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I’m in the home stretch of my second pregnancy in a little over two years and I’m going to share with you my list of 10 pregnancy must-haves that helped get me through! A combination of a few of these, or all of them if you’re feeling generous, could fill the perfect gift basket for your girlfriend, sister or wife who is expecting.
1. Prenatal Vitamins
Take your prenatal vitamins daily! Discuss best options for your pregnancy with your doctor or midwife as some women can be sensitive to certain ingredients, like iron, for example. After extensive research, my choice during both of my pregnancies, as well as pre-pregnancy and post-pregnancy into lactation, has been Baby and Me 2 prenatal vitamin. I love that its made of real foods with no synthetic ingredients and its mild so doesn’t contribute to nausea. I have also been taking Nordic Naturals Prenatal DHA daily which supports baby’s brain development during pregnancy and lactation.
Ginger works against morning sickness (AKA all day sickness)! You can add raw ginger onto foods and into your drinking water. I also love carrying candied ginger in my purse for when I’m out and about and in a pinch, it’s chewy and spicy. Gin Gins by The Ginger People are so yummy!
3. Hydrating Mist
If you’re anything like me then you’re always hot when you’re pregnant. A hydrating spray can help you cool off, feel refreshed and achieve a radiant glow. I love and recommend the Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater by Mario Badescu. I carry it with me and spray as needed throughout the day for a quick skin boost. With its super light, fresh scent, it also helps combat feelings of nausea. With any skincare product, make sure to get the OK from your doctor or midwife before use, and test a small area of your skin before committing permanently.
4. Comfy Pants
Whether you’re in your first trimester, or going in or out of your second trimester, you have to feel comfortable. I’m not a fan of maternity clothes, but there’s one maternity clothing item I cannot live without when I’m pregnant and that’s my Blanqi High Performance Belly Lift and Support Maternity Leggings. Made of a breathable fabric, with a smooth, seamless fit that I can easily dress up or down. I live in my Blanqis pretty much my entire pregnancy!
5. Stretch Mark Treatment
HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE! The key is to start treating your skin early, like as soon as you find out you’re pregnant! As your skin stretches during pregnancy it damages the collagen fibers that give it elasticity. You’ll feel tightness, itchiness and occasional burning, especially in your tummy and lower back area, but try not to scratch because it makes it worse. Minimize the effects with a daily stretch mark treatment. I created my own potion, as I like to call it, during my first pregnancy which I now swear by: mix Bio-Oil Skincare Oil, Trader Joe’s Vitamin E Oil, and Acure Organics Lemongrass + Moroccan Argan Oil Firming Body Lotion in your palm and massage onto your body focusing on your tummy, breasts, booty and thighs as a preventative treatment. With any skincare product(s), make sure to get the OK from your doctor or midwife before use, and test a small area of your skin before committing permanently.
6. Body Pillow
Invest in a body pillow, trust!, because without it you’ll find that your growing belly will make getting comfortable nearly impossible. I tested out a few before I fell in love with the Snoogle Total Body Pillow by Leachco. I’m actually chillin’ against it as I write this blog. With six different positions for use, its the best thing ever for lower back pain, hip discomfort, belly support, congestion, swollen ankles and feet, and even post-delivery relief. You know my pillow will be in my hospital bag!
7. Foot Relief
Pregnancy leads to tired, swollen feet. There’s no way around it. Especially in the third trimester when you’re at your heaviest. One of the best, most natural ways to alleviate foot pain and reduce swelling is a relaxing Epsom salt soak. I love to treat my feet with Dr Teal’s Pure Epsom Salt Foot Soak in warm or cool water. It’s important to make sure not to soak in hot water because it can raise your body temperature and is dangerous for your baby.
8. Comfy Shoes
Ditch the heels, for all the (yummy) feels! Still on the subject of achy, swollen feet, a good pair of house slippers are another must-have! It’s like a hug for your feet, and who doesn’t love that?! Plus, your temperature will fluctuate a ton with all of the hormonal changes happening, and a comfy pair of slippers makes it easy to kick of this extra layer. There are plenty of stylish yet comfortable options at Urban Outfitters. I recently bought the Cloud Slipper from UO for $29!
Your gums will be extra sensitive and become inflamed during pregnancy because of the hormonal changes which will in turn make your teeth more susceptible to plaque and bacteria build up. Not to scare anyone, but you may even see your gums bleed during brushing and flossing, so be extra gentle. To avoid gum disease and tooth decay in pregnancy, make sure to floss at least twice a day with a gentle floss. I recommend Oral-B Glide Pro-Health Deep Clean floss.
10. Grocery Delivery Service
The last thing you should have to worry about when you’re pregnant are weekly trips to the grocery store. Especially heading into your third trimester and in the home stretch when carrying extra weight and baggage is no longer an option. I recommend signing up for a grocery delivery service and having your groceries delivered to your doorstep with just one click. I’ve been using the Mike and Eggs service which delivers foods and produce straight from farms to me. The quality of the foods has been amazing and deliveries seamless and easy. if you want to try its service, enter code ‘landofmom’ to receive $20 off any order over $40!