Checklist of Pregnancy Essentials You Didn’t Know You Needed
Pregnancy is inextricably linked to other ‘P’ terms, such as planning and procurement. As you reflect on the changes in your life and consider the necessary purchases like as a new cot or stroller, don’t overlook the small details that might make your life a little simpler throughout the term. In this post, we’ll go over some of the most highly suggested goods for making your pregnancy more pleasant and pleasurable. Continue reading to learn more.
Although it’s possible to get through pregnancy without taking prenatals, maternity care providers recommend that all pregnant women take some kind of prenatal vitamin, because it can be difficult to get all the nutrition you need from food alone.
When you are pregnant, you have an increased need for vitamins and minerals such as folic acid, iron, and calcium. Plus, many of us have trouble eating a balanced diet when we are dealing with food aversions and morning.
Your healthcare provider will likely give you a prescription for a prenatal vitamin. Some women tolerate these well, but many find that they are hard to swallow or digest when they are dealing with morning sickness. Most healthcare providers are flexible and will allow you to shop around until you find a prenatal that is more palatable to you.
What You Need
Because your tastes may change, it’s probably best not to buy too many bottles of prenatals at once, especially in the first trimester. However, if you find a prenatal vitamin that you love and want to stock up on, that works too. Keep in mind that if you are planning to breastfeed, you will need to continue to be taking your prenatal vitamins while breastfeeding, so you can plan to add prenatal vitamins to your budget for quite some time.
Morning Sickness and Digestive Remedies
Whether or not you experience full-on vomiting during pregnancy, almost everyone gets a little queasy during the first trimester, and even beyond that. Then, as the pregnancy progresses, things like constipation and heartburn start to set in.
It’s difficult to predict which of these ailments will strike you and at what time, but you will likely have to purchase an item or two at some point during pregnancy to make yourself more comfortable.
Popular items for morning sickness include anti-nausea wrist bands, morning sickness lollipops and teas, and a supply of plain crackers and pretzels. You can ask your healthcare provider what is safe to take for constipation and heartburn, but usually, most OTC medications will work.
What You Need
If you end up dealing with morning sickness or digestive upset, it’s not necessary to purchase every remedy on the market at once. You can try one or two options and then go from there. As annoying as these things are to deal with while they are happening, they often pass on their own just as we are finally getting them under control.
A Good Moisturizer
As your belly stretches and grows, you will be experiencing some skin changes. Itchy, dry skin is common. You also may experience extra dry skin on your face and elsewhere. Many women get stretch marks on their belly as their skin stretches, though the jury is out as to whether remedies or creams for stretch marks actually work.
Either way, applying moisturizer to your belly and other dry patches of skin can be very soothing and will help ease any itchiness. Most simple, non-prescription moisturizers are safe for pregnant women, but you can ask your healthcare provider if there are any particular ingredients you should stay away from.
For example, additives like retinoids, retinols, hydroquinone, benzoyl peroxide, and salicylic acid are usually contraindicated for pregnant women. In general, it is best to choose a moisturizer that is as natural and chemical-free as possible.
What You Need
Once you’ve gotten doctor approval and found a moisturizer you like, keep a bottle of it by your bedside or in your medicine cabinet for daily application. Again, no need to go overboard here. Just one simple moisturizer will reduce itchiness and dryness. And applying it to your growing belly can be comforting and a good time to relax and bond with the baby inside.
Belly Support Band
As your belly grows and your center of gravity shifts, it’s common to experience back pain, sacroilliac (SI) joint pain, and hip and abdomen soreness. Many women find relief by wearing a supportive belly band or belt. These stretchy bands help keep your belly from drooping and provide back support as well.
Belly support bands are usually used once your belly becomes large and prominent, at the end of the second trimester or the beginning of the third trimester. They are especially helpful for pregnant women who want to remain active during pregnancy or who may be more prone to pregnancy-related muscle injury.
What You Need
One belly support band is all that’s needed during pregnancy. It’s best to wait to purchase until you are large enough to actually need one, as not all women find them helpful. Many women continue to wear their band during the postpartum period, as their body is healing. Most belly bands are relatively inexpensive and can be reused during a subsequent pregnancy.
As your belly expands, it can be difficult to find a comfortable position to sleep in. It is not advised that you sleep on your back as your belly grows because you risk constricting vessels and arteries that supply blood to your baby. Tummy sleeping is an obvious obstacle the bigger your belly gets. Side-sleeping is where it’s at during the second and third trimester, but even that can get uncomfortable.
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Enter the pregnancy body pillow. These pillows can be amazing for pregnant women, as they offer extra support for your hips, back, and legs as you find a side-lying position that is most comfortable. They can reduce pressure on your joints too. Many women will place a pillow between their legs to realign their hip joints and reduce pressure.
What You Need
Pregnancy pillows come in various shapes, sizes, textures, and softness/firmness. It’s best to go to a store to try a few out. You’ll likely only need one during pregnancy. You will probably retire it after pregnancy, but you might become so attached to yours that you’ll keep using it for months after, and you can certainly use it during subsequent pregnancies.
During pregnancy, your breasts will grow at least one cup size, and they will become heavy and sore, especially during the first trimester. It is very likely that you will need at least once new bra during pregnancy. You want to pick one that is supportive, soft, and adjustable, as your breasts will be continually growing throughout your pregnancy.
If you are planning on breastfeeding, you may consider buying a nursing bra (which has latches on the cups for easy opening) and wearing that during pregnancy. Be warned, however, that breastfeeding will cause your breasts to grow even more, so make sure to buy a roomy nursing bra if you are going to start wearing it during pregnancy.
What You Need
You will likely start needing to wear a bigger bra as early as the first trimester, when your breasts begins to grow in preparation for breastfeeding. Purchasing a bra or two then with room to grow is a wise decision, since your breasts may continue to grow as the months progress. Depending on how often you generally launder your bras and whether you need a sports bras or other specific type, you will probably need to purchase two or three new bras.
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Buying maternity clothes is a no-brainer for most of us. After all, no matter who you are, you are going to outgrow your regular clothes at some point while you are pregnant. Many people can’t button their pants as early as a few days after a positive pregnancy test.
Probably the item that you will need to stock up on most is maternity pants, though you may get away with a waist expander or just wearing sweatpants for a while. By the second trimester, you will need maternity shirts and pants, as your belly, waistline, rib cage, and breasts expand and grow.
You don’t have to buy any special shoes, but as the months progress, your feet may expand and swell, and you are unlikely to want to wear heels regularly.
What You Need
It can be tempting to buy a whole new wardrobe when you are pregnant, but that isn’t necessary. If you are looking to stick to the basics, a week’s worth of pants and tops are all you really need, along with a few new bigger bras. You can get nice maternity clothes used or ask for loans from friends. As you make your purchases, keep in mind that you will likely wear your maternity pants for quite a while after your baby is born, so it makes sense to invest in a few solid pairs that you like and that are comfortable.
As you move through your pregnancy, each week will be different from the next, and your body and baby will be growing and changing in many new and exciting ways. But sometimes the whole thing can be confusing and stressful—and it’s common to have questions about what is happening with your body.
A good pregnancy book—especially one with pictures and illustrations—can act as a trusted pregnancy buddy as you move through the months. In addition to discussing fetal development and pregnancy bodily changes, most books will help you prepare for your prenatal appointments and will offer tips on what to expect during childbirth and postpartum.