I wanted to share my top 10 favorite pregnancy must-haves for all you momma’s to be! While there are several amazing things to help ease nausea, aches, and pains, I found these items to be the most helpful. I was truly blessed to have been able to experience a pretty low-key pregnancy. I definitely had my fair share of nausea throughout my experience along with a variety of food aversions, but it just helped me to appreciate the journey more. I found that taking it easy on yourself and keeping that “I am strong, I CAN do this” mentality did and continues to help the most. But for the every day – these items were a constant necessity. They range in price, but I believe them to be truly worth it.
*Also, I just wanted to give a heads up on a subject that can be super controversial in the vegan world – the great honey debate. My personal feelings include this: If it’s proven that the bees are well taken care of and provided a safe home to live and thrive, I have no problem supporting that farm/hive. The elderberry syrup I mention below contains raw honey from Herb’s Honey and according to the company that makes Sweet’s Elderberry Syrup, they are very passionate about keeping their bees happy, healthy, and safe. That is my personal opinion on honey and I completely respect if our feelings don’t align. All I ask is that you remain kind and show compassion if you disagree.
Alright, let’s get to this items!
A pregnancy pillow – Oh my goodness, I can’t say enough about this pregnancy pillow. I was lucky enough to receive it as a gift by an amazing friend during my first trimester and it literally saved my nights! I stopped using it around the 3rd trimester simply because I got so big it was hard not to feel squished, but for the the 1st two trimesters it was a LIFE SAVOR.
An electric heating pad – Not going to lie, I LIVE on this thing. It’s been the best help for my sciatica (baby likes to sit on my butt nerves and hip nerves) and the heat helps tremendously. I’ve also been super cold during this pregnancy, not sure if it’s just because of the season or if it has something to do with pregnancy, but warming up with this has been amazing. I keep it away from my tummy of course, but it’s truly awesome for leg cramps and toosh cramps!
Maternity leggings – I’d be lying if I said I didn’t own like 4 pairs of maternity leggings. Thanks to my awesome momma, I also acquired some maternity jeans but they are nothing compared to the comfort of maternity leggings. If you’re going to splurge on any maternity item, let it be a couple pairs of these! They help hold up my growing bump and are so incredibly comfy. Mom got mine from Kohls, but you can also find them at Target and Walmart!
Seltzer water – This one is for all you momma’s hit with the constantly nauseous plague! During my first 2 trimesters, I was constantly nauseous. Saltine crackers helped a ton, and I definitely wanted to stay away from ginger-ale (too much sugar!) so I would make sure to always have some seltzer with me – it even comes in flavors! Sometimes I would even add my own lemon juice to it. I got sick (like, actually threw up) a total of 4 times during this pregnancy and each time I couldn’t have pulled through as easy without seltzer water (yes, I’m a BIG baby and HATE throwing up, so if we didn’t have it in the house my champ of a hubby ran and got some for me!). You can pretty much find seltzer water at any grocery store.
Traditional Medicinals Pregnancy Tea – I’m not much of an avid tea drinker, but I can definitely appreciate a warm cuppa tea during the winter season! I wanted to help support my body as much as possibly, and drinking this has been one of the best things ever. It not only keeps me warn when I’m way too cold, but it also helps me relax. It’s super important to keep as calm and relaxed as possible throughout your pregnancy. I also recommend a nice cup of chamomile!
Sweet’s Elderberry Syrup – *Ask your Obstetrician since it does contain unpasteurized honey.* My husband and I started taking a small shot of this each morning towards the end of my 3rd trimester. It consists of a few simple herbs like cinnamon that are known for helping the body boost in immunity and protect against the cold and flu. I really enjoy using all natural products to help promote health, and this syrup has been a blessing. In these last weeks of pregnancy it’s gotten super cold here in GVL, so doing everything I can to help support my immune system gives me a strong peace of mind. Thank you Sweet’s for sending me this magical elixir!
Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe Herbs and Rosewater – During pregnancy I’ve been so exhausted that applying a full face of makeup hasn’t been an option (not that I wear a lot of makeup in general but STILL). I really love treating my face to this product. It smells so good and really helps wake me up in the mornings. It’s moisturizing and light on the skin! I also love applying this after a hot shower. I love it so much that I’ve actually packed it for my birth center bag. I feel like it’ll be a great little treat to help freshen up after hours of sweat and hard work.
Palmer’s Massage Lotion for Stretch Marks – I don’t have any strong recommendations as far as lotions go, but I do use Palmer’s cocoa butter & shea butter base lotion since the cold weather is really drying out my skin. I’ve actually been using it since learning I was pregnant back in May, and it was really nice during the summer as well. My goal was to keep my skin soft, even though I welcomed the stretch marks whole heartedly. I really loved using this! Definitely have a lotion on hand, use it on your body after every shower, and have your partner use it when giving you those amazing massages!
Maternity v-necks – Having these babies on hand for working out, walking, and even just lounging at home is a true life saver. I really love the ones from Kohls and own 2 of them. I originally got them in the summer (thanks mom!) and still use them all the time under sweatshirts and while chillin’ at the house. Believe me, your growing bump will thank you!
A good pair of sneakers – I can’t stress this enough. In the fall (during my 2nd trimester) I started wearing my favorite pair of boots. The only issue was that they had no support and really took a toll on my feet and back. I started having a major back pain that I just figured was from pregnancy, but then Eric suggested I make the switch to sneakers. This made all the difference! They may not be the most fashionable, but with the added support they will save your body from some of those aches and pains!
I hope you enjoyed reading about my favorite pregnancy products. I truly can’t believe the end is near and soon we’ll have a little biscuit to hold and love.
Comment below some of your pregnancy must-haves! I’d love to give some others a try in the future!