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My First 5 Months/20 Weeks of Pregnancy Favorites

Isn’t it interesting that my mom and Mawmaw’s generations referred to pregnancy length by months?  They’d say I’m 5 months pregnant right now.  Nowadays, we describe our pregnancies by weeks.  In fact, we talk pregnancy in weekly terms as if it’s always been that way.  I’m interested to know when that shift happened from months to weeks?

If you’re following along on Hello Bump Podcast, then you are already very filled in on my first 15 weeks of pregnancy.  In fact, Episode 10, Week 15 released this morning.  You can listen via iTunes, Stitcher or straight from this blog post (below) if you haven’t already downloaded it.

Today’s post goes out to my fellow pregnant and soon-to-be pregnant mamas who are interested in some of my must-have products from my first 20 weeks of pregnancy.  These are all products personally tested and approved by me.  Scroll down for a description of each item and a few sentences about why they made the “Angela Approved Pregnancy List.

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My First 20 Weeks Faves:

  1. Maeband Maternity Belly Band:  If you’re like me, you want to wear your regular shorts, jeans and pants for as long as possible while pregnant.  This belly band helps you do just that.  It’s a cloth band with velcro on both ends that hooks through your belt loops and secures with the velcro.  I’m currently wearing a size Small and have it in the navy blue color.  The Maeband makes it possible for me to wear my pre-pregnancy bottoms without an issue.
  2. Leachco Snoogle Body Pillow:  This was my first pregnancy purchase and definitely my most used/loved.  I can’t sleep at night now without it.  My chiropractor suggested this pillow to help keep my hips aligned while side sleeping, which in turn has majorly helped to ease my lower back pain.  I originally bought the pillow on Amazon without a cover, trying to save money.  I quickly realized I needed a pillow cover (i.e. pillow case) and ordered the jersey grey, which means I didn’t actually save myself any money at all.  If you are looking for a pregnancy pillow, look no further.  But buy the pillow that comes with the case.  Trust me, you won’t regret it.
  3. Maternity Undies:  Early on in my pregnancy, I posted on Facebook about my need for maternity undies and asked for suggestions.  Quite a few women said they never needed new undies throughout their entire pregnancy…  Which made me feel like there was something wrong with me for needing them so early on.  But my oh-so-loved CK’s were literally sinking into my skin, leaving indents.  I researched undies online and bought pairs from several different brands.  This style from Giftpocket is hands down my favorite.  I wear them every single day and don’t have a single complaint.  If you’re interested in my pre-pregnancy favorite underwear, check out this blog post.
  4. Bellaband:  Another option for wearing your pre-pregnancy bottoms from Ingrid and Isabel that I love.  The Bellaband gives a smoother look to your bottoms than the Maeband.  This only matters if you’re wearing a tighter top.  If you wear mainly loose tops or sweaters, you’ll be fine with the Maeband.  If you prefer to wear tighter fitting tops, then go with the Bellaband.  I have the Bellaband in a size 1 in white.
  5. Bra Extender:  If you listen to Hello Bump, then you’ve heard Matt get on me about my bras being too tight.  This extender has helped ease my discomfort immensely.  Those extra two inches made a big difference for me.  I just received a bra from Third Love in the mail yesterday, so I’ll let y’all know my thoughts once I’ve had a good chance to wear it.
  6. Maternity Leggings:  Another one of my first purchases was maternity leggings.  These leggings are great for every day wear and have a side zipper detail on the ankles.  They come with a crossover panel in the back which helps with lower back support.  If you’re interested in more casual leggings that are better for working out, then check out this pair from Beyond Yoga/Beyond the Bump.  The material is more like a super soft tee shirt, whereas the Ingrid & Isabel pair are thicker and better for a dressed up look.
  7. Nivea In-Shower Body Lotion:  I’ve been a fan of in-shower body lotions since Olay first debuted theirs when I was in high school.  I love the idea of moisturizing while I’m in the shower for one less step for when I get out.  I’ve suffered from dry, itchy skin during my pregnancy.  This lotion has helped moisturize, hydrate and keep my skin itch-free.  Honestly, I like both the Nivea and Olay lotions equally.  I do think I like the original (purple bottle) scent of Olay the best.
  8. Natural Calm:  I’ve been taking Natural Calm since January and I love it.  It helps me relax and sleep better, prevents constipation and helps prevent muscle cramps and headaches.  I think magnesium is an awesome way to fight against the pregnancy constipation that we all hear nightmare stories about.  Be sure to talk to your doctor before taking this supplement; my doctor approved it for me.
  9. Pink Stork Pregnancy Bath Salts:  I’ve been a bath taker all my life.  After first finding out I was pregnant, I shied away from baths.  Then the infamous cyst hit me like a brick wall and I had no choice but to take sitz baths.  It was during that period that I realized all the hub-bub about baths is silly.  I take warm, not hot baths, and I limit myself to 10 minutes.  These salts are also packed with magnesium to give you that same calming effect.  I also frequently use Aveeno oatmeal bath mixes to help soothe my dry, itchy or stretching skin.
  10. Bio-Oil:  I researched stretch mark prevention and every where I looked, this oil was recommended.  Of course I ordered myself a bottle from Amazon Prime right away.  I love the scent and it leaves my skin feeling silky smooth.  Luckily, I don’t have any stretch marks yet, but I still have another 4 months to go.  I also really love the Honest Company Organic Belly Balm because the scent is so calming for bedtime.

