March 19, 2023
If you’ve kept up with my pregnancy podcast, you’ll know that I’m a few weeks away from my third trimester. Now seems like as good a time as any to share the things that singlehandedly carried my through my fifth pregnancy for my fourth baby earthside, right?
Congratulations! You’re pregnant! You’ve made it through the two week wait, which is a feat in and of itself, and you’re growing a human in.side.your.body. I’ll never get over it! I’ve had one loss in the past so while I’m currently in my fourth second trimester, this was my fifth first trimester. I’ve learned so much each pregnancy and while each one has been different, a few things remain true: 1. This won’t last forever. 2. Grace abounds. You can only do your best minute to minute and you must give yourself grace and ask it of those who love you for as long as you’re in the struggle. 3. Carbs win. 4. Rest at all costs and 5. Mothers around the world are joining in this struggle with you and that brings me comfort every time!
This isn’t an exhaustive list, of course. Preparation H, Flowy dresses and Gin-gins would be included too, if that were the case! Instead, I wanted to share the things that I believe truly made the experience bearable this time around. For context, I found out I was pregnant at 3 weeks, was hit with the crippling exhaustion at 5 weeks and the worst of the nausea stretched between 6.5-15 weeks.
This first photo is me in both of these first two essentials here at 24 weeks pregnant. Not the Lululemon version of the leggings, though, but the Amazon flare leggings linked in that paragraph. They’re an absolute dream, friends.
Go-To Knit: Hear me out. This sweater is super expensive and I won’t lie to you and tell you it does anything a $19.99 crewneck from Target won’t do. I bought a couple of these sweatsuits years ago and fell in love with the shape as well as the fact that they hold that exact shape and color even after a million washes–something I can’t say about my Target knits. I love how oversized the sweater is when I’m in those early weeks and not telling people yet and want to still looked pulled together. Now that I’m almost in my third trimester, I love that it still fits perfectly and looks great with leggings, jeans or the matching sweats I haven’t given up on yet.