Current Obsessions: August
Hi loves! I’m back with another round of Current Obsessions, a blog containing my favorite products that I’ve been loving this month.
For August, I decided to break it up into pregnancy and non-pregnancy related products since I know not everyone is going to find the pregnancy recommendations relevant. Hope this helps!
I feel like my mind is moving at a million miles per minute and trying to learn as much as possible before our baby girl arrives, which means I’m experimenting with new products and companies like crazy. And reading ALL the books. (Stay tuned for next week’s post on my top 5 pregnancy book picks!)
There’s also new “hot” nutrition products popping up every day (like Daily Harvest), so I use this blog as a way to give you my real opinion on whether a product deserves a thumbs up or needs some work. If there’s a brand you want me to look in to, leave it in the comments and I’ll check it out!
Here you go. Enjoy the list!
I’m more of a cook than a baker, but these Simple Mills baking mixes make me feel like a champ! The ingredients are super clean, although I wish they were 100% organic. Whenever I’m craving something sweet (which is frequently these days!), I whip up a batch of their cookies or muffins and they last me all week.
Plus, the mixes are versatile, so it’s easy to add your own ingredients and still make them taste delicious. A few weeks ago I made “lactation muffins” for a friend of mine who just had a baby and added Brewer’s yeast, flaxseed meal, and oats to the already delicious recipe and they came out great. I highly recommend giving Simple Mills a try! Their crackers are also legit. I believe Whole Foods sells them as does Thrive Market.
Wear Lively actually reached out to me on Instagram to give their bras a try. I’m always skeptical of bras, especially because mine keep growing and it’s difficult to find something comfortable these days.
They sent me this cross back bralette, and I have to say I’m a huge fan. This post is not sponsored, so that’s a testament to how much I’ve enjoyed wearing the bra! The material is incredibly soft and I plan on ordering more in the coming months.
As our little babe grows, she places pressure on all of my organs, making it really difficult to eat large meals. As much as I crave huge salads and lots of veggies, they are actually the most difficult foods for me to eat. I was worried at one point that I wasn’t getting the proper amount of greens and superfoods, so I went back to an old product I’ve loved for years but haven’t been using—Amazing Grass Superfood Powder! It comes in several flavors and is also great for kids. You can add it to their smoothies without them even knowing.
I tend to add it to my smoothies, but Ryan (my husband) has it first thing in the morning mixed with some water before his breakfast. It’s a great supplement to your diet, pregnant or not, since most of us aren’t consuming enough greens on a daily basis.
I scoured the internet for a sunscreen that was non-toxic but rubbed on easily. I’ve tried Coola, MyChelle, Honest Company, and a few others. The sprays often leave me splotchy after a few hours in the sun, so I was looking for a lotion that was spreadable and didn’t leave any nontoxic white residue. Beautycounter’s Protect All Over Sunscreen was the winner and I’ve been using it all summer long! A little pricier than the brands you’ll find in Target, but a little goes a long way and the clean ingredients are worth it.
5. Healing Home Foods Raw Crackers
I love a good, crunchy snack during pregnancy. At one point, I found myself going through a bag of chips (even if they were healthy) every few days. I love Healing Home Foods crackers and granolas, and it's a bonus that they're made locally in Pound Ridge, NY. They're all organic, raw, and full of healthy fats and protein from raw almonds. The pizza flavor is my fave!
Baby Morgan has been sitting low since day one. At 29 weeks, she has yet to move up in my uterus, which is a major plus as we get closer to labor—but for now, having her sit low is quite painful.
I also developed some not-so-pleasant symptoms from how low she’s been sitting to the point where I have to use a cooling pack (down there) and bellyband daily. The babybellyband has been LIFE-CHANGING. I use the band as well as the groin supports, and together they help relieve the pressure of her little body on my lower parts. If you ladies have a baby who’s been ready to come out for months like mine (ha, let’s hope!), this belly band could be the key to finding comfort in day-to-day life until your little one arrives.
There’s a gazillion books on pregnancy and at first, I wanted to order all of them. Then I realized I would never have the time to read more than 10 or so books throughout these 10 months, so I based my picks on friends’ recommendations. My personal picks are coming out in a blog Thursday, but for now I will say that Real Food For Mother And Baby has been one of my top two favorites.
There’s so much nonsense surrounding pregnancy, and the vast majority of the advice we hear is old school and not necessarily based on facts. Nina breaks down her food recommendations by trimester, and even dives into busting pregnancy myths including enjoying the occasional glass of wine and eating fish, both of which I’ve done throughout my pregnancy in moderation. Her advice has really helped me focus on certain foods throughout each trimester, and now that I’m in my third, it’s all about healthy fats and protein! Bring on the wild salmon, butter, and eggs.
There are six supplements I’m taking on a daily basis: prentatal vitamins, vitamin D3, 5-MTHF, zinc, B-12, and cod liver oil. As I mentioned, my tummy is tiny these days, and sometimes it’s impossible to get all of these in. My prenatal is three large pills per serving, so this is the one I tend to want to skip, even though it’s one of the most important.
Enter: Smarty Pants Gummies. If I have a day where my regular prenatal feels like too much, I eat the gummies instead. Made without artificial dyes or anything processed, you can feel good about chewing them down—maybe except for the added sugar. But honestly, I’d rather get the vitamins in than worry about the sugar!
I’ll be sharing our birth plan at a later date, but for now I will say that Ryan and I decided to hire a doula and partake in the Hypnobabies Course. We will be in a traditional hospital setting at Stamford Hospital, but everything I’m practicing is geared towards attempting a natural childbirth. That being said, I’m not married to anything that’s on my birth plan because I know this is not something I can control. I’m prepping and doing what I can to be in the right state of mind, but other than that, I’m leaving the rest up to nature.
I decided I didn’t want to do an in-person hypnosis course and chose Hynobabies instead based on a few recommendations. It’s been amazing! I do the lessons on my own, and give Ryan a “crash course” on anything I feel is relevant to him and his role. It’s sometimes difficult to listen to the hypnosis tracks daily, but I do my best to make it work. I’m only 1/3 the way done and I already feel so confident in my body’s ability to give birth and prepared on what I need to do in the hospital in order to have an experience that is less invasive and as positive as possible. It’s definitely not for everyone, but worth investigating if you’ve ever thought about hypnosis during childbirth and want to learn about the ins and outs of what really is necessary medically during labor.
Thanks for being here, dolls! xo