There’s various items us women require when pregnant. They vary from individual to individual but there’s definitely a few staples we all NEED.
A good bra? Yes! A whole food based vitamin? Definitely! But listing those things is over done and would probably bore you to death. So, I've complied a list of some non-typical and a few expected items...because I'm typically as non-traditional as it gets and love to introduce you to the unexpected!
While this list may not seem like the obvious must haves of pregnancy, they are definitely things we could all benefit from...and in reality all need. Diving into my alternative health handbag I've come up with some really great options for all of us soon to be mammas. All of which will make our pregnancies smother, more delightful, and empowering.
Up first is a good belly butter (yes I know this a pretty common request, but these balms are just that good!) as I’m sure 100% of us don’t want itchy over stretched skin.
Second, a calm centered mentality…yea I know I’m not the only one who’s cried at commercials or snapped at their husbands about cleaning the dryer lint catch.
And last but probably most important...to be free of fear…fear of the unknown, our labor, and the pregnancy process. Who's with me?
Oh, and I suppose we need a few oversized pants and extra long tees. But I’m clearly not a fashion blogger, so we'll pass on those ones for this post.
Here’s the best in category I’ve found for each of these unexpected must haves. I’ve used them during my last 9 months and found consistent benefits from each and every one. Here it goes.
Two butters for you here because I’m indecisive and because who doesn’t like two options, right? I rotated them and found they were equally as wonderful at relieving itchiness, irritation, and that over stretched feeling.
BASK & CO. KOKUM BELLY & BODY BALM
A more pliable but none less powerful belly balm, Bask & Co. Kokum Belly & Body Balm is a great choice for nourishing that stretched skin. Of the two this would be the choice for vegans, as it’s animal product free. The butter stars kokum butter which is an antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant filled botanical found in India.
I find the balm ultra soothing and slightly faster absorbing than the AJ Balm. It’s combo of cocoa, shea, grapeseed, and coconut make a pale yellow whipped like texture balm that melts on contact. Fragranced with bergamot, lavender, and tea tree these essential oils also calming and promote healthy skin. The scent is light and fades quickly
Just as any good balm should, it stops itching, keeps skin baby soft and deeply hydrates. You can find it here in a 4oz glass jar for $21.