Congratulations, a list of pregnancy must haves for the mama to be!
Pregnancy is such a beautiful thing, I truly loved being pregnant. I miss the little hiccups and kicks Jaxson or JJ would do.
Being pregnant is really amazing; every pregnancy, delivery, and birth are different! I gained 65 pounds and looked like an Oompa Loompa with my first.
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Second child? I was all belly and gained 38 pounds.
I had similar pregnancies with the boys but I experienced the most excruciating pelvic pain with my second – I lived with a pregnancy pillow from 5 weeks up until the day I was induced!
It is truly, really remarkable.
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Morning Sickness Remedies
Morning sickness is truly cruel, it doesn’t only happen in the morning. My friend was sick as a dog morning, afternoon, and evening. 24/7! There was no rhyme or reason.
She stayed sick until she began her second trimester.
Me on the other hand, I didn’t get sick. I would only get queasy if I was hungry, which occurred as soon as I got up.
Didn’t really happen with my first, happened more with my second. As soon as I ate something and had my small cup of coffee – I was golden. If you’re anything like my friend and couldn’t ease her sickness with a light breakfast?
Time for some pregnancy relief options!
They have some pretty nifty ways of alleviating morning sickness now! When my sister in law was pregnant with both her girls she required a shot of B12 to feel better.
- Doctor recommended
- Natural ingredients
- Drug free
- Natural and drug free
- Safe to use for all day relief
- Made with ginger root and rooibos tea
- Relief with hot or cold tea
Pregnancy Must Haves Pillows & Wedges
I lived with a pregnancy pillow the entire time I was pregnant with my second child. I’m not sure if it was because he was my second and my pelvic floor was already beat up from his monstrous head and 8 pound body but yikes.
I couldn’t completely lay on my side! If I did I would experience the most excruciating pain in my pelvic area, and it would take the act of God to move from that uncomfortable spot.
So, what did I do to alleviate my pain? Lay on a bunch of pillows, or wedges, to ensure that I was not completely laying flat on my back. Next I had the pregnancy pillow in between my legs and BOOM – I was able to go to sleep.
If you’re experiencing the same pelvic discomfort or just can’t get comfortable in general, a pregnancy pillow and wedge is for you.
#1 Pregnancy Pillow: PharMeDoc Pillow
Pregnancy Must Haves for Comfort
Pregnancy underwear is a MUST. If you’ve read my maternity must haves you will know that I lived in this and I still use these to this day! It may seem silly now but you’ll be thanking me later when your regular underwear starts cutting into your growing belly.
Yoga Pants or Maternity Clothes
With my first born I quickly outgrow all of my pre-pregnancy clothes, I practically blew up. I had to run to my closest maternity store and stalk the clearance section!
With Jaxson on the other hand I was able to wear my jeans for a little bit and even used a Bella Band to keep my jeans up from being unbuttoned. When it was time to upgrade to maternity wear I only had to buy a couple.
I was pregnant during the winter with Jaxson and lived in yoga pants, cute tops, and cardigans. When it got really cold in the Panhandle (Florida) you’ll catch me in a light Northface jacket – nothing crazy.
My pregnancy style was definitely comfortable.
#1 Maternity Jeans: Signature by Levi Straus & Co.
You don’t have to get the Bella Band but it is truly amazing. You can use it during pregnancy and postpartum. Some mothers use them for postpartum for c-section recovery or shape-wear.
They really are inexpensive and I loved that I was able to wear my pre-pregnancy jeans unbuttoned without worrying about my pants falling.
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Pregnancy Must Haves Books and Accessories
Body Butter or Cocoa Butter
I didn’t moisturize as much as I should with my oldest and I gained the most weight with him. Thankfully my stretch marks are in the inner thigh where no one will see.
My second pregnancy I invested in some cocoa butter lotion to keep my belly and thighs moisturized. I ended up not developing any extra stretch marks!
It’s amazing what they have available on the shelves. My friend couldn’t tolerate regular prenatal vitamins because of the taste, so what does she do? She buys the gummy prenatal vitamins!
Definitely tastes a whole lot better than the chalky prenatal vitamins you get from the doctor.
Planners or Journals
I was a little scatter-brained during my pregnancies, especially the second one. I was trying to work full-time, take belly photos, shuffle to my NST’s and prenatal appointments… Honestly didn’t have time for a journal.
I was lucky to even remember to get sleep! A pregnancy journal can do more than just track your pregnancy, it can offer you relief. Writing has always been therapeutic for me, hence why I began my blog!
If you’re not into documenting your pregnancy you can always grab a journal to take care of yourself mentally.
My best friend loved to use her birthing ball while working from home. She’s an occupational therapist who spends most of her time sitting in her home office, so she uses her birthing ball.
What is a birthing ball? A birthing ball looks like a stability ball you would use to work your core. The benefits of using a birthing ball:
- Alleviate cramps and back pain
- Using a birthing ball at your desk can help ease pressure in joints and bones
- Gentle bouncing movements can help baby move into correct position for birth
Pregnancy Related Books
When I was pregnant with my boys I bought both of the What to Expect When You’re Expecting, and the What to Expect: Eating Well When You’re Expecting. It really helped me have an idea of what I should and should not be eating.
Did you know that you’re not really suppose to be eating horseradish? I didn’t know either, I’m sure a little wouldn’t hurt but I avoided it altogether (even though I loved it). Other books:
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My Final Thoughts on Pregnancy Must Haves
Yes pregnancy is amazing and beautiful but it can also be very taxing on you and your body. Pregnancy can also be high risk and downright scary! Whether it is easy, difficult, scary, or beautiful… I wanted you to be prepared.
What was the one thing you couldn’t live without during your pregnancy? If you could go back to when you got your positive pregnancy test, what would you tell yourself?