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Article By: Mary Bezeau
Pregnancy is a super exciting time, but it can also be exhausting, painful, and downright uncomfortable. It’s tough work growing a tiny human! Having had two pregnancies myself, I’ve compiled a list of my must-have items in order to have a comfortable pregnancy:
1. Anti-Nausea Remedy
This item isn’t something every mom-to-be ends up needing (so I’m told), but both of my little girls gave me some nausea trouble during the first trimester. I guess they lived up to the old wives tale! You’ll have to figure out what works for you; sometimes, all it takes is a little bit of ginger ale or a lemon drop to ease your tummy. Other times, you may need to have your OB-GYN prescribe a medication. It will be trial and error at first. Hopefully, you can find something that gets you feeling better soon.
It’s no secret that you will probably need to invest in a temporary new wardrobe. Maternity clothing can be costly, however, and it’s especially frustrating when you remember that you will only be wearing it for a few months! Try to look for non-maternity styles that you will be able to wear once the baby is here. Leggings are your best friend for pregnancy- they are comfortable, and they also sit below your belly. You probably already have a pair or two in your closet that you will be able to wear right up to your due date! A few tunics are also great pieces to have. They pair well with leggings and are roomy enough to accompany your growing belly, yet you will fit into them just the same once you are in the postpartum phase. Amazon has lots of inexpensive maternity leggings that are incredibly comfortable check them out here.
Sometimes there is no escaping those pesky marks, but you can try to combat them with cocoa butter. I used Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Massage Lotion for Stretch Marks for both of my pregnancies. It’s a good, thick lotion, which was especially helpful when my skin was stretching and became itchy. After two pregnancies, I do not have any stretch marks, so I like to think it worked!
EDITOR FAVORITE: STRETCH MARK CREAM BY MOMMY KNOWS BEST
Sleeping becomes increasingly difficult as your pregnancy goes on. A pregnancy pillow can help keep you comfortable throughout the night as your belly grows and changes. There are a few different types to choose from, like a wedge pillow, a C-shaped pillow, or a long body pillow. Amazon has a fantastic selection of low prices, check out our favorites here. Decide where you are most uncomfortable or need the most support (back, sciatica, pelvis, etc.) and look into the benefits of each type of pillow. Then catch some Zs!
EDITOR FAVORITE: LEACHO SNOOGLE TOTAL BODY PILLOW
If you’re already pregnant, then you are probably already taking prenatal vitamins. It is one of the first things your OB-GYN will recommend to you. Vitamins will aid in the healthy growth of your baby, and they are also great to continue after birth if you are breastfeeding. Some pharmacies even have programs where you can get prenatal vitamins for free, so check into all of your options!
EDITOR FAVORITE: NATURE MADE MULTI PRENATAL TABLETS – RICH IN FOLIC ACID, IRON & ZINC
6. Pregnancy App
There are SO many different apps when it comes to tracking your pregnancy! My very favorite app is the Ovia Pregnancy Tracker. It has daily, and weekly updates about your pregnancy and baby’s development give weekly size comparisons (i.e.,“Week 17- Baby is the size of a crème Brulee!”), and allows you to track your pregnancy symptoms for feedback. My very favorite feature of this app is the baby hand and foot size comparisons. If you’re pregnant and you do not have this app on your phone, download it right now!
EDITOR FAVORITE: OVIA PREGNANCY TRACKER
7. Comfy Shoes
It can be hard to be on your feet when you are 20, 30, or even 40 weeks pregnant. I have a friend who was able to rock high heels throughout her entire pregnancy; however, I can barely rock high heels all day at work when I’m not pregnant! I received a pair of Tieks ballet flats as a gift, and they were a lifesaver during my pregnancy. They were comfortable all day long, without compromising style. Look into a good pair of flats or invest in some gel insoles for your favorite shoes.
EDITOR FAVORITE: WQINSHOE WOMEN’S LEATHER LOAFERS SLIP ON MOCCASINS
8. Water Bottle
Staying hydrated is extremely important when you are pregnant. Dehydration in pregnancy can lead to neural tubal defects, low amniotic fluid, and even preterm labor (American Pregnancy Association). Invest in a good water bottle, primarily if you are working or on the go all day, so that you are sure to have an adequate water intake.
Honestly, this sounds cliché, but I enjoyed reading this book! I would wait until each new month of my pregnancy began, and then read that month’s chapter to see what I could expect to happen. It helped to put my mind at ease when I would feel a new pain or some discomfort. It also has a lot of great information about childbirth, as well as a chapter for your partner to read. You can purchase it here.
10. New Bras
This was honestly something I didn’t invest much in, but probably should have. I continued to wear my regular bras as my body changed, and they were pretty uncomfortable toward the end. I would look into a bra with soft cups and no underwire- comfort is key! There are even some bras that are made for both maternity and nursing, so check into your options.
This item was honestly something I didn’t invest much in but probably should have. I continued to wear my regular bras as my body changed, and they were pretty uncomfortable toward the end. I would look into a bra with soft cups and no underwire- comfort is key! There are even some bras that are made for both maternity and nursing, so check into your options.
EDITOR FAVORITE: LAMAZE COTTON SPANDEX SLEEP BRA FOR NURSING AND MATERNITY
I’ve heard that if you have heartburn during pregnancy, your baby will have a lot of hair. I had never experienced heartburn in my life until I was about halfway through my first pregnancy. Tums was a lifesaver, and I found myself needing one many nights. You can purchase some from Amazon for less than $5 here. Have some on hand, so you’re prepared should heartburn set in (FYI, both of my girls had full heads of hair when they were born).
12. A Prenatal Massage
Or two, or three! As my pregnancies went on and became more and more uncomfortable, it was so lovely to have a masseuse work out all of my aches and pains. I am lucky to have an excellent masseuse at my chiropractor’s office. Treat yourself to at least one prenatal massage…you will NOT regret it!