Being Brickner : Maternity Must-Haves

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Maternity Must-Haves

It's hard to believe that I am officially six months pregnant this week!  Overall, while this time has definitely had it's differences, I have loved the whole process again & am getting more excited for the best part (meeting our newest little lady!), every single day.  In the meantime, I thought I would share some of the things that have been my lifesavers over the past two pregnancies!  With baby two I have at least tried to shop smarter, & less, by only going back to things I love and that I know work.  Especially when it comes to fashion. 

Leggings, Yogurt, Belly Butter, Book, Pillow, Chapstick  Water Bottle, Hat, Dress
Like most other pregnant mamas, comfort is key, but I also still love fashion & to feel stylish.  I have found the best way to do that is with fun accessories, ones that you know will fit all three trimesters & post-baby!  As far as clothes, this pregnancy my belly popped a lot more quickly, plus it is a couple of months earlier in the year, so I have had to rely more on winter looks with layers.  Leggings are perfect for layering, these are my absolute favorite, they are stretchy, a thick material, & come up super high to allow your belly to grow.  I also have a few of the line's seamless tanks & love them just as much!  Another year long must-have for me is a comfortable, solid-colored maxi dress.  They are perfect for maternity or not, I have been wearing them with jackets, tied-over shirts, & paired with booties all winter long!

Other essentials as of lately have been my belly butter, chapstick & water.  I am thankful that I have still yet to see a stretch mark in either pregnancy, but the skin on my face is a much different story.  I totally don't get the "glow" that you hear about (those who commented & said I did, I would love to hug you in person).  Both times I have battled breakouts, something that's usually not much of an issue for me, plus crazy dry skin.  I am currently using Clinique, plus making it a huge point to stay extra-hydrated & am seeing a really big improvement to the first couple of months! :)  My mom tells me it's because they are both girls, I can't wait to tell them all about this one day. ;)

I'm including pillows on this list, only because anyone who has ever been pregnant knows what a struggle sleep & staying comfortable in bed can be, but I purposely left off my pregnancy pillow.  I thought I hated that thing during my first pregnancy, only to find out that this time, I hate it even more.  It's just way too big to be in a bed with my me, my belly, the hubby, & of course, occasionally the toddler who also insists on inviting the yellow lab.  Yet I do sleep with extra pillows each night lately, most surrounding me or under me, or both.

Also, snacks.  All.day.long. I can't live without them, they can be found in my purse, my diaper bag, car, next to my bed, you name it.  I have had too many moments of insanity over being hungry to risk it again.  My mom also got me the book for Christmas, I have yet to find the time to read it but definitely plan to.  The transition from one to two is definitely something that is overwhelming, though that is probably a whole post of its own for another day. ;)

Lastly, in other fun pregnancy news, I was so excited to be a part of a pregnancy exchange with some of my favorite blog friends, all of who are expecting as well!  It has been so much fun to go through this experience with these ladies, I am already looking forward to watching all of our new babies grow in the future (though please, not too quickly!).  For the exchange, I got the most thoughtful gift from Laura, one of my favorite water bottles & chapstick (both seen above).  I have been using them ever since!  Laura also sent over the sweetest Aidan & Anais swaddle for baby girl, we are BIG fans of that brand, I can't wait to put her in it soon.  Thanks Laura, Liam, & baby Finn on the way!  I got to send Courtney some goodies, you can check out what she got here, as well as her sweet little Abigail & baby Mabel who is due within the same week as our baby girl!

You can find all the ladies (& bumps!) who participated in the exchange at their blogs here:
Tiny Toes, Little Nose, Jessi's Design, A Plus Life, Cheers Y'all, Plum Ticked Pink, The Newly, Scott Family of Maine, Perpetually Daydreaming.

16 comments:

  1. Love that chapstick! I use the pink one almost daily, and love that it gives a bit of color without looking like I am wearing much:) And those leggings look super comfy - why haven't I seen those before!?! Had so much fun with the gift exchange! And am loving that we are on this baby girl pregnancy ride together!:)

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  2. Oh my gosh, water and chapstick, water and chapstick, water and chapstick...LIFESAVERS! I am totally buying that book...it may be another lifesaver. :) Happy Wednesday!!

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  3. Ooh I might have to check out that book when the time comes. That is if Noah is even still a toddler when we have a second ;)

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  4. I'll try and remember to look back at this post when it applies ;)

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  5. Perfection!! Especially the leggings and pillows x 100

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  6. I'm not here yet, lady, but this is a great post for me anyway. I have lots of prego mama friends and this will help me get some meaningful and useful gifts! Thanks1

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  7. Oh my gosh, I totally battled pregnancy acne with Mia! I always thought it was so unfair that I didn't get the "glow" At least Mia was worth it ;)

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  8. So glad you loved your goodies! Thanks for participating in our fun little exchange!

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  9. Oh how fun! What a fun idea to do a gift exchange with the pregnant mamas!

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  10. I thought I was the only one not a fan of the beloved pregnancy pillow! Glad someone can agree it is just a bit much!

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  11. Ugh I am having major skin dryness too. It is insane! I put lotion on all the time and I swear it looks like I didn't do anything. Blah! Off to check out the leggings and tanks... :)

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  12. Pinning for future hopes again! Have you found yourself forgetting everything about the first time?? I wonder whenever I am pregnant again it will have been so long between pregnancies that it'll feel like the first time again!!!! xx

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    1. Haha, YES - in some ways! And then in others, it's like everything comes back! Maddie will be the best big sis one day! XOXO

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  13. Definitely need to read that book! I'm pretty sure it could be summed up in one sentence: Life's about to get CRAYzy!! ;)

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