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July 13, 2017

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Hey there mamma-to-be!

Isn’t it fun to be a part of this new club? As I mentioned in my first post, we’re going to be talking about the ups, downs and the craziness of pregnancy. My downs so far have been nausea, heartburn, indigestion… it really sounds like a pink medicine ad doesn’t it?  But the ups really outweigh all of those symptoms. I mean, this is such a wonderful time in our lives, right?

What I’m loving about being pregnant.

When I first found out I was pregnant I couldn’t WAIT to tell our friends and family. I found the wait to be the hardest part. Now, not everyone waits and it’s all based on personal preference but my husband and I lost our first baby last December and we just really wanted to be 100% sure before we decided to share our incredible news. I love all of the guilt free naps, having people jump to open doors for me or to carry boxes to my car. Trust me, I’m taking full advantage of this pregnancy business. It’s kind of like having a super power just because you have a little human in your belly or feeling like your Beyonce for 9 months. Yes, that’s it… you’re Beyonce girl! Enjoy it now because once that baby arrives they will definitely take centre stage.

What’s not to love?

Well… I already listed a few of the not so pleasant symptoms and now I can add to that list. Recently, I’ve been waking up at about 3am with this burst of Bump Bars 4adrenaline. It’s 100% my pregnancy. Anyone else going through this? I toss and turn for about an hour or two and then, if i’m lucky, I can all back asleep. It’s like the baby is trying to prep me for my lack of sleep in my oh so near future. Right now I can still sleep on my stomach and I’m so thankful for that. I like to roll around a lot in my sleep. Some days I wake up and I’m sprawled out like a starfish in our bed. No wonder our dog stopped sleeping with us. I’m not really looking forward to not being able to sleep on my stomach OR my back. I don’t exactly know when that starts but I’m dreading it. I haven’t invested in a body pillow or wedge yet but I’ve been told I’m going to need one.

I’ve also been waking up STARVING in the middle of the night. This baby is definitely growing and needs a lot more food than it did at the beginning of my pregnancy. I’ve started sleeping with snacks next to the bed so that I don’t have to go down the stairs when I’m half awake. That doesn’t seem like a good combination. My go to midnight snack: BetterBump Bars. This way I don’t feel guilty because I know I need the nutrition and they’re great for the baby too. They were developed by a dietitian and a food scientist to help with maternal and lactation health. I have tried all three flavours and I’d say the cranberry hazelnut with dark chocolate is my favourite. Another symptom that is oh so common and not so comfortable during pregnancy is swollen feet.  I swear it’s the extra 20 pounds that I’ve gained already. My doctor swears that it’s normal to gain that much but it does worry me a little bit. I’m noticing the water retention in my hands and my feet and I have a feeling it’s only going to get worse the bigger this belly gets.

Stretch Marks

I had no idea that it’s suggested to start applying stretch mark cream just 1 month into your pregnancy! It wasn’t until month 3 that my friends were sharing their smooth belly secret and I was very late to the party. Get your cream as early as you can and apply it EVERYWHERE! I’m talking about your arms, your thighs, your hips, your belly and yes ladies, even your boobs. At this point, I’ve tried a few stretch mark creams and they’re all very different. Some smell like coconut, some have other scents, some are really thick, some are oils, butters and, of course, lotions. If it’s going to help me from getting those little marks all over my body then lather me up! I have to admit my favourite cream to put on during the day is by Mustela. It doesn’t have a scent which is great if you’re smothering yourself in lotion before you head out the door. It’s also extremely soothing because it’s not to thick and the best part…  ALL NATURAL ingredients. Think about it, you’re smothering that cream that will be absorbed into your body right on top of where your baby gets all of it’s nutrients. Mustela has avacado peptides to help with sensations of tightness, galactoarabinan (I had to look this one up) which is extracted from a larch tree to promote elasticity and beeswax with shea butter to really hydrate and moisturize your skin. The end result will leave your belly (and body) feeling supple and soft. Would love to know if you decide to try it. Please leave me a comment below if you do.

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Body Changes

This past weekend, baby and I crossed another milestone. I’ve got my linea nigra. I seriously thought I was going to get off scott-free and not get one but I was wrong. I’ve heard that if it’s all the way up to your bra line that you’re having a boy and if it’s below the belly button you’re having a girl. I have no clue what I’m having but mine’s below my belly button. Speaking of, that’s something else that is drastically changing. I didn’t even notice until the other weekend when a friend said WOW, you’re belly button is definitely going to pop. I thought… yikes! Every day it gets closer and closer to the edge and I’m just waiting for my bump to have another bump. Does it hurt when it pops out? I’ve heard it doesn’t always look the same after you have the baby and that worries me a bit. How far along are you supposed to be you when your belly button pops? Ok, I just googled that to save us all and of course I’m getting answers that vary from 24 weeks to 30 weeks and theirs still haven’t popped. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.

