I had awful back pain during my pregnancy on Frankie so my midwife recommended a birthing ball and demonstrated the movements I should be practising such as pelvic rocking and doing hip circles in the shape of the number eight to relieve pain and discomfort, and to help baby move down. It definitely helped me so I would recommend a birthing ball especially even just for labour. Although I must warn you any small kids will fight over the ball.
B.O.N Oil Liquid Gold
In previous pregnancies I used Bio Oil to moisturize my expanding bump and skin but always found it oily and it took ages to dry in. This pregnancy I’ve swapped to B.O.N Oil Liquid Gold. It’s non greasy with a unique cocktail of natural plant oils including avocado, grape seed, and rose hip. It has a delicate rose fragrance so it smells divine, my skin is so soft, moisturized and my belly hasn’t been itchy once.
B.O.N Oil Liquid Gold is €14.99 and available in all good health stores and pharmacies.
Essencia Sweet Dreams Blend
I won a beautiful hamper at the Irish Parenting Blog Awards from Birthing Mama’s and I found this little gem in it. Essencia Sweet Dreams aromatherapy blend uses a combination of oils to promote feelings of relaxation, to soothe and calm the mind; ease anxiety and support a healthy sleep pattern during pregnancy. If I’ve had a stressful day it’s my go-to product and I love it’s rich chamomile and lavender fragrance. It’s recommended from 16 weeks.
A 50ml bottle of Essencia Aromatherapy Sweet Dreams blend is €9.99 and available HERE.
From the moment your bump begins to expand it can be a struggle to get comfortable at bedtime. I invested in a pregnancy pillow during my second trimester on Frankie, and it has made a reappearance already. I honestly don’t know what I’d do without it. There’s an added bonus with pregnancy pillows as they double up as a nursing pillow when your baby is born too.
Lush Bath Bombs
I’m a huge fan of baths and what’s a bath without a refreshing or relaxing bath bomb. If my back is aching, my feet are tender or if I just need a bit of pampering, I reach for my supply of Lush Bath Bombs and treat myself to a nice hot bath when the kids are in bed. There is so many to choose from, my favourites are Granny Takes a Dip, A French Kiss and Butterball.