Pregnancy, depression and puke oh my! [5 must haves for expecting moms]

Pregnancy, depression and puke oh my! [5 must haves for expecting moms]

With mothers day approaching and my little baby Button growing up so fast I thought this would be a fitting time to  reflect on the good, the bad and the ugly during my pregnancy with Ivory. I never did share my full pregnancy story last year, mainly because at that time I felt like a negative Nelly and didn’t want anyone to think I wasn’t happy to be expecting #4. The Boss and I had been talking about having #4 for about 6 months and it seemed like the more we talked about it the less I wanted to get pregnant, ha! I think God knows me better than I know myself though and so BAM, I was pregnant  in February 2o13 despite the use of birth control. Some things are just meant to be I guess!

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It’s never much of a secret when I get pregnant because 1) I like to shout it from the roof tops pretty much the second I pee on the stick, and 2) I get really sick really fast and pretty much drop off the face of the earth. My pregnancy with Ivory was no exception, I got sick about 2 weeks after I found out I was pregnant. It starts with bad headaches and borderline narcolepsy, followed by nausea that gets so bad I genuinely wish I could be subjected to a medically induced coma until the misery is over.  I must be the worst person of all time to be around when I am pregnant because I feel so miserable that I essentially have no filter or self control over whatever I say and do. I remember feeling constantly angry that I couldn’t just stop feeling sick so I would try to sleep as much as humanely possible or distracted  myself with blessed Netflix. I went out of my way to avoid anything and anyone because when I get that sick I just feel so helpless and frustrated that there is nothing I can do or take to just make the misery go away so all of that debilitating frustration just comes out as angry negativity and the last thing I want is to bring someone else into my spiraling vortex of doom. Poor Bret never stood a chance, he learned from my other pregnancies that there really isn’t anything you can say, do or get for me to make it better so he just does what he can.  He unquestionably kept our house together by taking on the cooking and cleaning and doing his best to keep the 3 kids happy and entertained away from my pessimistic reach. Poor husband, poor kids, I apologize again for anything I said or did while under the influence of morning sickness. For me the one thing that makes morning sickness entirely worse was going from working and being productive 24-7, to incapacitated and practically non existent on the couch for 3 months. I know without any doubt that the ability to conceive and carry a child is my greatest gift and blessing from God, but I will say in my defense that when I am that sick it is nearly impossible to “look at the bright side” and remember that my precious little baby will make all of that icky crap worth it. Obviously when I am holding her in my arms I can say it was all worth it! ;)

With my other pregnancy there was some light at the end of the pukey tunnel and I would snap out of it and my energy and happiness would come back to me and I would start feeling the baby move and find out the gender and everything would be mostly be uphill from there. With Ivory the puking and nausea eventually did stop but I kept waiting for the negativity switch to turn off. For some reason with this pregnancy I never did snap out of it and I never got my energy back. My anemia was always really bad despite taking my prescriptions so I would have zero energy to the point where some days I felt like I couldn’t lift my own arms in the air and the depression I felt seemed to sit on top of me like the weight of the world. I’ve only experienced circumstantial depression a few short times in my life and although I have loved ones who struggle with disabling depression on a daily basis I was not prepared for the effect it would have on my life. I don’t wanna go off too much on the depression part but just know that I know that depression is real and it is unshakably hard and if you struggle with depression I commend you and pray for you to have the strength and  resolve to never let it beat you. I have never felt so dead inside, despite having this huge blessing growing inside me. For me the hardest thing was not being able to will myself to feel happy, or energized, or to do anything for that matter. I mean I feel like I am a pretty motivated and active person but at that time I couldn’t get going to save save my life. I just remember feeling such a loss of control for my feelings and life that I actually worried that my baby would come out and be sad and miserable too. Are you depressed yet? I am totally not trying to whine, complain or have a giant cyber pity party for myself. I never talked about it or shared how difficult my pregnancy actually was and I felt impressed to talk about it and acknowledge all those pregnant or not pregnant people out there who struggle with depression,  nothing can describe the burden it brings. thankfully for me it did eventually get better and 100% without a doubt it was all unquestionably worth it! Even though I struggled with the anemia and fatigue until I delivered I feel like the depression very slowly got better. I would try to take on projects to distract myself and keep myself busy and moving and I feel like staying busy helped more than anything. On the days I just sucked at being alive I would eat crappy food and tell myself that no matter what wasn’t getting done or how catastrophically messy my house was at the time that I was making a real life person and that is as productive as it gets, so suck it self esteem! It may be cliche but all the mood swings, vomiting, depression, smells, stretch marks and even being strapped down to a table and cut open was all unequivocally worth just those first few moments holding my darling, tiny, cherished baby girl. It doesn’t surprise me that women voluntarily put themselves through 9 months of mutating, discomfort and stress just to bring these wondrous little blessings to the world. Babies are undeniably worth every potential obstacle and challenge imaginable to bring them into our lives.

