Scroll on to find out what our founder, Taylor Sterling, can’t live without when she’s pregnant. From closet staples and must-indulge-in beauty products, to bras and pillows, too. She’s sharing it all!
Now that I’ve been pregnant twice, I would like to think that I have a pretty good handle on all things pregnancy. I’ve accumulated quite the list of things that help get me through pregnancy more comfortably. That being said, I’m calling this “My Pregnancy Essentials” because it really is all about personal preference. I also think I should use the term “essentials” loosely as these are really just things that I enjoy and make me happy throughout my pregnancy. They may feel essential to me, but really they are just things I love and maybe you will love, too.
When it comes to my pregnancy wardrobe, I stick to a pretty simple assortment. When I was pregnant the first time with my daughter, I was pregnant during the summer, fall and winter. So I really got to try out a lot of different options. This time around, it’s mostly been spring and summer and I have found that I mainly live in comfy kaftans. Here are a few of the items I can’t live without:
- Jeans: It’s not fun to wear jeans during pregnancy once you start really showing. Whether they are maternity jeans or not, they aren’t the most comfortable. However, I find that you do really need at least one good pair of maternity jeans that will get you through colder weather or simply for activities that jeans would make most sense for. My favorites have been Paige Denim this time. I’m not a huge fan of jeans with the belly band, so I prefer the ones with the extended waistband.
- Versatile basics: I love having a variety of comfortable basics that I can mix and match with my maternity wardrobe. It bothers me to spend a fortune on a ton of clothes that I probably won’t ever wear again. but Old Navy, Hatch and Storq have really great options. I stock up on Old Navy maternity tees, and I usually splurge on a few key pieces from Hatch like a striped shirt and leggings (so many cheaper leggings are see-through and such poor quality. I would rather invest in one really good pair). Storq’s black basics are also so comfortable. Storq also has great underwear, too.
- Kaftans: If you’re lucky to be pregnant during the heat of summer (sarcasm intended), you will want to find easy, breezy pieces to wear whether you’re just hanging at home or, ideally, by a pool. I find that I love wearing them while pregnant and they look so chic, too. Many times I don’t buy kaftans that are specifically maternity because the non-maternity versions are often meant to be large and oversized. Some of my favorite brands for these are Free People and Jen’s Pirate Booty.
Zara cover-up // Janessa Leone hat
Spell & The Gypsy Collective dress
Beauty & Health:
I’m always into my skincare routine, but when I’m pregnant, I become even more vigilant. I notice a huge change in my skin while pregnant and it’s definitely not that “pregnancy glow” that you often hear about. It’s actually quite the opposite. My skin gets even more dry, dull and spotty while pregnant. Also, this pregnancy, I’ve developed the “pregnancy mask” and have to be super mindful of how much sun exposure I get. And I need good makeup to cover it up.
With my first, I worked out quite a bit. I kept a sold routine of Crossfit (modified for my different pregnancy stages) up until about eight months, and then I started to really slow down. This time around has not been so easy. Juggling work, a toddler and being pregnant left me with little time and motivation to have a strong fitness routine. It’s something that I’m not happy about and I’m really eager to get back into some kind of plan once things settle down after my son is born. I still make sure to get to the gym, but I’m lucky if that is twice a week. Now that I’m nine months pregnant, I’m not really going at all. On good days, I will take a nice walk and maybe do some prenatal yoga at home. Mainly, I am being gentle with myself, knowing that I’m someone who really loves and values working out and taking care of my physical fitness and I will get back there sometime soon.
When I can, I try to use organic or natural skincare products. This is year-round, not just when I’m pregnant. I became more aware of harmful ingredients in my skincare when I was pregnant with my daughter. That being said, I still mix things up and try new things. It’s sort of the nature of my job to be testing out products, but I have found a few staples that I love.
- Oils: Give me all the oils! During pregnancy, I’m super dry. My skin can’t get enough moisture. Plus, with my ever-expanding belly, I like to slather on a super-moisturizing oil to hopefully help avoid stretch marks. Luckily, I have not had any stretch marks with either one of my pregnancies so far. I love Zoe Organics and all its products. The Belly Oil is one of my favorites. The products aren’t cheap, but Kypris face oils are pretty magical. I also love Nuxe-Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil for hair, face and body.
- Moisturizers: I’ve used a mix of different face moisturizers and body lotions this pregnancy. For my face, I love to use both an oil and a moisturizer. I’m loving Glossier Priming Moisturizer mixed with oils. It’s very light and mild. I also love the Glossier Balm Dotcom for everyday use for things like my dry lips and to tame my wild eyebrow hairs. For my body, I almost always use a coconut oil. It’s cheap, smells awesome and works. I’ve also been loving the Skin Trip Coconut Lotion, too.
- Hair: When it comes to my hair, I can’t be bothered blowdrying and styling it while I’m pregnant. I’m already so hot and tired, I just can’t stand it. Yes, maybe I will style it for photos or an event, but that tends to be about twice a month. The rest of the time, I let it air dry with a few products to give me my signature messy waves. My routine is to towel dry my hair gently after showering, and once my hair is damp (not sopping wet), I add products. One important rule for me is to not brush my hair when I want my natural waves. That causes them to go flat and be more frizzy. After my hair has dried just a tad, I will scrunch Garnier Fructis Surf Hair Texture Paste into it. This may scare some people with its super-sticky texture. You do need to be careful not to apply too much or you will end up with greasy, sticky waves. So, take small amounts and add more if needed. Then I spray a wave texture spray (I love OUAI) into my hair and keep crunching, flipping my hair side to side and getting as much as I can scrunched. The real key here is to not care about how messy your hair looks. I embrace the frizz, dreadlocked-style waves I get. Like I mentioned before, it’s sort of my signature look and I’ve learned to embrace it over the years. It’s also such a relief after years of constantly blowdrying and straightening my hair.
My signature air-dried waves
A few current beauty favorites
Other Things I Love:
- Pregnancy Pillow: So, this is something I’ve struggled with. I loved my Bump Nest pregnancy pillow with my first pregnancy, but I have to admit it’s pretty large and not so fun for anyone who shares a bed with you. This time around, I was able to hold off on a pregnancy pillow until about six months in. Instead, I opted for a simple large feather pillow from Amazon. I didn’t need anything fancy or huge, but I still majorly need a pillow between my legs to help with the restlessness.
- Bras: Oh, how your breasts change during pregnancy and after, it’s quite the ride. A good bra for each phase is a must. I’ve found that Gap bras are pretty good for the most part and I use the T-shirt bras and racerback bras.
- Smoothies: I can’t live without smoothies during pregnancy. I crave them all day long. Here’s a recipe for a green smoothie that I tend to make at home a lot.
- Chocolate: I have to have chocolate every night, especially during this last trimester. My sweet tooth is really at an all-time high. I love Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups.