I hope you are enjoying your holidays! We’ve been busy with family and friends and I cannot wait to slow down and refocus after the New Year starts. I know I’ve been absent around here lately, but family comes first. I’m a few weeks into my second trimester (yay!) and I thought I’d share a few must-haves that got me through the last very hard 3 months. I’m looking forward to feeling better as I get further along in my pregnancy. Also, stay tuned in the coming weeks for some nursery inspiration!

1. Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Oil and Belly Butter

I’ve been experimenting with a few different natural products to keep my growing bump moisturized and hopefully to minimize those dreaded stretch marks. First, there are not many natural (and affordable) products out there designated for prenatal care. Most people recommend the cocoa butter stuff, but it also has many unwanted ingredients in it. I discovered this belly butter by Burt’s Bees and I’m obsessed. I use it every day and I can feel my skin stay moisturized throughout the entire day. I’ve also tried Honest Company’s Belly Balm, it is great for nighttime moisturizing, as it is a bit heavier (like vaseline). I stay moisturized with that as well, but I’m not fond of the small container and smell. I just recently tried Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Oil and my goodness, love it! I use this right after my shower and it locks in moisture all day.

2. Leachco Snoogle Total Body Pillow

I tried going as long as possible without investing in a body pillow. But after 2 months, I started having lots of hip and back pain. After reading the reviews and recommendations of the Snoogle, I ordered it up. I was worried that I’d be in more pain before my body adjusted to it, but I was wrong. It is the most comfortable pillow and all my hip and back pain went away immediately.

3. What to Expect When You’re Expecting

There are thousands of pregnancy books out there, but before you get overwhelmed, start with the basics. This classic book covers everything about the baby and your body throughout pregnancy and birth. It’s the perfect starter book.

4. Sea Band Mama Wristbands

These bands are a hit or miss. My morning (all day) sickness hit me like a brick wall at 5 weeks and lasted the entire trimester. These Sea Bands got me through the first few weeks so I was able to put off nausea medication until later. I would recommend trying them for at least a week or so before resorting to medication.

5. Contigo Water Bottle

The only thing I could drink for 3 months was ice water. I tried sparkling water and ginger ale for nausea, but it only made things worse. I love this water bottle because you can fit ice cubes in and drink out of the smaller opening while on the go. Hydrating is extremely important, especially if you are experiencing morning sickness.

6. What to Expect iPhone App

Track your pregnancy with this app – it tracks your baby’s weekly growth throughout the entire pregnancy. It also has a community forum that is helpful for asking questions and learning more information. Don’t worry, you can turn off the notifications so it doesn’t blow up your phone.

7. Vitafusion Prenatal Vitamins

I started out taking a prenatal vitamin that was a huge capsule. It didn’t last long. The smell was awful and the size was difficult to swallow. Not to mention it would make me sick immediately after taking it. I’ve heard great things about these gummy Vitafusion prenatals. However, I am not taking them. Instead, I am taking the Prenate Mini and it is wonderful! Easy to swallow, no smell and doesn’t make me sick (even on an empty stomach).

8. Preggie Pop Drops

These are like the Sea Bands, they may or may not work for you. Right when my morning sickness started, these drops helped a ton. Although a few weeks into it, mine got too severe. Like the Sea Bands, I recommend trying them for the first few weeks to postpone any medication.

9. Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer

Before I found my Snoogle body pillow, I was sleeping terrible and would wake up with dark circles under my eyes daily. Now that I’m sleeping through the night, my dark circles are still more prominant than they have been in the past. Hence the concealer. I love this one because it lasts all day, is lightweight and doesn’t crease.

10. Beautycounter Any Time Eye Cream

Yes, concealer can cover those dark circles, but what about preventing them? This eye cream is wonderful. I apply a tiny amount each night and my circles are visibly reduced by quite a bit. Lifesaver!