A Few Things To Make Your Pregnancy Easier

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A couple of months ago, Tom and I played hooky and had a date in the middle of the day. It was such a great way to reconnect and have some time for ourselves while Taylor was in daycare and before we become a family of 4. It's impossible to think of all they ways a relationship can change once you add children to the mix. There's less downtime for the parents to veg on the couch, romantic dinners at finer restaurants take a backseat, and for me; I just felt like my body wasn't mine anymore. Not just in the way that my belly was expanding but also the aches, pains, and fatigue that come with it. I started to think of small shortcuts that would allow me to be happier on a daily basis. The first being loose clothing. At the beginning; it was to hide my belly, during the middle months; it was purely out of comfort, now that I'm in the final stretch those previously loose fitting items are hugging a little tighter but there's still a bunch of my non maternity clothes that I can squeeze into.

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Early on, I got a crazy tension headache that lasted for a couple days. It was excruciating! I could barely function at work and as soon as my husband got home I would go straight to bed. Even my Aveda Balancing oil and my Magic Bag didn't help. That's when I knew it was serious! 

I know the trigger. Like most parents, I thought carting way too many groceries home, slung over my shoulder was a great idea. It was not. Enter this cute Aldo backpack! Obviously, one thing that wasn't going to change was the need to eat/feed the family. I've preached about Walmart grocery delivery before and my husband has been great with ordering Swiss Chalet when I can't throw something together. That being said, those were band aids. I needed a way to grab a few fresh ingredients on my way home and this backpack solved my dilemma. 
*I should also add a disclaimer why my husband wasn't cooking: I love to grocery shop and cook! I genuinely enjoy it. I'm also a very picky eater and my husband works longer hours than me so it makes sense that I make the meals. For the record, he's an excellent cook (I'm just better! lol)*

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Comfortable shoes are also key. These Ecco boots allowed me to trudge through Winter and Spring in the city. Not only do they have a waterproof  rubber sole but they're also fairly light for a winter boot. Obviously, I'd change into cuter shoes while at work and if it was going somewhere nice but most of those shoes had limited support so I'd add a thin insole. Yes, stealth granny mode was in full effect! 

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Since we're talking work wear, I cannot say enough good things about maternity tights. As someone that wears business casual 5 days a week, tights are crucial! Especially in cooler months. My regular tights started to get uncomfortable early on. At first, they were just too tight and I felt sausage-d into them, then the top started to roll down and give me muffin top so I ordered some thin ones from Walmart and thicker ones from Thyme maternity.

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One thing you will always hear pregnany woman complain about is the constant wake ups during the night. My Bellabeat Leaf (fitness tracker) also has a handy guided meditation portion that I use to fall into a deep sleep. this combined with a giant pillow to hug make night time a literal dream! Unfortunately, neither of these ease the frequent trips to the bathroom and the increasingly consistent kicks to the ribs you experience in later pregnancy but I will take all the help I can get! lol

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As someone that loves sleep, I've always been a huge advocate for washing my hair at night. I shower and rough dry my hair before bed and flatiron it in the morning. There is no better time to pick up this habit than during pregnancy. If you can get any extra z's, take them. Between the ever shrinking bladder, insomnia, body aches, and constant kicks or hiccups (as mentioned above), you'll want every moment you can muster before that alarm goes off.

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All in all, I've been so lucky to have 2 healthy pregnancies and a very supportive husband. Once I  added in a few daily shortcuts I was able to avoid some (not all!) of the breakdowns and tantrums that this roller coaster ride of hormones could through at me.
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