7 Tips For Staying Warm When You’re Pregnant

Some pregnant women feel really warm while they’re pregnant and others just can’t get warm enough. Some of us are hot one minute and freezing the next. Our tips are perfect for all of the above. We’re going to show you how to maximize your wardrobe to stay warm and be able to cool yourself down in a hurry this winter.

1. Dress Your Bump in Layers

A tank top followed up with a tee, a cardigan and then a jacket will allow you to easily shed layers if you get to hot, but also keep you toasty warm when you’re out in the cold.

There’s no reason to be boring, so we’re just going to leave this little gem here.

Pregnant AF on the Reis Pieces Etsy Shop. <3

2. Get a Poncho or Infinity Scarf (Or Both!)

An infinity scarf, like this one from Scarfland on Amazon, is a great way to add an extra layer around the neck, while keeping it stylish.

3. Wear Leggings or Tights Under Your Jeans or Slacks

Want to add an extra layer on those legs? Maternity leggings will help keep you warm but also add a layer you can remove if you get to warm.

You can grab these Maternity Leggings on Amazon and they’ll grow with you!

4. Don’t Forget a Beanie & Warm Gloves

Wearing a hat and gloves in super important when you’re pregnant. You lose a lot of heat through your head and it’s an easy layer to add extra warmth that you can also remove if you get to warm.

A simple, cute beanie to add to your collection is something like this cc beanie.

Your fingers and toes are important to keep warm! Don’t forget to find a great pair of driving gloves or a pair of knit gloves that will keep your fingers warm this winter.

5. Wear a Belly Band

Wearing a belly band not only adds an extra layer of protection, it also helps with the gap between your pants and shirt if you raise your arms and provides a little extra bump support. There are so many belly bands on the market, but a simple band, like this one below, is the perfect place to start.

6. Wear Warm Boots

Wear warm boots AND – above everything else, make sure they have REAL tread for traction, especially if you live in an area prone to rain, snow and ice.

These suede chunky boots might be the perfect combo of each. That heel might not be amazing for later months in your pregnancy, but something like this would look cute paired with the items we’ve listed above.

7. Hydrate

Staying hydrated during the cold winter months will prime your body to keep your body temperature regulated. Be sure to include electrolytes too. Consider coconut water if you want a little extra boost in your hydration.

Be Prepared If You’re Traveling.

Staying warm is important when you’re pregnant, but being careful when temperatures drop and weather conditions and roads get bad is also important.

  • Make sure you have plenty of gas. You don’t want to be stuck in the cold waiting for help.
  • If you’re going to be traveling for work or play, be sure to take a backpack or bag with some extra water and various types of snacks that you can easily access.
  • Put a warm blanket and some extra gloves in the trunk.
  • Have a back-up plan should you find yourself out in the cold. Tell people where you’re going. Give your partner access to your GPS so they can find you if needed.

There has been MANY, MANY cases of people being stuck on the highway for an extended period of time during winter storms.

Sleep While Pregnant: How To Get Your Rest

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It’s not just you. Nearly every mama has experienced difficultly getting sleep while pregnant. Between the hormones, stress, difficulty finding a comfortable sleep position, leg cramps and heartburn, it’s normal for pregnancy to impact sleep.

Fortunately there are ways to get sleep even when you’re growing a human. We’ll jump right into those after we take a look at the reasons you might miss out on sleep.

 

Sleep in The First Trimester

While you aren’t quite uncomfortable from baby just yet, there are some changes happening that tend to make it harder to sleep. Here’s a few reasons you may not be able to sleep in the first trimester:

  • Changes to your body that urges you to get up to go to the bathroom.
  • Hormones.
  • Stress.
  • Being tired throughout the day or taking a nap makes it harder to sleep at night.

Some tips for getting that much-needed sleep:

  • Unplug at least one hour before you go to bed. Being on a device can stimulate you and make it harder to fall asleep.
  • Try to go to the bathroom one last time before you lay down.

Sleep in The Second Trimester

By your second trimester, baby is moving a little higher and is less liklely to push on your bladder. During this trimester you may be able to get more sleep than in the first trimester, but the third trimester is coming. Regardless, here’s a few reasons you may not be able to sleep in the first tri:

  • Changes in hormones continue to impact your ability to sleep.
  • More than one baby equals less room for bladder.
  • Stress associated with pregnancy.

Sleep in The Third Trimester

Here comes the third trimester of pregnancy – and there goes your sleep. There are several reasons why sleep in this last tri is hard to get, including:

  • A growing belly makes it hard to find a comfortable position.
  • Leg cramps.
  • Heartburn.
  • Baby pressing on bladder causes increased need to go to the restroom in the middle of the night.

