5 Essential Items for Day 5,983 of Pregnancy

As I sit here writing this, I’m 36 weeks and three days pregnant and I feel it. My lower back is sore, I’m cramping, I’m tired...and even though I’m tall, baby girl is taking over my entire torso. Like Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music, these are a few of my favorite things...to help me survive till baby girl arrives.

  1. My Yeti- last Christmas, my husband gave me a 30oz Yeti Rambler. This is probably the best gift I’ve been given, especially at this point in my pregnancy. I can’t seem to drink enough water to not feel like a desiccated husk. Making sure I drink three3 of these babies of water a day keeps me headache-and-swelling-free (and peeing every 90 minutes).

  2. Epsom salts - As a long distance runner, I’ve sworn by Epsom salt baths after long and/or very cold runs. While I stopped running at 32 weeks, I haven’t stopped soaking in warm Epsom salt baths to soothe my grumpy back and hips. Once a week I treat myself to a 20-30 minute bath with a podcast blasting and….the next item on this list

  3. Flavored seltzer water - I know this pins me as a basic Millennial, but I don’t care. I don’t drink soda or juice, so becoming pregnant cut down my liquids to water...and more water. Since can’t have unlimited coffee and wine, I’m going to drink my bodyweight in seltzer (okay, maybe not that much). If I’m honest, Polar Beverage seasonal flavors are my favorite (omg blood orange lemonade right now is life), but I’ll drink anything so long as it is fizzy and not-plain-water. The more pregnant I become, the more seltzer I drink.

  4. Over-the-bump leggings - let’s face it; I haven’t worn real pants in over a month. I did purchase two pairs of side panel pregnancy jeans earlier in my pregnancy. I actually returned the first round for a smaller size...but I mis-calculated how big my belly would get and my jeans never actually stayed up. Ever. Just after thanksgiving I said “screw it” and have been living in black Old Navy full-panel leggings. They are life. I can’t imagine wearing anything else at this point.

  5. A Supportive Partner - okay, I’m getting sentimental here and I’m blaming it on the hormones. Honestly, these last few weeks would be unbearable without him. He fills my water bottle, microwaves the rice bag for my sore back, carries laundry up and down stairs, and asks amusing questions when I complain (No, husband, I don’t have cramps because I ate weird food: I’m cramping because we’re having a baby this month!). While we have no idea when baby girl is going to arrive, who she will be when she gets here, or what to expect as first time parents, he’s ready to jump into dad-mode. He’s intrigued by the weird shit my body is going through (seriously: why is my linea negra crooked?), doesn’t get upset when the baby trolls him by stopping movement as soon as he touches my belly, and has watched with amusement as I’ve repacked our go-bag three times. I’m so grateful that we’re doing this together.

Maybe, dear reader, baby girl will be here by the time this is published. Maybe I’ll be still pregnant and writing a “5 essentials I really really needed when I went over-due” article. But as baby girl pummels my abdomen and I sip my La Croix Passionfruit Seltzer...I think I’m as ready as I can be to jump into my next adventure, massive Yeti in hand.

What were your essential end-of-pregnancy needs?