If this is your first pregnancy there are some essentials you may want to help keep you as comfortable as possible. You should be focused on nurturing your soon to be
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Once you hit your third trimester and your belly is getting really big, you will definitely need something to help you feel more comfortable when you are laying down or sleeping. It starts to get really uncomfortable towards the end and a body pillow can help support you and your belly so you can sleep in different positions. If you don’t go for the body pillow, lots of regular pillows can be used under your belly, between your knees, etc. but a body pillow may be less of a hassle.
Stretch Mark Cream
Something no mom-to-be wants is stretch marks, but it comes along with the territory. However, you can do everything possible to try and prevent them. I used Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter and didn’t get one stretch mark. Find a good cream and start as soon as you know you are pregnant so your skin is nice and hydrated once it starts to grow. Keep up with it daily to try and minimize any stretch marks that may come.
You should definitely make taking prenatal vitamins part of your daily routine. It’s even better if you start taking them before you get pregnant. Prenatal vitamins supplement your diet with nutrients you and your baby will need for growth and development. Folic acid is especially needed to help prevent neural tube defects such as Spina Bifida.
Morning sickness may hit you at some point during your pregnancy, usually during the first trimester. And when it does, you want to be prepared. You can read my post on How to Get Rid of Morning Sickness to find out the many different options to help you deal with your nausea. Keep something handy like Preggie Pops with you in your purse in case it hits you when you’re out and about.
Keep some snacks with you in your purse or bag while you are away from home just in case you feel like your blood sugar is dropping. This can happen more easily when you are pregnant as the little baby in your belly is using up a lot of your nutrients. When your blood sugar drops you can feel light-headed, shaky, or sweaty. Having a quick snack available can help you feel better fast.
Heating Pad or Hot Water Bottle
When your belly starts growing along come the aches and pains. The muscles in your back, legs, and feet can become sore. One way to help alleviate that pain is to use a heating pad or hot water bottle. If you don’t have one handy you can make one at home. Fold a washcloth and put it inside of a ziplock bag. Heat up some water in the microwave and pour it inside of the ziplock to saturate the washcloth. Wrap a pillowcase or towel around the bag and apply to the affected area.
Consider yourself lucky if you’ve never had heartburn. I was one of those people until I became pregnant. It can be miserable, so you should definitely be prepared for this one. Talk with your doctor and ask if an antacid such as Tums is ok for you to take. A lot of heartburn happens at night while you are sleeping. Since you are laying down it’s easier for that stomach acid to come up. Alleviate this by using a wedge pillow to prop yourself up. Or just stack up a ton of pillows that will keep you propped up while you’re sleeping.
It’s time to get comfy and that includes your undies. One of the great things about being pregnant is that the soft and stretchy material in maternity clothes is SOOOOO comfortable. Try these maternity fold over panties from Motherhood Maternity. They have a high elastic waistband that you can wear over your bump for support or fold down to wear under your bump.
Belly Support Belt
Towards the end of your pregnancy, the baby is growing big and so is your belly. It can pull on your back and hips and be uncomfortable. A belly support belt wraps around and under the belly and gently lifts for support. An added bonus is that you can use it postpartum around your tummy to help get back in shape.
Give your feet some extra love while pregnant by getting some comfortable shoes, or at the very minimum some shoe inserts. With the extra weight from the baby plus the swelling in your legs and feet that may occur, your feet will thank you!
Pregnancy isn’t the most comfortable thing in the world, so why not make it as easy for yourself as possible. Try some of these simple ideas to get you through the next nine months.