My Entire Pregnancy Journey!

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I decided to film a video sharing my entire first pregnancy experience seeing as I didn’t document weekly updates the way I originally wanted to. Every detail of my entire pregnancy could have made this the worlds longest video so I’ve summarized each trimester. We’re just a few days away from welcoming our beautiful girl into the world!!💕 Thank you to all of our friends & family who have showed us so much love & support throughout this huge transition in our lives, & to the new friends I’ve made along the way through my blog & YouTube❤️ I hope you enjoy this video!

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Third Trimester Must-Haves!

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Hello, lovelies!! It’s been a bit since my latest post but this pregnancy has continued to get harder & harder by the day! I’m just days away from my induction & finally feel confident enough in these must-have products to share them with you!


1. Antiacids! Never in my life before being 28 weeks pregnant did I experience heartburn. Let me tell you, it’s painful & downright annoying. My heartburn hit hardest in the middle of the night, keeping me awake all hours & limiting positions I could sit or sleep in throughout the day. Carbonated drinks seemed to be the culprit to most of my heartburn, which was extremely unfortunate because I craved soda my entire third trimester! Believe it or not, I’ve drank more soda in the last 11 weeks than I have in the last three years! I pop a couple TUMS after a soda & right before bed. It keeps me comfortable throughout the day & does wonders for my sleep.


2. Raspberry Leaf Tea! I read about drinking this tea in your third trimester to strengthen your uterus, promoting an easier labor. Now I cannot say for sure that this helps the laboring process because I have yet to experience real labor. HOWEVER, I’ve drank a cup of raspberry leaf tea twice a day for almost my entire third trimester & hardly feel my contractions or Braxton hicks. I get a weekly non-stress test done to monitor babe’s heart rate & my contractions. I almost never feel them when they’re picked up on the monitor. Now science cannot “prove” raspberry leaf tea actually works but the reputation behind it must be true enough because it was my OB’s first recommendation to help with labor. 

     

3.  Nursing bras! By this point in your pregnancy, even your bras don’t fit anymore. I’ve ruined hundreds of dollars worth of VS bras trying to wear them throughout my entire pregnancy but the girls JUST DONT FIT anymore. So instead of squeezing into my sexy bras or trying to stuff everything into a sport bra, I finally ordered a couple from amazon & they are my holy grail! they are thin & stretchy enough to form to your continuously growing girls but durable enough to keep everything in place as well.  By this point in your pregnancy you’re probably also leaking colostrum. Nursing bras are perfectly made to tuck in a couple nursing pads & save you the embarrassment of leaking through your shirt while out in public🙈 Baby isn’t even here yet & you’re already getting so much good use out of the worlds comfiest bras!


4. Newborn Laundry Detergent! Before baby’s arrival it is paramount to wash all of the cute outfits you have ready for your little one to sport. Baby clothes are loaded with formaldehyde to look perfect & crisp in store so that you’ll buy them. In reality, your newborns skin is fresh & sensitive. Too sensitive for the chemicals their clothes are sprayed with. Not only can these chemicals be harsh for your little one’s skin, these warehouses they’re shipped from can be infested with rodents & pests finding their way into packing boxes. EW🤢  Dreft Laundry detergent is designed specifically for infants & has different formulas ranging for those newborns with sensitive skin to more active babies who could have a lot more stains on their clothes. They even have a plant-based detergent if that’s your thing! 

Hopefully you’ll find great use out of some of these products for your last stretch of pregnancy! 

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog today. The support is so so appreciated! Be on the lookout a few weeks from now for my next Must-Haves list that’s all about POST-PARTUM & I’ll also be posting my labor & delivery story once we’re home & settled in with little Owynn!👶🏻💕

Second Trimester Must Haves! 

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Welcome back! Now that I am well into my third trimester, I though I’d share with you ladies some of the essentials that helped me through my second trimester of pregnancy!

My second trimester was by far the easiest! Most of the products I share with you are not just good products to help through this stage of pregnancy, but I’ve found them to be totally necessary!