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Even though I don’t have many positive things to say about my pregnancy or depression for that matter I can say that I survived, the world didn’t end like I thought it would and I found some small emblems of mercy that made pregnancy a little more tolerable for me along the way. In hopes of providing ease or comfort to you during your pregnancy I will now share my Top 5 Must Have items for expecting moms!

1. Bump Nest Pregnancy Body Pillow: I have this pillow in white (of course) and holy moly guacamole! I used this pillow so much it was borderline abused. I would use it to sleep at night (obviously), to watch TV on the couch, to work on my laptop, for car rides, tummy aches… you get the idea. Also, I get super bad sciatic nerve problems in my hip/bum area and this was one of the only ways I get sit/lay without wanting to punch someone. This pillow is an investment into your comfort and happiness. Husbands are usually more than happy to pay the $100 because let’s be real, a happy wife is a happy life and when we get that large and in charge we do just about anything and spend just about anything for any type of relief.  This pillow was my so called “happy place” almost all the time. At the guarantee of embarrassing myself yet again I will show you this mortifying picture that the Boss took of me sleeping with my Bump Nest pillow in what you can obviously witness to be pure, unhindered, euphoria. For those of you wondering how this thing compares to the Snoogle, it doesn’t! The Snoogle is to the Bump Nest what a wet nap is to a down comfortable and that is all I will say about that. Also, If you struggle with reflux, severe vomiting, or you long to sleep on your tummy I suggest getting the full Relief System. Dear husbands, be a hero and get your pregnant wife this pillow for Mother’s Day and in her delighted slumber she will dream up ways to thank you.

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2. Scentsy Candles – On a regular day I have the sensitive nose of a black bear but add raging maternal hormones and I have the heightened scents of smell of an entire coven of vampires. To speak plainly my worst nightmare when I am pregnant is a stinky house or going out in stinky public places. When I am pregnant the slightest hint of food, feces, or farts is enough to make me absolutely suicidal. No need to point out that we have a toddler in diapers that packs an especially pungent punch, a large male cat with poor aim for the litter box, and a hefty bunny that defecates half his weight per day…. Some sort of air freshener or candle warmer is positively VITAL when I am pregnant for the safety of my family and the wellness of human kind for that matter. I confess to purging numerous dollars in an effort to test and try out every room fragrance and freshener known to man on the quest to find  something strong enough to neutralize the odors in my home without the overbearing chemical coverup smells that inevitably lead to a headache or involuntary fits of barfing.  Scentsy has won that race by a mile. I love that Scentsy has a ton of candle warmer options to fit your personal decor and style. The warmers are also wick-less so I don’t have to worry about my house burning to the ground, they are not a danger to my kids and they have the biggest selection of fragrances for any season or  mood. One warmer burning can freshen up the smell of almost my entire two story house but all the same I have a warmer in almost every major room because I am a hoarder and hoarding is what I do. My all time favorite scent bars that I never ever get tired of are Welcome Home, Honeymoon Hideaway, Luna, and Lemons and Berries, in that order. You may have also seen that all my kids have the Scentsy Buddies which are basically stuffed animals with fragrance pouches you can change in and out of them through a zipper on the back. I can’t resist a toy that nullifies the smell of my kid while they play with it, pure genius!

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3. Sunny Side Bubble Bar from Lush: Bubble baths are my thing! They make me happy, calm me down, relax me,  slow down my busy thoughts, sooth my achy muscles, and distract me from all my cares! After I get the approval from my OBGYN to resume my nightly bubble baths I stock up on Sunny Side bubble bars like a squirrel hoarding nuts in winter. Referencing back to my smelling conundrum this citrus bubble bar is one of the only bath fragrances I can tolerate when I am pregnant. The product description on the Lush website describes it better than I ever could. “If you’ve had a day full of disappointment, pop one of these sparkly bubble bars into your bath. As you crumble it under the running water, you’ll start to feel immediately better. You just can’t help but smile when you see the shimmery golden waters it creates. Maybe it’s because citrus fruits only grow in warm, sunny places that their scents make us feel like smiling again. Sunny Side’s orange, tangerine and lemon help reverse the troubles of the day, however badly it started. It’ll turn your life Sunny Side up.”  Ummm yah, I will take my bubble bath sunny side up from now on, thanks!

