet Almond Oil with Vitamin E
As mentioned in Bringing Up Bebe as being a stretch mark lifesaver, I HAD to give it a shot. Its oil (duh) so it takes some time to rub into your skin and you have to wash your hands for like 10 minutes afterward but my tummy (and bewbs) stay moisturized all day long! The smell is also much more manageable than my Burt's Bees Belly Butter. I hope this helps keep those stretch marks away! Find it on amazon.