I don’t purchase anything without researching my options, reading reviews, and scouring the web for the best price. During pregnancy, I was even more on top of this because I wasn’t just buying just for myself but also our baby. Hopefully my research and reviews can save you a bit of time when doing your own shopping through pregnancy.
This post is specifically geared towards products I used, wore, ate, etc. throughout pregnancy. They were my must-haves and items I would recommend to a friend. I have conveniently added most of these items in a little Amazon store, which is where I buy basically everything.
Garden of Life Raw Prenatal Vitamins
I actually started taking Prenatal vitamins before I got pregnant (although this was probably unnecessary). This was something a product I did a ton of research on. I wanted something that was vegan (of course) with as few unnecessary added ingredients as possible. The more raw, organic, and natural the better. I know those terms don’t hold a lot of weight anymore in the food and supplement industry, but I wanted something with ingredients that I could pronounce and recognized and none of the added junk like gelatin and artificial stuff. I wanted ingredients that came from plant sources and not manufactured in a lab. I found this great website called labdoor.com which ranks the quality of different products, including prenatal vitamins. Garden of Life Vitamin Code Raw Prenatal Multivitamin came in second on the list. I also used the Garden of Life brand of protein powder during my pregnancy (I did not check with my doctor on this, but felt safe using it after some research).
Leacho Snoogle Body Pillow (purchased in my first trimester, although didn’t really need it until my second trimester)
I purchased this early on in my pregnancy because I was a stomach sleeper. It is recommended that you sleep on your left side to allow optimal blood flow to yourself and your baby. The second I found out I was pregnant I began sleeping on my left side. I know this wasn’t necessary, but I had this irrational thought that I would squish the baby while sleeping on my stomach. I know, this is irrational. So I invested in this Leachco Snoogle Total Body Pillow to help me remain on my side. It’s been wonderful and I have even travelled with it as it became a necessity once my belly really started to grow. I purchased mine from Amazon where I found the best pricing.
I chose the Waiting in Wonder: Growing in Faith While You’re Expecting devotional. It is wonderful!! Each week begins with a little bit of information about your growing baby – how they are developing, how you might be feeling, and then it ties into our relationship with Jesus. It’s followed by four short devotionals to do that week of pregnancy and each one has a space to write a letter or answer a question for your little one on the way.
For Two Fitness capris (Purchased in my first trimester, although didn’t really need it until my second trimester. They definitely made running in my first trimester more comfortable.)
You can check out my review of the For Two Fitness capris here. I honestly could have used a second or third pair because once I started working out in these, it’s all I wore. The support on my belly was amazing!! It was tight enough to make things feel secure but not too restrictive like some belly support bands I tried (I do not recommend Gabrialla belly support band. It was okay walking around, but not running. Just my opinion). The capris offered all the support I needed to make it through my second trimester running. Although a little more expensive than other options (I tried a pair from Target and was not impressed), they are well worth every penny!!
Bao Bei Matternity PowerMesh Sport Band (purchased towards the end of the second trimester but wish I would have bought it sooner)
This sport band was a lifesaver while running. I honestly think I was able to run longer and more comfortably because of it. I love the support for not only your belly but your back. The feel is similar to the support band in the For Two Fitness capris but a little more snug. After I placed my order the company reached out to me and suggested I order a size smaller because runners tend to prefer the tighter fit. They were right!!! So if you’re a runner, I suggest sizing down.
Maternity Leggings from LOFT (for the office)
My mom-friend from work suggested these leggings for me from LOFT. They have a nude band that covers your belly and the material is super thick that they look great with a tunic in the office. I have worn these every single day in the office since my belly started to show a bit. They are so comfortable and have really been the only pants I’ve worn during pregnancy. (@wthwhynot2011 suggests these maternity leggings from Gap.)
PinkBlush Apparel (for the office our out-and-about)
I found PinkBlush through social media and became obsessed with their apparel. Their prices are fantastic and the quality of clothing is prefect!! I really didn’t want to invest in a whole new maternity wardrobe so PinkBlush was exactly what I was looking for. Most of their clothing can transition from maternity to your post-baby body and their website even shows the clothing on both a pregnant mom-to-be and a non-pregnant woman. I bought 6 tunics from their site and basically just rotate them through my work week.
