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maternity

​In my opinion, this pillow will be both your best friend and your enemy during pregnancy. I bought this pillow when I was around 4 months pregnant. I didn't NEED it at the time, but thought it may make me a little more comfortable on my side (since that is what the recommended sleep position is during pregnancy.) At first, I barely used the pillow. By month 6 (baby J was a big boy, and I gained 50 lbs so I was also HUGE), I NEEDED this pillow for comfort. My husband hated this pillow, and I had a love/hate relationship with it, too. There was no more cuddling at night. This pillow took up OVER half of our queen-sized bed. It is big and bulky. But it helps. I needed back support something fierce. This pillow did it. I slept with the top of the C under my head and the bottom of the C between my legs. If you aren't uncomfortable sleeping, don't buy this pillow because it is huge and awkward. But if YOU feel huge and awkward, can't get comfortable, or just hate the thought of trying to go to sleep- try this pillow!

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​I first sat on this glorious throne at a 3D ultrasound appointment and knew I had to have one! This is a must-have for anyone period but especially a pregnant woman! Everyone knows those 3 am bathroom trips late in your pregnancy are bound to happen, but this product turns an annoyance into a luxurious comfort. This product was easy to install and took less than five minutes. Make sure you have an outlet close by the toilet though, as we had to use an extension cord (which worked out great).  The heated toilet seat has 4 temperature settings that can be used year round without becoming too hot. There is also a soothing blue light that illuminates and works as a nightlight, which helps prevent tripping in the dark or having to turn the light on. It comes in a round or elongated seat shape and the lid automatically comes down quietly without slamming shut. Put this on your registries ladies!!!

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​These are great if you plan on breastfeeding or even late in pregnancy when you simply need comfort. When it comes to a nursing bra, I look for comfort, practicality and something I can sleep in. These bras meet all the standards and more. They are extremely soft and stretchy to grow with your milk supply. (I would order up a size than you normally wear pre-pregnancy to leave room for your milk supply to come in). They have a clip that you just unhook to allow you to nurse anytime you need with removable pads. It's very easy and discreet. Lastly, these are totally comfortable enough to sleep in and wear around the house all day. That first month after baby is born is all about comfort and healing and these definitely make you feel like you aren't wearing anything! I highly recommend these bras and they come in three different colors which is great!

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I received these products in exchange for reviews but all opinions are my own. How many mommas are like me and are looking for a bra that is comfortable to sleep in and nurse in, but still gives you the support and coverage to wear throughout the day? Good news...I’ve found it in these best-selling bras! Upon opening, I couldn’t help but notice how soft they were and couldn’t wait to try them on. I had gone with their helpful chart to determine my sizing which was very accurate and even gives a window for pre-pregnancy/nursing size for an overall true fit. I loved how much coverage this bra gave me. There was no spilling out of my bra and no annoying gapping in the pit area. This bra is wire free with no clasps or hooks to deal with, and it has a peekaboo pull aside cup for easy breastfeeding access. The band was so comfortable and didn’t push into my skin at all. The racerback design helped to keep my bra in place while chasing around toddlers all day and rolling over in my sleep at night without feeling like I was too constricted or spilling out. This bra is supportive without being too heavy on the shoulders or weighing you down. I want to note that I wore this while I was weaning my daughter and had to deal with breast pain and clogged ducts that can sometimes occur when this happens, and I practically lived in this bra. It was the only bra that didn’t irritate or push up against my sensitive breasts and felt like a dream to sleep in. So, if you’re looking for the ultimate bra that you will never want to take off, this is the most comfortable bra you will ever find, and you seriously need about 4 of them! Check out more of their cute designs below on their website!

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***This review comes third-party from one of our pregnant subscribers who tested this product for us.

I received this product in exchange for reviews but all opinions are my own. I’m well into my third trimester and I’ve been having back problems and insomnia for a while now. I’m usually a stomach sleeper but since becoming pregnant, that has had to change and so has my comfort level. This product is so comfortable and helpful. It is similar to an air mattress and a pool float in that you blow it up, but it’s also soft enough where you don’t need a blanket or sheets on it. There is a hole centered in the middle where your baby bump goes, and it’s large enough to accommodate a fairly big bump. I actually put a small pillow under the hole for added support since my bump isn’t as big as the hole which worked great. The minute I laid down on my stomach I found instant relief from my back pain. It stretches out long enough where my feet aren’t dangling (I’m pretty tall), and my quality of sleep improved a great deal. It inflates and deflates easily and quickly and has a cute travel bag that makes it portable for trips. It’s also good for either gender as a present since it comes in blue or pink! I would definitely recommend this product to any pregnant mom that wants their sleep position back or wants relief from the daily grinds of being pregnant! 

