La Croix Water– I got so burnt out of just drinking regular water all of the time, so these flavored sparkling waters helped change up the monotony. They are also great when you want to feel like you are having a little cocktail. Add a splash of cranberry juice and a lime and it feels like my old favorite vodka/soda/cranberry cocktail that I love.
What to Expect Pregnancy App – I loved this iphone app to track my pregnancy. I downloaded one or two others, but this is my favorite.
Boppy Body Pillow – Invest in this pillow sooner rather than later. Honestly, it is sleep-changing. I hated using it at first because my husband and I were in a queen size bed with a dog and it was already crowded enough, plus I was snuggling the pillow instead of him so I felt really bad….But towards the end, you won’t care. It makes such a difference in my sleep.
Mustela Stretch Mark Cream – Lots of people highly recommended this stretch mark cream and I bought some early on. I didn’t love the smell of it especially during the first trimester, but I started to be able to tolerate it and use it more and more. I switched up between Mustela, Palmer’s cocoa butter, baby oil and coconut oil all throughout the pregnancy. I figure none of it would hurt.
Up By Jawbone Bracelet – I bought this at the beginning of the year which was right at the beginning of my 2nd trimester. A friend of mine had one and recommended it to me and I loved it! It is a bracelet that tracks your steps and tracks your sleep. I thought it would be perfect to keep me motivated to stay moving while I was pregnant. I loved having it. Unfortunately, mine is broken right now and it is on my list to call and see if they will send me a replacement or at least a replacement piece that broke off. But I would still recommend having something like this to keep you motivated to stay moving. There are other options out there such as the Nike Fuel Band and Fitbit.
I really tried to purchase as few “maternity” clothes as possible. At the beginning of my pregnancy it was cool/cold so I went with a lot of leggings and tunics which was pretty easy to get away with non-maternity clothes. Towards the end, its been nice and warm; so I’ve been able to wear sundresses and maxi dresses in a larger size and be just fine. For swimsuits, I had luck with tankinis at J. Crew and they have been long enough to cover my forever-growing belly.