First time mommy-to-be?! That was me, like 5 seconds ago. Would you believe me if I said my pregnancy flew by? I know, no one ever says that but when you’re so wrapped up in everything and feeling moderately normal towards the end of it – it really does pass the time.
Today I was wanting to share some items I’ve found absolutely essential to my personal pregnancy survival. Most of which provided me with absolutely needed comfort and mental clarity. I can’t stress enough the importance of finding what works for you. Because the moment you do, that comfort is worth everything. Even if it’s only for an hour, you get through each day and celebrate the success of making it to the next. Especially in the early months. Hello Morning Sickness!
Quick disclaimer: This post isn’t meant to scare anyone away from pregnancy or pressure anyone into believing they need everything I’ve listed below to “survive” their pregnancy. It’s merely a guide of what worked for me during the obstacles I faced in those 9 months. You do you. This is what helped me most when I needed it.
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A little background on how those 9 months went for me. It started off pretty rough. I had the typical morning sickness, nausea, extreme tenderness and aversions to everything I loved before – for the first 20 weeks. It truly felt never ending. Everyone told me the second trimester would be great, but that never happened. I actually didn’t get back to “normal” until my third trimester. That oddly enough ended up being the best part of my pregnancy. So please, don’t feel bad if your pregnancy doesn’t go according to what you’ve heard – everyone is a little different.
Body Pillows/Pregnancy Pillow:
I thought the cliche of women needing tons of pillows was totally unnecessary, but I was so very wrong. At about 10 weeks I had to start using a wedge pillow just to get comfortable enough to sleep. Soon after that it wasn’t enough anymore and I added in the giant pregnancy body pillow to go along with it. Apparently it’s best to sleep on your left side, so this was the setup I used that made that as comfortable as possible for me to do so.
I used this pillow under my stomach and this body pillow to hold against me with my legs around it. The combination of the two gave me so much relief from all the added pressure. I had zero issues sleeping during all trimesters of my pregnancy – minus the full bladder 24/7. Might I add my cat, Hunter loved this body pillow so much he started sleeping against me on top of it every night in my third trimester.
Like I mentioned above, I had the usual tenderness that comes with all those lovely added hormones going crazy inside you. But I was truly so sore I would cry putting on my usual underwire bras. It was so intense. So I started early with nursing bras, which gave me the opportunity to try a few and find what I liked/learn how to use them before baby arrived. They made sleeping easier having a gentle support. Starting off with a large chest made the search a bit more complicated. I wasn’t sure how much bigger I would get and how that would change after delivering – oddly enough, I didn’t get bigger, even when my milk came in. So if you’re worried about that too, I recommend sticking with the stretchy options that can allow for some room to grow. But my personal favorite was a thicker, more supportive option I found on Motherhood Maternity.
You might need to get approval from your doctor for this, but a back massager made all the difference for me. I typically carry a lot of tension in my shoulder blades and that increased during my pregnancy, as well as pain in my lower back. Having this massager to take the edge off some nights lead to more restful sleep. Some nights I alternated with a heating pad on low heat. Be sure not to use it for long periods of time and again, run it by your doctor to be safe.
Exercise Stability Ball:
As early as your first trimester you’ll start to notice things shifting and weird aches and pains. Sometimes it won’t kick in until later, everyone is different. But having a stability ball really helped stretch out my hips without any added impact. You can rock back and forth on it to alleviate discomfort and after delivery you can even use it to rock your little one on their tummy.
Reusable Breast Pads:
An absolute essential I cannot recommend enough. I started leaking by week 20 and having these on hand saved me, my bras and my clothes from getting soaked overnight. Investing in reusable nursing pads just makes more sense in the long run – you’ll use them every single day and disposables get expensive and create a lot of extra waste. These bamboo nursing pads come with a washer bag to store them in as you use them and toss in the washer securely zipped so you don’t lose any sets. I’ve found they get softer with every wash too. You might want to order two sets, you’ll burn through them fast. Especially if you’re not washing every other day.
I can’t live life without leggings and pregnancy did not change that one bit. In fact, I wore them every single day. The high waisted ones really helped support my belly and hips and keep some of that pressure off of my pelvis. Plus, they’re just so darn comfortable. You deserve to be as comfortable as possible! I haven’t been able to find any I like more than the Old Navy ones. Plus they offer them in plus sizing so it’s very size inclusive and perfect for a growing belly. I managed to stay in the same size pre-pregnancy during my entire pregnancy, but they did get tight the last two months haha.
Prenatal Gummy Vitamins:
Aversions started by week 8 for me and with that came so much nausea the giant prenatal vitamins I planned on taking made me gag. I couldn’t keep them down at all. Thankfully a friend recommended these organic gummy vitamins that offered the same nutrients and tasted infinitely better to me. I had no issue with these and kept using them until my last trimester when I could tolerate the regular pills again. I also alternated between those and these gummy vitamins. The only other thing I supplemented with was a liquid plant-based DHA/EPA.
I hope this helps any soon-to-be mothers out there. Please let me know if you try any of these or have any products you found helpful that I didn’t mention. I plan on talking about our cloth diapering routine next. Followed by sharing some of our newborn essentials we’re loving. Let me know if you want to see anything specific!1