We all know there are about a billion pregnancy products that boast that they are an absolute necessity. Some totally are (here’s looking at you prenatal vitamins), however there are a lot of products that are not awesome and definitely not worth the money (maybe we’ll write a future post on products that just are not worth it, but for now, you should definitely race to the store to buy this). Here is a list of things we could not live without during our pregnancies. And don’t worry, we will be writing future posts highlighting the products we loved after our babies arrived. *Note: pricing listed is what we could find as of today, don’t let that stop you from hunting around for hot deals if you can!
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Leachco Snoogle Body Pillow – $59.99
While this pillow was a bit of a splurge, it was worth it. I bought this pillow during my second trimester and was immediately pleased with the purchase (although my husband was not as happy with this pillow for obvious reasons – he may have said something with regard to the Great Wall of China at one point). This pillow provided support in all the areas I needed, belly, back, legs. It is super comfortable. If you have pets, it will attract pet hair but the pillow case it comes with is easy to clean in the washer/dryer. I actually still use this pillow occasionally for a little back support. Sleep well!
Comfy Maternity Tunics – $24.99
While pregnant, I rocked tunics and leggings. And when I say “rocked”, this was literally my wardrobe all day, every day. Yeah, it sort of felt like cheating as it was pretty much pajamas that I would wear to work but my coworkers were gracious enough to let it slide. The tunic pictured above was one of my faves. Target carried a variety of colors while I was pregnant so I did have a couple of them.
Cocoa Butter Lotion – $5.99
To be honest, I don’t know that this product prevents stretch marks, I certainly had stretch marks. Mine popped up only a couple weeks before my due date. The idea of stretch marks never really bothered me. I do, however, think this helped with the itchiness and discomfort I experienced from the stretch marks. I say give it a try, if anything to give your belly and other areas a little moisturizing rub. Love yourselves ladies!
Boppy Pregnancy Support Pillow – $39.99
I looked longingly at the giant pillows like Karen had, but I thought that I would sweat to death with all that pillow all up on me (plus I felt bad crowding Kris out like that…haha). So I found this little alternative and I love love love it! I’ve recommended this to all my pregnant friends, including one who says her husband steals it when she’s not using it! The shape is super versatile and can be used tucked between your legs and under your belly for support (this is mostly how I used it), behind you for back support while on your side, and for snuggling on the couch while binging that new Netflix show you can’t stop watching.
Preggie Pop Drops – $4.50
As you heard in my previous post, I struggled a lot with morning sickness during my pregnancy. These fruity candies say they have essential oils to relieve nausea, so take that with a grain of salt, but whatever they are they worked! I’d pop one in when I was feeling sick and it at least distracted me long enough to get food in my stomach or run to the bathroom, garbage can, whatever… They also taste like literal candy so at a time when you may be living on saltines it’s a nice treat!
Underbump maternity underwear – $21.50
File this under things I never knew before getting pregnant – as your belly grows your current underwear probably won’t fit the way it used to. Mine bunched up under my belly, which wasn’t super comfortable. Then I found these “underbump” panties, which are cut lower in the front to accommodate for your cute new bump. They’re fairly cheap, come in cute colors, and are good quality for a something I bought sight unseen from Amazon. Here is my big disclaimer though – they’re sized in Chinese sizes so pay attention to the sizing chart! This means you’ll feel sad ordering something like XXXL underwear, but oh well. (As a bonus, I used these right away postpartum too since I didn’t really care if they got ruined.)
Birkenstock Sandals – $99.00
Full disclosure: I am a Birkenstock enthusiast all the time. However, my love took on new meaning during pregnancy. Even though my feet didn’t swell up a ton, they hurt from standing or walking for only a few minutes. Enter these sandals which have a cork footbed that literally molds to your feet, making a custom fit. They’re definitely more expensive than those flip flops you got at the Old Navy sale for $2, but trust me when I say this splurge is worth it. They’re nice enough to wear to work (for many people, at least), they adjust just in case your feet do swell, plus they’re the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever owned. Treat yourself!!
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