Your Pregnancy Must Haves
Being pregnant is such a magical time. You’re growing a human, or two or three, and it’s astonishing how much our bodies adapt to house a baby and keep them safe. I have enjoyed my pregnancies, really enjoyed them. Being pregnant has been one of the best experiences of my life but my pregnancies haven’t come without their challenges. While pregnancy is beautiful, the changes our bodies go through, are at times, a real struggle. I mean, you might be dealing with morning sickness, back aches and sleepless nights all while being expected to continue in your every day life. There’s work, looking after your other children, family commitments and all while trying to survive your pregnancy symptoms. As your uterus grows, there are more and more challenges to face which is why it’s imperative that you grab yourself some pregnancy must haves to make your pregnancy as easy as possible.
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My 11 Pregnancy Must Haves
Here are some of my favourite pregnancy must haves. I’ve thrown in a few items, I wished I had invested in but didn’t know about at the time but I’ve added them in case, like me, you need them this time around!
For those struggling to sleep at night, a pregnancy pillow is a must. If you have the chance to try before you buy, then try them out! What may be comfortable for one, might not make any difference to you. I was so uncomfortable during the night with my second pregnancy. I visited a baby trade show and found the perfect pregnancy pillow. It was like sleeping on a cloud! The pillow made a huge difference to my sleep. It was large and supported me everywhere I needed it to. There was bit of a joke between my husband and I over how large it was and that my husband couldn’t reach to cuddle me anymore! If you’re having any issues getting comfortable at night, go and invest in one! There are a few pillows out there known for doing a great job but here is the one I used.
If you’re suffering with a back pain, pelvic pain or hip pain, a maternity belt can help to ease the discomfort. I could have done with one of these during my second pregnancy. I was very huge and had a lot of discomfort, if only I had known about them sooner!
You’ll need to stay hydrated during your pregnancy. Carrying a water bottle with you when you go out is a good idea. A water bottle that can keep your water cold is a must, especially if you’re dealing with a summer pregnancy. If you’re going to be carrying it with you everyday, it may as well look cute too!
Trouser extenders allow you to wear your trousers, jeans and skirts for a little longer by turning them into maternity items at a very little cost. I used these extenders and got a lot of wear out of my trousers, well into my third trimester.
Bra extenders will give you a little extra life in your bra while pregnant around the back area. These are great during pregnancy if when gaining weight you find your bras to be snug.
Your breasts will continue to grow throughout your pregnancy and therefore purchasing some maternity bras will provide you with the comfort and support you need. Sore and full breasts are a common pregnancy symptom. It’s worth getting measured throughout your pregnancy if you want to purchase bras with underwire. Although having bras without underwire can provide more comfort and room for growth without the need to purchase as many bras.
If you sit at a desk for long periods of time, having a chair wedge cushion can help to relieve pressure in your lower back and legs. Ensure any office chairs are adjusted correctly to support your changing body and if this still doesn’t help, a wedge cushion can work wonders.
Having a cream or oil to soothe your stretching stomach is key when you’re stomach is becoming tighter and tighter. This stretch mark cream is amazing for avoiding stretch marks! I’ve used this oil through two pregnancies and have managed to get away almost stretch mark free. With my first, I had zero stretch marks. I was huge during my second pregnancy due to diastasis recti (ab separation) and was often asked if I was having twins. It was around the 37 week mark before I had a few very faint stretch marks, which I can only see now if I look very closely. Mama Mio have a great range of pregnancy and post pregnancy products which I absolutely love.
You might find you are leaking breast milk, especially in your third trimester. Your body is getting ready to feed your baby and leaking small amounts of colostrum is very common. Having some breast pads to keep your clothes milk free will do the job. I fell in love with reusable breast pads, they’re soft and seemed to absorb more than my favourite disposable breast pads. The best thing is that I saved so much money as once you use them, you throw them in the wash and wear them again!
Talk to your doctor or midwife to discuss the best vitamins for you and your needs. It’s important to have your prenatal vitamins to support you and your baby as your body is going through a lot of changes and is working extra hard.
I found an exercise ball was especially useful in my third trimester. It was sometimes uncomfortable sitting in chairs, and I felt light on the ball instead of heavy and slow. I used the ball to help with the pre-labour exercises and it can also be very useful during labour.
These are my top pregnancy must haves to provide an easier nine months. If you have any products that helped you, any tips or advice, let us know in the comments below.