I know the internet is full of pregnancy-must-haves blog posts, but I’ve been wanting to write one of these as well for a really long time. And the main reason why is because I feel like a lot of these posts include absolutely unnecessary items. My list, on the other hand, is relatively small and consists of things I’ve been using religiously throughout my entire pregnancy.
1. Fetal doppler
A fetal doppler, a little tool that allows you to hear and monitor your baby’s heart beat, is, in my opinion, one of the most important things women should have during their pregnancy. Let me tell you why. At one point during my pregnancy - I believe I was about 27 weeks pregnant - I couldn’t feel my baby move, which was very unusual. And I know you’re supposed to reach out to your care provider once you feel something is off, but I just didn’t want to seem paranoid. That’s when a friend recommended I get a baby doppler. And I’m so glad I did because I now get to hear my angel’s heartbeat anytime I want, which is absolutely precious. So if you’re looking for a good and reliable doppler, I suggest you look into Baby Doppler.
2. Prenatal vitamins
This is probably a no-brainer to a lot of you, but I’ve actually had a couple of women asking me whether prenatal vitamins are really necessary. So the answer is - yes they’re necessary and they’re necessary before, during and after pregnancy. Why? Because there’s no way you’re going to get all the necessary nutrients that you and your baby need through food only. Now there are a lot of prenatal vitamins on the market, but my favorite ones are the gummies from Premama Wellness.
3. Belly cream
You’ve probably noticed that I didn’t call it a stretch mark cream, but a belly cream. The reason behind this is because I don’t really believe that creams can prevent stretch marks. Whether you’ll end up with stretch marks depends on quite a few factors like genetics (mostly), the amount of exercise you’re getting as well as your nutrition, but definitely not on whether you’re moisturizing your bump. Having said that, I still think it’s important to apply a moisturizer on areas like your belly, breasts and hips. Why? Because it’ll keep the skin more elastic and help with the crazy itching. As with everything else, there’s tons of belly creams on the market but my personal favorite is the belly butter from Burt’s Bees.
4. Pregnancy pillow
I’m currently 38 weeks pregnant and still sleeping like a baby through the night. How is that possible? I truly believe it’s because of my pregnancy pillow. The one I currently have is just a straight full-length one. It basically looks like the letter “I.” But there are lots of other types out there. So what’s the best pillow for you? You’re going to have to do research and find what shape works for you.
5. Pregnancy podcasts
I don’t know about you, but before I got pregnant I was totally clueless about everything related to pregnancy. So instead of just googling everything, I decided to find podcasts and listen to them on a daily basis. One of my favorite pregnancy podcasts on iTunes is Preggie Pals. And the best thing about it? It’s FREE.
6. Pregnancy book
Now you’re probably asking why a pregnancy book is necessary if you’re listening to podcasts. Valid question. I personally loved doing both because you can never have too much knowledge on pregnancy. Now be aware that there are a lot of ridiculous pregnancy books on stores shelves, so make sure you do good research before purchasing one. I personally love The Mindful Mom-To-Be: A Modern Doula’s Guide to Building a Healthy Foundation from Pregnancy Through Birth by Lori Bregman.
7. Comfy maternity clothes
There’s not much to say about this point other than get yourself some comfy maternity clothes. A couple of must haves are: maternity leggings, maternity pants/jeans, a nursing bra (because they’re the comfiest) and a cute bodycon dress to show off your bump.
Yes, I put exercise in my pregnancy-must-haves blog. No, it’s not a mistake. If there’s one thing you should be doing during your pregnancy it’s exercising. I don’t care if you’re going to be walking, running, swimming or lifting, but you’re going to be doing something. Being active while growing a baby has an endless amount of benefits, so just do it. Ok?
9. Prenatal massages
A prenatal massage might not be your typical pregnancy-must-have item, but it’s definitely something you should be getting once in a while. Being pregnant is difficult and very taxing on the body, so getting that massage will ease your aches and pains as well as soothe your mind.
So what do you think of my list? Is there something that’s missing? Is there something that you think shouldn’t be there? Let me know!