November 19, 2015

third trimester favorites

third trimester favorites | TWELFTH AVENUE

Baby Howes’s due date is only 2 weeks away, and to say I’m over being pregnant would be an understatement. All of those clichés about the last four weeks of pregnancy – time slowing down to a crawl, your belly suddenly becoming enormous, being so tired you can barely function – are all ringing very true. But all of that pales in comparison to the excitement I’m feeling as I await this little peanut’s arrival (and finally find out if baby is a boy or a girl!).

Phil and I are fitting in as many date nights as we can these days, although sometimes all I’m good for is a hot chocolate and an episode of Law & Order: SVU in bed. I can’t quite wrap my head around the enormous life change that’s about to happen, so I go back and forth between “I need to live it up while I can!” and “I’m so tired, please just wake me up when the baby gets here.” Fellow pregnant women and moms – did you struggle with this? How did you deal with it?

Fortunately, there are a few things making it a tad easier to survive the last trimester, which I thought I’d share here. Anything you’d add to this list?

Tracy Anderson’s Pregnancy Project. $22.49. I’ve been a fan of the Tracy Anderson Method for a long time, and I think the pregnancy series is my favorite of all. It’s gentle on my body, but I still feel like I get a great workout when I’m done, and the stretching is really beneficial during the last months of pregnancy.

Blanqi maternity leggings. $64. My friend Brooke gifted me with a pair of Blanqis for my birthday this year, and I so in love with them. The material is breathable but thick, so I don’t have to worry about show-through. And the belly support in these things is actually quite remarkable. Like a bra for my big ol’ belly.

Honeydew hipster panties. 3 for $30. I know I featured underwear when talking about my second trimester favorites, but cute, comfortable undergarments are important to me. These are made of the softest material and provide the extra coverage I needed in the third trimester. Definitely size up.

Hydro Flask (40 oz). $36.95. To quote Chandler Bing, I was dangerously dehydrated during the first six months of our relationship my pregnancy. Okay, dangerously dehydrated is an exaggeration, but I was not drinking enough water. At work, I would forget to refill my water bottle between meetings and go hours without drinking a single sip. No good. As soon as I upgraded to a 40-ounce, vacuum insulated water bottle, my problems were solved. Now I’m up to 100+ ounces of water a day!

Ezekiel 4:9 bread. $4.89. This bread makes the best toast, full of nutrients for me and the babe. Four grams of protein and zero sugar per slice, it can’t be beat. I like to top it with avocado, egg, or PB&J for a healthy breakfast.

Tums. $5.49. Pregnancy heartburn is no joke. I fought a mild case throughout my second trimester, but by week 29, I couldn’t take it any more. Bring on the Tums. (The Smoothies flavor is my favorite.)

xNatalie