Guest Post by Tash
When you are pregnant, pretty much every second of the nine months (which feels like both the longest and shortest time all at once!) is devoted to the impending arrival of your bundle of joy, and oftentimes we overlook our actual pregnancy and the needs that accompany it.
There is simply SO MUCH STUFF to do and buy that your needs take a backseat. And believe me, when you are carrying a baby inside of you, you have needs, pretty woman! If you aren’t already, this is the best (and most important) time to start taking care of yourself, as once your little monkey arrives, your ‘me-time’ moments will be few and far between.
Here is a list of 12 must-haves that every pregnant lady should indulge in (you can thank me later), which not only helps you survive a pregnancy, but also enjoy it!
A Belly Band
A belly band is a wide strip of fabric that looks sort of like a boob tube, more often than not it will be made of a stretchy material (like Lycra or Spandex) to accommodate your seemingly ever-growing bump. Unfortunately, for most of us, tummy and back pain will most probably be a prominent feature in the latter stages of your pregnancy and wearing a belly band really does help with this pain by supporting your growing baby bump. My top reason for practically living in my belly band was that I could prolong wearing my normal pre-pregnancy pants, by simply leaving them unbuttoned/unzipped and covering this fact up with the belly band. Click here to buy.
Pre-natal vitamins are an absolute must have! To keep it as non-scientific as possible, when you are pregnant, your baby gobbles up most of your vitamins and leaves you with a minimal amount. If you choose not to take pre-natal vitamins, you are not replenishing the ‘good stuff’ your baby consistently takes from you and eventually you are left with nothing – so what will your baby have left to take? You see what I’m getting at. Luckily for all us mama bears we don’t need to worry about chugging down ten different types of ‘vitamin this’ and ‘vitamin that’ pills a day because in today’s day and age we have the option of taking one pre-natal vitamin that is jam packed with all those super important vitamins that both us and baby need.
These are one of the wonders of the mothering world. How can something so simple (not to mention inexpensive) be so great? Seriously. As your belly (not to mention so many other bits!) gets bigger, comfort becomes a distant memory. A pregnancy pillow is designed to help you be as comfy as possible when you are the size of a whale. I could not have survived my pregnancy without my preggy pillows. Click here to buy.
Stretch Mark Cream
This is fantastic and a definite must have. Most women still get stretch marks even after applying cream for the full duration of their pregnancy, but they are significantly less than what they could be. Some women don’t even get a single stretch mark (these women are the envy of every other mother) but my take on it is: rather try preventing them than trying to treat them after.Even if you are one of those women, you should still use some to keep your skin supple and hydrated. Click here to buy.
Open toed shoes
Open-toed shoes became a staple item in my pregnancy phase. Swollen feet are an all too common side-effect of pregnancy and the last thing you want to do is cram your little sausage toes into a pair of tight shoes. Sorry heels! Let your feet, toes and ankles relax for a bit as they are already working overtime carrying your big belly!
These are something you will find on almost every pregnancy must-have list and for good reason! Your body is already going through such a massive (literally) change that you need to give it as much comfort as possible and stretchy pants are the way to go. Leggings, yoga pants and tracksuit bottoms are every pregnant lady’s friend.
A new Bra
It’s apparent. Adding new bras to your wardrobe is unavoidable. In the early days you can experience tenderness of the nipples and breasts themselves so you will most likely feel discomfort wearing your regular bra. As your body prepares for the birth of your baby your boobies will start producing milk and you will watch your cup size grow and grow. I would recommend a sports bra, as you have plenty of room to grow and don’t have the risk of being jabbed by an underwire.
A Cold Water bottle
This is something that should be found in every pregnant woman’s hands, or at the very least her handbag. It is so important to keep yourself hydrated (and remember, you are drinking for two!) and as much as your bladder may hate you for this, your body will love you.
A Hot Water bottle
This was one of my best friends while I was preggers. Sometimes the lower back ache was so bad that I would curl up on the sofa barely able to move. A hot water bottle wrapped in a T-shirt or dishcloth helped relieve much of this pain and so preparing one became a part of my (actually my husband’s) night time routine.
A swimwear might not feature on every pregnancy must have list but boy, did it feature near the top of mine! If you are pregnant during a hot season, you want to do everything you can to help cool yourself down as your temperature is already higher than that of a non-pregnant woman. From around 12 weeks onwards my bikini wearing days were over because I was so self-conscious of my tummy and tiger stripes (stretch marks) that I would sit there swimming in my own sweat, rather than swimming in the pool or river with everyone else. Once I got a full-length swimming costume, I felt so much more comfortable and took a relieving dip whenever I wanted.
These will unfortunately boot all your lovely lacey garments to the very back of your wardrobe. Practicality comes first when you are pregnant, and comfort is key. The bigger (and more granny-like) the panties, the better.
Morning Sickness Remedies
This is featured in the list because if you suffer from morning sickness, like the majority of us mommas, then it is definitely something you need to address. The upcoming nine months are going to be tough enough as it is, you should do whatever you can to make them as bearable as possible.For this, I would kick it old school and treat it with age-old home remedies using ingredients like ginger or peppermint, if your morning sickness is excessive and unmanageable you can always pop into your local pharmacy or doctor’s office and get some medical assistance.
And there you have it! A simple survival guide to your pregnancy!
Use these tips, or don’t, but always remember – you need to take care of yourself to be able to take care of your baby.
A massive thank you to the wonderful momma-bear Divya Krishnan from the equally wonderful Merry Motherhood for giving me the opportunity to write this post, I had SO much fun putting this list together and I hope that someone, somewhere, finds value in what has been said.
Love, hugs and slobbery kisses