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Leachco Snoogle Total Body Pillow

Brondell L60-EW LumaWarm Heated Nightlight Elongated Toilet Seat

Daisity Womens Seamless Sleep Nursing Bra For Breastfeeding Clip Down Maternity Bras Pack Of 3

Kindred Bravely French Terry Racerback Bras

 

postpartum

​I received this for free, but all opinions are my own. This product is one that I was skeptical of, as I am with anything claiming to contribute to weight loss. However, it is a product that I have appreciated. I have lost a LOT of inches since wearing this wrap (though I'm not quite sure if it is any more than I would have without this wrap, as this was my first pregnancy & delivery.) But this wrap is most helpful in two ways: it provides support and it slims your waist. I have back problems pre pregnancy, so this wrap not only helped with my core, but it was back support as well (since I was lacking the core strength to help my back out). It doesn't hurt that wearing it under clothes makes you look a lot slimmer than you actually are. The only cons I have are that 1) you can't wear it under normal clothes without it being noticeable and 2) it gets uncomfortable after a while, so I had to take it off after an hour or two. 

If you're into the waist training trend, or if you are looking for some post natal core support, I would recommend this product.  

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UpSpring Shrinkx Belly Postpartum Belly Wrap

​I received this product in exchange for reviews but all opinions are my own. This is a must have item for any mother planning to nurse or pump. This product is amazing and I only wish I had found out about it sooner. Upon opening, I loved the teal color (there is also a beautiful hot pink) and the soft silicone it's made out of. It also has a nice carrying case for traveling. You have to charge it fully before use, but once it's charged, you can use it a very long time before needing to recharge. There are three speeds of vibrations for your optimal comfort level, and the tear drop shape makes it easy to grip. My favorite things about this product are how quiet it is and how portable it is. You can even use this in the shower. Trust me when I say this...any mother who has experienced plugged ducts or mastitis knows how much a hot shower can help help with pain, but heat combined with this handy device spells RELIEF!!! I am prone to pesky clogged ducts and this is so discreet and easy to use and you can feel it opening up those ducts immediately. It's also great for let-down and has actually improved my milk supply since I started using this. The design itself has three sections/purposes. The wide side helps me with let-down and to stimulate milk supply (tear-drop pointing up). The tear drop part itself helps me unclog the ducts and massage the pain away (simply massage the tear drop onto skin). Lastly, the scooped edge helps relieve engorgement and is used by placing the scooped part underneath the breast. This is such a great breastfeeding tool for new moms and should go on every baby registry!

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LaVie Lactation Massager

​​These are wonderful for any new mother whose milk just came in or anytime throughout breastfeeding. Although very rewarding, breastfeeding comes with many challenges in the form of clogged ducts, mastitis, and engorgement. This reusable therapy 2 pack (one for each breast) consists of gel beads that are either microwaveable or frozen. The beads mold to your breast shape and feel comfortable against your skin. The heat is perfect to help relieve mastitis and plugged ducts and also helps to encourage let-down. The cold is great for engorgement and swelling, especially in those first few days postpartum. I highly recommend this product! 

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Lansinoh TheraPearl 3-1 Breast Therapy Pack

​I received this item in exchange for reviews but all opinions are my own. As any nursing mother knows, milk supply starts to dwindle as baby gets older, and even more so when baby starts sleeping through the night and eating solids. I was on the hunt for a lactation cookie that helped me pump more without foregoing the flavor. These cookies not only work, but they are delicious! The recommendation is to eat three each morning and adjust as needed according to your goals. I typically pump around 4 ounces but after eating a few of these, my supply increased and I pumped close to 8 ounces the NEXT DAY! This cookie is thick in consistency and tastes more like a chocolate chip oatmeal peanut butter brownie, and they are very filling (which is good). They do NOT contain fenugreek, which is usually in most lactation cookies, due to the fact they it can cause abdominal discomfort for mom AND baby along with a number of other issues. Instead they use other galactagogues such as flax seed, brewer’s yeast, and oats to help increase your supply. Another perk about these cookies are that they have a three week shelf life and can also be frozen so you can buy in bulk! These are great for any nursing mommy and highly recommended! (If you aren’t a fan of cookies, check out their lactation granola and pumpkin bread that are also yummy!)

