Feeling your best when you’re pregnant is no easy feat. These are ten items that I would not want to live without, and honestly don’t rank in any particular order of importance. I love them all the same. Seriously. If my husband took even one of these things away, I might pull a dramatic temper tantrum like my 18 month old daughter. There would be screaming, tears, and sweat until he gave it back. Of course, this would never happen (my husband knows better), but it gets my point across. Find out my Top Ten Pregnancy Must Haves: Make Your Pregnant Life Easier and where to snag them after the jump…
Palmer’s Cocoa Butter is an oldie but a goodie. When my hormonal skin feels itchy and like it just can’t possibly stretch anymore, I slather on the cocoa butter. I practically bathe in the stuff every day after my shower. My hubby likes to joke that I smell like a bowl of Coca Puffs. I guess that means I smell good enough to eat? $5.14 at Amazon.
The Boppy Pregnancy Wedge is my best friend right now. There is no way I could squeeze a giant body pillow in bed with my 6’5” husband, so this wedge is the perfect alternative. This strange little wedge-shaped pillow supports your growing belly taking the weight off your back as you sleep. I also shove it between my knees when I’m really uncomfortable. Sadly, my hubby finds me spooning my pillow more than I spoon him, but it’s better than me tossing and turning and accidentally elbowing him in the face, right? $39.99 at Amazon.
If you’re like me and find music to be very therapeutic, these Bellyphones are just about the best (and cutest) thing ever. Belly Buds allow you to share the music and sounds you’re listening to simultaneously with the baby in your belly, allowing you both to relax. They fit your baby bump perfectly, and can be plugged into pretty much any standard music playing device. How cute will it be when one day you overhear your kid telling his/her friends that they’ve been listening to [insert your favorite band here] since they were in the womb? $49.99 at Amazon.
4. The Belly Book:
The Belly Book is a unique journal that breaks down your pregnancy by trimester, and creates a safe place where you can store belly photos and ultrasound pictures. This book also gives you plenty of space for you to capture and preserve memories like: how bad your morning sickness is, what it feels like to feel that first kick, what crazy foods and/or combinations of food you are craving, what commercials make you sob… $11.55 at Amazon.
One (of many) very unpleasant side effects of being pregnant is being more sensitive to Melasma, or pregnancy mask. Melasma is a brown discoloration that appears in patches on the face. Anyone can get this with sun exposure, but pregnant women are way more susceptible due to our raging hormones. One way to help prevent this discoloration from appearing is wearing a daily sunscreen. Purpose Dual Treatment Moisture Lotion with SPF 15 is extremely light weight and perfect for sensitive pregnant skin that is also breakout prone. It blocks UVA and UVB rays, is fragrance-free, oil-free, and hypoallergenic. $7.59 at drugstore.com.
As soon as I lay down to sleep, my nose gets stuffy (just another lovely side effect of being pregnant). It’s inevitable that I’m breathing out of my mouth most of the night, so I goop Aquaphor on my lips before I head to bed. With my mouth wide open all night you would think my lips would be dry and cracky when I wake up, but they’re not. They’re soft and smooth. Aquaphor is also an item I will be sure to pack in my hospital bag. Aquaphor comes in handy during labor. Doing all that lamaze will really dry your lips out! $4.75 at Amazon.
When you get to the point where it feels like your baby is going to fall out of your vagina, it’s time for the Prenatal Cradle Mini Pregnancy Support. For me, this sensation occurred during the last month of my first pregnancy, and it was terrible. Everything ached from about my mid-back down to my ankles. The Prenatal Cradle Pregnancy Support helps you carry the weight, easing your aching muscles. It even takes some of the pressure off your lady bits, giving you much needed relief. Trust me. $14.95 at Amazon.
I swear by Nature Made Prenatal Multi Vitamins. If you and your doctor are ok with taking over-the-counter Prenatal Vitamins during your pregnancy, then these are the ones you want. This may be TMI, but pregnant women know what I’m talking about when I say it’s the worst being constipated when you’re pregnant, especially if you’ve got hemorrhoids going on. I swear, Nature Made Prenatal Multi Vitamins keep me regular. $20.24 at Amazon.
When I finally came to terms with the fact that I needed to buy some maternity jeans, I knew I didn’t want to settle for some frumpy dumpy pair just because I was preggers. We deserve to be stylish, right? These jeans are chic, and yet they are stretchy making them SUPER comfortable for your pregnant belly. Maternal America Skinny Maternity Jeans make me feel like my pre-pregnant self, and feeling like your old self is no easy feat while pregnant. It’s the little things like a special pair of jeans that can make all the difference. ON SALE $88.00 at Zappos.com.
My skin acts just like my hormones. Somedays it’s good. Somedays it’s downright nasty. For those days my skin looks nasty, I use the Brighter by Nature skin brightening peel pads. These pads help control my hormonal breakouts, improve my skin tone, and make my skin look and feel fresh. 40 pads $37.50 origins.com.