Pregnancy is a time for a ton of change. From your body and mind to priorities and relationships, you will realize the immense changes that occur for a pregnant woman.
You’ll want to do everything you can to maintain normalcy and make sure you look and feel good throughout this whole journey.
Although each pregnancy is different, there are certain tried-and-true products that every pregnant mama needs to know about.
From morning sickness hacks to serious self-care, there are several pregnancy must-haves that you just shouldn’t live without!
It’s so important to maintain your health for both yourself and your baby. Here are some ways to make that easier with these items:
1. Pregnancy App
Although you may intend to get all of your medical information from your healthcare provider, that’s just not the way it happens.
Your provider only has limited time to spend with you and will probably not go over every symptom, emotion, body change, or baby growth that is happening.
They are so helpful at telling you everything you need to know week-by-week. It’s so important to stay informed and knowledgable so you can provide the best care for you and your baby.
Share the information and insight with your partner, or better yet, have him download it too! This way he can be knowledgable about everything you’re experiencing, as well.
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2. Good water bottle
Not only will you be SO thirsty during pregnancy, but you should be drinking water constantly throughout the day.
Water has so many benefits like helping your body absorb essential nutrients, and transports vitamins, minerals, and hormones to blood cells. It also helps to preserve an ideal level of amniotic fluid and even helps fetal kidney function.
Always keep a bottle of water close by so you can drink when you need it.
I enjoy having a pretty water bottle that I’m excited to carry around and show off. It’s a great accessory, ya know?
So if you’re a person who doesn’t drink a lot of water, try investing in one that keeps your water extra cold and maybe a pretty design that you love. This could honestly help you drink more!
I love my Simple Modern Tumbler Flask with Straw Lid because it keeps my water ice cold and the straw helps me drink more.
Also, this is a great water bottle specifically for pregnancy that helps you track every ounce you drink to ensure that you’re meeting the recommendations.
3. Prenatal vitamins
Number 1 on a list of pregnancy must-haves is definitely a prenatal vitamin. Start taking one immediately.
The vitamins and nutrients that your body needs to fuel a growing baby are much more than you’re probably getting in your everyday diet.
All of the vitamins and minerals are important, but specifically folic acid and iron are crucial for both you and your developing baby.
Humans cannot produce folic acid inside their bodies, which is why they need to consume it in their diet. At least 400 grams of folic acid is required daily for a pregnant woman and that dosage is typically in your prenatal multivitamin.
First trimester may come with a lot of nausea or loss of appetite. Taking a prenatal vitamin helps to ensure you’re getting all the nutrients your baby needs even if you’re not able to eat well.
4. Safe medications
During pregnancy, whatever you consume, your baby consumes.
There are some medications out there that can be harmful to a developing fetus, so it’s best to avoid those. Here are the safe medications to keep in your medicine cabinet for a variety of pain and illnesses during pregnancy:
- For pain: Tylenol (acetaminophen)- All other pain relievers are not considered safe
- For constipation: Metamucil, Milk of Magnesia
- For indigestion & heartburn: Tums, Maalox, Mylanta, Pepcid
- For cold/allergies: Benadryl, saline nasal spray, Claritin, Vicks, Halls cough drops
- For upset stomach: Kaopectate & Imodium
- For congestion: Saline nose spray
Talk to your doctor in detail about anything you’re currently taking or plan to take in the future.
5. Safe beauty & skin-care products
Anything that you put on your skin has the potential to reach your unborn baby. This is why it is wise to be cautious about the products that you use and that you come in contact with.
Opt for products that don’t contain chemicals, BPA, fragrance, formaldahyde, etc.
I absolutely love the Acure Organics line of shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotions, face serums, etc. They’re very affordable (unlike a lot of other natural products) and actually work!
6. Safe cleaning products
Keep in mind using natural cleaning products in your home now that you’re pregnant and a baby will be living there. Consider products with no fragrance, chemicals, or artificial ingredients so your baby is safe from toxins.
Inhaling dangerous chemicals from cleaning products can be harmful for both you and your baby.
If you’re unable to get natural cleaning supplies, be sure to use a face mask and make sure the area is well-ventilated, especially while pregnant.
I love the Better Life line of natural cleaning products that you can find at Amazon or Target.
7. Soft toothbrush and floss
Some women get swollen, sore, and sensitive gums, which may bleed, during pregnancy. Bleeding and inflamed gums are caused by a build-up of plaque on the teeth and hormonal changes.
Make sure you use a soft or extra soft-bristled toothbrush and floss often to prevent serious dental complications.
8. High-energy snacks
While you may or may not be limiting your caffeine intake during pregnancy, you’ll still need that bit of energy fix.
