Pregnancy is supposed to be beautiful. You’re growing a small human inside of you and soon you will get to hold them in your arms and love them for years to come. Although not all moments of pregnancy are great ones, in fact, I’m sure some of you have had down right awful experiences..there are some things that can ease points of distress during pregnancy. These 6 Must Have Products for Pregnancy will help to take your mind off some of the downsides/fears of pregnancy.
- A pair of shoes or flip flops with good arch supports
- Stretch mark lotion and/or oil
- Coconut oil
- Nipple Balm
- A firm pillow
- A pregnancy book
Why You Will Want to Have These
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- Depending on your climate and time of year you are pregnant you will want to have shoes with good support because if you’re on your feet for any length of time you don’t want your feet to be hurting. Being pregnant in the summer I got sandals like these and tennis shoes so that I could do a lot of walking.
- I started trying to proactively “pretreat” stretch marks at 25 weeks gestation. I used a combination of Vitamin E oil (also good for scars) and stretch mark massage lotion. I rubbed both together and applied to my stomach and thighs after each shower. I truly believe there is no cure or sure way to prevent them all together, but I think this significantly decreased the severity of mine.
- This wouldn’t truly be a pregnancy post if we didn’t get into some dirty details. I once read that putting coconut oil “down there” would reduce chances or severity of tearing. I thought to myself, that’s a fairly cheap way to hopefully prevent something that I’d heard was absolutely terrible. Again, I started this at 25 weeks gestation. Just a small amount goes a long way so I only went through 1/4 of the jar in 13 weeks! I can honestly say that I think this was another success. I gave birth to an 8 lb. 8 oz. baby with extremely minimal tearing…I’d say that’s a win!
- It may sound like I’m becoming awfully repetitive, but yet another thing I added to my after shower ritual was a good nipple balm. I started leaking at about 24 weeks and started the nipple balm the following week. After use every day I have now been breastfeeding for 6 months without a single nipple crack. I understand that every body is different, but this is another thing I’ve found to at least be worth a shot.
- Sleeping while pregnant is sometimes like trying to find a quiet place in the middle of a busy shopping mall…nearly impossible. Most pregnancy research points to side sleeping being the best for you and baby. Lucky for me that wasn’t the problem, I already slept on my side. The problem was, the more pregnant I got the more weight was not evenly distributed. I would wake up with incredibly sore hips and back. As a solution I got a firm pillow to stick between my legs (I say skip the ginormous pregnancy pillow that takes up your entire bed). My problem was quickly solved! Bonus-you can keep using this pillow after it’s done being a “wedge”.
- As a first time mother there’s nothing more unsettling than not knowing whats going on with your body or your baby’s. Most clinics and hospitals should give a book that includes all the information you could need to help ease your mind. I received one from my doctor but if you don’t, here’s a book to try.
No matter how many things you read or are told during your pregnancy you know your body best. Try things that you feel comfortable with, but try your best not to get stressed out. One of the best things you can do for yourself in this time is to breathe and take good care of yourself.
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