  1. Pregnancy pillow: I was not convinced I’d need a $70 pillow to help me sleep. My fiancé was gracious enough to find me a pregnancy pillow for steal on Amazon, knowing better than I that I wouldn’t regret the purchase. It made a WORLD of a difference in what I thought was good sleep. Halfway through my second trimester I began to transition to sleeping on my side not realizing how difficult it would be. The pregnancy pillow was absolutely key to keeping me comfortable on my side & allowing me to getting into a much deeper sleep than I had been before. 
  2. Maternity clothes/belly band: Now you’re in the stage where you’re no longer going to be able to squeeze into even the fat jeans you save for Thanksgiving dinner. I initially purchased a belly band from Target to wear solely because growing pains & the first few lbs I put on made it uncomfortable to keep my pants buttoned all day. This product helped for a while but eventually I did cave & buy maternity clothes once I could no longer find comfort in single piece of clothing I owned. The belly band just won’t cut it once you start filling out everywhere else! 
  3. Nursing pads: I was completely shocked to discover I started leaking colustrom in my 24th week of pregnancy! Some days it was a few droplets & others it completely soaked through my sports bra. It’s completely normal in the second trimester but you definitely don’t want to ruin your sexy Victoria’s Secret bras so nursing pads will be essential! 
  4. Water: you can never ever be too hydrated in any stage of pregnancy. H20 is so important for many many reasons when you’re busy growing a human. It’s essential in making sure all nutrients & hormones are being trasported to the blood cells that will reach your placenta & your baby. It keeps UTIs at bay, keeps your digestive track moving smoothly, preventing constipation & hemerrhoids😱 Some women start to experience swelling in their second trimester, especially those pregnant in the summer months. Water helps with swelling, overheating, headaches & fatigue. Quick Tip**If you’re anything like me, you may have a hard time as it is drinking plain ol’ water. I stocked up on MIO to flavor my water so that I could better consume more and more each day to help reach my daily goal.

I hope this post helps some of you ladies find great comfort in your second trimester while your body begins to drastically change compared to your first. I don’t think I would’ve enjoyed this stage of my pregnancy without everything I mentioned today!

Now that I’m closer & closer to the end of my first pregnancy journey, stay tuned for some fun posts to come as I prepare for labor & delivery!💕

First Trimester Must Haves!

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Hey hey, everyone! Today’s topic is again, all about that long (and sometimes miserable) 14 weeks! Only this post could just make the first trimester a little easier for you ladies looking forward to babies in the future! 

I feel very blessed to have been able to experience, in my opinion, a very healthy, misery free first trimester. I give full credit to the essentials I’m going to talk about below so I’ll just get right into it!

1. PRENATAL VITAMINS– For obvious reasons! Folic acid & Iron are two of the most essential vitamins you need. Folic acid helps baby’s brain & spinal cord development. This is especially important prior to conceiving, so if you plan to get pregnant, start taking those prenatals!! Iron will help prevent anemia. Your body needs iron to make extra blood for your baby & helps move oxygen through your body & to baby’s. Iron deficiencies can leave you feeling fatigue, one of the most common symptoms of early pregnancy. IMPORTANT!! Prenatal gummies DO NOT contain iron. If you choose to take a gummy vitamin, take an iron supplement on top of that!! Side Note** Iron often results in nausea. Take your prenatal after eating your biggest meal of the day. I prefer after dinner 🙂 

2. PINK STORK TEA – There isn’t much to say about this product except that it did wonders for me! Made with organic ginger, black tea leaves & it’s caffeine free! Thanks to a cup of this in the morning, I did not get sick once in my first trimester 🙂 This line also has a tea for preparing for labor, & milk supply so you can bet I’ll be adding those to my regimen! 

3.HONEY – Pregnancy suppresses your immune system, leaving mama-to-be more susceptible to all kinds of viruses & infections. I developed a horrible three month upper respiratory infection shortly before finding out I was pregnant. Several doctors visits, antibiotics & inhalers later, my doctor recommended honey. Honey is a natural anti-inflammatory. The ONLY thing that worked to relieve swelling in my throat & lymphnodes. A couple spoonfuls in hot water or tea & I was back to my healthy self in a few short days!! 

