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Third Trimester Essentials

I have to say, I don’t hate the third trimester quite as much as I thought I would. Yes, I do feel like I’m carrying around a bowling ball under my dress at all times, and I’m still rather tired all the time, but getting closer and closer to my due date has actually made me feel less frustrated by the restraints of pregnancy. Perhaps it’s the hope of meeting Jack so soon, or knowing it won’t be long before I start feeling a bit like my old self again. Regardless, though I haven’t been a big fan of pregnancy overall, I don’t hate it quite as much at the moment and for that I’m super thankful.

Below are several items I’ve been relying on over this final trimester to make life a bit more comfortable and enjoyable while I wait to meet my little guy…

3rd Trimester Essentials via @natalieborton

Decaf Lattes
Since I’m not into spending $5 each morning on a coffee shop latte, I’ve been making my own at home with my Nespresso. It’s a wonderful morning indulgence that makes me feel pampered, and it’s so, so easy to do: steam my milk (I have a Capresso), put a pod in the Nespresso, press start, and combine espresso and milk in a mug. Done and done.

Thank You Notes
After my baby shower, it’s thank you note nation over here!! How perfect is this Rifle Paper Co. mixed set from BirchBox?!? Love, love, love.

Nightgowns
Since I am basically always overheating—even with the air conditioning blasting!—I’ve switched from leggings to nightgowns for lounging and sleeping. The ones I have were lent to me by a friend, but something simple like the Whisper Jersey Nightshirt from J.Crew (in a size or two up from your usual size), or the Relaxed Fit Maternity Nightgown from Motherhood is totally my style, too.

1L Water Bottle
A few months ago I realized I was still struggling every day to be drinking the 80-100 oz per day of water my doctor had recommended I drink. While I loved the look and feel of my water bottle, it was only 20 oz and I had to refill it too many times during the day. Thus, I did some research and found myself a gorgeous 1L glass water bottle by BKR. It’s a bit pricey, but it’s done wonders for my hydration. I just drink three a day: one before noon, another before 4pm and a third before bed. It’s never been easier to drink almost 100 oz a day, and I swear all of this water intake is the reason why I haven’t gotten swollen ankles yet.

Easy Snacks
I find that in the third trimester, I’m always hungry and nothing ever sounds that appetizing except for cheese, crackers and fruit. So that’s basically my lunch every single day. I switch up the type of cheese, type of cracker and type of fruit a bit, but my favorite combo is Trader Joe’s Raisin Rosemary Crisps with Havarti and a big bunch of grapes. Yum.

Comfy Shoes
Sperry Topsider boat shoes have been my go-to! Easy to slip on, supportive, well-cushioned and definitely cute. Brian got me the gold ones several years ago and though I’ve always loved them, they’ve gotten way more wear this year than ever before.

Curling Iron
During a time when my body feels stretched, sweaty and tired, having nice hair is just, well, nice. I’ve tried so many products out there, but I’m still loyal to my Conair You Curl XL Curling Wand.

Supportive Swimsuit
Since I’ve been pregnant during the summer and I live by the beach, a supportive swimsuit has been a must for me for all three trimesters. That, and being in the water is especially appealing when you’re pregnant in August. I prefer a bikini to allow for a growing bump, and because bare bumps are pretty dang cute when you’re swimming! My personal favorite is by RahRah Designs—I have their scripted monogram navy blue top and plain navy blue bottoms (in one size up from my pre-pregnancy bottoms size). It’s the only bikini I’ve worn all summer!

Mascara
Though I usually don’t really wear mascara, I’ve found it to be the perfect pick-me-up for my pregnancy face, which often feels quite tired. I’ve been using Covergirl Lash Blast Fusion in brown for months and love it.

Natural Deodorant
Pregnancy is a sweaty endeavor, people—especially during the summer. After trying what felt like every single natural brand on the market, I recently discovered one by Arm & Hammer that smells good (I have the Fresh scent), isn’t expensive and actually works.

Swing Dresses
My two favorites for the summer—the Puella Savant Swing Dress in stripe and ASOS Maternity Sleeveless Swing Dress in black—are sadly sold out now. But I definitely recommend checking out the current swing dresses at Anthropologie and ASOS for other similar options. The Anthro dress isn’t even maternity and has worked for my entire pregnancy.

4 Comments

  • Reply
    Jessaca
    August 27, 2014 at 6:52 am

    You know, when I first read early in your pregnancy, I wasn’t understanding how almost traumatizing, mentally and physically, it is to be preggo. I loved every bit of my first pregnancy. Loved it! This second time around it’s been tougher, and I never thought I would be one of those women that would look forward to getting my body back. I’m pretty much in constant pain (girdle pain is the worst), had migraines, and am so hormonal I don’t recognize myself. So virtual hugs to you. I feel you! Hang in there, and know that if you decide to do it again, every pregnancy is completely different. It sounds like a myth, but totally true!

    I’m still looking for the Arm & Hammer deodorant. My Target didn’t carry it. Also, do you know a good tutorial on curling hair? I hate doing my hair, but even when I do my hair I struggle with what to do with it and it’s super thick and takes forever to do, which makes actually putting effort into it not worth it sometimes. I want to break that habit though!

    • Reply
      Natalie Lynn Borton
      August 27, 2014 at 8:18 am

      The Arm & Hammer is definitely hard to find—I found it at Walgreens, but it might be easier to just order it online. Also, regarding the hair tutorial, this one should be helpful (it’s about curling thick hair in 5 minutes!): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOSy_5SjTBc

      • Reply
        Alex
        September 5, 2014 at 8:10 pm

        Question – does the natural deodorant recommend not using on recently shaved skin? I haven’t found one that does

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