Second trimester was much easier for me than first trimester (particularly the second half) – my belly grew past my now massive boobs and so I actually looked pregnant. I began to feel the baby moving which was really exciting and I started ‘nesting’ – baby clothes are irresistibly cute! In addition to shopping for baby, there were a few things that I found I needed to purchase FOR ME to help make pregnancy more enjoyable. So here’s my list of ‘pregnancy essentials’ for the expectant Mum.
This post is sponsored by Edenvale
1. Comfortable pregnancy jeans – no elastic tummy band
I have no idea why they make jeans with the annoying elasticated tummy band. Unfortunately I thought this was normal and purchased 4 pairs of these jeans from Jeans West at the end of my first trimester, so buying another pair seemed a bit excessive. Whilst these were much more comfortable than my regular jeans, the tummy band became uncomfortable quickly – especially towards the evening when I felt bloated. I had hoped that later when my belly filled out the band it would become more comfortable or a form of support. Unfortunately they were only more uncomfortable in third trimester than the first. I ended up getting the tailor to take off the band and I wished I had bought these jeans from Just Jeans instead.
2. Edenvale non-alcholic wine
Wine. Come Friday night, I really feel like a glass as Reis watches the footy and I paint my nails. Yes I do wear his track pants around the house 😉 I’m not a big drinker but really miss being able to enjoy a glass! Thankfully Edenvale, an Australian own and made alcohol removed wine company, have come to my rescue. Edenvale’s wines are safe during pregnancy and breastfeeding and it has half the calories of alcoholic wine. The Sparkling Cuvee is my favourite, its refreshing on the palate and is well balanced between the fruity flavours (apples, tropical fruit and citrus notes) and a zesty acidity. Read on to find out how you can win three bottles of Edenvale!
3. Maternity Underwear
Maternity bras (wireless is advisable) were the first thing I needed because I went from flat boobs to what felt like bazookas (and sadly I now have the tiger stretch marks to prove it) and I’ve been through two sizes of maternity bras since falling pregnant. I really liked the Chloe and Lola shape and look. Full price is reasonable – $39.95, but you can find them on special. They are currently on sale at Myer for $27.96 (RRP $39.95).
Maternity undies stop the elastic in normal undies from digging into you and baby. I’ve had two types – these from bonds ($16.95 but currently on sale for $9):
and these from Target ($15 for a pack of 3):
Don’t be afraid if you have to go one size bigger – that’s normal in pregnancy!
4. Pillow for le bump
I have just been using a small pillow from the lounge to help support the weight of my belly, but many woman swear by a body pillow. For me they just seemed a little too big.
5. Pregnancy Vitamins – Elevit
I’ve used Elevit to supplement the nutrients in my diet. Folic acid, iodine and iron are probably the three most important nutrients for baby’s development and Elevit is quite high in each of them.
6. Take a Babymoon
Especially if it is your first child, it is really nice to enjoy time together before your lives change and you welcome a new member of the family. You can read all about my babymoon to Hamilton Island here.
GIVEAWAY! Edenvale Alcohol Removed Wines
Sorry this giveaway has now closed. Congratulations to our winner Kelsey Wauchope!
To enter, simply comment below and tell me your pregnancy tip and which Edenvale Wine you would like to try the most!
Competition closes midnight 14 June 2016. Australian entrants only. Winners notified via email, this post and announcement on our Facebook page.