Now that the 3rd trimester has crept up on us this pregnancy I figured I ought to get around to sharing the products that got me through the good, bad and ugly of the 2nd trimester.
Being my second pregnancy, my naive self thought it would be much like the first. How wrong I was…
This pregnancy has blessed me with ALL the aches, pains and complaint-worthy symptoms you could ever imagine. A girl can be both grateful & crabby, right?
Here are the “Must Have” products that I relied on throughout the 2nd trimester:
$32 – SIZE: Large (tts)
Being in South Carolina, it’s still 95 degrees in September (and has been since April/May). Finding a good, comfortable swimsuit to grow with me this season was a top priority. This suit proved to be affordable, flattering, AND comfortable! I have gotten SO many compliments on it! It is even nursing friendly for after baby’s arrival.
$9.99 (Set of 2) – Color: Beige
I had heard such great things about getting silk and/or satin pillowcases. I found this set of 2 satin pillowcases on Amazon for less than $10 and figured I’d give them a shot. HOLY SMOKES has it made a difference on not only my hair and skin, but it also helps a TON from me getting too hot at night! Pregnancy has blessed me with hot flashes galore and when I use these pillowcases I don’t find myself getting nearly as overheated throughout the night.
$49 – Size: Large
When I was pregnant with Charli I bought all things “Maternity.” This time, I’ve been doing my best to only buy things that are already stretchy or only one size up. I snagged these pajamas during the N-Sale this year and am OBSESSED. I sized up one to a Large and they fit perfect still at 7 months pregnant. The top covers my belly, the bottoms are high-waisted, and the material is soft, but not too warm. Totally worth the price IMO!
This blanket is excessive in price. I know. But don’t knock it ’til ya try it. I got mine on major sale during last year’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, and did the same thing again this year. They are seriously the SOFTEST and warmest blankets ever. Yet, somehow I never feel overheated. This right here has been my “comfort piece” throughout this pregnancy. I have both a cream and beige color!
$31.95 – Size: 57″
I didn’t get a maternity pillow when I was pregnant with Charli. Quite frankly, I never needed it. But this time around I have had ALL of the aches and pains so this guy has been a LIFESAVER. I cannot rave above it enough! It helps support my back and belly at the same time and allows me to sleep much more comfortably. I would say that I sleep with this 3-4 times a week at this point and feel so much more well-rested when I do.
$24 – Size: Large
I have this jumpsuit in 3 colors and will continue to wear it long after I’m not pregnant anymore. It is NOT a maternity piece, but is perfect for those expecting! I actually stayed TTS and mine all still fit being 7 months prego. It comes in 36 different styles and color variations, is super lightweight, and is perfect for layering. I love that I was able to wear it as a tank all summer and can just throw a cardigan or denim jacket over it to style it throughout the Fall months going forward.
$65 – Size: Large
I feel like I have tried every maternity legging at this point between both pregnancies and NONE of them do it for me. Even the Blanqi leggings everyone swears by… NOPE, don’t like ’em. I had heard great things about Zella’s Live In leggings, so I decided to give their maternity leggings a try when I saw they were on sale this year during the N-sale. These are hands down the BEST maternity leggings there are. They are not see through, they support your bump, and they do not stretch out or fall down throughout the day. I. Love. Them. So much so, that I purchased 2 pairs of non-maternity Zella Live In leggings for when this pregnancy is over.
Being pregnant you have to stay h.y.d.r.a.t.e.d. Just another excuse for me to buy more tumblers I really don’t need… BUT, these are actually a favorite find! This pack of 4 color changing cups also comes with 4 lids and 4 straws. The OCD in me is driven a little crazy because none of the colors match, but it also makes it easier to store in stacks & grab-n-go. They are 24 oz. cups & have been my go-to tumbler lately!
When I was pregnant with Charli I went and got pedicures every 2-weeks. Eli was deployed overseas and I was all alone, so it was an easy self-care item on my calendar that kept me busy. This time around, Eli is home, we have Charli, & the nail salons near us now cost 3x as much as they did back in IL. I just cannot justify regular pedi’s (and that’s before you consider COVID’s impact on access to said nail salons).
This aside, I had a royal hormonal breakdown on my poor husband a few weeks ago. I wanted a foot rub. He did not want to touch my feet. I don’t blame him. Feet are gross. I don’t know why this made me cry, but I. broke. down. So he had this little foot spa bath massager overnighted and was so excited to set it up for me as soon as it came in. Sweetest ever. I was pleasantly surprised and how good this thing worked. I have used it several times now. It’s super easy to use and clean, and a heck of a lot cheaper than going to get regular pedicures!