9. Good understanding of your health insurance policy
As amazing as it is to have health insurance, it can be a very confusing and stressful process. Understanding your policy is important to make the best financial decisions about your prenatal care.
Always find out if the doctors, labs, and hospitals that you’re going to are covered under your policy. It’s not the office’s job to tell you if they are not covered before the appointment, it’s yours.
Many expecting moms have bad experiences in regards to health insurance not being accepted at certain hospitals or for routine labwork/ultrasounds.
After you’ve seen the doctor and realize the service wasn’t covered, you’re still liable to pay. So do yourself a favor and always triple-check that they are accepted as an in-network provider!
Make sure all your maternity and delivery expenses will be covered by in-network providers, including ultrasounds, labs, and prenatal visits.
You also can’t assume that just because your OB takes your insurance, that the ultrasound tech, blood labs, and other specialists do too (even if they referred you). Your insurance is your responsibility and unfortunately, the doctors and administration are not looking out for you.
10. Fetal doppler
This is not a necessity (nor is it actually recommended), but I actually enjoyed having one.
An at-home fetal doppler or heart rate tracker is used to detect your fetus’s heartbeat and hear it through the headphones.
The reason that this is not advised by medical professionals is that it can cause unnecessary anxiety and worry if you can’t find the heartbeat.
Also, you should not expect to find a heartbeat during the first trimester of pregnancy because it can only be detected using the medical-grade doppler at your provider’s office.
This baby heartbeat tracker should not be used in substitution for attending your regular prenatal appointments or calling your physician if you notice anything out of the normal.
However, I used it in between appointments for peace of mind and to hear my baby’s heartbeat as often as I could.
No one said that growing a human inside of you would be an easy and comfortable experience. However, luckily there are ways to give some normalcy back in your life.
11. Symptom relief
As your pregnancy progresses (or even in the first trimester), you’ll find the need for more ways to manage your symptoms.
It’s not necessary to buy these things ahead of time because you may not need them. However, just know that these products exist because you’re not the first pregnant woman to go through it!
In addition to the safe medications listed above and the other pregnancy must-haves, here are some common products that will help to relieve the symptoms that come along with pregnancy.
- Nausea: Sea-bands, Preggie pop drops, ginger tea
- Varicose veins or ankle/leg swelling: Compression socks
- Lower back pain: Maternity belt/brace
12. Coconut oil
You will hear a lot of people tell you to get stretch mark cream, but there is no science that says those creams work. Stretch marks are genetic and if you are prone to them, there is no way around it.
So while I don’t recommend belly creams for stretch marks, coconut oil can help with the itchy belly that you will experience.
13. Pregnancy pillow
Many pregnant women swear by a large U-shaped pregnancy pillow. They help to support your belly and position you comfortably while you sleep.
I actually thought these pillows were a bit bulky for me and my bed and I didn’t need all that extra fluff to stay comfortable. I found that just placing a regular bed pillow between my knees was all that I needed for a good sleeping position.
14. Exercise/Birthing ball
Sitting on an exercise ball can relieve back and hip pain associated with your growing belly as you get later in pregnancy.
You can sit on the birth ball and lightly bounce or rotate your hips to stretch out the ligaments and help dilate your cervix. The birthing ball also gets your baby in the optimal position for birth by helping them descend into the birth canal from the pressure of bouncing.
15. Bath soak
To manage all the aches and pains that come along with pregnancy, a calming bath soak can be the perfect remedy.
16. Essential oils
Essentials oils can be a great way to help expecting mamas manage their symptoms and find some relief.
There are some essential oils that are safe for pregnancy and easy to use for beginners. These brought me relief throughout my pregnancy as well as throughout my labor.
Many women are leary to try essential oils (as they can be dangerous if misused), but there are a few that are safe for pregnant moms to diffuse and use for aromatherapy.
If you are new to essential oils and wanting to know an easy, safe way to get started, while at the same time benefit from them throughout your pregnancy, read this post for more information about essential oils.
Simply Earth is a company that makes all-natural essential oils with no fragrance, no fillers, just 100% PURE essential oils. They are also a fraction of the price of those high-end companies like Young Living and DoTerra.
As your body grows, you’ll need to invest in a few items for comfort and style. However, don’t go overboard because you will only need this clothing for a limited time!
Do your best to borrow whatever items you can because these are not long term items.
17. Larger bras
Your breasts will continue to grow as your pregnancy progresses and you will soon outgrow your bras. You’ll definitely want to invest in larger, more comfortable bras.
My suggestion is to go with bras that don’t have an underwire. More of the t-shirt/cotton bras will make you feel good as your breasts grow.
It’s also smart to buy nursing bras instead of regular bras if you plan on nursing your baby. This way you can use these larger bras after the baby comes instead of buying new nursing bras post-delivery.
