I have been randomly searching the internet all day to find tips on important items to have for a newborn and what to pack in your bag for the hospital. Because of this, I thought it might be handy to document a few items that have helped me alot during my pregnancy. Perhaps a reader will find it useful, or if nothing else, I'll have a handy guide for my next pregnancy. So here goes nothing:
What To Expect When You're Expecting specifically mentionned it as something to avoid. So I finally asked my Nurse Practitioner (whom I saw up until 28 weeks) who recommended Diovol (liquid). I was quite perturbed because not only did Diovol not work, it tastes awful! Luckily Week 30 brought on my first visit with my OB-GYN and his recommendation to take 150mg of Zantac twice a day whether I thought I needed it or not. This was a miracle drug! It eased my heartburn by at least 80%, often times I felt none at all and the projectile vomiting that I was suffering from every other day disappeared. Of course nothing is perfect, I do sometimes drink a shot of Diovol now and then if I get a little flare up and it's not time for a pill, but I will definitely be reaching for this during my next pregnancy!
Zeller's for less than $15 and it's all that I needed. Certainly no point in spending big money on one since it gets used and abused throughout the pregnancy. I will definitely be replacing mine for the next baby!
Ahh Bra's at Walmart. I got one just to try it on for size and see what all the fuss was about and I loved it. So I got another. In fact, I will probably get more once my milk comes in and my boobs get even bigger! The only thing i've noticed (and it's probably due to the size of my breasts more than anything) is that my boobs get pretty sweaty when I'm wearing this. Luckily a little baby powder works wonders! I'm not sure how convenient this bra will be when it comes time for nursing but I plan to give it a shot!
-french toast and mashed potatoes (for supper almost every night during my first trimester)
-honey nut cheerios (two bowls a day for about three weeks during the end of my second trimester)
-chocolate milkshakes (at least one a day, every day, for a few weeks at the beginning of my third trimester)
-arizona green tea (a can a day, sometimes it can be put off til every other day, for the last two weeks or so)
I can tell you right now that none of these things fall into the list of recommended foods for a pregnant lady. My thoughts? Keep the items that you crave on hand because there is no sense in being miserable and cranky because of food. The excess of hormones will have you miserable and cranky enough all on their own. This recommendaion is especially true during the evil first trimester if you're suffering from morning sickness. Some days all I could eat were liquid yogurt drinks because everything else made me gag or vomit. Some days I would show up at work in the AM with a chocolate bar and a travel mug full of juice (and I'm talking fruit drink, not 100% fruit juice). And do you know what, I never apologized for it. I knew what I could and couldn't handle and what I needed to get me through the morning without vomiting - too much. I took my vitamins and ate healthy as often as my tummy allowed it and I never once doubted my ability to be a good mother!
Anyways, I hope this is helpful to someone, or at least that it will give you a good laugh! This is my life!
P.S. I am in no way being compensated for my above recommendations. I truly just wanted to pass along the things that worked for me. I'm sure anyone looking at this list for tips will come up with their own list by the time their pregnancy is over - and I'd love to read it!!!