Pregnancy has been both a wonderful and weird time for me. Wonderful to watch my growing baby belly, and weird the adjustments my body has to go through. I was completely floored by morning sickness in the early days and now in the run up to my third and final trimester, I feel like I’ve got some pregnancy essentials down to make life more comfortable. Funny that having an ever growing bump on your front is actually uncomfortable! but these are the bits and pieces that have made pregnancy a little bit easier so far. I’m sure further down the line I’ll come across or need more bits and bobs to deal but for the first and second trimesters- these are things that I’ve loved.
I wish I had invested in these sooner, but one of the best things you can buy for yourself at the start is a good maternity bra. Your usual bras will become the enemy (as will shower heads) because your bosoms will be very sore and seemingly enormous overnight. Ditch the underwire (or any wire) asap and give into the world of maternity underwear! I especially like the maternity/nursing bras as they will continue to be useful once baby arrives- but at the moment they keep my ladies in check and in comfort. Not sure I’ll ever wear a normal bra again to be honest! ASOS and New Look do multipacks for a reasonably affordable price and TK Maxx will always have a few well priced gems.
Morning sickness is the worst. I was a ghost of myself for those first few weeks! My morning sickness survival kit consisted of Sea Band motion sickness wrist bands (they seemed to help, and I was so desperate I’d have tried anything) plus they’re fairly cheap on Amazon. Other remedies like ginger biscuits didn’t do a thing for me however citrus scents really helped- especially lemon. A sniff of a lemon really did help me and I even desperately packed one in my handbag at one point as an emergency measure! I also found that I couldn’t stomach water but fizzy Fanta or Sprite was do-able. Lastly, I used to keep a bag of boiled sweets around to give me a burst of energy as I wasn’t able to eat.
Dipping back into the murky world of maternity, as my bump booped out (this happened to me early! I was barely 12 weeks when my belly let loose) I had to ditch my faithful jeans for maternity leggings. I actually prefer leggings to maternity jeans because I don’t have to keep pulling them up- also, finding a good pair of maternity jeans is hard. I only felt okay in the Topshop Joni style which seemed to sell out all the time! I also found Over the Bump styles more comfortable as I didn’t have anything restricting my expanding belly. My maternity leggings are from New Look and only have minimal bobbling despite the fact I live in them. However my H&M ones make me feel more pulled in and together and I suspect will last longer as the material is thicker.
One aversion I’ve experienced that hasn’t gone away after my first trimester is SMELLS. I’m still super sensitive to anything strongly fragranced (and I still can’t light a scented candle) Everyone sings the praises of Palmer’s Cocoa Butter and Bio Oil, but even these scents were too overpowering to my nose. I ended up buying a big sensible bottle of E45 lotion that’s virtually unscented and it’s been fab– 6 months in and I’ve (knock wood) not had a single stretch mark materialise.
Finding a comfortable sleeping position is still something I struggle with every night (and when you do get comfy you have to get up to use the loo!) Luckily, I didn’t have to splash out any extra cash for a special pregnancy pillow as I already have a bolster pillow- a long, cylindrical shaped pillow that I’ve had for years and have been able to bend around me wherever I needed the support. On nights it hasn’t helped, a cushion between my knees or under my belly has helped too; so for that reason alone I wouldn’t say “go buy a special pregnancy pillow” (unless you really wanted to) but my bolster pillow has certainly helped!
Those have been my essentials! What works for me might now work for everyone, but the relief and comfort a few simple items have provided has been huge. It can feel overwhelming sometimes when you think ohmygod, I’m going to need x, y, z and an entirely new wardrobe but really you don’t need much for yourself; save the pennies for baby clothes and gadgets (which are way more fun)