I get tons of questions about pregnancy and infertility, but this has been one I have been meaning to write a post about! I'm sharing what have been my must-have products to have a healthy, happy pregnancy. Clicking on any of the post titles below will take you to their website!
1. Chewable Ginger Tablets by The Ginger People
Let's just say again, I am beyond grateful I was able to get pregnant. That does not ignore the fact, the first trimester was brutal. Like, had to tell my boss I was pregnant when I was barely pregnant brutal. I never really got into it in detail, but I once got sick literally seconds before going on TV when I was out in the field, or being holed up in our green room telling people I was simply 'getting over something'....for six weeks straight. I literally lived off carbs (toast, crackers,), Sprite, and THESE. NOTE not everyone gets sick and has a healthy pregnancy! BUT if you are unlucky and do....The Ginger People chewable ginger tablets. I have no idea why it was comforting, but something about them just helped as I was chugging water and it helped me at least get to work most days. I still take them when I've had off/on nausea into my third trimester. They're cheap and on Amazon prime.
2. Blanqi Leggings
Oh Blanqi. How I love you. A little too much according to my husband, because lived in the maternity everyday leggings and tank, and now wear their postpartum version. There's not much to say about these except if you want a thicker legging that will keep everything held in, offer back support, and can be worn from the office to the gym, don't hesitate. Yes they're closer to LuLu prices, but totally worth it in my opinion. I've heard some people have issues with pilling so be sure to check you have the correct size and wash them according to instructions.
3. The Snoogle
Everyone warns you that 'you'll never sleep again'! once you have a baby. I had no clue sleep was such an issue while pregnancy. I struggled more than just with my body physically (and do recommend Unisom if you can't fall asleep!) but The Snoogle alone is so necessary. I have a friend who just texted me she finally caved and got one at 20 weeks and couldn't believe the difference. It helps give support to your back and hips by keeping your knees cushioned, and for normal back sleepers like me it also feels good to be slightly arched (I'll put another pillow behind me) so I can get as *close* as I can to back sleeping. *note* It's recommended you sleep on your left side (look it up!) so this can help make that easier if you're not used to that either. Yes it's ugly. Yes it takes up the whole bed. You (and your husband) will thank you.
4. The Expectant Father: The Ultimate Guide for Dads-to-Be
I couldn't forget the dads! (or partners not carrying the child!) Expecting moms probably have 15 apps downloaded on their phone, every pregnancy book on the planet, and often times dads have no clue what's going on.
During the first trimester I had two meltdowns with my husband, which now we laugh about. The most notable one was when I was very ill on the day of the Jimmy Buffet / Eagles concert. I paid $350 for my ticket and was debating if I could make it through the concert and had a complete MELTDOWN when John came in the room asking if I could help him move something. I started crying and said YOU DONT UNDERSTAND HOW THIS FEELS. We got this book as a gift shortly after and....we had no issues after LOL.
5. Calvin Klein Women's Perfectly Fit WireFree Lounge Bra
We're all adults here. Women's bodies change in pregnancy (and after). You will not want to wear the undergarments you owned before because your skin may (if you're me) itch like crazy. Plus, you want to take this time to feel as good as you can about yourself and your changing body. These have been my favorite! Buy them in a size up (or two...) than your normal pre-pregnancy size.
6. Compression Socks
These may not be necessary for everyone, but I have found them incredibly helpful. You have a LOT more blood flowing through your body in pregnancy, and if you're like me and in the car (or travel via plane) a lot, it's medically necessary to make sure you're moving more often as you're more prone to blood clots in pregnancy. I am linking the pair (cheap!) I bought on Amazon and I ended up buying two and love them. I pack them in my work bag for whenever I'm going to be in the car longer than an hour.
7. Maternity BellaBand Support Belt
A lot of people use belly bands for support for everyday wear. I didn't do that because I found they aren't as supportive as other products (again, Blanqi tank was my #1). BUT these are great for giving you some support or mostly, allowing you to extend the life of your regular pants or tops. I primarily only used these for my workouts. I was able to wear all my regular yoga pants and tops and just throw on one of these bands under. My belly stayed tucked in, and I could move without issues!
There is no link or explanation necessary. You will need a Costco size bottle. Now that my newborn has as much hair as a toddler, I am buying the theory more hair=more heartburn.
9. Massage Therapist
OK, I can't actually link to this one (I go to Function MN in SLP for both acupuncture and body work). But I cannot stress how much massage saved me. I started having back issues around 20 weeks, and by 24 weeks I couldn't sleep through the night and was getting sick again. Getting a massage by someone who knows what they're doing can do WONDERS. I know, you're trying to save money for a kid. But pregnancy is the most dramatic, challenging thing your body will ever go through and now is not the time to skimp on you and your health. Do your research and see if a friend can recommend someone near you! Go at least once a month at the very least, once a week or every two weeks if you can. Also loved my experience with accupressure massage (go to someone trained!)
10. Bella B Foaming Face Wash
Something else I didn't consider was how I would need to change my skin care routine. You can't use certain ingredients found in most popular face and body washes (namely beta hydroxy acid, salicyclic acid, and retinoids but talk to your doctor). I was so lucky that my skin improved in pregnancy (boy mom?) but I used this product since day one. It's nice for me because I tend to have drier skin, so if you have oily you may want to look for something else. But this is cheap, works well, and organic.
SO there you have it! There were a few common pregnancy things I didn't mention on this list, like pure vitamin E oil (because you can use any brand) or a good pair of maternity jeans (I tried a couple and preferred Rockstar jeans from Old Navy, super affordable). I know, I didn't include belly butter. Why? Because honestly all the research points to it doesn't do anything to prevent stretch marks (I know, boo) so I didn't feel it's a necessity. BUT always good to stay hydrated! FWIW, I used belly butter 1/3 ofthetime when I remembered and have no stretch marks.
What is on your must have list!?