Must-Have Mondays: Amanda Nurse's essentials for expecting moms

You asked and we heard you: “what are your favorite pregnancy products??” So every Monday, we’re going to feature favorite finds from one of our RUNBABYRUN contributors and friends. Check back weekly for Must-Have Mondays and more great products!

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Amanda Nurse

RunBabyRun.co Founder, Elite Marathoner, Yoga for Athletes Instructor, Running Coach, and Adidas Running Ambassador. Expecting her first child, a boy, in mid-October! 

adidas Ultra Boost 2

I have lived in these sneakers throughout pregnancy. First off, I don't need to untie them, so they are super easy to slip on (especially in the 3rd trimester when you can't see your feet or bend over). They are roomy in the toe box, which makes a big different for those of us pregnant ladies whose feet have grown half a size! They also are very cushioned and are great for long walks, runs, or just lots of time on those sore, swollen feet. I have them in lots of colors, and they are super stylish, too! 

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Newborn 101: Secrets from Expert Nurses on Preparing and Caring for Your Baby at Home

If your like me, you learned all about pregnancy, but kind of forgot to read up about actually HAVING a newborn! This book was in the waiting room at our OB-GYN office, and it caught my eye. Then I saw it at a bookstore while away on our babymoon and I decided to buy it. I couldn't put it down! It's written by a nurse/lactation consultant at Brigham and Women's Hospital (where we are delivering), providing great tips, real life questions from her patients, and takes you from mid-pregnancy through having a toddler! It has made me feel much more confident about what to expect in labor (and my options), breastfeeding, what those first few days will be like at home with your newborn, and beyond! This is a must-read! 

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Magnesium

I've had trouble sleeping throughout pregnancy, but it's gotten progressively worse in the 3rd trimester. My OB-GYN told me I could take Melatonin still, but I found it was making me groggy and sometimes not helping. So, then she told me to try Magnesium tablets (250mg). I like the Nature Made ones, I buy them from Whole Foods or Amazon. Magnesium is a mineral that your body needs to form bone, protein and fatty acids. It relaxes your muscles, which prevents leg cramps. It aids stress and tension, which helps you sleep more soundly. It can also help prevent premature contractions by relaxing the muscles of the womb, preventing premature labor. Lots of reasons to add it to your bedtime routine!

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Lululemon Align Pants 

What to wear when nothing fits and you want to be comfortable to a) workout, b) lay on the couch, c) run errands? The Align Pants from Lululemon! These are amazing. I wear them to run, walk, go to barre class, teach yoga or running, with a big sweater to run errands, or just plain hang around. I've probably worn these more than any other item through out all of pregnancy. They have a nice high waistband (that doesn't press on the growing tummy), super soft, stretch fabric, they are flattering and don't stretch. AND, I can still wear my Size 6... I didn't have to go up a size for these, so I can wear them post-pregnancy when I get my body back, too!

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Mama Mio Gorgeous Glow Balancing Facial Wash

This was one of my first pregnancy purchases! I wanted to make sure my skincare products were safe so I found this awesome one. I love this face wash - it makes my face feel so clean, but never dry. (Knock on wood) I haven't had a single pimple since becoming pregnant, and I think it's (in part) due to this face wash. I probably will keep using it after giving birth, too!

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Tummydrops Ginger

These ginger hard candies are the perfect trick for morning sickness. I carried these around in my purse, and always kept a few next to the bed. I can pop them in my mouth without worrying about taking them with food or drink. 

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Barre3 classes

I was never one for group fitness classes - I love to run outside, but a Barre3 studio opened in my neighborhood right when I found out I was pregnant, so I decided to try it out. Now, I am hooked. It has been a life saver for me, because I haven't been able to run every day, but still wanted to workout. These low-impact cardio and strength training class get keep your legs and booty strong and tight, but are super accessible for pregnant ladies as well as all ages and abilities. I go about 3x a week, feel supported by the instructors (they are always giving me modifications for my changing body), and love the sense of community here (there are so many pregnant women and moms!). They also provide child care during classes, so I will definitely be bringing along Baby Nurse when he gets to be 6+ weeks! 

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