Top 10 Pregnancy Must Haves
Pregnancy is an experience like none other. It can be incredible but there are difficulties as well. Here are the 10 items that made my 9 months more comfortable.
1. Snoogle Body Pillow – I had severe morning sickness during both of my pregnancies and it was hard to sleep. The only thing that helped was getting super comfy and relaxed and the Snoogle definitely helped with that. It also helps later on when your back, and pretty much everything, is sore. Just beware that your husband, toddler, or cat might try and steal it.
2. Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Body Oil – When your skin starts stretching it can get really itchy! Since I absolutely hate lotion I decided to try this oil and it is amazing. It has this wonderful citrus smell and makes your skin glow. I felt like a million bucks every time I rubbed it on my belly. I know the experts say you cannot prevent them but I didn’t get stretch marks either.
Another bonus: it makes a great massage oil. My husband’s massages helped me survive back pain, restless legs and pregnancy insomnia. You can also use it for baby massage!
Note: If you buy it at Target, it’s just called Nourishing Baby Oil now but it’s the same thing.
3. Fetal Doppler – A doppler created some special memories for my husband and I when we were expecting our first baby. Hearing that heartbeat helped me power through morning sickness and it also gave me peace of mind that everything was okay. During my second pregnancy, that first heartbeat was now a 4-years-old girl and she loved to listen to her baby sister’s heart. We recorded both heartbeats with our iPhones and I enjoy listening to them every once in awhile.
Note: I purchased a Sonoline B Fetal Doppler on Amazon but they’re no longer available for some reason. However, they do have Womb Music and it has great reviews!
4. Comfy Dresses – I had severe morning sickness and heartburn so I had to wear loose clothing or my symptoms would get worse. Wearing comfortable maternity dresses really helped and my Liz Lange t-shirt maternity dress from Target is super soft and comfy. It’s very flattering too!
5. Good Shoes – I did absolutely no running while I was pregnant but I had some major swelling and foot pain the second time around. I usually live in Toms or flip flops but I was in so much agony that I headed to the mall to get something more supportive. I was planning on getting walking shoes but the lady at the store told me that running shoes are the best for pregnant women and it really helped! When I forgot to wear them, I regretted it. Definitely invest in a good pair of shoes!
7. Maternity Bra – I was kicking myself at the end of my most recent pregnancy when I found my maternity bra from A Pea in the Pod at the very end of the third trimester. When I put it on, it was like angels singing. It was so comfortable, flexible, and soft. You can save some money by wearing a nursing bra so you can continue using it after your baby arrives. My favorite nursing bra is the Bravado Silk but Target has some good ones too.
8. Gap Maternity Jeans – I own several brands of maternity jeans and the two I purchased from Gap are my favorite. If you wait until they have a 30% or 40% off sale they are not expensive at all.
9. Pregnancy App – A good pregnancy app can be a lot of fun. You can see how your baby is developing each week and get some tips for having a healthy pregnancy. You also want to a kick counter and a contractions timer. My doctor said to head to the hospital when my contractions were 4 minutes apart and a timer helps you keep track. We ended up going when my contractions were about 3 minutes apart but that’s because we were still packing the hospital bag.
10. Prenatal Massage – Hopefully your birthday falls within your 9 months of pregnancy so you can ask for a spa massage. You definitely must have a massage especially during the third trimester! I am very fortunate that our health insurance covers massage so I was pretty spoiled. On a budget? Ask your husband (or someone!) to watch how-to videos on YouTube so you can get one at home. You deserve it!
These items didn’t make my top 10 list but they still deserve a mention.
- Pregnancy Wedge – I used the wedge a lot with my first because sleeping became so painful. It propped my belly when I was on my side and gave me some relief.
- Sour stuff – Sour candies can help with mild nausea. Sour patch kids are a popular choice and so are Preggie Pop Drops.
- Bellaband – I couldn’t use one because the pressure on my stomach made my nausea worse but many women love the Bellaband because it helps them wear regular pants longer.
- Maternity Underwear – I resisted buying them with my first so I could save money but I gave in when I was pregnant four years later and they were worth every penny. I thought I couldn’t wear them postpartum but they still fit great.
What do you consider a pregnancy must-have?