Lisa Loeb’s Blog: Getting Through the Final Month

05/24/2012 at 07:00 PM ET
In Ingrid & Isabel at the BMI Pop Awards – Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic

Thanks for welcoming our celebrity blogger, Lisa Loeb.

Currently expecting her second child in June, the musician, 44, and husband Roey Hershkovitz are already parents to daughter Lyla Rose, 2.

In addition to her number one single “Stay (I Missed You),” Loeb also had hits with “Do You Sleep” and “I Do.” In the years since, she’s recorded two children’s albums, written a kids book, done voiceovers, developed an eyewear line and started the nonprofit Camp Lisa Foundation.

She can be found on Facebook and on Twitter @lisaloeb.

In her most recent blog, Loeb writes about how she’s handling her final month of pregnancy – and needs your tips on sleeping well these last weeks.

I’m happy to announce that I got over the cold! I played five energetic concerts, plus did a great in-store book signing and mini sing-along with lots of families in attendance at the Whole Foods in Folsom, Calif., and a TV appearance in San Francisco, thanks to some of your hot and sour soup remedy suggestions.

While I was out there on stage — figuring out how and where to rest my guitar near, but not on my pregnant belly — my family had a fun weekend in Los Angeles. Now I’m home again, home again, jiggity-jig.

I can’t believe the baby’s arrival is coming so soon. Especially through that head cold and cough, I was reminded of how important it is to take care of myself, as a mom and as a pregnant person and just as a person.

To keep myself together, I exercise regularly, doing strength training twice a week with a knowledgeable trainer. I also walk most days. When it’s not too hot or cold and not too much pollen in the air, even a 30 minute walk outside clears my head, fills my lungs, and warms up my body for more stretching and foam rolling when I get home.

I wish I had time for tai chi, Pilates, ballroom dancing and hiking, but realistically, what I already do seems to do the job. I think it’s important that scheduling not make you more stressed out than you need to be. And, being pregnant, I always make sure the baby’s health is key — if the doctor says to slow down or stop, then I do, but I always ask if I can stretch or do light walking.

I also eat well, as mentioned before. (I can’t get through a blog without mentioning eating … like the radicchio, kale, yellow pepper, parmesan cheese, cucumber, avocado salad I just ate for lunch with some pasta and tomato sauce and yes, more cheese.)

I’ve also been trying to keep on top of doing other things to keep my body in check. I get regular prenatal massages to keep the blood flowing and stress out of my jaws and legs and wherever else my body decides to keep it.

I love the HelloMellow body butter that one of my massage therapists created! There are a variety of scents, and I prefer the delicious citrus ones. That also keeps the stretch marks away … I think using lotion right out of the shower does it too, pregnant or not.

A visiting aesthetician from Dallas, Renee Rouleau, recently treated me to a facial here in Los Angeles. She explained that often pregnant women’s faces become more splotchy with hyperpigmentation. I use sunscreen on my face and body daily, but she gave me some soothing gels, light scrubs, and products to use in conjunction with the moisturizers, cleansers, and other products I normally use as well as some heavy duty masques during the facial, which were really relaxing while they did the job of adding more moisture and clarity to my face.

Although my main focus for staying healthy during pregnancy is getting enough sleep, I’m excited about the new baby, and sometimes during my many trips to the bathroom in the middle of the night, I end up having a little more trouble going back to sleep.

I’m thinking about what lies ahead: the addition of another little family member, the logistics of the nursery, tying up loose ends with all the projects I’m currently working on, and getting another glass of water — which also might be tied to getting out of bed all night.

Graciously, Wendy Bellissimo has offered to help with our nursery. Known for her wonderful baby linens and design, we’re turning my office/guest bedroom into the baby’s new room and I can’t wait to see what direction we’re going to choose. At least I’m in good hands! I’m a very lucky mom.

Hope all of the mothers out there had a great Mother’s Day! If anyone has suggestions for sleeping through the night at this point in my pregnancy, I’m all ears!

— Lisa Loeb

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Haline Sullivan on

Get one of those long pillows or U shaped pillows and kinda wrap it around you tucking it between your legs. Takes pressure off everything, you rest better.

sat on

not sure if you can drink it while pregnant but Traditional Medicinals organic “nitey nite” tea is good.

megjack1221 on

Oh the wired feeling at 2 am! I would use that time to practice hypno-birthing / deep relaxation techniques, seemed to help me fall back to sleep more quickly 🙂 Good Luck!

Kim on

I just had my 5th baby and taking liquid Calcium/Magnesium helped tremendously with sleeping. I initially took it for leg cramps and that restless leg feeling, which stopped both of those problems immediately, but I also noticed it helped me sleep well too. Hope this helps!

Bridget on

Good luck on your pregnancy and final month. Hope your baby’s heathy!! 🙂

mjtbaby on

My husband and I followed your Tv show and were so excited for you when you got married then started having babies! We also have a two year old daughter and now a 6 week old baby girl. Sleeping was very challenging me in the last month of pregnancy as well. The best thing I could do was have my sweet husband play with our daughter when I was ready to drop so I could take naps. Now I don’t sleep ever! But they sure are worth it. 🙂 Congratulations and best of luck for a smooth delivery!

