10 Things I HAD to Have When I Was Pregnant
Being pregnant is an exciting time, but it's also a really uncomfortable one. Here are some things that helped me get through— things I just had to have when I was pregnant.
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Watermelon with Salt on It
If my pediatrician (and my digestive system) would have allowed it, I would have eaten watermelon with salt sprinkled on it all day, err day while I was pregnant. There was just something about that squish of cold, sweet yet salty liquid that burst forth with every bite that satiated my taste buds and satisfied that sweet and savory craving.
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The Boppy Body Pillow
This weird-shaped Boppy Pillow was my homegirl, my roll dawg for those long nine months. It became a prized possession. Everyone in my family knew to keep off the Boppy Pillow or get crane kicked. And it remains with me even now, there to cuddle and comfort me without any snoring … or mouth breathing.
Walking every day was a must for me when I was pregnant. It was so uncomfortable to sit or even lie down at times. And, I often had that icky restless legs syndrome driving me crazy. Walking at least a few miles every day kept me feeling energized, exercised, and surprisingly less achey. And it kept things moving down there, if you know what I mean.
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Bliss Body Butter
I don’t believe any cream or ointment really prevents stretch marks, but I do believe that being covered head to toe in Bliss Body Butter made me feel moisturized, smell yummy, and helped my belly to be less itchy. It was an overall morale booster.
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What pregnant woman does not need this?!? I don’t believe one exists. Please show me this mythical creature!
When I was feeling big and gross and gassy, I turned to comedy, making jokes about it all instead. Yep, I needed laughter the whole way through to help me keep things in perspective, battle the hormones, and to deal with that ghastly no-sushi pregnancy rule. Thankfully, my family is funny and easy to laugh with (at).
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OK. The flavor and the cold of that tart frozen yogurt on my tongue took me to unearthly places. It also took me up two jeans sizes. That damn yogurt.
Lemon in My Water
Because of changing taste buds due to hormones and all the wacky things that happen to my pregnant body, water can taste really weird to me. When I’m pregnant, give me a perfectly clean glass of water, and I’ll swear I taste the glass or the plastic or the ice. It can be so annoying. So, I have to have lemon in my water to mask any other “essences” and make it palatable to me.
Man, did I love all the delicious breakfasts breads when I was pregnant. Waffles, pancakes, french toast, bagels… and any time of the day. Have you ever stopped to think about the enormous contribution that breakfast makes to the world of bread carbs? I did. I thought about it a lot. Nom nom nom…
I lived in leggings throughout my pregnancy; I had a hard time wearing anything else. And by “hard time wearing anything else,” I meant “I’m pregnant, I’ll wear leggings every day and you can’t stop me.”
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