Everyone – meet Hannah! I am excited to introduce you to our mama-to-be editor and skincare expert, Hannah. As a skin care obsessed lady it brings me so much joy to have someone as skincare savvy as Hannah on board to help us all out. You may recall, she has answered your questions as well as shared pregnancy skincare 101 with us. Based on her recommendations from the 101 post, I bought all new products. And I have to be honest, that my skin has not been this clear in years. Seriously people, the girl knows her stuff! Not only is she smart but sweet too and she is sure to be one Wise mama. Look for much more exciting stuff from Hannah with the most exciting being the arrival of her bundle of joy in just a few short weeks! xo
Hi Wise Baby! I am so thrilled to be a part of this fabulous team and have the opportunity to connect with you, dear readers. I am an expectant (less than 3 weeks to go!) first time mother, Air Force wife, licensed esthetician and professional makeup artist. While I currently reside in Northern California, I still consider myself a life-long Midwesterner and miss the changing seasons, our family cabin near Lake Superior and of course cheese curds! I hope you join me every other Thursday for mama + baby skincare talk and be sure to submit any questions you might have for our reader Q + A column. Since I can’t vouch for favorite or necessary baby products just quite yet, I am happy to share with you my pregnancy essentials:
1 - Skin Savior Balm from One Love Organics ($68)
This is my holy grail beauty product. I use it to remove my makeup before cleansing, as a facial moisturizer, a cuticle cream but most recently (and religiously!), as a belly balm. Not only is it organic and natural but this balm actually helps your skin retain it’s own natural moisture. While I attribute my luck of no stretch marks to good genes, this balm has kept my skin looking toned and feeling soft. No itchy belly here!
2 - The Pregnancy Countdown Book by Susan Magee ($12)
I wanted a prenatal companion book that would give me “what to expect” information on a weekly basis, but not be overly opinionated about personal choices like epidurals or breastfeeding. This book is super informative but also contains amusing blurbs about all the pregnancy details most people forget to tell you (ie: leaky boobs + bathroom problems!). A must-have for new mommas.
3 - Snoozer Full Body Pillow ($60)
I call this pillow my “mistress” because it takes up as much room as another person and I sleep with it night after night. After about month five, when my belly really started to grow, this pillow helped ease the discomfort I felt in my back and hips.
4 - Cotton Briefs
I know what you’re thinking. But, trust me on this one. Stock up on extra cotton underwear. This necessity falls under the “things no one tells you” list. Pregnancy brings upon lots of strange and mystical changes to a woman’s body and some of these “changes” require having an extra pair of super breathable cotton undies. Oh, and full coverage. Ain’t nobody got time for thongs when you’re swollen, sweaty and super pregnant.
5 - La Croix Sparkling Water
I was SO sick my first four months of pregnancy. I lost 12 pounds (the only time I’ll ever complain about losing weight) and the mere thought of food would send me straight to the bathroom. The only thing I found to ease the queasies was sparkling water – in particular the grapefruit and lemon flavors. Something about the combo of light bubbles and tart citrus helped to quell my nausea and quickly became a staple on our weekly grocery list.
6 - Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips + Cheeks ($26)
I’m pretty low maintenance when it comes to my daily beauty routine, so I love multipurpose products. This Pot Rouge from Bobbi Brown creates a natural flush to your cheeks (to fake that pregnancy glow when you’ve been battling morning sickness) and gives lips a pretty wash of color that instantly makes you look more put together. Fresh Melon is a light peachy pink that looks fab on everyone.
7 - CleanWell Hand Wipes ($3)
If you’re pregnant or ever been pregnant, than you know that frequent trips to the bathroom are just par for the course. Unfortunately, I’ve run into a lot of questionable public restrooms that are always out of soap, paper towels or working faucets. These individual hand sanitizing wipes have become a purse necessity and I love that they are alcohol-free and all natural.
Some Final Tips:
1) For the love of all things good in this world, stay off Google and WebMD. I can assure you that whatever harmless question you’re seeking answers to will suddenly turn into your worst nightmare. You have a weird twinge in your side? Great, now according to the internet, your baby has rabies. Do yourself a favor and write your questions down and bring them up at your monthly prenatal appointment. Your stress levels will thank you.
2) Make 30 minutes for yourself every day. Get in the bath, turn off your phone and read something indulgent. Oh, and eat some ice cream. Now is the time to treat yourself to a little R + R. You’re growing a human, after all. You deserve it.
3) While fancy and fabulous baby products can make our lives easier, just remember that at the end of the day, all that little one needs is a clean diaper, a boob or bottle and plenty of love. As a first time mom, I often question my ability to “do it all.” But, if I can keep it to those three bullets, then I know this kiddo (and myself!) will be just fine.
A big, huge warm welcome to Hannah – we are so lucky to have you lady! xoxo