4. Vitamin E Oil -Unfortunately, stretch marks are hereditary. HOWEVER! I am not convinced that there isn’t anything you can do to minimize them. “If it’s in your genes, you’re gonna get them & there’s nothing you can do about it.” So I’ve been told a million times by my mama peers.*Eye roll* Vitamin E oil promotes elasticity in your skin. I use this religiously in my night routine & have yet to see even the faintest stretch mark. Now I know they may come closer to my due date but I remain optimistic! There are so many products out there devoloped to “prevent” & minimize stretch marks that actually do work in one way or another. I fully believe in vitamin E oil to tackle them before they’re seen! 

5. Acne Spot Treatment – Hormonal changes during pregnancy throws your skin out of whack!! Blemishes immediately made an appearance early into my pregnancy. For most, your hormones will balance out later on & your skin will probably go back to what “normal” was for you pre-pregnancy. That isn’t always the case, though. My go-to throughout my entire pregnancy so far has been my Arbonne Intensive Acne Spot treatment. I have THE most sensitive skin & whole heartedly believe in this brand because it’s the only line that helped me since puberty! I’m not saying this is the ONLY product for everyone, but your skin WILL change & it’s important to find what works for you during those breakout days! Trust me, you will see more of them when growing a precious human inside of you. 

I hope these essentials can help a future mama-to-be out the way they’ve helped me!   The dreaded first trimester doesn’t have to be as miserable as many claim it to be. Discovering these products early helped to make my pregnancy that much more enjoyable from the very beginning!

22 week update | An emotional scare

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Thank you for stopping by again. This weeks blog is a little different in that there was so much going on these last few days and so much on my mind that I felt it easier to sit in front of the camera and just be real with you all.​ 

The First Trimester! | First OB appointments, Symptoms + High Risk?

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Welcome back! My first trimester experience was a whirlwind of emotions! Keep reading to learn all about my symptoms, my first appointments & why I’m high risk!😧

Immediately after learning I was pregnant I was fatigued & morning sickness was pretty much “any time of day sickness.” I also started craving salty food early on.

At my first OB appointment we had an ultrasound. Peanut measured at 7 weeks 1 day & had a heartbeat of 159bpm! What a relief!!!

If you don’t know already, a majority of miscarriages occur in the first trimester. Risk of miscarriage once the heartbeat is detected goes drops quite a bit. By the end of the twelfth week, your chance of misscarriage drops to just 1%.

I met my OB, Dr. K (her last name is nearly impossible to pronounce correctly). She is wonderful!

She determined that I was high risk due to having chronic high blood pressure. I blame bad genetics!! HBP increases my risk of developing Preeclampsia, a potentially serious or fatal complication for mom or baby if left untreated. Because of this, I will be induced one week early. I’m happy to say that since the end of my first trimester, my blood pressure has been a-ok!👌🏽

Around week nine, my symptoms pretty much suddenly subsided. I learned later that this is normal due to the placenta taking over most of the baby’s needs around that time. 

My final first trimester appointment was my twelve week appointment where we heard Peanut’s heartbeat once again on a fetal doppler. 170bpm! I’m starting to think if the old wives tales are true, this baby may just be a princess💕  


Overall, I had a very easy first trimester compared to most women. I made it entirely through the first 14 weeks without getting sick. I no longer had any food aversions & my energy slowly came back! 

Making it out of the first trimester has lowered my anxiety immensely!! I felt like I could finally take a breath & just enjoy my pregnancy without worries. Corey & I were so excited to be able to announce our secret  to the rest of world. It was a difficult one to keep so I apologize to anyone who noticed the anti-social me during those weeks! 

We’ve started to purchase a few thing for baby. Books, basic clothing essentials, etc. 

Next will finally be our GENDER REVEAL!!! 

Our anatomy scan is scheduled June 9th. Corey & I will not be find out out the gender that day. Our ultrasound tech will put the results in an envelope. One lucky family friend will receive those results & order our gender reveal surprise. 

We will celebrate our gender reveal with our immediate family and closest friends June 17th!!💙💕⚾️🎀 So stay tuned!!