I'm now 24 weeks pregnant and although I've got a good way to go yet, I thought I'd share some of my pregnancy essentials so far. Warning! They're not the most glamorous of products.
Palmer's Massage Lotion for Stretch Marks
Despite initially calling the cocoa butter scent 'too sickly' on Twitter (I was going through a stage of not liking sweet scents), the Palmer's stretch mark lotion has ended up being my favourite pregnancy product. It sinks into the skin really quickly and actually smells gorgeous (my normal nose has returned haha!) I love that it has a pump for easy application and also like that it's very reasonably priced (currently £2.19 in Boots). The big question, does it help with stretch marks? I don't think any product can really prevent stretch marks but this is certainly keeping my skin nice and supple. I've not got any stretch marks on my stomach yet but I do have a few on my hips and boobs. I can't say they bother me - it's all natural - but I'm still going to use this product to keep my skin feeling nice and nourished.
Ark Age Prepare Moisturiser* & Merumaya Overnight Recharge cream*
All in all my skin's been pretty good in pregnancy so far - I've definitely not noticed the usual 'hormonal' spots and blemishes, which has been great. The only thing I'd say is that it has possibly been a little drier than usual. This is why I've been focusing on hydrating the skin with the Ark Age Prepare Moisturiser and Merumaya Overnight Recharge cream. Both offer just the right amount of moisturisation, without being heavy on the skin.
I've also been keeping my lips hydrated with the Origin Lip Balm*, which unfortunately has lost it's label. You can read my full review of it here but it's definitely the best lip balm I've ever used!
Boots Disposable Breast Pads & Bodyform Liners
This is where I start grossing you out. I would apologise but I'm trying to be honest about my 'essentials' rather than pretend they're all glamorous...pregnancy just isn't like that! So yes, I've had to start using breast pads. I thought that my boobs wouldn't leak until closer to the time / after I'd had my little boy but turns out it can happen a whole lot earlier! Don't get me wrong, it's not a crazy amount but enough to notice, so I've started slipping these in my bra and they've done just the trick.
I'm not going to gross you out any further by talking about using the other product but if you're pregnant / have had a baby, I'm sure you'll agree they're a good thing to have.
Other pregnancy essentials
Pregnancy vitamins are an obvious pregnancy essential but I completely forgot to photograph them. I've tried a few different types since getting pregnant but the ones I'm currently taking are from a brand called Valupak. I picked them up from my local pharmacy for £2.99 which makes them much cheaper than some of the other brands out there and I'm pretty sure they're exactly the same (but please ask your pharmacist - don't take my word for it).
Another pregnancy essential, which isn't really an essential at all but something I've been using is my One Line A Day journal. To tell you the truth, I've not been writing in it every day but more so when something has happened, like when I found out I was pregnant, when I had my first scan, when I found out I was having a boy. All of the important things that I wanted to document. I think it'll make a lovely keepsake, even if I've not filled it in in the conventional way!
What are / were your pregnancy essentials?
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