AD– I have been kindly gifted a few of the products mentioned within this post, however, all opinions are my own.
Before I knew I was pregnant I never really took care of my body as well as I should have. As soon as I found out I was growing our little miracle something inside me changed. Pregnancy for me was all about making sure I was happy, healthy and as comfortable as I could possibly be. During those 39 weeks of joy (cough cough, I mean torture) I tried many different remedies to help get me through. There’s no denying that the first trimester is HARD but if you’re anything like me the first trimester never ended.
I was only 5 weeks pregnant when I found out we were having a baby. Due to suffering from a lot of very early signs of pregnancy I was scheduled in to go and have an early scan. I never realised it was possible to be experiencing symptoms like this so early on but here I am living proof.
What are the first signs of pregnancy might you ask? Well, for me it was all about nausea. I felt sick from the moment I woke up all the way until the moment I fell back to sleep. I know everybody’s experiences with pregnancy and labour are completely different but this is my story.
Here are the top products that helped me get through the rough and tough pregnancy times.
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MYRTLE & MAUDE PREGNANCY ESSENTIALS:
Myrtle and Maude are such a fantastic company when it comes to getting quality pregnancy essentials. Not only do their products come beautifully designed but they are also made from the most beneficial ingredients. Each product has been carefully crafted to give babies and mums to be the best start in life. You can read about each of their products on their website in much more detail however, I have decided to share my favourites today. Not only do they sell some great bits they also help women through their pregnancy journeys by offering guidance, support and of course life-saving products. I love to help support local businesses like Myrtle & Maude so please do take some time to go and check them out.
To help you through any queasy day you will need peppermint. Peppermint was an absolute lifesaver for me during my pregnancy. I probably consumed way more than the recommended amount but then again it did help me a lot. One of the best products you can use for your morning sickness has to be Myrtle & Maudes Bon Bons enriched with vitamin B6 and made with 100% natural peppermint oil. Not only were they delicious but the natural oil used really did help reduce my sickness too.
LOT’S OF WATER:
Within the next 12 weeks, water will become your best friend! During the first stages of pregnancy your body works tirelessly hard so it’s very easy to become dehydrated. I’m someone who quite often forgets to drink throughout the day but at the beginning, I was devouring litres of water each day. Make sure you get yourself a water bottle and fill it up ready and make sure you are always in reach of a toilet! (whether that’s for morning sickness or pee I’m not here to judge).
I imagine you’ve heard but ginger is a fantastic natural remedy for almost everything. That doesn’t stop at pregnancy either so get yourself some ginger because you’re going to need it. Ginger is another really great source to help with those queasy days. Myrtle & Maude also offer a 100% organic Peppermint & Ginger Tea which is a great way to get your daily intake. I’m actually someone who dislikes the taste of ginger however, these were a lot nicer than I imagined they were going to be. I used to have a cup of ginger tea every morning when I first woke up and 7/10 times it did really help.
Acupressure wristbands are another must in the pregnancy wellbeing world! These were something that I only ever knew of as a child when I used to get car sick who knew they would help me in labour too. The science behind this product is actually rather interesting. Basically, a plastic stud on the wristband will push down and stimulate the P6 (or Nei-Kuan) acupressure point. It has been proven that pressure on this point will help to relieve nausea and vomiting. Although I have not tried them I do believe you can purchase these from Myrtle & Maude too.
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Firstly, a big well done to you! You’ve finally made it past the first trimester and you’re well on your way to the big day now. The first thing you need to do is go and grab yourself some maternity clothes if you haven’t already. Oh my goodness, they are an absolute dream to wear. It’s time to accept you can no longer fit into your old clothes and that elastic bands around the waist is your future. I’m 15 months postpartum and still wearing my big black hospital knickers let alone elastic waists.
As you start to get even closer to your due date you will notice nesting begin to settle in. This was by far my favourite stage of my pregnancy and I so wish I could nest now. There was something so satisfying about cleaning absolutely everything and ensuring my home was perfect for our new arrival. I don’t just mean a bit of polish and a quick hoover but a complete household detox all day, every day. Although, they say you should try to rest as much as you can towards the end of your pregnancy. But, if you’re anything like me make sure you have those cleaning products ready just in case.
RASPBERRY LEAF TEA:
Next on the list is Raspberry Leaf Tea. By regularly drinking Raspberry leaf it is believed to help strengthen uterine muscles, tone the pelvic floor and encourage efficient contractions in preparation for labour and birth. I personally didn’t try this product but I have heard many amazing things. So many people recommended me drinking raspberry leaf tea to help get things moving but I never got around to trying it. If you are looking for ways to bring on labour then definitely give this a try. I have heard many good things about Myrtle & Maude’s raspberry leaf tea so I got some ready for next time.
ORGANIC FENUGREEK AND FENNEL TEA:
Last but not least we have Myrtle & Maude’s 100% organic fenugreek and fennel tea. Another product I never got around to trying but as it does not go out of date I will be saving it for my next pregnancy. I really struggled with breastfeeding Alexis so I definitely want to try again the second time around. Fenugreek and fennel tea is used to help increase your supply of breast milk during nursing. I am hoping that with the help of Myrtle and Maude I will be able to supply my second child with breastmilk.
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Myrtle & Maude is a family run business that has helped mums-to-be for over three generations. A passion for natural and organic ingredients have been part of both Jules and Matty’s families. Going all the way back to both of their grandmothers – Myrtle & Maude. I am all for supporting new and independent stores especially when they have great motives. This company helped me through some of the toughest days and I could not have been without them. If you are currently struggling then please read this post and seek help from the professionals. Whether you are 5 weeks pregnant or 39 weeks pregnant there is help out there.
There’s no doubt about it that Labour and giving birth can be scary. You don’t know what’s going to happen but you just hope and pray everything goes ok. For me, it was definitely the unknown that worried me but with the help of hypnobirthing, I was able to overcome this fear. If you’re interested in learning more about hypnobirthing make sure to check out my other pregnancy-related posts.