5 Non-Obnoxious Pregnancy Tips You'll Actually Appreciate

pregnantAnybody who's been pregnant -- and pretty much anybody who hasn't -- knows that there's a wealth of books, people, blogs, and magazines ready and willing to dole out advice. Try Googling "pregnancy advice." I just did. You know how many results came up? Over 82 million. That's too much advice, if you ask me.

When I first found out I was expecting, I admit, I bought a couple of books, talked to a couple of people, and of course, trolled the Internet for some hidden secret that would make my pregnancy the most amazing pregnancy in all of history.

You know what I found? Anxiety. There's too much information! Too many people telling me I'm going to have a God-awful nine months if I don't eat this, or don't use that. So I stopped. I stopped reading, I stopped Googling (unless I have a specific concern). And you know what? I feel a lot better. 

But there are five things I've learned so far -- be it through a friend, a celeb, or myself -- that I consider invaluable.

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Reading the same email every day. Every morning when I get up, before I read my emails or check Facebook, I read a draft I saved to myself in Gmail a few days after I found out I was pregnant. I'm not going to do any cutting and pasting here, but the gist of it is just to relax, not stress, and enjoy this time as much as possible.

I did this because, well, way before I got pregnant, I always told myself I was going to meditate every day to touch base with my body/my baby, etc. And now that I am pregnant -- and not living in laid-back Southern California anymore, where there somehow seemed to be more free time -- I've realized that that's just not possible. And that's okay! I'm not going to beat myself up for that. Once in a while, when I have the time, I sit in lotus position, quieting my mind (or trying). Every other day, I have my email. And at least that's something.

Cold water bath for feet. Okay, I've only done this once or twice so far, but it was amazing. And you know who I got this advice from? Advice machine herself Gwyneth Paltrow.

After Beyonce announced her pregnancy, Gwynnie told her to soak her feet in cold water to avoid swelling. My feet aren't swollen on a regular basis (yet), but one day after walking about three miles in 80-degree heat, they were, and dear God, was this heavenly. I highly advise.

Sleep. I used to be the kind of person who would get up once I realized it was 8:00 on the weekend. I had stuff to do, places to go. Not anymore. If I want to sleep in, I sleep in. And if I want to nap, I definitely nap.

Mineral water. So, this is maybe totally in my head, but after going to France this summer and drinking nothing but Evian (and wine), I found my skin to be much smoother and more supple than I was used to. Since getting pregnant, my skin hasn't been the most cooperative of organs, and I think -- I think -- Evian sort of gets it under control. Something about the minerals. I don't know. All I know is my complexion looks clearer after a few days of downing Evian as opposed to Poland Spring. But it's an expensive habit.

Ojon Volume Advance Shampoo. No, I am not being paid to write this (though, Ojon people, I love your stuff!). When I learned there was a little one growing inside me, I had to say a tearful goodbye to many of my beloved lotions and potions that contained ingredients that weren't necessarily the best idea for pregnant women. So I decided to splurge. I found this bad boy at Sephora, checked the ingredients, and purchased without a second thought. I heart it. It makes my ever-growing hair feel silky and soft, as opposed to "squeaky clean" after shampooing, which I hate.

These are the things that work for me. Like I said, what's good for one person isn't necessarily good for another. The big thing is finding what works for you -- and avoiding an avalanche of tips and advice. Because it'll make you crazy.

What great pregnancy advice do you have?


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