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There are certain things about pregnancy that are not always fantastic. Like gaining 60 lbs, varicose veins, insomnia, acne, hair loss, stretch marks, hemorrhoids, restless legs, constant vomiting, bitchiness, etc (Hope I scared the shit out of all of you first time moms in your first trimester!).

BUT! I have found there are some things that make pregnancy a bit easier. I’ve had like 8/10 of those awesome symptoms listed above, and there are a few pregnancy indulges/must haves that made the not-so-great parts of pregnancy a little easier, more comfortable, and less IM GOING TO RIP YOUR AORTA OUT.

The Top Ten Pregnancy Must Haves …..(Or ten things you should indulge yourself in while pregnant)

10. Baths.
You must have baths (or showers) regardless to be a civilized member of society, but during pregnancy, you should have more baths. You should go buy some fancy bubble bath (and supervise your child at all times so when you go get something in the next room you don’t come back to find it has been emptied into the bath tub so someone can wash her My Little Ponies {LILY}) and get some candles and have a bubble bath everyday. Sometimes my restless legs are so bad I have to sit in a warm bath 3 times a day. It helps loads. Also, I get to escape Max and Ruby and or boxing/whatever dude show is on tv at the time for a while.

9. Access to Pregnancy Apps.
During my times of insomnia, I will open my pregnancy apps on my iPhone and lose myself in the information, drama, hilarity and nonsense of a couple of my favourite pregnancy apps. My absolute favourite is Baby Bump and the Community Forums feature. Sure, some of the women on there are catty as H E double hockey sticks, but it can and will provide hours of entertainment. You can join a group with other expecting moms who are due to have their babies at the same time as you, or you can browse through groups such as Rants and Raves, Nursery Ideas, or General Pregnancy. Theres also day-to-day info on baby’s growth, a place to keep track of your bump photos, contraction timers and other preg stuff. Other awesome apps to search for in the app store are: Baby Center: My Pregnancy Today, Pregnancy Buzz by The Bump and Babble.com Pregnancy Tracker.

8. Maternity Clothes You Actually Like.
Your cousin Brenda gave you a box of maternity clothes. Awesome! Except that nobody wears mumu’s anymore, and that red and white striped turtleneck is going to make you look like a giant-sized Tumorous Candy Cane.
Invest in a few pieces that you absolutely love. A few pairs of maternity jeans, maybe some black leggings, and some tank tops and shirts (depending on what season it is). Also, maternity clothes that are specifically maternity clothes are a GIANT rip off. Especially the shirts. Go up a few sizes bigger than your normal size instead. Leggings and long tops were a lifesaver for me.

7. Documentation
Take photos of yourself and your bump! Start a scrapbook, a journal, a blog, whatever. It’s important to document this short-lived but amazing time in your life. It doesn’t matter how gross or beautiful you feel during your pregnancy – you’re going to look back and think HOLY SHIT, LOOK AT ME! With my first, I took photos of myself at every few weeks and incorporated them into Lily’s scrapbook. With this pregnancy, I’ve been doing it every month or so, but the point is, the belly photos are there. It’s a big milestone; record it. Whether to be blasted on the internet, safely tucked away in a baby book, or locked up in a safe somewhere. Pregnancy rocks. For the most part. And if you can, hook yourself up with a professional maternity photo shoot.

6.Shoes
Ok, I’m a total shoe whore, but you must have a comfortable pair of shoes to wear. Your feet may get swollen and sore a lot quicker than your non pregnant feet. If its winter, get some good, comfortable boots with good grip on the bottom. If it’s summer, find a good pair of flats with arch support. Or if you’re like me and live in flip-flops from March-October, get some new flip-flops. Dont wear last years beat-up pair.

5. Books
Trashy novels for the hour wait before you get in to see your OB. Books for car rides to keep your mind off of your overflowing bladder. Pregnancy books. Child birthing books. Breastfeeding books. Borrow, buy, or loan from the library. Be informed. Or just buy yourself a Cosmo or Vogue or InStyle whenever you grow grocery shopping. You’ve earned it. You’re growing a human.

4. Pedicure
If you have ticklish feet like me, a pedicure can be torture. I plan on sucking it up in a week or so and going for one, however. I want nice, soft, painted toes while I am in the hospital after I give birth, when I look and feel like shit. If you can’t afford a pedicure, get your husband/boyfriend/sister/man living in your alley to paint your toes if you’re no longer able to reach them.

3. Yummy Coffee.
If you’re not a coffee drinker, this won’t pertain to you. Also, how do you function without coffee? Please email me and inform me. In ALL of my baby books, they say having one to two cups of coffee per day is totally fine. So go ahead and have a fancy Mocha Coconut Frappucino from Starbucks (i die, i die..) or a Tim Hortons Vanilla Latte, or whatever your poison is. GO FOR IT. Bottoms up.

2. Accessories
Accessories like necklaces, bracelets and earrings can be a pregnant gals best friend. I know sometimes when I am wearing the same leggings and tank tops over and over, a new necklace or earrings can make me feel a little more confident and less “I feel like I swallowed a Butterball Turkey!” They don’t have to be extravagant at all (Many shops have constant 2 for 1 sales on accessories), but sometimes just wearing something new can distract you from the fact that you’re feeling guilty you just ate two bagels and a half bag of Doritos for lunch, and your friends are rocking skinny jeans and flat stomachs. Those hussies.

1. Body pillows
This is the ultimate pregnancy indulgence. The MUST HAVE ITEM ABOVE ALL OF THE MUST HAVE ITEMS. I don’t know how I would ever manage my fifteen minutes of sleep a night without my body pillow. There are fancy pillows marketed just as maternity pillows, but a fifteen dollar body pillow from Jysk or Wal-Mart can do the same thing. It’s awesome support between your legs while you cuddle up to the top half. It’s basically my best friend and my husband is pretty much counting down the days until it’s not in our bed anymore. It does take up a tad bit of room, but it’s magical, and it’s worth it.

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