UPSIE

Of course everyone wants to start shopping for the baby but what about the mamma to be? What things can help us out when we’re pregnant? I had no idea. I have to share an item that I tried out recently though that gave me INSTANT relief.  It’s called the Upsie Belly by Belly Bandit and it’s fantastic! Once you get it on you feel instant support for your lower back but that’s not all it does. After doing a little research I am beyond impressed by what this belt can do:

  • eases sciatic, back & leg pain
  • helps to increase blood flow
  • decreases varicose veins, hernias and hemorrhoids
  • adds back, hip and abdominal support

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Sign me up! Oh, and another super ‘cool’ thing (just wait for it…) not only does the Upsie Belly help you during your pregnancy but it can also give you comfort after the baby is born for your healing belly. There are hot/cold packs that you can insert to give yourself some extra relief. Genius! I actually didn’t realize that I needed the back support until I put it on. You don’t know what you’re missing until you try it for yourself. (or win one! Enter below!)

Ok mammas, I’ll be back next week with some more helpful pregnancy info and a little more about my own pregnancy journey. Please let me know what kind of things you’d like me to talk about. Any burning pregnancy questions or concerns? Products you’d like me to test out? I’d love to hear from you!

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Leave a comment in this blog post that answers the question “What do/did you love most about being pregnant?” and log in to the Rafflecopter contest below. Click “I commented” for your chance to WIN a Belly Bandit Upsie Belly (valued at $94.99) for yourself. Contest ends Monday, July 17th at 11:59PM EST. Full contest rules can be found here.

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  • Jacqueline Man

    I’m loving that I can feel the baby kick and grow 🙂 Other than that – not liking the extra weight and swelling (currently in my 3rd trimester).

    • Jaclyn Colville

      I feel ya with the swelling Jacqueline. I’m only 25 weeks so I’ve got a bit to go before I’m in my 3rd trimester and I’m feeling the swelling in my feet and hands already. Would love your tips and tricks for dealing with that. At this point I just love baths but I know I have to be careful with how hot they are. Best of luck with the contest!

  • Sharon

    I love the kicking and hearing the babies heart beat

    • Jaclyn Colville

      I love hearing the babies heart beat too. It’s the best part of our doctors appointments isn’t it? I’m pretty sure that’s why they always save it until the end haha. Best of luck with your pregnancy Sharon!

  • Sarah Biggs

    I am currently pregnant with my second girl. My first pregnancy was great other than some heartburn and baby enjoying to kick my ribs, but this one is completely different, that is why I was so surprised I was having another girl. The pubic bone pain makes me almost immobile by the end of the day, which breaks my heart because I can’t keep up with my 3 yo. But I know that it is going to be worth it and am so excited to meet my new little one.

    • Jaclyn Colville

      Sarah, I’m so sorry to hear you’re having such a hard time with your pubic bone. I can’t imagine being pregnant and chasing around a 3 yo. I’d tell you to put your feet up but it doesn’t sound like that’s an option. I definitely think you’d love the Upsie. Best of luck girl! Congrats on your pregnancy. Before you know it you’ll have two beautiful girls <3

  • Larissa Visscher

    My favourite part of being pregnant was feeling the kicks ❤

    • Jaclyn Colville

      Congrats on your pregnancy Larissa. You’re not alone. A lot of soon to be mamma’s have been saying the exact same thing in this feed. Best of luck with the contest!

  • Nic

    I loved feeling baby kick and move inside my belly!

    • Jaclyn Colville

      I’m with ya girl!

  • Rachel

    My favourite part of my pregnancies has always been feeling the baby move. This time around, I love getting my oldest to feel his baby sister dancing around. His pure joy and excitement is amazing.

    • Jaclyn Colville

      Absolutely adorable Rachel. Thanks for sharing. Best of luck with the contest!

  • Ashley Nicki

    I will be 24 weeks this Saturday with our first! So far I love feeling the baby kick and move around! I am also loving the guilt free naps I’m getting, and buying things for baby!!

    • Jaclyn Colville

      I hear you about the ‘guilt free’ naps. I’d add snack to the list too haha. Congrats on your pregnancy Ashley. You and I are just one week apart ;).

  • Stephanie

    I love feeling the wiggles and little bumps sticking out of my stomach lol

    • Jaclyn Colville

      I love feeling them too. Haven’t been able to see any yet but my hubby felt them for the first time the other night. Such a surreal experience. Best of luck with the contest Stephanie <3

  • Michelle

    I love feeling my baby boy in my belly and will definitely miss this feeling once we welcome him into our world!!

    • Jaclyn Colville

      I have a feeling I’ll be in the same boat. Best of luck with your pregnancy Michelle!

