Your body goes through a lot of changes while baking a baby. Especially, toward the end of pregnancy, it definitely takes a toll – your hormones are all over the place, you exhaust yourself just putting on socks, then there’s the weight gain and stretch marks and belly button (I could go on and on…). Don’t get me wrong; it’s totally worth it. But with so many changes happening all the time, I needed a little extra help staying glam and feeling fab.
Here are six products that have really helped me stay on top of my game during these last few months of pregnancy.
Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Pure Retinol Express Smoothing Eye Mask
I love this baby with all my heart, but it feels like he sucking all the nutrients out of me. The result is a very tired mum with serious dark circles under my eyes. So the Shiseido eye masks have been a godsend. After a shower, I just glide these suckers on and go about my morning – making breakfast, stacking the dishwasher, walking around the house – and let the moisturizer soak in. They’re cool, refreshing and almost hide my lack of sleep.
Olaplex Hair Perfector No.3
You’ve probably heard that women tend to experience hair loss during or after pregnancy. Although prenatal vitamins help, it’s largely due to hormonal changes that you really can’t do much about. On top of that, I bleach my hair, which, if not done properly, can kill your hair. That’s why I’m so lucky to have come across Olaplex Hair Perfector. I have my hairdresser mix it in with the bleach on top of doing a weekly overnight deep conditioning with it, and I really do think it’s helped save my hair.
Nubian Heritage Raw Shea Butter
Ugh. Stretch marks: probably the least desirable part of pregnancy. I’m doing my part to prevent them with a simple routine of natural coconut oil and raw shea butter. So far, I’ve been in love with this shea butter lotion from Nubian Heritage. My friend Amber Rose introduced me to it, and I literally put it all over my body – focusing specifically on my breasts, belly, lower back, hips, butt, and upper thighs.
Now that winter is here, there’s nothing better than a pair of thick socks when you’re hanging around at home. However, as warm as my feet were, I was slipping all over the place, making me nervous that I’d take a tumble. So I invested in some no-slip socks. You know, the ones with the little rubbery sticky treads on the bottom? It’s so nice to be able to walk around the house without shoes or the worry that I’ll fall over.
It’s a classic sleeping tip, but it really does work. When lying on your side, elevate your upper knee with a pillow between your knees to ease pressure off your lower back and keep your hips aligned by preventing you from rolling over too far onto your stomach. Body pillows range in price, but usually start at around $30 (I think mine was $70) but, trust me, it is so worth it. In fact, you may need to hide it from your significant other…
Pregnancy dementia is totally a real thing. I would forget where I put my phone six times a day, swear to Maks that it was right beside me, and he’d laugh as he pulled from the handbag I put it in 10 minutes ago. So I started carrying around a little notepad to jot down my important thoughts and reminders, as well as my phone calendar to keep on top of events – because there’s nothing glam about missing something important just because you have the memory of an 80 year old.
So what do you think, parents out there: are there any products that helped you, as a mum-to-be or partner, get through those last months of pregnancy?
Photo Credit: Mikel Healey