Being pregnant is both the worst and best. It’s the best because you are forming a tiny human life in your body and it’s the worst because forming that little life takes a lot out of you! Whether you just found out you’re pregnant or you’re getting farther into your pregnancy journey, this list of pregnancy essentials will help you through your pregnancy journey.
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A Cute Maternity Dress
The first pregnancy must have is definitely a cute maternity dress. When you’re pregnant you can start to feel insecure about all the changes your body is going through. Throwing a cute dress is a great way to boost your confidence.
It seemed like in my first trimester I was constantly snacking in order to settle my stomach. I kept a box of graham crackers in my desk drawer at work and nibbled on the whenever I felt a little queasy. I continued to buy these throughout my pregnancy to snack on as my hunger increased since they were such an easy snack to keep on hand.
Club soda was a go-to for me during my first trimester. I’m not a huge soda drinker but I found drinking ginger ale really soothed my stomach. Unfortunately, soda has so much sugar that I didn’t want to rely on it. I found that I could settle my stomach with club soda just as well.
I found that when I switched prenatal vitamins I had a major decrease in leg cramps and I didn’t have so many cravings. Personally, I liked the New Chapter brand prenatal vitamins and found them to be easier on my stomach.
When you’re in your first trimester the exhaustion is just unreal. There are going to be a lot of days where you’re too tired, sick, or big to do anything. Having a few shows to veg out to on the couch is a great idea.
Speaking of eating, in the first trimester anything with meat made me queasy and as my pregnancy continued, meat rarely sounded good. I couldn’t even stomach the smell of steak and it was a major food aversion for me the entire time I was pregnant with my first. I wish I would have had more vegetarian recipes on hand so that’s why I recommend this vegetarian cookbook.
Breast Therapy Pads
These hot and cool breast therapy pads are great for both pregnancy and later on when you breastfeed. I used them as cooling pads when I felt like my breasts were really sore in the first and second trimester. When my son was born I used them as warm therapy to help stimulate my breast milk supply.
Really Comfortable Shoes
Good supportive shoes are a must. As I got bigger and bigger, my feet hurt more and more and I needed new shoes to help me support the weight more evenly.
This belly band was not only great for when I worked out but it also extended the life of my dress pants at work. It was a lifesaver when I was pregnant with my second. I don’t think I could have survived without it.
As a now mom of two, I can tell you that you will be loving your crockpot once your baby is born. It can be really hard to cook when you have a baby that is completely dependent on you for everything! I loved using my crockpot in my last trimester because it was so uncomfortable to stand for long periods of time towards the very end of my pregnancy and I was just so tired. It really helped a lot! If you need some recipes, I have this huge list of crockpot recipes!
What things have you found that have helped you on your pregnancy journey? Be sure to leave a comment below!
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