  • Lorna Neely

    Definitely love feeling my babes move. Its also been so much fun going thru a pregnancy book with my 4 year old who is super excited to welcome a baby sister!

    • Jaclyn Colville

      How wonderful is that. So nice to have a sibling that’s so excited. Congrats on your pregnancy!

  • Lauren P

    I love how excited my husband and I are to become a family of 3. It’s a wonderful feeling knowing that our son is growing and developing, and we’ll get to meet him in just 3.5 months!!

    • Jaclyn Colville

      I so agree with you lauren! Congrats on your pregnancy. That 3.5 months will fly by I’m sure.

  • Kate

    I hate to say it, but stretch marks are largely genetic. You’ll either get them or you won’t, regardless of which organic balms you religiously apply. My first pregnancy I slathered myself in all the top belly butter products I could find and felt very smug and satisfied when I didn’t get any. My second pregnancy I remembered to apply Jergens about once a week starting around 20 weeks. Still didn’t get any. I’m now 37 weeks with my third, have remembered to lather up exactly once, and STILL don’t have any. My sister, mother, and grandmother didn’t have any either. It’s luck of the draw.
    (If it makes anyone feel better, my favourite part of pregnancy is giving birth because I suffer from HG basically the whole time.)

    • Jaclyn Colville

      Oh wow! That is actually so fascinating. I’ve never heard that stretch marks were based on your genetics. I know that my mom had them so I guess I’ll just have to wait my turn. Don’t have any yet… so here’s hoping they skip a generation haha. Thanks for the comment Kate. Last thing, I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone say that giving birth is their favourite part. 😉 Best of luck with your pregnancy (and the contest).

  • Pau

    My wife is currently 35 weeks and she loves feeling the baby move (so do I!).

    • Jaclyn Colville

      You are so sweet to enter this contest for your wife. Best of luck! And congrats on your pregnancy journey together.

  • Marijka Danielle

    I’m 21 weeks and so far I love feeling the baby move and being the only one who knows the gender (hubby didn’t want to know).

    The only downside so far has been sciatic pain since about week 10 so I’m definitely interested in trying out the Upsie 🙂

    • Jaclyn Colville

      WOW that’s a secret to keep. Did you tell anyone else or are you keeping it to yourself? Sorry to hear about the sciatic pain. I hope that goes away for you. The Upsie would definitely help. ESPECIALLY the hot and cold packs for it. Good luck sweetie!

      • Marijka Danielle

        So far I’ve only told 2 close friends that live a couple hours away so there’s no chance they will spill the beans to hubby! 🙂

        • Jaclyn Colville

          That is so much fun. Biggest secret of your life ;). Happy for you girl <3

  • Jaquie

    Hi Jackie! Mine popped really early, probabaly around 20 weeks, don’t worry, it didn’t hurt 🙂

    • Jaclyn Colville

      Interesting. Thank you SO MUCH for filling me in haha. They don’t list that on google but I was definitely curious. I’m 25 weeks now and it still hasn’t popped. I’m just waiting;). Thanks for the comment Jaquie. Great name!

  • Laura Hill

    Love feeling my baby move (currently 34 weeks with baby #2) and the way my daughter lights up whenever she hears the heartbeat at prenatal appointments. This pregnancy has been very different than my first!

    • Jaclyn Colville

      That is absolutely adorable! I love that your daughter is so excited to be a big sis. I do hear that every pregnancy is different. Even when it’s your second child and it’s the same sex as the first pregnancy. Congrats on this exciting time in your life!

  • Melissa M.

    I’m a newbie to pregnancy with this being my first! I’m still in the first trimester but I love learning about my baby’s development and size week by week (pregnancy apps are the best!). I am so excited for everything that is to come!

    • Jaclyn Colville

      I’m with you girl! I am in my second trimester now and I literally watch those update videos every single week. Congrats on your pregnancy!

  • Tasha

    Feeling baby move

    • Jaclyn Colville

      Totally agree.

  • Alice

    Feeling the baby move!

    • Jaclyn Colville

      I loved this as well. For the longest time I didn’t know if it was actually the baby or not… now I’m 100% positive haha. I just wish it wouldn’t move so much at night time. <3

  • Nicole Leger

    I loved buying a new wardrobe!

    • Jaclyn Colville

      Definitely a perk;). I completely agree with ya.

  • Vivian WH Lee

    feeling the movements correspond to me talking to the baby

    • Jaclyn Colville

      I absolutely agree with you there! It’s such a surreal feeling.

  • Jaclyn Colville

    We are just one week apart Leslie! I honestly didn’t think I was having back pain until I tried the Upsie and noticed the support. It’s pretty amazing. Best of luck with the contest. I hope you find some back pain relief.

  • Melissa

    I love feeling the baby move! Currently 32 wks with second baby. Also love comparing the two pregnancies !