At 23 weeks pregnant I thought I’d talk about some of the products I have been LOVING during this pregnancy. Now not all of them, in fact hardly any of them are actually pregnancy specific, they’re just things that I’ve found useful or really enjoyed using since I’ve been brewing this baby bump!
First is Joe Wicks Lean in 15 book. Now if you haven’t heard of this you must have been living under a rock as he is pretty much all over social media, blogs, youtube and right there on every book aisle. The meals in this book are not only healthy (something us preggo ladies need), but they’re quick (15 mins) so fab for a mum on the go and also so so family friendly! When I cook a meal from this book, which is most nights, we all eat as a family. Pete loves them as as they’re low in carbs, I love the high levels of protein and veggies and Jasper finds them delicious! There are also work out tips, meal prep tips and if all else fails he’s pretty easy on the eye!
Next up is the pregnancy pillow. I used mine religiously when I was pregnant with Jasper because I found it so difficult to get into a comfortable position at night time. With this pregnancy I’m suffering so badly with SPD that I rely on it to help me to not feel like I’ve been kicked in the crotch constantly! I use it in bed, at my desk and on the sofa. I went for this extra large one so I could rest my head on it and wrap it around my body and oh my goodness it’s like a constant hug! It not only relieves my pelvic pain but also eases my lower and upper back pains whilst sat at my desk.
Next up is the Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin Body Cream . Now this is pretty pricey at around £50 per tub but if we can’t treat ourselves to a bit of luxury when we’re pregnant when can we? I used stretch mark creams and lotions like Bio Oil with my first pregnancy and although I never got any stretch marks I’ve since heard that if you’re going to get them, you’re going to get them. They’re more of a genetic thing and although stretch mark specific products can help to slow the process, and even get rid of them, some people just aren’t going to get them. So with this pregnancy I thought I’d just treat myself to something a bit richer and more luxurious to cover my bump, boobs and bum!
My skin luckily hasn’t suffered too badly since falling pregnant, although I do get the odd hormonal breakout along my jaw line. I decided to simply stick to my usual skin care routine of the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish which I have raved about for years! I did switch to the limited edition bottle a while back but I didn’t like it as much, it didn’t have that signature Liz Earle spa-like scent, so I’ve just come back to the original pack and it’s really helping me to feel fresh awake in the mornings. Even though it does remove all make up, if I have quite a lot on in the evenings I like to add in the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water. This is also great if you’re in a rush and don’t have time for a cleanse and polish (which you always should) as it wipes on really easily, removes all dirt and grime and doesn’t leave any kind of residue.
Mornings can be tricky for anyone but when you’re pregnant it can take forever to finally feel awake and ready for the day. As I’m currently loving citrus scents I’ve found the Aesop Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser makes me feel so rejuvenated and refreshed compared to the vanilla and sweet scents I used to adore pre-pregnancy. It’s a really similar scent to the Jo Malone body cream and tied in with my Liz Earle skincare routine I feel like I’m having a spa day every morning!
As a blogger and vlogger I often find it hard to relax and switch off. While Jaspers at nursery, napping and even once he’s gone to bed at night I’m on my laptop hard at work. I’ll fit in time for a bubble bath maybe once a week but apart from that I really do struggle to have me time. That’s why I’ve been making a conscious effort to get into bed a little early each night and read. Right now I’m hooked on Room by Emma Donoghue. It’s about a boy who’s lived in a single locked room with him Mum all of his life and it is seriously gripping! I honestly find it so hard to get into a book and actually see it through till the end but this is one of those – ‘just one more page’ kind of books and I’d totally recommend it for some pregnancy down time.
I’m also loving The Bump Class: An Expert Guide to Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond – I did a review and giveaway of this a while back and it’s definitely my favourite pregnancy book so far. It’s informative yet has an air of Parisian chic. It doesn’t feel judgy or make you worry, it simply tells you the facts from both a medical and parental point of view – a definite must-have!
Well those are my current pregnancy favourites. I’m sure I’ll do another a little further down the line as I discover some more things that make this pregnancy a little easier and and more comfortable. I’d love to know your pregnancy favourites and anything you’d recommend as I’m always looking for little purchases to make 🙂
Thanks for reading,