We have been lucky to refer to lots of great resources during this pregnancy and wanted to round them up and share them with you! As we find more, we’ll add to this list!
- What to Expect When You’re Expecting – A classic, we read this while on our trip to Italy, two weeks after finding out that we were going to have a baby! It’s a great intro book to all things pregnancy.
- The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth – This book has tons of fun facts and is easy to pick up on a weekly basis to read things you should be aware of week by week.
- The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth – An evidence-based book all about the stages of pregnancy and childbirth; this was a super important read and we really recommend it!
- Mom’s One Line a Day: A Five-Year Memory Book – Most of you know that we have written in this type of journal since day 1 of our marriage, but we started a new one on the day we learned we were pregnant! We can’t wait for our baby to read it one day in the future. 🙂
- Pregnancy pillow – My first trimester, as most people experience, was pretty uncomfortable. I had trouble sleeping, weird parts of my body started to hurt, I was simultaneously hungry and sick of eating. So having this extra layer of comfort at night was just awesome, particularly in the winter. Now that I’m not able to sleep on my back or stomach anymore (I’m usually a back sleeper), it’s especially useful because it keeps me comfortably on my side, and since I started using it late in my first trimester, I’m used to that now. I know it seems silly that I started using one so early in my pregnancy, but it really did provide more comfortable sleep and if you’re going to invest in one anyway, why not rack up as much good sleep as possible before baby arrives?
- True Body bras – I remember seeing the tag line for this bra – “the ugliest sexy bra” – on Facebook and thinking that that was so true. But during pregnancy, crazy things are happening to your body and you just want something to be comfortable, and this bra is exactly that. I wish I could wear one every day, truly. The only thing I dislike about it is the wide straps, but I wore a bra with underwire recently and was left wondering why I felt like I was in purgatory. Here’s why: the True bras are better. Trust me.
Classes & Services:
- The Bradley Method – We’re going to go ahead and tell you that this is a 12 week class, AND we’re going to tell you it’s totally worth it. We’ve learned so much and feel so much more prepared than we would be without it. You can use the website to find a class near you, but if you live in the Triangle area, just send us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we can tell you all about the one we attended!
- Prenatal yoga – We didn’t do this regularly, but we did attend a couples prenatal yoga class and it was amazing! There are so many things shifting and readjusting in your body and yoga can help with that pain and discomfort. Having your partner there is a huge bonus! If you’re local and looking for a class, we attended a class at Blue Point, but there are definitely others!
- Rebozo – This is one of those things that Ian raised his eyebrows at but then ended up loving. We attended a class that Emerald Doulas put on for a Friday date night and ended up loving it. A rebozo is a long, shawl-like piece of cloth that is traditionally used in Latinx regions during pregnancy, childbirth, and for babywearing. We left with our own rebozo and a ton of strategies for comfort and pain management during pregnancy and labor.
- Chiropractor – I wasn’t someone who ever considered visiting a chiropractor pre-pregnancy, but the pain of joint shifts quickly had me searching Google for answers. I found that not only are chiropractors safe for pregnant women, but they’re recommended! I found Dice Chiropractic and have been visiting as often as needed. If you’re local, Dr. Dice is trained to work on both pregnant women and babies and she’s wonderful! I can’t recommend her enough.
- Babylist – This site lets you create a baby registry and include items from all over the Internet, so don’t be afraid to add that pacifier from Amazon AND the glider from Pottery Barn AND that diaper bag you’ve been dreaming of!
- Lucie’s List – To co-sleep or not? Which type of stroller? Lucie’s List did all of the heavy lifting for us so that all we had to do was read their top choices and pick one! If you’re in registry overwhelm, head there — it helped us so much! They’ve also got tons of helpful articles for after the baby is here, too.
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