10 Pregnancy Must-Haves
Pregnancy isn't always easy, but it's always a beautiful journey! Here's my list of 10 pregnancy must-haves to make the ride a little less bumpy!
Take your prenatal vitamins daily! Discuss best options for you with your doctor or midwife as some women can be sensitive to certain ingredients, like iron. My go-to during both of my pregnancies, as well as in pre-pregnancy and now post-pregnancy / lactation, has been Baby and Me 2 prenatal vitamin. I love that it's made of real foods with no synthetic ingredients, and mild so it doesn’t contribute to nausea. I also take Nordic Naturals Prenatal DHA daily which supports baby’s brain development during pregnancy and lactation.
Ginger works against morning sickness! You can add raw ginger onto foods and into your drinking water. When I was pregnant, I carried candied ginger in my purse for when I was out and about and in a pinch. It's yummy, it's chewy, it's spicy. Gin Gins by The Ginger People is my fav!
If you’re anything like me then you’re always hot when you’re pregnant. A hydrating spray can help you cool off, feel refreshed and achieve a glow. I love and recommend the Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater by Mario Badescu. I still carry it with me from time to time and spray as needed throughout the day for a quick skin boost. It's super light, fresh scent also helps combat feelings of nausea.
Whether you’re in your first trimester or going in or out of your second trimester, you have to feel comfortable. I’m not a fan of maternity clothes, but there’s one maternity clothing item I could not live without in pregnancy, my Blanqi High Performance Belly Lift and Support Maternity Leggings. They’re made of a breathable fabric, with a smooth, seamless fit that I could easily dress up or down. I pretty much lived in my Blanqis while I was pregnant!
Stretch Mark Treatment
HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE! The key is to start treating your skin early, like as soon as you find out you’re pregnant. As your skin stretches during pregnancy it damages the collagen fibers that give it elasticity. You’ll feel tightness, itchiness and occasional burning, especially in your tummy and lower back area, but try not to scratch because it makes it worse. Minimize the effects with a daily stretch mark treatment. I created my own potion as I like to call it during my first pregnancy which I used in my second pregnancy as well: mix Bio-Oil Skincare Oil, Trader Joe’s Vitamin E Oil, and Acure Organics Lemongrass + Moroccan Argan Oil Firming Body Lotion in the palm of your hand and massage onto your body focusing on your tummy, breasts, booty, and thighs as a preventative treatment.
Invest in a body pillow, trust me(!), because without it you’ll find that your growing belly will make getting comfortable nearly impossible. I tested out a few before I fell in love with the Snoogle Total Body Pillow by Leachco. With six different positions for use, its the best thing ever for lower back pain, hip discomfort, belly support, congestion, swollen ankles and feet, and even post-delivery relief.
Pregnancy leads to tired, swollen feet. There’s no way around it. Especially in the third trimester when you’re at your heaviest. One of the best ways to alleviate foot pain and reduce swelling is a relaxing Epsom salt soak. I love to treat my feet with Dr. Teal’s Epsom Salt Foot Soak in warm or cool water. It’s important to make sure not to soak in hot water because it can raise your body temperature and is dangerous for your baby.
Ditch the heels, for all the (yummy) feels! Still, on the subject of achy, swollen feet, a good pair of house slippers are another must-have. It’s like a hug for your feet, and who doesn’t love that? Plus, your temperature will fluctuate a ton with all of the hormonal changes happening, and wearing a comfy pair of slippers makes it easy to kick off the extra layer whenever you wish. There are plenty of stylish yet comfortable options out there - I love my Ugg slippers! This is a good item to include in your hospital bag, too.
Your gums will be extra sensitive and become inflamed during pregnancy which will, in turn, make your teeth more susceptible to plaque and bacteria build up. You may even see your gums bleed while brushing and flossing when you're pregnant. To avoid gum disease and tooth decay in pregnancy, make sure to floss at least twice a day. A gentle yet effective floss I recommend is Oral-B Glide Pro-Health Deep Clean Floss.
Grocery Delivery Service
The last thing you should have to worry about when you’re pregnant is a grocery store run. Especially heading into your third trimester and beyond when carrying extra weight and baggage is no longer even an option. I recommend signing up for a grocery delivery service and having your groceries delivered to your doorstep. I’ve been using the Milk and Eggs service which delivers foods and produce straight from farms. The quality of the foods has been amazing and deliveries are timely and easy. If you want to try the service, enter code ‘landofmom’ to receive $20 off any order over $40!
What couldn't you live without in pregnancy? Let me know in comments below!