Nursing bras are only different because they have a snap closure on the strap for easy access when breastfeeding.
It also may be beneficial to try a bra extender first. This can elongate the elastic at the band to accommodate for your growing trunk, however it doesn’t make the cup size any bigger.
18. High-Waisted Leggings
High waisted leggings are not only a pregnant woman’s lifeline but a mom’s too. From pregnancy through postpartum, these are a staple!
These leggings are stretchy enough to cover and hold up your growing bump and also that postpartum belly that likes to stick around for a few months after delivery.
These are a great investment and you’ll live in them, so stock up on a few pairs!
19. Long shirts
If you’re in the early stages of pregnancy when you don’t have a large bump, you may be able to get away with regular shirts that are longer in length.
The extra fabric can help to cover your small bump better as it grows.
The problem with most regular shirts are just that they are too short when your belly gets bigger. So keep in mind the length when you’re shopping and invest in some shirts with extra room at the bottom.
20. Stylish maternity jeans
As much as it’s perfectly, socially acceptable to live in leggings while pregnant, you may want a nice pair of jeans to wear as well.
You don’t have to look homeless just because you’re pregnant! It’s possible to get stylish maternity jeans, you just have to look for them!
There are two types of maternity jeans/pants. One has a full panel that goes over the belly for extra support and the other just has a more flexible waist-band that will sit under your belly.
To be honest, there are pros and cons of each.
The full panel can get hot if you’re pregnant during the summer and can sometimes fall down which is annoying. However, it provides extra coverage and comfort for your belly and below your shirt.
The stretchy side waistbands also don’t stay up as well, in my opinion, but they give you more air if you’re prone to get hot.
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21. Belly band
Not ready for maternity jeans, but still can’t fully button your pants? Belly bands give your bump some coverage so you can wear shorter tops without worrying about your belly showing.
A Bella band will cover up the waist of your pants, allowing you to wear them unbuttoned (you know you want to!).
22. Slip-on shoes
As you get in the later stages of pregnancy, you’re not going to be able to reach your feet very well. Unless, of course, you’re one of the lucky ones that has a tiny little bump all throughout pregnancy!
One of my biggest pregnancy must-haves is a pair of slip-on shoes. If you’re lucky and have a summer pregnancy, a pair of flip flops will do just fine.
During the colder weather months, these slip-on shoes will do just fine.
23. Comfortable sneakers
If you’re thinking about taking a long walk or standing for a prolonged period of time, sneakers with good arch and ankle support will be the most helpful. You’re carrying around a lot of extra weight that your legs are not used to, so good sneakers are best for your whole body.
24. Comfortable panties
As your body gets larger, those sexy thong panties that you used to wear won’t cut it anymore. Once your third trimester hits, you may want to start wearing comfortable, full-coverage underwear.
Start getting used to them now because we’ll be wearing them for the first couple of months postpartum, as well!
These underwear are soft and comfortable and have a mid-rise waist. You can get higher ones if you’d like more coverage over your bump.
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This is a great staple item that you probably already have in your wardrobe. You don’t need a special maternity kimono, but a regular-sized one will do.
When nothing else fits or you need a quick, cute outfit, you can always just wear a long, tight tank with a kimono or cardigan depending on the season.
Just for Fun
Here are some fun things to have throughout your pregnancy to make memories and gain knowledge.
26. Pregnancy journal
A pregnancy journal would be great to document your journey through pregnancy. Most people get baby books to keep track of their baby’s milestones, so why not get one for your pregnancy?
I actually regret not having a pregnancy journal for my first pregnancy. Most importantly for the second pregnancy when I couldn’t remember everything that I went through!
I would have used it to compare symptoms, feelings, emotions, doctor’s notes, etc.
Once I was pregnant with my second, I thought about getting one, but the novelty of pregnancy definitely wore off by that point. Plus I didn’t have any time for that while taking care of a baby at home.
27. Photo-worthy milestone markers
28. A great resource
It’s important to have all the knowledge you need and the best advice from experienced moms. The Rock Your Pregnancy Ebook is an excellent resource to give you information and confidence throughout your pregnancy.
29. A complete baby registry
When you’re ready to start your registry, Amazon is unmatched for the benefits it provides.
Along with getting all of your most-loved baby items that you registered for, you will get a free welcome box, discount on any unpurchased items from your registry (which you can continue to add on until you use your discount), and the world’s largest selection of items that there is.
Start your baby registry with Amazon to have access to millions of products and be able to use gift cards or credits on any purchase across the whole site!
The most important pregnancy must-have is confidence. Have faith in your body that everything will go smoothly from pregnancy through childbirth.
Pretty soon you’ll be holding your sweet baby in your arms!