Non-Toxic Household Cleaners
Over the past several years I have become more aware of the toxic chemicals we are exposed to in our household cleaners, personal care products like shampoos, our make-up, and even our furniture. With a newborn crawling around on our floor and sticking everything in their mouth, I want to limit her exposure to as many chemicals as possible. It’s scary when you really start to look into it. It can also be overwhelming when you feel like you need to purge your house of everything and start from scratch. This just isn’t realistic, but you can slowly make changes to make your home free of toxins and dangerous chemicals. Aside from changing my bathing products (shampoos/conditions, body wash, etc.) and attempting a DIY recipe for laundry detergent (I am not a DIY-er and broke down and just ordered a non-toxic brand), I spent a weekend getting rid of all of our toxic household cleaners (glass cleaner, wood polish, toilet cleaner, etc.) and started in on some research. If you don’t visit any other sites on the internet at least visit Gimme The Good Stuff. She breaks down everything for you!! Even ‘The Good’, ‘The Bad’, and ‘The Sneaky’. And provides a Glossary of different chemicals, what products their found in, and how they can be harmful. I added some of the products I ordered in my Amazon store.
Amazon Prime ( Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial )
I really don’t know why we didn’t get this sooner. $99/year for free two-day shipping!! This has been a lifesaver during pregnancy as we are stocking up on everything for the baby. I know we have saved well over $99 with the free shipping. I have ordered everything from my body pillow, to prenatal vitamins, to completely revamping our household cleaning products, and plan on signing up for some product subscriptions once baby is here. I am cheap. I hate spending money on things that do not seem necessary, but this was money was well spent!
Pregnancy Favorites from other moms-to-be
Zensah Compression Socks
After I come home from work and go on a run, Zensah compression socks are the first things I put on. Even though my bump isn’t huge yet, my feet and ankles have been swelling pretty badly since around 19 weeks. I work at a desk all day, which is probably a huge factor. These compression socks help so much!
I have always been a big water-drinker. I can drink more than 12 cups/day and still feel like I need more. Pregnancy makes me feel like I’m dehydrated all the time so I use my 48oz water bottle from Camelbak throughout the day. I don’t have to fill it up as much and still get in enough water. (Chelsy: I completely agree it is so beneficial to have a reusable bottle around. I use this glass bottle from LifeFactory. They also make a baby bottle I am going to try.)
Belly Balm by The Honest Company
From a growing bump and dry skin, my stomach was super itchy all the time. My usual lotion wasn’t cutting it, so I decided to try Honest Company’s Belly Balm. The texture is pretty thick so I put it on right before bed. I also use it on my lower back, too. It definitely locks in moisture so I wake up feeling like my bump is refreshed!
Gin Gins by the Ginger People
These were an absolute life saver during first trimester. I was so nauseous and while they didn’t taste the greatest they helped the nausea tremendously!!
A pill organizer
It sounds silly, but this was the only way I could keep track of if I took my prenatals for the day. (Chelsy: I had to do the same! When taking 3 prenatal vitamins/day, it’s hard to remember how many you have taken.)
Burt’s Bees Belly Butter
I am only 12 weeks pregnant so stretch marks haven’t been a problem yet. So does this help prevent stretch marks?? I guess we will find out. In the meantime, I will say that I love using this because it keeps my belly moisturized – especially with dry winter skin.
Baby Announcement Shirt
My husband and I struggled with infertility for 3 1/2 years and we were very open about our story. So when we found out we were expecting, I wanted a cute way to announce our pregnancy to friends on social media. I found these adorable shirts on Etsy and ordered them shortly after finding out we were expecting! We got a lot of compliments on how cute our announcement was and of course, we love the shirts too!!
For me, struggling to drink ANYTHING has been a problem. A sweet friend of mine suggested this tea and it’s delicious! I can’t say it cures morning sickness but it definitely gives me something tasty to drink during the day to help keep me hydrated. The Pink Stork brand also carries a Labor Prep and Nursing Support tea.
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