Rickie on

Pillows, pillows, and more pillows! Did this during all three pregnancies and it helped a lot. Lay on whichever side you are most comfortable, then stuff a couple behind your back, one between your knees, and one under your belly for support. Good luck!

Nicole on

I liked the last blog, but this one has a few too many product placements. Geesh. Is this blog only so she can get free stuff from these folks she is mentioning and linking to??? Ugh.

Karen on

I was told that the not sleeping during the last part of pregnancy is great practice for when the baby comes. You’re not going to get a good night’s sleep for a couple of decades.

Pele Valentina on

Hi Lisa, sounds like you are doing a remarkable job of taking care of yourself during this pregnancy – way to go!

Regarding sleep, I had the hardest time of it toward the end of my pregnancy as well. I tried everything and nothing worked. More pillows? Puh-leeeeease. My belly was as big as a sofa, and there was no pillow that was going to help that. Tea? Soup? Meditation? Uhhh, nope. No way. Didn’t anyone realize the baby had taken over? It was about what HE wanted now. He was ready to salsa dance on out and had started the mutiny in my belly. At nine months, I think the baby pretty much takes over the ship and the captain’s thrown overboard.

At least I was. So…I finally gave in to my friend’s recommendation about acupuncture and had the best sleep EVER. I wish I had listened sooner, but I had never done acupuncture before and was nervous about it. Plus, I didn’t know where the clinician was going to put the needles. Would it be near my belly? HELL TO THE NO, I thought! But, in reality, he put like 3 in my forehead. Maybe a few in my arms. It wasn’t much. But I fell asleep at 8:30pm that evening and woke at 7:30am the next day. Perfection!

The acupuncturist I went to lives in Seattle (sorry) and he comes from China where he was a medical doctor. His specialty is gynecology. He’s amazing. No, really. When 3 other doctors failed, he was able to turn a baby around that had positioned itself for an exit/entrance feet-first. The other doctors attempted to do it by hand. But this doctor used some very gently placed needles, no where in the far southern region of course, and the baby turned around. Anyway, perhaps this doctor has a referral for someone near you or perhaps you could find an acupuncturist who has a gynecological background near you. I highly recommend it.

Wishing you all the best! Your blog is very sweet and I have really enjoyed reading it.

Cheers, Pele

Synclaire on

You reminded me of a song I sang to my daughter’s when they were young and we finally got home after a trip. “home again Home again never more to roam again”!

Jessica on

I found sleepy time tea worked really well for me… you will still have to get up to go pee all the time… but i found making the tea with half milk and half water.. not only does the tea work but the milk does too. Also the milk will help you stay full and asleep longer so you dont wake up hungry…its all natural and safe for the baby.. i brought it to my Dr. to make sure before having it.. hope it helps.. Good luck!!

Lisa Loeb on

Lisa here- wow! acupuncture… hmmm. I haven’t tried that in a very long time. I wasn’t super comfortable with the ideas of needles, but maybe it’s time to try again.

I’d just given into the idea that the waking was prep for the new baby’s feeding schedule. I’m trying to stay away from large salty meals before bed, but lo and behold, I ate a huge bowl of brown rice with tempura tofu, Korean inspired bok choi and mushrooms and eggplant, and then my regular goat milk ice cream, chocolate chips, little bit of peanut butter, and rice cracker that has the taste and texture of an ice cream cone (seriously).. and then glasses and glasses of water through the night…

Thanks for the advice. I’ll do my best to take it! LL

cinderellawasdelusional on

One of the major problems I had in my last month was the swollen feet. They always felt so hot! I found that if I had a fan blowing on my feet it helped tremendously. I wasn’t feeling so uncomfortable trying to find a cool place for my legs & feet. Plus, the fan is great for white noise.

And, yes, pillows do help – between the knees, laying on your side, propping the belly. The long pillows are good for awhile but later on I had to move toward varying sizes to fit the need.

The calcium/magnesium suggestion is a good one. Magnesium is good for sleeping and also to help fight HBP and helps build & repair body tissue. It also supports the baby’s growth so it’s win/win all around.

Drink milk instead of water at night and take a warm bath before bed with lavender. If you wake during the night try Aveda blue oil on your temples to help with relaxation. Use relaxation techniques while laying in bed – start at your toes, tighten/contract – inhale breathing in the scent of the oil, then release breath/muscles slowly while exhaling. Then move to the calves, thighs, etc. all the way up your body until you finish with your face. Then continue with deep even breathing and you’ll find you’re very relaxed and possibly moving back into sleep.

Good luck! The last month is hard but you’ll make it through just fine!

Emily on

Wish this was more of an actual blog about her pregnancy instead of a list of products and fancy crap that she’s buying and/or using. Every paragraph includes a plug of someone or something. Come on Lisa, so transparent.