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4. Bai5: It’s called Bai5  because it only has 5 calories per serving (10 cals total per bottle) and it is a 100% natural antioxidant infused beverage packed with antioxidants, organic stevia sweetener, and the superfruit that comes from the coffee plant. I am not normally a healthy conscious consumer of food and beverages, I mean, hello Waffle Crush and Diet Dr. Pepper! When my nausea first begins in the first trimester so do various beverages start to stock pile in our fridge. My brain will tell me I NEED a certain drink, I will get it, take a sip, and then never touch it again because it is too sweet, too sour, too carbonated, too healthy tasting, you name it! Again so much money wasted on trying to find a drink I can stomach.   If you are like me and you go through that phase of puking so hard your abs get sore and your eyes are bloodshot and you know you are so severely dehydrated because your skin looks and feels like parchment paper and your lips are reptilian…. yah, you need Bai5. It’s the perfect combination of sweet and sour, it taste subtle but fresh and the health benefits can’t hurt either, am I right? PS. how fun is it to say “Bai5″?

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5. Vitafusion Prenatal Gummy Vitamins: Don’t laugh! Expecting someone who projectiles nearly round the clock to swallow something the size of a flash drive is irrational. It’s catch 22 because your body needs the vitamins and nutrients for the baby but your body doesn’t want to keep anything in, you can’t win. I used to take children’s gummy vitamins because I figured it was better than nothing but now they make gummy prenatal vitamins! Thank you scientist, chemist, and doctors for this helpful contribution to society. Now, take 2 gummy bears before bed and enjoy life in the morning. ;)

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And those my friends, are just a few of my favorite maternity things. Thank you so much for reading a long! If you already use any of these or decide to try something for the first time I wanna know what you think!

XOXO,
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20 Comments

  1. Shauna - April 30, 2014

    Thanks for your post today. You just described my pregnancy to a T. So much I was laughing out loud. I’m pregnant with my 4th. 3 girls. What we moms do!!!

  2. Bethany - April 30, 2014

    OMG I was so happy about the prenatal grummies! My sickness, pains, overall misery, etc. got worse with every pregnancy. By #3 I welcomed any and all relief including gummy vitamins!

  3. Anne Peay - April 30, 2014

    This was so awesome! And I love that you wrote about it!! You’re amazing. Seriously!! What you create and time at you spend and juggle. You truly inspire me. I started following you after seeing you on Instagram with my friend Jamie Bare. I loved your hair and outfit!!

    How refreshing it was to hear your struggles and pregnancy story! Even though it is sad and hard your pressed on and are better now. I can relate to the depression. I get seasonal depression in the winter. And I’m moving to MN at the end do the month. Say what?? I know!!

    Anyway there are few people that I follow via Internet that I don’t really know or haven’t met. But, I would never stop following you. If I could do half the stuff you do I would be thrilled but I’m doing my best for now. I’m still platinum blonde with short hair all because of you. And I discovered the beauty of dry shampoo and bright lipstick!!

    I have a blog but haven’t worked in it since I moved to West Virginia about 7 months ago. Reading your post makes me want to start back up again. Yes, this will be my second big move in less than a year. I’m originally from Utah and went Davis High with Jamie. You might know Kara Cook my cousin who’s a crafter in Utah. She’s always posting pictures of herself with some famous.

    Are you friends with Stephnie Nieslen? Love her. Ad follow her too!!

    God bless and don’t repress!! Ha.

    Sincerely

    Annie Peay

  4. Tiffany Hatch - April 30, 2014

    Thank you for sharing the not so “perfect” side of your life. Depression is very real and very very miserable. I’m glad you have recovered from it since Ivory has arrived. I agree about Scentsy being helpful. I got hooked when I was expecting my 3rd baby. Now I sell it :) https://tiffanyhatch.scentsy.us

  5. Torrie - April 30, 2014

    Those gummy prenatal vitamins are the best!! I could never stomach the regular pills, and when I found these I was so happy! Unfortuantely, you can’t get them here in Canada – so I had my husband buy like 4 bottles of them when he was traveling for work ;) It was so worth it!

  6. Crissa Robertson - April 30, 2014

    I have 4 of 5 on your list and am going to look into Bai5 right after I am done here! I have to agree with you on the Bump Nest….BEST. THING. EVER!! Don’t tell, but gummy vitamins are the “treat” I look forward to every day! Why everything doesn’t come in gummy form is beyond me. It would make giving a kid Tylenol soooo much easier!