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Bessie's Best Lactation Cookies and Granola

I received this product in exchange for a review, but all opinions are my own. 

Note* I placed this oil under postpartum, because that is what I'm using it for, but it I would definitely recommend beginning use during pregnancy!

When I opened the seal on the oil, I instantly smelled a variety of different fragrances, all coming from the many oils inside (Sunflower oil, sweet orange oil, apricot oil to name a few). The oil goes on smooth and absorbs fairly quickly, so you don't get that gooey feeling afterwards. Best of all, it's organic, so I know I'm not putting any nasty chemicals or perservatives into my body. Now, on to how it works: 

 

I have been using this oil for about 2 weeks, so not really long enough to tell a significant difference... but here is what I have found: My skin does seem smoother in this spots, and it seems like the indentations may be tightening up a bit (not really sure). What has been very true for me is that the dark purple marks have definitely begun to fade. I have taken a before picture and will continue to update this post for a couple of months with a final after photo after the two month mark!  Stay tuned....

For now, I'd recommend this oil, even if it only fades the marks as much as it currently has (because a lighter purple mark is definitely better than my deep purple cheetah print marks! :) 

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e-ra Organics Stretch Mark Oil

​I received this product in exchange for reviews but all opinions are my own. This balm is perfect for nursing moms, but can be used anywhere on the skin. It’s made of all organic ingredients that felt great on my skin without being too greasy or thick. I loved the light scent that smelled like cocoa butter and reminded me of the beach. It doesn’t leave any nasty residue behind or stick to your clothes since it goes on clear. This will also last you a long time because a little is all it takes!!! It definitely helps cracked or irritated skin recover from breastfeeding while also acting as a moisturizer. I can definitely feel the difference after using this. There are similar products on the market but I love knowing that this is organic and safe for me and my baby!

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e-ra Organics Mommy Balm

​I received this product in exchange for reviews but all opinions are my own. This amazing bra is a game changer for nursing moms and/or pumping moms. The fabric is nice and lightweight and very breathable, and the level of comfort was perfect. I even sleep in this bra because it’s so comfortable! I was concerned about it not being stylish because most nursing bras that focus on comfort aren’t making you feel very sexy, but this bra does it all. It provides great support and coverage without underwire and even smooths out that pesky back fat that comes postpartum...double win!! I love the lacy layer that makes this feel like less of a mom bra and more appealing to wear under clothes. I have to pump when I go to work so I needed something easy to use and a timesaver. This didn’t disappoint...there are two clasps for pumping and nursing with straps that were sturdy and easy to adjust. (They also cross in the back!) This is great because this bra will last you throughout all phases of your postpartum journey. The coolest thing about this bra is that you can nurse and pump AT THE SAME TIME!!! What a timesaver this is when I’m in the car and need a hands-free option to pump or at home nursing my baby! The pump attaches easily and doesn’t feel heavy or weighed down at all. It also works fabulously with my Lansinoh pump. The only drawback is that they are limited in their larger sizes. However, if you can find your size then stock up on a few of these multifunctional bras! 

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Simples Wishes Supermom All-in-One Nursing and Pumping Bra

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I received this product in exchange for reviews but all opinions are my own. I’m a huge proponent of breastfeeding when possible, so anytime I see products claiming to increase your milk supply, I’m always up to try them. That being said, I want something that tastes good and works fairly quickly (all moms are short-pressed on time as it is!). This powder certainly exceeded my expectations. It blends easily with any smoothie or protein shake with no nasty aftertaste or chalky flavor. It tastes delicious and is easy to measure out. I love that it is geared for mommy AND baby by providing essential vitamins and nutrients your body needs to feel stronger, healthier, and have more energy. Every new mom is feeling the repercussions of childbirth right off the bat with hormones going bonkers, but this powder helps you feel your best while increasing your milk supply. I am usually able to pump about 2 ounces per side in the morning, but after taking this for a couple of days, I saw an increase of about an ounce on each side. It definitely worked for me. This powder is also vegan and gluten-free making it a great option for all different diets. The only con is the price tag at $64.99, but you get 15 servings. That’s the same per serving that you would pay for your favorite drink at Starbucks but with way more nutritional value. I’m sold :)

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Majka Nourishing Lactation Powder

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