Let’s face it, pregnancy is not always a walk in the park. From morning sickness and heartburn to bleeding gums and insomnia, those 9 months of pregnancy can be a real treat!
So if you’re sick of everyone just telling you have that pregnancy ‘glow,’ you’re in luck because these products actually make you feel better!
1. Cocoa Butter or Coconut Oil. ($10.99)
Stretch marks? What stretch marks? The key to attempting to avoid stretch marks while pregnant is starting to moisturize early, (think first trimester) and often. Cocoa butter or coconut oil are great reasonably priced alternatives to pricey stretch mark creams. You will be going through a lot of product, so price point is something to consider. Focus on your tummy, of course, but don’t forget your hips and thighs.
2. Maternity Leggings. ($25)
Trust me, maternity leggings are an obvious must have in your maternity wardrobe year round. Being comfortable while growing a baby is essential. I love these, they fit great and are super soft.
3. Prenatal Vitamins. ($23)
Not all prenatal are the same. Look for one with DHA for babies brain growth. I tried several brand, these were defiantly my favorite. No fishy taste and no nausea after talking them.
4. Tums. ($4)
Pregnancy and heart burn go together like two peas in a pod. Although there are a lot of medication you can’t take while pregnant, Tums are generally considered safe and are a huge help especially when you’re trying to fall asleep.
5. Pink Stork Bath Flakes. ($16)
Spoiler Alert, at the end of pregnancy everything aches making for a very uncomfortable you. These bath flakes, plus a warm bath, are a huge help for back and hip pain in the third trimester.
6. Mommee Coffee. ($16)
If you are a caffeine addict like I am, giving up or reducing your caffeine intake is hard. Enter Mommee Coffee! It comes in half and quarter caff, plus it’s low acid so heartburn sufferers rejoice. The flavor is great, so you’ll hardly know it’s missing caffeine.
7. Water Bottle. ($14)
Hello hydration! Drinking a lot of water is so important during pregnancy, for both you and baby. Your recommended water intake increases while pregnant, aim for 12-13 glasses a day. Look for a water bottle that keeps cold all day and is easy to carry when you have your hands full.
8. Tennis balls. ($7)
Yup- tennis balls! Sure you can use a more expensive massage roller, but tennis balls work great to help relieve aches and stiffness in your lower back and shoulders. My friends have even taken them to the hospital to help when laboring.
9. Bellyband ($25)
This is a total life saver. It’s great for the beginning of your pregnancy when your regular pants are getting too tight, but maternity pants are too big. It also offers some back support to help with lower back pain and bladder pressure. This one comes in three sizes for when you grow.
10. Morning Sickness Lollies ($13)
The first trimester often means nausea and for most, it’s not reserved for just the morning. Sucking on these, especially between meals was a big help. Their individually wrapped, so you can throw a handful in your purse or desk drawer.
All pregnancies are different but with the help of these pregnancy essentials you’ll be holding your little one before you know it.