I previously shared my first trimester and second trimester necessities, and today I’m excited to share my third trimester necessities! During the third trimester, the baby is big which causes some discomfort, and my feet were swollen which made getting dressed a little difficult. I really loved being pregnant even with all of its challenges, but I’m really glad that baby girl is finally here! Here are my necessities:
Basq stretch mark butter:
The third trimester unfortunately brought along some angry looking stretch marks. I decided to make a switch in the belly butter that I was using and I ordered the Basq stretch mark butter. This cream is supposed to help prevent new stretch marks, and heal existing ones. Let’s hope that some of these stretch marks fade!
I had swollen feet which was challenging. The only shoes that fit were my sneakers, so I had to purchase a couple pairs of new shoes in bigger sizes. I ended up ordering a pair of mules from Amazon because I figured without having a back to them, they would fit my swollen feet better than any other kind of shoes. They were definitely the perfect choice and they are under $30!
The third trimester brought exhaustion that is similar to the first trimester. It was also a lot more difficult for me to move around, and doing simple tasks can just be tiring sometimes. With this, I tried to rest more and listen to my body when it told me to slow down!
I had sciatic nerve pain throughout much of my pregnancy, and during the third trimester I started going to physical therapy. This helped strengthen my back, and they also taught me some stretches to do at home to help!
I’ve mentioned maternity leggings before, but I was living in them at the end of my pregnancy. This pair by Blanqi is by far my favorite and they are worth the splurge!
Here are the items that I’m currently craving this week! Even though the holidays are over now which always leaves me feeling a little sad, I’m still wanting to stay cozy and snuggle up at home. I’ve rounded up some of the perfect items for this including these fun pajamas by Kate Spade that say ‘baby it’s cold outside.’ How amazing are those?! I’m also loving the idea of snuggling up with this tassel blanket, a cup of chai tea in one of these cute pink mugs, and warm slippers while hanging out with baby girl. Which is your favorite, and what are you currently craving?
Top: Kate Spade pajamas | Nordstrom blanket | Belle and June tea cups | Kate Spade hat
Bottom: Chai tea concentrate | Polka dot pillow | Ugg slippers
At the end of my pregnancy, this is the kind of outfit that I was living in! I loved wearing a longer top, support leggings, and a cardigan because it was comfortable when I was feeling very uncomfortably pregnant. I started wearing leggings as pants, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do and they were practically the only thing that fit me at the time. This embroidered top from Old Navy was definitely one of favorite maternity purchases! I really love the detailing, and during the summer I even wore it with a pair of maternity denim shorts so it is definitely a versatile top for a maternity wardrobe.
What do you think of embroidery?
Old Navy maternity top | Long cardigan | c/o Rebecca Minkoff bag via Tanger Outlets in Mebane | Maternity leggings | J.Jill boots | Gray hat
Photos by GloryRoze Photography
It’s a rare sight to see me without painted nails, and it’s definitely no secret that I love getting my nails done! If you follow me on Instagram and watch my Instagram Stories, you know that Paintbase is my favorite salon to go to if you’re in the Raleigh area. I have a membership there, and their basic gel manicures are definitely my weakness. I love taking the time out to relax and treat myself, and this is something that I’ll still try to do when I can now that Charlotte has arrived! If you’re in need of a new nail polish color to try, I wanted to showcase my top 3 favorite nail polishes for winter by OPI. OPI is one of my favorite brands to wear because they are long lasting, but this post isn’t sponsored in anyway.
This is hands down my favorite nail polish during the Fall and Winter. There is nothing better than ‘Lincoln Park After Dark’, and it’s the nail polish that you’ll find me wearing most often. It’s a gorgeous dark purple that almost looks black, and it’s a color that looks great on everyone!
Another color that I love is ‘Liv in the Grey’ from OPI’s Washington DC collection. It can be hard to find the right shade of gray, and this one is the perfect dark color for Winter.
If you’re looking for a festive red, I really love ‘Malaga Wine’ for a deeper red. However, if you’re looking for a more traditional Christmas red, then ‘OPI Red’ is also another great choice!
What’s your favorite nail polish color for Winter?