I’m at the 20-week point of my pregnancy. Officially halfway! It hasn’t exactly been a breeze this far, but I’m grateful to be feeling (mostly) well and that I haven’t had any major complications. I have, however, learned a few things about this whole pregnancy thing that I think are worth sharing with my fellow soon-to-be mamas. —Aleigh
Sunburns. Ouch. My skin is much more sensitive to skin exposure right now, which I have proven on two all-day boat excursions. No amount of sunscreen and frequency of reapplying seems to keep me from getting burned, which means hats and light layers of clothing are a must when I know I’ll be spending the day in the sun. But that doesn’t mean I neglect sunscreen, of course! The next one I’m planning to try: Coola Organic Suncare Baby SPF 50 Unscented Moisturizer.
Body oil. Moisturization is so, so important for a growing, stretching, changing pregnant body. I’m more dedicated than ever to my daily body oil routine: I keep a bottle or two of body oil in the shower, and generously smooth it on once I turn off the water. Then I lightly pat dry. This technique seems to do the best job of keeping my skin smooth and soft all day long.
Letting it go. It’s all about mindset. People will inevitably say the wrong thing to you. My favorite from the past few months: “You don’t look pregnant AT ALL!” Let me tell you, when you’re three months along and you feel bloated and uncomfortable—and you’re definitely sporting a baby bump—this comment just makes you think, “Wait, you think I look like this ALL THE TIME?!” It’s not easy to smile and walk away without responding with a biting comment, but it’s worth the effort (most of the time).
Pregnancy anger. Someone should’ve warned me (and probably my husband!) that this was a thing. One bonus? I’m practicing my yoga breathing a LOT. And thanks to prenatal yoga classes, I’m practicing actual yoga, too—which is a huge help.