I don’t even want to think about how much I’ve spent just to be somewhat comfortable during this pregnancy, especially now that I’m in my third trimester.
It seems like every few weeks I’m back on Amazon or the Thyme Maternity website looking for deals because I’ve outgrown yet another piece of clothing, or am dealing with yet another new pregnancy discomfort, such as itchy skin or chafing.
With about 10 weeks to go until baby is here, I think I finally have everything I need to get through the summer: lots of flowy dresses, a swim suit, pregnancy-friendly sunscreen, three new pair of sandals in a half size bigger in preparation for swollen feet, maternity tank tops, and a rose gold silicone ring so I can take off my wedding rings before they get stuck.
Since I stalked several blogs and Instagram feeds along with asking my mommy friends what pregnancy must-haves I should get, I thought I would share some of my mostly made-in-Canada pregnancy favs that have been helping to keep me comfortable since the second trimester.
To help prevent stretch marks on my belly and hips, I’ve been using Saje Mother’s Wellness Stretch Mark Blend. It keeps my skin moisturized all day (not a single stretch mark yet!) and has a very subtle and refreshing scent. On the rest of my body, I use Saje Goddess Lotion as it has pregnancy-friendly ingredients and smells amazing (I used this before pregnancy and was happy I could keep using it!)
I’ve been using natural make up and face products for over seven years now (shout out to The Green Kiss for helping me make the switch!), so thankfully I didn’t have to change up my beauty routine too much to avoid harmful ingredients when I got pregnant. In fact, my skin has been the clearest and best it’s ever been since about the middle of the second trimester (fingers crossed it stays this way, but I’m sure it won’t). Right now my skin is super happy with the Viva Organics product line (which you can buy at The Green Kiss!). I use the Facial Toner, Amaze Exfoliating Gel, Amaze Cream for very dry patches, and Concentrated Antioxidant Serum. For face wash, I use 100% Pure Tea Tree and Willow Clarifying Cleanser, and for any zits I do get I use Indie Lee Banish Stick (it has 2% salicylic acid, which is totally fine in pregnancy).
Most of my maternity clothes have come from friends as hand-me-downs and from Thyme Maternity, as we don’t really have any other options here on the island. I’ve ordered a few things online but really wanted to try things on first as I had no idea how maternity sizing worked when I first started shopping (you shop for your pre-pregnancy size, by the way). My favourite items so far are Thyme Maternity’s nursing bralettes (yes I’ve been wearing them for months as they’re sooooo comfy), Thyme Maternity underwear (a must have as soon as your belly starts to grow), and Motherhood Maternity yoga pants (reasonably priced and functional). Even though Thyme Maternity is expensive, they often have 40% sales, so it’s good to wait and stock up when you need to.
About a month ago I discovered another maternity store not far from where I live called Bellies in Bloom that carries amazing local and high-quality maternity and post-partum clothes and products. Although a bit on the pricier side, I love supporting local companies, so I picked up a shirt and dress from them from the Vancouver-based Au Fait Mama line. The dress I bought is the comfiest piece of clothing I own, and can be worn for nursing as well thanks to it’s stretchy neckline. I’ll be back I’m sure for post-partum items when the time comes!
Besides my mom and aunt’s generous supply of homemade chocolate chip and fruit and oatmeal cookies I’ve been devouring every day (seriously, my one constant craving during this pregnancy is cookies), I’ve been loving these Aussie Bites from Costco. They’re the perfect healthy-ish sweet snack to take to work, and contain pregnancy-supporting ingredients like flax, chia seeds, oats and dried fruit.
Okay, these aren’t really snacks, but something you should be taking every day! I started taking SAP prenatal vitamins about three months before I got pregnant on the recommendation of my naturopath, and was happy to see my iron was the highest it’s ever been when I was tested late in my first trimester. They’re rather large, smell a bit and make your pee turn bright yellow, but are probably the best quality prenatal vitamins you can buy. They’ve never bothered my stomach, and I’m able to take them any time of day without issue. They aren’t cheap at $48 for a three-month supply, but at least I know I’m getting everything I need to help my baby grow and develop.
I’ve been sleeping with a pregnancy pillow since the early second trimester, even though I didn’t quite need it yet — I wanted to get used to it and see if it helped to keep me on my side. Now, I can’t sleep without it. After lots of research I settled on the PharMeDoc U-Shaped Pregnancy Pillow because of it’s price point, nice grey jersey pillow case (most of the less expensive ones on Amazon were velour), and removable side piece. I’m glad I went for the u-shape as it makes it easy to roll over and reposition so I’m comfortable on either side. It’s a bit of a pain to remove, wash and put the pillow case back on each week, but it’s worth it to have, especially now that my belly and back get uncomfortable at night.
So that’s my list! If you have any tips or advice for what I should stock up on soon for post-partum supplies, please let me know 🙂