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Improving Sleep While Pregnant

While there are many reasons you might miss out on sleep while pregnant, there are also many ways to get sleep.

Positioning.

Find a position that makes you feel comfortable. The safest position, according to American Pregnancy, is SOS – Sleep on Side. The left side, in particular. This helps increase blood flow while sleeping.

Pillows.

Pillows everywhere. Pillows behind your back, under your legs, supporting your growing belly. You won’t be able to get comfortable right away, so it’ll take some fluffing and support from your partner.

Music.

Can’t sleep? Try logging on to Youtube to play some relaxing sleep music. You can see a whole host of pregnancy sleep music here.

Here’s a sample:

Nutrition.

Nutrition is an important part of your diet, but it can also play a role in not getting enough sleep.

As a rule, follow these tips to make nutrition a part of your sleep routine:

  • Try to eat your meal with minimal liquids to avoid filling up on liquids.
  • Stay upright for 30 minutes after you eat so you aren’t woke up by heartburn.
  • Caffeine during pregnancy is not your friend.
  • Eat often. Enjoy smaller meals throughout the day.

Excercise.

If you can’t sleep, try relaxing with a light excercise. Pregnancy Yoga is a great way to clear your mind and prepare for sleep.

Comfortable clothes.

When you’re pregnant, wearing loose fitting clothes to bed will avoid bunching and twisting. You can also look at these amazing maternity robes – a favorite of ours that is great for during and after pregnancy.

We hope you enjoy many nights of restful sleep while pregnant.

HAVE MORE TIPS?

Be sure to leave a comment below.

As always, PLEASE FOLLOW THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF YOUR PHYSICIAN.

A Complete List of Pregnancy Board Acronyms

Whether you’re a FTM (First Time Mom), are TTC (trying to conceive) or are working on number three, chances are you’ve landed on a message board that needed to be decoded. These threads are full of mommy and family lingo broken down for quick typing. No matter your situation, if you stumble into a mommy board of any ind, you’ll likely find yourself in a virtual soup of acronyms.

After the baby is born, they don’t stop – now you add in acroyms for sleep methods, parenting methods, diapers, older children and so much more.

Decode them here:

AC – Assisted conception
AI – Artificial insemination
AIH – Artificial insemination with husband’s sperm
AIO – All-in-one
AP – Attachment parenting
ART – Assisted reproductive technology
BBT – Basal body temperature
BC – Birth control
BD – Baby dancing (sex for conception)
BF – Breastfeeding
BFN – Big fat negative (pregnancy test)
BW – Blood week (period)
CC – Controlled crying
CD – Cloth diaper
CIO – Cry it out
CM – Cervical mucus
CVSs – Chorionic villus sampling
DA – Dairy allergy
DD – Dear daughter
DF – Dear fiance
DH – Dear husband
DI – Donor insemination
DPO – Days past ovulation
DS – Dear son
DSD – Dear step daughter
DSS – Dear step son
DTD – Do the deed (sex)
DXP – Dear ex partner
EBF – Exclusively breastfeeding
EBM – Expressed breast milk
EDD – Estimated date of delivery (due date)
EN – Extended nursing
EP – Ectopic pregnancy
ER – Egg retrival
ET – Embryo transfer
FF – Formula feeding
FS – Food stamps
FTM – First time mom
GD – Gestational diabetes
GF – Gluten-free
HPT – Home pregnancy test
IUI – Intrauterine insemination
IVF – In vitro fertilization
LAM – Lactational amennorhea method
LO – Little one
LP – Luteal phase
MC – Miscarriage
MIL – Mother-in-law
MS – Morning sickness
NAK – Nursing at keyboard
NFP – Natural family planning
NIP – Nursing in public
NTNP – Not trying/not preventing
O – Ovulation
OH – Other half
OPK – Ovulation predictor test kit
OWT – Old wives tale
PG – Pregnant
POAS – Pee on a stick
POF – Premature ovarian failure
SAHM – Stay at home mom
SB – Still birth
SW – Starting weight
TTC – Trying to conceive
US – Ultrasound
VBAC – Vaginal birth after cesarean
WAHM – Work at home mom
WOHM – Work out of home mom
WM – Working mom

Did we miss one? Be sure to comment with your favorite pregnancy or family acronym below.

