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Pregnancy Essentials

Since this isn’t exactly my first rodeo, I thought I’d gather together some things that I refer to as my pregnancy essentials: the items that have stood the test of time, and time, and time, and time, and time again. At this time, on this exact date in April, seventeen years ago, I was pregnant with my first. Now? Quite frankly, I’ve lost count. Good thing my kids are right up there with ice cold Coronas and a bag of Sweet Chili Heat Doritos. <3 They know I love them, because they know how much I love Mexican beer and carcinogenic orange powder chunks drenched in hydrogenated oil and corn syrup solids.

However, pregnancy is a time for pumping the body full of the good stuff. Well, I guess that’s why I keep getting pregnant. What I mean is, now is the time to avoid alcohol and junk food and instead lean toward the leafy greens family. And when you just can’t choke it down, stick a cup of frozen baby spinach into a blender with ice cream, strawberries, chocolate syrup and whatever else you can think of and obliterate the jesus santa god out of it and then chug the damn thing. You won’t taste the spinach at all–you have my word.

Pregnancy Essentials #1: Frozen baby spinach

Now, the next item on my list is not an option for me because the folic acid in these bad boys is so frigging important to the development of our babies brains and spinal cords. The biggest struggle for pregnant mamas is choking down prenatal vitamins during the first trimester because they tend to set off the nausea a bit, but ironically, the first trimester is THE MOST IMPORTANT TIME to get these bad boys down the hatch. I’m the most nauseous during weeks 6-11, so during those weeks I take my vitamins at night. I’ve tried a lot of different kinds, and these have been the ones that have been the easiest on my stomach. I have not been constipated once (prenatal vitamins are known to cause constipation) so I definitely recommend them to the rest of the pregnant party people.

Pregnancy Essentials #2: Sisu Multi Expecting prenatal vitamins (and extra vitamin D because we live in a stupid ass climate)

Here’s the info on the back of the prenatal vitamins:

So, stretch marks. Right? Everyone freaks out about those. It’s totally hereditary, and it’s also dependent on how big you get and how rapidly you get big. It’s not a glamorous equation, but it’s real life. No amount of oil or lotions or magic potions will prevent you from getting them, but you bet your sweet little bump that I’m going to try. Plus, anytime I have an excuse to rub myself down with something luxurious, I will do it.

Everyone in the whole wide world over all time forever and ever has always recommended Bio Oil. I have some, and it’s great, but it smells a little bit like my grandmother. Here it is just in case you’re curious:

But I like Burt’s Bees Baby oil, myself, just because it smells so much better.

Pregnancy Essentials #3: Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Baby Oil

You know you’ve got a well-loved product when there’s a hair stuck to the side of the bottle.

I don’t own any maternity pants yet and I’m going to do my best to avoid them, which may actually work because we’re entering into the summer months and I’ve been able to get away with wearing my Lululemon leggings a lot so far. “A lot” is an understatement; I live in them. One thing about me is that I haaaaaaate the under-belly waistbands when I’m pregnant. I have an irritable uterus and anytime there’s anything digging in, my baby house starts contracting. But you can also wear these pants folded over too, if you like the low rise maternity style.

Pregnancy Essentials #4: LuluLemon Wunder Under Hi-Rise Pant

Worn high…

Worn low…

Just make sure your underwear isn’t riding above the pants. Ha!

For running, these shorts have been EVERYTHING to me. Now, I’m not sure exactly which Nike style they are but they’re either the Nike Flex or the Nike Rival. Both have a super soft, super wide waistband that does NOT dig in, that does NOT roll over and does NOT chafe. There’s a zipper in the back for gels toilet paper, and a drawstring at the waist for the first trimester. At around week 12, I went out and bought a size up in 2 different colours and they’ve been magical.

Pregnancy Essentials #5: Nike Rival running shorts

And because I do not want to taste my food twice, Tums.

Pregnancy Essentials #6: Tums

Now I know I’m forgetting something so if I remember, I’ll make sure to add onto this list in a future post.

If you guys have been or are pregnant, what would you have on your list? If you haven’t been pregnant, what do you think you’d have on your list?

