Pregnancy and childbirth is one of the most beautiful things a woman will experience in her life, but it isn’t without it’s drawbacks. I’m sharing with you my pregnancy essentials that helped make my pregnancy just a little bit more comfortable. These were a life saver in my pregnancy and I hope they help you in yours.
Pregnancy Pillow – A pregnancy pillow was a must have for me once I entered my second trimester. I had such a difficult time getting comfortable at night once my belly started to show. My husband surprised me with the Leachco Snuggle pillow and it changed sleeping for me. It gave me the back and hip support I needed to finally get a goods nights rest. If you only purchase one treat for yourself your entire pregnancy this would have to be it. A pregnancy pillow is absolutely one of my top pregnancy essentials.
Water Bottle – I’m not proud to admit that I wasn’t a great water drinker before I got pregnant, but I found it even harder to drink water after I found out I was pregnant. I had terrible morning sickness during my pregnancy that made it really difficult to get anything down including water. The only thing that helped was making sure the water was ice cold. One of my pregnancy essentials was the MIRA water bottle. It is made of stainless steel so my water stayed ice cold all day long.
Prenatal Vitamin – Any doctor you go to will tell you that a good prenatal vitamin should be number one on your list of pregnancy essentials. In fact, many OBGYNs recommend starting your prenatal vitamins when you start trying to get pregnant. Like I mentioned earlier I had awful morning sickness and the typical prenatal vitamin only made it worse. I didn’t want to deprive my baby of the nutrients those vitamins provided especially because I wasn’t able to get those nutrients from food. My doctor ended up switching me to Flintstone Complete vitamins and they were a life saver. They were so much easier to get down and they tasted so good that I actually looked forward to taking them.
Tylenol – Tylenol is a medicine cabinet pregnancy essential. In fact, Tylenol is one of the few things in your medicine cabinet that you can actually touch during pregnancy. No matter what symptoms I called my doctor with 99% of the time I was given the same recommendation – take Tylenol, drink water, and rest. I was given Tylenol for allergies, cramping, early contractions, back pain, headaches, etc. The list goes on and on.
Maternity Clothes – I clung to my pre-pregnancy clothes for as long as I possibly could, but I just couldn’t make them last forever. At the end of my second trimester I caved and bought some maternity clothes. I found the most adorable online boutique called Pink Blush where I was able to get maternity clothes that matched my pre-pregnancy style. Once I got my maternity clothes I never looked back. I was instantly so much more comfortable everyday. Dresses and leggings were my pregnancy wardrobe essentials.
Bralette – It wasn’t only my belly that expanded with my pregnancy, but the rest of my body too. Sometime in my second trimester I noticed that my bras weren’t fitting as comfortably as they used to. They were putting a lot of pressure on my ribs which became quite painful. I ended up purchasing a handful of the barrettes pictured below from a Blush Boutique in my home town and I loved them! They were so comfortable because there was no underwire and not a lot of padding. Once I found the right fit it felt like I had nothing on. Not only were they great for pregnancy, but I also liked using them postpartum.
Comfortable Shoes – It was a very sad day for me when I had to put away my heels during pregnancy and bring out some more comfortable options. My pregnancy essentials for shoes were my Converse and a great pair of flip flops. My feet never got sore wearing them and I still felt cute in them.
Vitamin E Oil – I would put vitamin e oil on my belly and legs after every shower. It didn’t help with stretch marks (unfortunately I’m covered in these – I call them my battle scars), but it did help relieve the itching that I was feeling.
Coconut Oil Lotion – I love coconut oil lotion! Not only is it one of my pregnancy essentials, but it is also an everyday essential. I would apply this over the top of my vitamin e oil. I loved how moisturizing it was without leaving a thick or greasy feeling like other lotions can. This also helped soothe the pregnancy itch.
Pregnancy Book – One of my pregnancy essentials would have to be a good, informative book on pregnancy. I loved learning about how my little girl was growing and how her body was changing. I also found it very helpful in soothing a lot of my first time mom worries. I really enjoyed reading What to Expect When You’re Expecting. When I was having a particularly rough pregnancy day I liked to lighten it up with a good laugh about the struggles of pregnancy. My favorite book for a good laugh about everything pregnancy and motherhood was Belly Laughs.What were some of your pregnancy essentials? Please share them with other mamas to be in the comments below.