My Favorites for Pregnancy

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I began this post only a few days before I ended up delivering my fifth baby. Seriously, I drafted this on January 23, and he came four days later!

2016_02 My Favorites for PREGNANCY

There are a few things I could not have lived without during this pregnancy. I had it fairly easy this time around, except I had pretty ridiculous heartburn. I tried to be careful and avoid foods that might make it worse, but mostly, nothing helped… probably because my stomach was practically sitting under my neck. Ha! I found that avoiding water a few hours before bed, and drinking a glass of raw milk around 8 pm helped alleviate it some. I did figure out that my biggest trigger was citrus (mainly orange juice!), and once I eliminated that, I no longer had heartburn during the day.

Here are the top 10 products I used during this pregnancy:

Water – 80 oz was my goal, and many days, I hit it. I may have lived in the bathroom, but once I started drinking this amount of water, I could feel some of the brain fog lifting, and I just generally felt better. I tried to drink most of this before 3 pm, so it wouldn’t catch up to me too close to bedtime.

NingXia Red – I drank 2-4 oz of this yummy antioxidant drink every day. It has wonderful health benefits, and helped me keep my energy up. NingXia Red benefits include support for energy levels, normal cellular function, and whole-body and normal eye health. A daily shot of 2–4 ounces helps support overall wellness with powerful antioxidants.*

MegaFood Baby & Me Vitamins – A friend recommended these, and after I read the ingredients, I was sold! I love that these are whole-food vitamins, and they did not give me nausea, like other prenatals have! I’m still taking these daily, because I believe they are a fantastic source of wellness and nutrition.

Super B Vitamins – Another supplement recommended by my midwife was a good B vitamin. Super B contains eight essential B vitamins (1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 12) to increase energy levels and promote nervous and cardiovascular systems.

Vitamin D3 – My midwife recommended that in addition to prenatals, taking a vitamin D supplement was crucial. I take one every day anyway, so this was no big deal. I do not remember if I faithfully took Vitamin D3 in my other pregnancies, but I did this time, and my 38-weeker had absolutely no jaundice. My other babies had slight levels of jaundice. Did a daily D3 vitamin keep this little peanut jaundice-free? I don’t know, but it certainly didn’t hurt anything!

En-R-Gee Essential Oil – The name says it all! I popped a roller ball top on the bottle and generously applied it to my wrists and the back of my neck every morning. En-R-Gee contains a blend of stimulating oils (Rosemary, juniper, lemongrass, nutmeg, Idaho balsam fir, clove, and black pepper) that have traditionally been used to help restore mental alertness, uplift, and strengthen the mind as it promotes energy. {Note: Rosemary is an oil that may need to be avoided during pregnancy. I ran the usage of this blend by my midwife beforehand.}

Gentle Baby Essential Oil – I used this topically every day. I love the aroma! I applied it to my wrists, and my belly morning and night. It is incredibly soothing. Gentle Baby™ is a soft, fragrant combination of essential oils (Geranium, Rosewood, Coriander, Palmarosa, Lavender, Ylang ylang, Roman chamomile, Lemon, Jasmine, and Rose) designed specifically for mothers and babies. It helps calm emotions during pregnancy and is useful for quieting troubled little ones. It is also soothing to tender skin. Many of the essential oils in this blend are used in elite cosmetics to enhance a youthful appearance.

Lavender Body Lotion – I love the way this lotion smells, and I applied it to my belly every night before bed. It helped alleviate the itchies that come with an ever-expanding belly.

A Thin Pillow – placed between my knees at night (I’m a side/tummy sleeper) helped to elevate my hips just enough that I was comfortable. I just borrowed one from our couch.

Foam Donut Pillow – So, I feel funny about sharing this one, but for several weeks, my tailbone and hips really hurt. My mother mentioned trying a donut pillow, and it really helped alleviate the hip/tailbone pain I was experiencing. Also, sitting in a straight-backed chair, as opposed to the couch or recliner, helped too!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Young Living products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

**All supplements, essential oils, and regimines were either approved or recommended by my midwife.

***If you would like more information on Young Living Essential Oils and products, you can read more here.

Other posts in the series: My Favorites for Labor & Delivery, Post-Partum, and Baby.

 

 

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