What are some of your pregnancy must-haves?  I’ve already discovered new products I love this past week that I can’t wait to share with y’all.  Be sure to watch my daily Insta-stories on both my personal account and the Hello Bump account to see the different products for both me and Baby Lanter that have been arriving.

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Hello Bump Podcast Episodes 2 & 3

One week ago today, we officially announced that our lives are changing forever.  Baby L is on the way and the excitement has only built for us with each passing day.  Our first official baby package arrived this morning from Little Me and I opened it this morning on my Insta-stories.  My heart basically exploded over all of the tiny, adorable pieces!

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Now that I’m fully into my second trimester, I’m feeling the baby move which is such a rewarding experience.  I shared on Monday’s episode of Hello Bump the guilt I felt at 6 weeks because I didn’t have this overwhelming sense of love for our baby yet.  Those feelings were obviously very human and I think many women don’t feel like they can verbalize them, if they also have those feelings.  At 6 weeks, I didn’t feel pregnant…  Instead, I felt like I had a bad case of the flu.  I was overall pretty miserable.  If I’m being 100% transparent with you, I was feeling a bit depressed for the first time I can really remember in my life.  I was down about feeling so sick and knowing that there were all these changes coming…  Changes with my body, with our lives and in our marriage.  Please don’t take my honesty as me saying that I wasn’t ecstatic about becoming a mom.  I’ve never for one second regretted this pregnancy.  It was as if my physical condition was taking a toll on my mental and emotional states, making me feel depressed.

Those sad feelings only lasted a few short days, but I wanted to take a moment and be very real and very raw with you here in case there were any other women who are experiencing sad moments in the beginning of their pregnancy.  If that is or was you, girlfriend you are not alone!  To me, these feelings are totally normal.  We’re going through so many changes in our bodies and seeing how different our lives are going to look in just less than a year.  Again, in my opinion, these feelings and thoughts are totally normal, especially for us first timers.

Click below to listen to Episode #2 – “Not My Uterus” of Hello Bump Podcast.  Or click here to listen via iTunes.

 



Today, we released Episode #3 of Hello Bump which covers weeks 7 and 8 of my pregnancy.  In this episode we get to hear the baby’s heartbeat and see an ultrasound for the first time.  We share our feelings about that doctor’s appointment as well as a clip of Baby L’s galloping little pulse (so sweet I could cry all over again!)  We talk more about my symptoms, give you WAY too much info about my bodily functions and talk about my OBGYN putting me on anti-nausea medication, Diclegis.  Personally, I’m having so much fun going back and listening to our experiences and thoughts again.  It’s such a fun way for Matt and I to relive this experience with each other with every new episode we publish!

