While everyone’s pregnancy experience is unique, certain types of pregnancy gear can help make your journey easier, no matter what kind of pregnancy you have. Here’s the checklist of expectant mom must-haves.
Pregnancy Pillow. As your pregnancy progresses, you will notice your that tummy will continue to expand. Your new size will bring with it a whole new set of challenges, one of which is sleeping comfortably. A pregnancy pillow is the product you need to get a super comfortable sleep while pregnant.
Comfy Flats. It’s essential to treat your feet right during pregnancy. That means choosing shoes that are roomy and comfortable, and that offer adequate support. According to the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, during pregnancy your feet may grow a half to a full size permanently. To ease pregnancy-related foot discomfort, the ACFAS recommends wearing an arch support to help support the extra weight your feet will be carrying, wearing athletic shoes with a roomy toe box, and wearing support stockings to minimize foot and ankle swelling. Your feet need extra pampering when you’re pregnant!
Maternity Clothes. When buying maternity clothes that you hope will last through several pregnancy stages, choose high-quality, well-made items. Ideal maternity clothes will be made with strong, stretchy material that will grow with you, so they’ll stay snug, flattering and supportive as your body changes. It is most important to choose best clothes to wear during pregnancy. Dressing up during the time of pregnancy is also fun, as it boosts the self-confidence and sense of beauty in pregnant woman.
Maternity belt. These thick elastic straps that go under the stomach for extra support, can help prevent and/or alleviate some pregnancy-related back pain.
Nursing Bras. The comfortable stretch fabric on these nursing bras made them easy to wear (day and night) even when my breasts were almost engorged with milk.
Stretch Marks Creams. Begin your stretch mark prevention regimen as early in your pregnancy as you’d like, but especially by the beginning of the second trimester. Stretch marks don’t appear only on the abdomen. Although the lower abdomen is the most prone to stretch marks, they’re also notorious for appearing on the hips, buttocks, lower back, inner thighs and breasts. Prevention is the key, stretch marks are very difficult to get rid of completely. Preventing pregnancy stretch marks will be more pleasurable and effective than trying to erase them after the fact.
Layette. A layette is a collection of clothing for a newborn, and it’s a good idea to have it on hand ahead of time. A layette typically includes receiving blankets to swaddle the baby, pajamas, onesies, socks, hats, bibs, burp clothes, and towels. It’s a good idea to wash everything in advance with a mild detergent, as baby’s skin is very sensitive.
Bottles, pumps. If you are going to breastfeed, you may need a breast pump and extra bottles to freeze and store milk. Pumping will give you more flexibility if you need to leave your baby with a sitter. If you will be using formula, you will need bottles (which must be sterilized) and more formula than you can possibly imagine.
Baby Carrier. Toting your tot around will become a much easier feat with a baby carrier that’s actually comfortable to wear. You’ll want to look for one that has easily adjustable straps on your shoulders and hips so you can evenly distribute the weight (and save your back some pain).