Pregnancy Essentials

Today I got to talk with Texas Living about a few of my pregnancy essentials this time around. Granted, there are many more I didn’t have a chance to mention in my 5 minute time slot (leggings, comfy shoes, vanilla cokes, a great partner!), but here are the ones I did get a chance to feature:

Scroll to the bottom to check out the video of my segment.

BLANQI Body Styler- LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this. I can NOT exclaim my love enough for it. I found the BLANQI when I was nearing the end of my pregnancy with Leyna, and it was the perfect alternative to the horrendous maternity belts I thought I’d have to wear to relieve that I’ve-been-riding-a-horse-all-day feeling I was having from carrying her so low. I had my lovely, 33 week pregnant model Trisha show it off for us today (and I was wearing mine, too).

Boppy Custom Fit Total Body Pillow- A good body pillow is a MUST for nearly all stages of pregnancy. The problem I have with the one I’ve been using the last 2 pregnancies is sometimes it can be too much pillow for me. I am so excited to try out this one by Boppy because it actually comes apart in 3 pieces, so you can just piece together the parts that work best for you. For me? I’m in love with my memory foam pillow for my head, so I’ll probably go without the top portion of the Boppy Custom Fit Total Body Pillow.

Earth Mama Angel Baby- It’s always nice to pamper yourself, especially when you’re pregnant! The products by Earth Mama Angel Baby are made with pregnant mamas (and new mamas and babies) in mind. All natural and organic, they are free of nasty toxins, and they smell wonderful.

Cuipo Sigg Water Bottle-  It’s so super important to stay hydrated when you’re pregnant. I try to keep a water bottle with me at all times, one that I know won’t leach nasty chemicals into the water like disposable plastic water bottles are known to do. I was happy to feature the Cuipo water bottles by Sigg because the designs are happy AND for every bottle you buy, you save a square meter of rainforest. And who doesn’t want a better world with more protected rainforest for their baby? You can learn more about Cuipo’s misson here. 

Finally, with a little help from my friends who have been there and done that, I came up with a bucket of stuff that we all agreed is random, but totally helpful for that awful morning all day sickness. I filled it with:

Saltines, graham crackers, lemon drops, Sour Patch Kids, cinnamon candies (discs), pickles, Izze clementine sodas, mac & cheese, and even some instant mashed potatoes (because sometimes all you can eat is potatoes, and you don’t have it in you to cook a real potato, and your fetus wants it NOW, and it doesn’t care about processed versus whole foods… I speak from experience). Oh! And pickles because yeah.

If all else fails, in the words of Mae Winter, at least you’ve got a bucket.

You can watch me demonstrate all the products I listed above on my latest Texas Living segment in the video below.

  • Jill - you seem to be mentioning pickles twice. I guess they are important ;-)ReplyCancel

  • Katherine Stone - Look how awesome you are Jill Williams Krause. Great work!ReplyCancel

  • danielle - I adore you. It has been so wonderful having you a few steps ahead of me with this pregnancy (apparently, I am not very good at being pregnant). You are incredibly helpful. Thank you for your honesty and REAL take on being pregnant. This is #2 for me but I am still soaking up all of the advice I can get. This post is great. (I’m also really emotional today – sorry if this sounds weird)ReplyCancel

    • Jill - Awww! I adore you, too! So nice to have people to commiserate with. And yes, the hormones. I can’t even tell you how many times I cried last weekend.ReplyCancel

  • Emily T. - Be careful with those waterbottles! They’re very easy for children (and adults!) to get their tongues stuck in and they have to be sawed off!!!
    http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/kids-tongues-stuck-water-bottles-kill-doctors-article-1.1236701ReplyCancel

    • Jill - I saw that! Luckily, I don’t give the kids anything that dispenses liquid without some sort of sippy top on it. Annnndddd I don’t really stick my tongue inside of water bottles… when I’m sober.ReplyCancel

  • kristin - The best thing I found was ginger chews from trader joes.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer @ Also Known As...the Wife - Sour Patch Kids and Jolly Ranchers were the best thing to stave off the all day nauseated feeling.

    And what pregnant lady doesn’t like pickles?! Well actually I prefer to dip my sandwiches in the juice but still it’s the same taste. I love the always chilled dill pickles.ReplyCancel

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