We also talk about the genetics blood test I went through and the mutations that were found in my genes.  This was a bit of a freak out moment for me at first until I dug in and found out what my mutations were and what they meant.

While we’re talking about this episode, do any of you have this crazy fear of vomiting like I do?  It’s a very real fear that gives me serious anxiety when I start to feel nauseous.  Let me know in the comments section below!  Also, let me know if your husband had pregnancy symptoms along with you.

Click below to listen to Episode #3 – “Don’t Come Home without Donuts” of Hello Bump Podcast.  Or click here to listen via iTunes.

 



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We’re Pregnant… Baby Lanter on the Way!

I’ve never known if I would actually get to say the words, “we’re pregnant.”  As you all know, I’ve battled with Endometriosis now for +10 years, so I never thought that getting pregnant would be a breeze for us.  When that pregnancy test showed up positive, shocked doesn’t begin to explain my feelings.  After a trip to my surgeon back in March, I was planning to have another laparoscopy this summer…  That’s when God laughed and said He has other plans for us.  The very next month I was pregnant!

Matt and I are overjoyed to be entering into parenthood.  We’ve always dreamed of having our own family.  This secret has been the hardest we’ve ever had to keep.  I’ve been bursting at the seems with joy, wanting to tell my Gorgeous Family for so long, but we wanted to wait until the time was right.  Now that we’re safely into the second trimester, I am thrilled to be able to share the news!

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Matt and Angela Lanter Pregnancy Announcement Baby Lanter on the way we're pregnant hello gorgeous hello bump podcast

Matt and Angela Lanter Pregnancy Announcement Baby Lanter on the way we're pregnant hello gorgeous hello bump podcast

Matt and Angela Lanter Pregnancy Announcement Baby Lanter on the way we're pregnant hello gorgeous hello bump podcast

Matt and Angela Lanter Pregnancy Announcement Baby Lanter on the way we're pregnant hello gorgeous hello bump podcast

 

Matt and Angela Lanter Pregnancy Announcement Baby Lanter on the way we're pregnant hello gorgeous hello bump podcast

My first trimester was a little rough.  I was sick before I even found out that I was pregnant!  Every single symptom I’ve had has served as a reminder of the miracle God has given us.  I’m now four months along and started feeling the baby move for the first time just a couple days ago.  Hearing the heartbeat for the first time, seeing our first ultrasound and feeling the first movements have all been moments that we’ll never forget!

Now for the second big announcement…  From the very beginning, we knew we wanted to share our journey with you, so we decided to document our thoughts, feelings and all (and I do mean ALL) of my symptoms with you through a podcast.  Matt and I have been secretly working behind the scenes for over a year putting together a different podcast, but once we found out we were pregnant, we completely shifted gears and decided to share THIS journey instead.  I’m being more open, honest and vulnerable in this podcast about my pregnancy than I ever have been before.  If you want to know all the details (good, bad, and ugly!) and hear us tell it like it is, then click below and please subscribe.  I think you’ll have a laugh or two with us as we dive into uncharted waters (for us).

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If you want to hear the whole story about how it all went down…  From me finding out, to telling Matt, to my first doctor’s appointment…  Then subscribe to our new podcast and follow along on this journey with us.  We’ve recorded an episode every week of our pregnancy, and will be sharing a new episode weekly.  This way you can come along on this journey and learn right along with us.

 

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Matt and I have been secretly working behind the scenes for over a year putting together a different podcast, but once we found out we were pregnant, we completely shifted gears and decided to share THIS journey instead. I’m being more open, honest and vulnerable in this podcast about my pregnancy than I ever have been before. If you want to know all the details (good, bad, and ugly!) and hear us tell it like it is, then click below and please subscribe.

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