Must-Have Maternity Robes For Soon-To-Be Moms

Maternity robes aren’t anything new, but THESE maternity robes… just wow. Bright and colorful, these silhouette shaped craftans were designed to highlight that bump and the butterfly sleeves were designed to create a flowy feel will leave any mama feeling beautiful.

The best part is – they’re also amazing for a new mom who doesn’t feel like getting fully dressed just yet – especially when she’s nursing a baby.

Maternity Robes Make a Great Baby Shower Gift

Everyone is taking diapers and baby clothes, why not bring the stand out gift for mom? Imagine these gowns, beautifully folded with a tissue paper wrap in a beautiful crisp white box. Yep, you’re with us, aren’t you?

Maternity Robes Are A Family Keepsake

Imagine passing these robes down for generations? Just like a wedding dress, these maternity gowns mark an important moment in history. Why not buy a gown that is worthy of generations of mothers?

When we found these completely custom sewn robes on Etsy, we knew we had to cover them on IHP.

Let us know which color is your favorite in the comments.

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This green maternity robe collection is what first caught our eye. Beautifully colorful and adorned with bright flowers, this robe is sure to offer a pick-me-up to any mom-to-be. Imagine a mama opening this at her baby shower! You can see this one HERE on Etsy.

champagne maternity gown

If champagne is more your color style, this designer has it! These elegant floral champagne maternity gowns are absolutely beautiful. You can pick one up here.

teal maternity gown

If you love teal, you’ll love this maternity robe collection. Accented with bright colored flowers like sunflowers and roses, these robes are a must-have in your colorful maternity and new mom wardrobe. Grab them here.

blue maternity gown

If you’re into light blue, this design set features a classic light blue with a wide range of subtle to colorful flowers. We’re personally a fan of the second one from the left. Browse the set here.

navy maternity gown

Okay, I’ll take that sunflower and navy blue robe right now, please. GAH! Which is your favorite maternity gown out of this set? Grab them here.

mint maternity gown

We love all of these mint maternity robes with pops of pink and purple. We’re thinking we need one of each. How about you? Check them out here.

We love these robes and we hope you do too.

As a note, the links to these gowns are an affiliate link. We love covering them and were not compensated for sharing, however, if you purchase a gown via our link, we will receive a commiission at no additional cost to you.

 

10 Tips for Staying Cool While Pregnant

It hit nearly 110 here today, with no sign of it letting up any time in the near future. All over the country, Summer has arrived. If you’re like me (pregnant all four times during the Summer), staying cool is mission critical.

Sometimes it might feel as though there is nothing you can do to stay or get cool – even when you’re inside. Lucky for us, moms have been rocking the Summer for centuries. Some of these ideas are modern, but a few, like cooling your socks, date back to ice block days.

Even on the hottest days, there’s a few things you can try.

We’ve rounded up our top 10 tips for staying cool this Summer, especially when you’re sporting a baby bump.

Let’s get to it.

  1. Join your kiddos in the baby pool.
  2. Fill water bottles and put them in the freezer. Not only do they offer a cool drink throughout the day, they also make for a way to cool your body quickly. You can wrap the bottle in a towel and place the bottle on your underside of your wrist or on the back of your neck to help drop your body temperature in a hurry.
  3. Get a spray bottle. If you’re sitting where there is a breeze or can take along a small battery operated fan, you can spray yourself. You can also buy a battery operated misting fan for a refreshing break from the heat.
  4. Freeze your socks. If your feet have a tendency to swell at night, pop your socks in the freezer before you head to bed. This will cool them down and allow you to get a little relief from those night time swelling.
  5. Wear loose cotton clothing. Some fabrics don’t breathe as well as cotton and others tend to stay sticky (and uncomfortable). Wearing loose clothes allow for a little more ventilation and a lot more breathing room.
  6. Stay out of direct sunlight. It’s easier said than done, but sometimes you just need to find a shady spot and stay there. Better yet, stay inside if you can.
  7. Take a cooler. There are so many little coolers that you can easily carry with you or pull on wheels. Bringing along some cool beverages, frozen fruit or even some ice can help you cool down in a hurry.
  8. Indulge in ice chips.You can snag a Snow Cone Machineon Amazon for a delicious (and cool) treat.
  9. Use a wet, cool towel. You can get a cloth damp and put it in the freezer and then use it around the back of your neck to help stay cool. You can also throw it in the cooler so it stays nice and cool. Bonus tip: wet a cloth, put it in a freezer bag and lay it flat, pop it in your cooler when you leave.
  10. Take a cool shower.

We hope you stay nice and cool this Summer.

Have more tips on staying cool? Leave them in the comment below for other moms to read.