How are we supposed to spell Lululemon? Is it LuluLemon or Lululemon? It’s not two words, is it?



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  • Meredith @ the cookie chrunicles April 26, 2017, 3:04 pm

    I barely remember being pregnant sometimes! I lived in gap maternity I think and I had regular sweat pants that worked throughout my pregnancy too. Luckily I never got stretch marks! I’m vaguely recalling using moisturizer on my belly though but I don’t recall what it was. I think it’s lululemon.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 26, 2017, 3:11 pm

      We didn’t have Gap maternity when I was pregnant with my first three kids. We didn’t even have Old Navy up in Canada, if you can believe it. Actually, I think we got it up here when Freddy was a baby so I had Old Navy maternity stuff when I was pregnant with Katie. The only selection we had way back then was in the specialty maternity stores which cost so much money!!!!!

  • Amy Lauren April 26, 2017, 6:46 pm

    These are good essentials! And some are good ideas for those of us who aren’t pregnant… like taking Vitamin D and vitamins in general. I’ve never thought about using baby oil on my own body for things like marks but may need to try that now. I guess the store is “lululemon” without the second cap since I typed it out that way… I can’t afford to shop there, so it’s not really an issue to me, but I do have those nike shorts, got em at the outlets!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 27, 2017, 7:43 am

      I actually found my pink ones at Winners! I’m not sure you guys have Winners in the States… it’s the equivalent to TJ Max.

  • Lisa @ Mile by Mile April 27, 2017, 1:49 am

    I think I would live in leggings too….actually I pretty much do that already when I’m not at work or in pajamas! I am also a fan of shorts with wide waistbands in general. I have a couple pairs like that from Oiselle.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 27, 2017, 7:43 am

      Oh, I’ve never bought anything from there. I should try some out one day!

  • Allie Capo-Burdick April 27, 2017, 3:44 am

    Keeping it real with the hair stuck to the side of the bottle – LOVE! And I also love most all things Burt’s Bees. I have all kinds of lotions, lip balms and hair products. I also have those Nike shorts which I love!!!…now if I could just run like you in them…hmmmm maybe the spinach will help? xoxo

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 27, 2017, 7:42 am

      Yeah, Burt’s Bees is the best. I got into their stuff when Jake was born (in 2000!) and have loved it ever since.

  • Susie @ Suzlyfe April 27, 2017, 11:04 am

    I would live off of Doritos. I think my body has had enough vegetables

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 27, 2017, 5:40 pm


  • Ana April 27, 2017, 7:59 pm

    It has been a long time since I was pregnant, so my memory is blurry now. but I remember the non stop water, which always contributed to the frequent bathroom trips!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 28, 2017, 7:23 am

      I need to drink more water, but I can’t drink a tonne of water before I go for a run otherwise I’ll be peeing all over the place. Running in the morning is the best, and then I hydrate like a boss all day long.

  • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets April 29, 2017, 7:59 am

    My pregnancy essentials were prenatal massages, a dab of wine, the bath tub, girl scout cookies, and fried food. Sometimes all together.

    Oh healthy fats too and veggies because balance.

  • Una May 1, 2017, 10:19 am

    Pregnancy essentials:
    Grilled cheese sandwiches, but only out of shitty white Wonderbread and Kraft singles. Absolutely zero nutritional value but in the first trimester, when I was nauseous and tired and losing weight, it was the only thing I wanted to eat.

    I fell in love with my chiropractor, who specializes in prenatal care, because my hip was out of alignment and causing me pain, and she popped it back in for me, and I groaned so loudly, she asked me if I was alright. I sighed happily and said, “Oh yeah. I’m good. That’s the stuff right there.” It was -almost- better than sex.

    Go pee every time a bathroom is available, even if you just went. The one time that I didn’t, I nearly peed myself.

    Heating pad. I had pelvic girdle pain and my heating pad was referred to as “my boyfriend” because I went to bed with it every night.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com May 1, 2017, 12:32 pm

      They have sriracha Kraft singles now. 😀

      I love your pregnancy essentials. I wish you’d write a blog!

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