I have been soooo sweaty because of the heat, plus I have just been diagnosed with SPD - and now I have hurt my back! I feel like I am falling apart!
I decided to do a follow up post to my first "Pregnancy Pick-Me-Ups" post, as there are so many brands that I still want to share, that have really helped me in some way.
Bbhugme sent me one of their pregnancy pillows to try and I don't say this lightly, it has been an absolute game changer for me.
The inner pillow is filled with antibacterial ESP beads and the outer cover is made from bamboo. It is designed to mould around your body, however you decide to position it and use it. During pregnancy, you can use it lengthways, to support your head, belly, knees and feet. I have found that it really takes the pressure off my joints at night, plus having it under my belly helps me to breath more easily.
I also love this pillow, because once you have given birth, you can use it as a nursing pillow and baby nest. For a nursing pillow, you just wrap it around your body, whilst sitting up, giving you a nice ledge to rest your arm and the baby on.
This has worked so well for me at night that I would recommend this brand, if you are also suffering with pregnancy joint pain. It just takes the edge off a bit when trying to get to sleep.
I have a couple of their dresses, but my current favourite is this pink "Clemmie" dress. It's such a beautiful shade of pink and I love how you can wear it with sneakers during the day and also dress it up for an evening date or wedding.
Whilst not feeling 100% physically, popping on this dress makes me feel a bit more put together and like myself.
There is also a little popper on the chest, which gives you easy access for breastfeeding post birth. Always a bonus in my book!
Daylily Paris Moisturising Oil
I know that oils can't truly prevent stretchmarks, but they can really sooth your skin as it's stretching to ginormous proportions and also help with the healing process, if you do get stretchmarks.
I really love this oil, because it glides on really smoothly and dries quite quickly. It also smells gorgeous - kind of like a buttery/toffee/faint popcorn type smell. Such a treat, after a long day!
I also have their Kaftan dress, which is so beautiful and soft! I will be sharing it on Instagram soon, so keep an eye out for it.
They have updated this idea beautifully, with modern and elegant necklaces, that work well for stylish mums-to-be. You can shorten the chain post birth, so it doesn't get in the way as much with a small baby - therefore being able to carry on wearing it with the familiar, gentle chime sound, that you and your baby have grown to know and share.
A sweet way to celebrate the bond between mother and child.
Blossom & Glow
This chunky knit is the knit that I have been searching for, for years. Warm, big and cosy, with lots of room for a growing bump. I can't wait to wear it more this Autumn. I have also realised it is perfect for babywearing too - it's large enough to throw on over a sling, keeping both you and your baby warm.
I also have a stripy nursing top and some ace maternity jeans from this shop - I will be sharing them on Instagram soon.
The Mother Box
A few weeks ago, they sent me their Pregnancy & Birth Box and I have to say, it's just wonderful.
Inside the box (which is sturdy enough to keep) there are straws to use for drinks to keep you hydrated during labour, a flapjack to keep your energy levels up, essential oils and teas to help you relax in the late stages of your pregnancy and birth, Yes Mum affirmation cards and a scented candle.
It pretty much has everything to help you prepare for a relaxing and positive birth - exactly what I need to help get me into a good headspace for labour this time around.