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So if you're thinking about getting pregnant, currently are pregnant, or have ever been pregnant, take a look at my list of "Favorite Pregnancy Things" and see if there's anything you can relate to, think you would like, or can remember enjoying during those special 9 months.
Let the "Favorites List" begin...
1. Pillows- So when you're pregnant, it's key to be comfortable and the best thing I've found to help me with that is to have a wide variety of pillows available for me to use not only when I'm sleeping, but when I'm sitting in chairs, or even on the couch. I was just a few months in when I started putting a pillow between my legs when I slept just to ease my hip muscles. Since then, more pillows have been added and I'm up to using about 4-5 small ones each night...not to mention the two that are already under my head! Now I know there are "pregnancy pillows" out there, but I liked having the freedom to move, rotate, and change these pillows around instead of being stuck with one shape. Plus by using what I had, it was one less thing I had to buy, which was nice.
4. Going to the chiropractor- While on the topic of pregnancy discomforts, one of my favorite ways to prevent these from happening was to keep up with regular adjustments with my chiropractor. I used to go once every two weeks, but around 32-34 weeks or so, I started going weekly. Some weeks I can tell I need to be adjusted more than others, and there's even others where I have a specific ache or soreness that I want her to help me with, but making my adjustments routine has really seemed to help me have a more enjoyable pregnancy. There are also benefits related to labor prep and making sure the baby is in it's correct position which you can read about here on my chiropractor's website. I can't wait until I can start taking Baby Avery to the chiropractor as well. My chiropractor does special adjustments on babies and children, and it can have dramatic effects in preventing ear infections and other newborn ailments...I'll blog more about this when we try it out!
5. Prenatal Yoga- I've posted about the benefits of yoga during pregnancy before, but I really just can't say enough good things about it! Sometimes it seems like my body gets so tight and stiff from being pregnant, and the only way I can ease this pain is with a good prenatal yoga workout. In fact I feel like my prenatal yoga workouts have helped me to steer clear of developing many pregnancy ailments, so you can bet that I'm going to keep them going all the way up until the very end. Check out this post, for more details on my favorite yoga DVDs and workouts, which you can do in the comfort of your own home.
8. Pregnancy Apps-
The first App I got when I found out I was pregnant was the "What to Expect When You're Expecting Pregnancy Tracker App". It was free, and although I loved this main page which told me the food size for the week and a nice little countdown, I struggled with the "expect the worst" perspective it offered on pregnancy. Each week I'd be excited to see what was in store for me and I would be hit with, "This week you may experience restless leg syndrome, or hypertension, or hemorrhoids, or coping with swelling, etc." Now even though all these conditions and discomforts are great to be aware of, it's not exactly the most fun thing to read about because then you go about expecting them to happen! So I usually skipped over the "Your Body This Week" section and moved on to what exciting things were happening with my baby's development.
Another free App I used throughout my pregnancy was the "Baby Center: My Pregnancy Today Mobile App". This one had better visuals, seemed to be more positive, and even had videos (my favorite part!). What I liked about using these Apps was that they helped teach Brandon and I what was going on with our baby girl's development. Every Saturday our info would change, so that morning we'd lay in bed and I'd read it out from my iPod. The most fun part was finding out what size food she was going to be for that week. Truly, these Apps were so much easier than referencing some pregnancy book and reading what was going on for that particular week. If you're pregnant, I highly recommend you try them out!
Well, I hope you liked my "Favorite Pregnancy Things" List. Now since all pregnant mamas are different, please feel free to post some of your favorite items below and even though I probably won't get a chance to try out your item, since my pregnancy is almost done, maybe someone else could benefit from hearing about it! Be sure to keep checking back throughout the week to see if there's been any action on the "labor front" or if our baby girl has arrived! What an exciting week (or two) it will be...