  7. Kasi Hall - April 30, 2014

    Thank you darling girl! This was a fun read as I am soaking in my very own bubble bath, and my 9 week pregnant body is thanking me for the rest and relaxation! BTW the gummy prenatal vitamins on your post have been a God send for me! I still gag them down, but I’m just glad they don’t attribute to making my nauseousness 1,000 times worse! Praise The Lord! XO
    -Kasi

  8. Kristin - April 30, 2014

    Yup sound like my fourth too. I love that you are so honest about your feelings. It is so hard to be positive when your sick, non functioning and eating Hallipenjo poppers by the plate full. I didn’t realize that I was depressed during my pregnancy until it because worse until after. Thanks for helping me feel better about my journey.

  9. Angela - April 30, 2014

    Well…..I’m going through this now. I’ve only thrown up once this time around but the nausea and no energy is killing me. It IS very depressing! Thanks for your post. Of course it will all be worth it in the end. But dang.

  10. Starr McCarthy - May 1, 2014

    Thank you for your oh so honest post. Expecting our third and still in the trenches of the dreaded first trimester. I currently walk around smelling things and getting disgusted…and then another candle is lit for the day/night. Also in a current negative nellie/debbie downer state. Just feel like hiding out for the next few months, ok to be honest the next seven. Anyways enough about my current state of blah, thank you for sharing. It came at the perfect time for me. I don’t feel as weird, like I am the only cranky pregnant woman out there. Thanks again.

  11. Jenny - May 1, 2014

    I’m glad I’m not the only one- I was miserable during my entire pregnancy. It is so hard to make it through. I was barely functioning as a person and no fun to be around. Thankfully, I was blessed with twins and wont be doing it again! I agree with the pillow, gummy vitamins and Scentsy 100%. Other than that, just do whatever it takes to get through. At one point, pull n peel twizzlers was about all I could stomach- how healthy…

    Your hair is so adorable, btw- love it!

  12. Hannah - May 1, 2014

    Love this post!! I’m not pregnant, nor have I ever been but I love when people don’t sugar coat things and they just come out and tell it like it is! Also, your style of writing is fantastic. It seems like everyone and their mama are expecting babies now so I’ll have to pass this along! It was also so cool to see Scentsy mentioned on the list! I work in Scentsy’s corporate office and it’s always a nice surprise to see it mentioned in blogs!

    Love your work and your blog! <3

  13. Mimi - May 2, 2014

    Under the influence of morning sickness…. Hahaha! I only laugh because I know it all so well. With my pregnancy I spent the entire nine months “under the influence”. Glad little Ivory is here now so you can put all the icky behind you. You are a beautiful mama inside and out. Thank you for sharing your journey so that others don’t feel alone in their pregnancy woes.

    xoxo
    Mimi
    http://thisdomesticateddiva.com

  14. Erin Elmore - May 2, 2014

    Thanks for sharing this! I only have 2 children, but I felt like I was the worst, most ungrateful pregnant woman on the face of the earth during both pregnancies. I would just cry and feel sorry for myself b/c I was so nauseous. Everyone would say it would get better by the end of my 1st trimester and when it didn’t, I would be even more angry! The last 3 months of pregnancy were pretty good despite the discomfort. Thank you for bringing attention to depression. I think a lot of people only associate depression with pregnancy as post pardom but it is a very real thing during pregnancy as well. Thanks again! Love your blog!

  15. Depression - May 7, 2014

    Body pillows and prenatals are two of the most important things that women need during pregnancy. The relief they provide are unmatched by anything, even ice cream!

  16. Taunia - June 5, 2014

    Thank you for writing this post. I ordered a bump nest pillow and OMG heaven! life could not be any better. Going to get some of those vitamins on the way as well as food is not my friend right now either.

  17. Nomayne - August 4, 2014

    I thought I was the only person who had awful morning sickness from 6 weeks to 20 weeks! All four of my pregnancies were awful. My husband like yours took the blunt of it and I felt too awful to even try to make up for the grumpiness and nonexistence. You described all the feelings to a tee.

  18. Pregnancy - September 25, 2014

    Thanks for sharing this. Most expecting mothers tend to have such sensitive nose and other people just can’t seem to understand it. Plus the gummy bears are genius! – Amy Jones

  19. Marisa - December 5, 2014

    I am 9 weeks pregnant with my 3rd and this post hit home on so many levels. Rarely do I hear someone who has morning sickness to the level I get it–where I beg and plead for it to end while curled in a ball for months, with a handkerchief over my nose just in case I happen to breathe through my nose and catch a whiff of…anything. Even the smell of myself has produced up chucking. It is misery. But those babes are worth it. I need to try the juice since absolutely nothing else will stay down. Thanks for this post!

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