Whilst planning all of the essential purchases you will need to make for the arrival of your newborn, don’t loose sight of little things that could help you to have a smoother pregnancy.
Here are my Top 10 Maternity Must-Haves to help you on your journey towards motherhood.
- Pregnancy and Nursing Pillow
Whilst most of the items on this list may be useful to some and not others, I think a pregnancy pillow is definitely a must have for all! Not only will it help you to sleep more comfortably, especially in the later stages of pregnancy, it can significantly easy body aches and pains.
I would highly recommend the Bamibi® Pregnancy and Nursing Pillow a multifunctional body support pillow which can be used in various ways, as oppose to the larger ones which can take up a lot of space. It can be used as a support when breastfeeding to give your arms a little rest and I also found it useful later on to use as a support for my baby to help him get used to sitting unaided at around 3/4 months.
- Maternity Belt
A Maternity Belt will help to decrease back and joint pain during pregnancy, it will also provide support to your baby bump during every day activities. They can help to support the lower back and torso to encourage the correct posture and prevent overextension in the lower back. Some women also find it provides additional support after their pregnancy, and especially beneficial if they have experienced a separation of the abdominal muscles.
I would recommend the BABYGO 4 in 1 Pregnancy Support Belt Maternity & Postpartum Band its really quick and easy to put on and also includes a detailed booklet for Birth Preparation, Labour and Recovery.
I was quite lucky in the fact that i have been left with hardly any stretch marks after my pregnancy and i think it’s down to the fact I really did go to town with moisturising daily! I used a combination of Bio-Oil Skincare Oil (in small quantities as it is quite expensive!) and Vaseline Cocoa Butter Body Oil for when my skin got really dry.
- Maternity Leggings
Whilst Maternity Leggings are just simply the comfiest option, having a pair with compression support can also help with pain around the hips and back. I spent most of my pregnancy in leggings (and quite a while after too!) I had a couple of pairs from different stores but found the Amorbella Maternity Leggings super comfy and the best fit for me.
Ok, so by now you are probably already taking vitamins to provide you with all of the nutrients you need during pregnancy (and if you aren’t – you should start now!) Of course, you should speak to your midwife before changing or adding any multivitamin to your diet. I used the Seven Seas Pregnancy Multivitamin throughout all stages of my pregnancy. I also ended up buying a pill organiser, trust me – once that baby brain kicks in you’ll be needing it! I used to keep mine by the dining table to remind me to take it after mealtime. There are lots of different styles out there, I found the Pill Box Organiser to be the most budget friendly.
- Ginger Beer
I suffered from quite a lot of morning sickness in the first few months of my pregnancy and although i’m not much a fan of the taste of ginger beer it did help settle my stomach especially after eating. I used to get the Old Jamaica Ginger Beer as i preferred it to the soda beers. I tried eating ginger biscuits too as i prefer them to the beer, but they didn’t have as much of an effect for me unfortunately.
- Water Bottle
It’s so important to stay hydrated when you’re pregnant, and you need way more water than usual, so if you’re not a big water drinker, I would recommend buying a large water bottle and keeping it with you throughout the day. It really helped me to drink more and make sure i was having enough in the day, meaning I wouldn’t then drink as much at night (which in turn helped with what seemed to be endless trips to the bathroom!). I loved the KEPLIN Premium Water Bottle not just because of the nice little cleaning brush that comes with it, it also has measurements down the side so you can keep track and make sure you’re drinking enough.
- Mattress Protector
If you don’t already have a mattress protector on your bed and your in the later stage of pregnancy – you need one now! If your waters do happen to break at night time, it’ll make cleaning up a lot easier! Also, you will probably find it comes in use more once your baby is here and making a mess! I found the HIGH LIVING ® Premium Bamboo Waterproof Mattress Protector to be really soft and great value for money compared to others.
A decent pair of sandals were another must have for me during my pregnancy. The ideal type are T-Strap sandals that can accommodate any swelling that you might have. I found the Isabella T-strap Sandals had a really soft and comfy foam and would recommend this to anyone looking to buy a pair.
- Pregnancy Journal
I was halfway through my pregnancy when i decided to buy my Pregnancy Journal and I wish I had bought it sooner. I loved this book, it’s really well laid out and it’s nice to look back on it now. It has some really useful information for each week and lovely illustrations.
I hope this list brings you some guidance and ideas that may be useful to you. If just one item pops out to you as a good recommendation, my work here is done.
Always check with your midwife about anything pregnancy related. Including items in this post. These are items that worked for ME – but they may not be right for YOU.
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