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Pregnancy is a world like no other. It is so much different from normal everyday life and there is a lot to learn.
You need a complete list of pregnancy essentials to get through it!
Not only do you need to learn about the new life that’s on it’s way, but you have to learn ways to cope with how you’re feeling. All of the new emotions, aches and pains can be a lot to handle. It was a lot for me to handle.
You have probably heard stories your whole life about the many side effects of pregnancy, but you probably didn’t think you would experience every single one of them.
There are some twin moms who win the lottery and don’t experience it all, however, the bulk of the twin moms I have talked to did in fact experience it all.
I felt like I was always trying to find new ways to make myself more comfortable. First it was morning sickness (all day sickness in my case), then dizziness and headaches, heartburn, restless legs and eventually it even got hard to breathe and walk. Those were just a few of the discomforts twin pregnancy gifted me.
Through a lot of trial and error, I found a list of pregnancy essentials that really truly helped during my pregnancy. I hope these things can help you too!
Pregnancy Essentials (twins edition)
The First Trimester-
They say the most common side effect of the first tri is morning sickness. Well let me tell you- it is also the most brutal. And don’t even think for a second it will stick to the hours before noon. I was sick every day from wake till about five or six pm. I was also super dizzy during that time. What worked best for me was:
- Pregnancy pops (for driving)
- Canned ginger ale
- Plain foods (think rice, mashed potatoes, buttered noodles, saltines)
- Canned pears (god send!)
A few other things that were helpful during the first tri were:
- Maternity bras (without wires)- my boobs were super sensitive and I couldn’t handle the pressure from my usual Victoria’s Secret push-ups
- Cozy blanket- you will be so extremely exhausted that you’re going to want something cozy for lunchtime naps. I took a lunchtime name quite a few times (and only woke up late once!)
- Books- I started reading these books early on so I had plenty of time to finish them!
The Second Trimester-
Oh the golden hour! All symptoms are supposed to disappear and you get a ton of energy, right?! Nope. Wrong. That might happen in a singleton pregnancy, but the second tri for us twin mommas is a time when our overwhelming emotions tire us out by mid afternoon. Not only that, but you’ll also start getting really big, and really uncomfortable. Here are the things that helped me most:
- Huge water bottle (getting up less is always better)
- A LOT of snacks
- Notepad for purse (hello forgetfulness!)
- Costco pack of TUMS!
- Liners (you’ll probably be leaking…)
- Belly lotion
- Pony tails (doing your hair everyday is not something you’ll want to spend your lacking energy doing)
- Pregnancy pillow
- Lush bath bombs! (take as much baths as you can, while you can!)
The Third Trimester-
OH YAY! You MADE it to the third trimester. I woke up and danced around my room once I made it into the third trimester. No, I am not joking. It is a HUGE deal for twin mommas! Unfortunately, the way your body will be treating you will make you want them to just take the babies anyways. My biggest complaint was the swelling. I was HUGE. Here are the last couple things that helped me through my final days:
- Compression socks (sorry about your extreme swelling ): it will go away!)
- HUGE shoes (again, the swelling)
- Maternity yogas
I think that sums up what I found essential during my twin pregnancy. I hope you found this list helpful and the rest of your pregnancy goes well! Get your hair done and pedicure while you can 😉
In the mean time, make sure to check out my complete review of the three pregnancy trimesters down below!
Please leave a comment and let the rest of us know of any tips you might have that were essential during your pregnancy!
For more pregnancy tips, check out this post from Porch.com all about how to have a happy pregnancy at home!