After three pregnancies, I’ve pretty much gotten the things I need for the nine transformative, magical (and sometimes grueling) months down to a science. During my first pregnancy, I was too excited and purchased too many things off of Amazon. (My credit card bill was eye-popping!) The second time around, I vowed to simplify. But alas, my stretch marks worsened because I scrimped on tonic oil (eep!). Well, you know what they say. Third time’s a charm! Here’s my official list of tried and tested pregnancy essentials:
I have several mom friends who swear by this brand so I decided to give it a try. I’m happy to report that I wore my Elin dresses to death. They’re comfy and loose enough to not worry about overexposing anything. Bonus: I wore the Marcel dress on an international flight during my 7th month of pregnancy and nobody suspected that I was expecting!
Though a bit pricey, I’m able to get a lot more uses out of my Bravado Designs Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bras. A lot more comfortable than regular bras while the (ahem) girls kept on growing.
3. PF Candle Co scented candles
The only scent that drove away horrid smells during my first and second trimesters. The Amber and Moss variant is also gentle enough not to produce the same dizzying effect as fried garlic (blech). Bonus: they use 100% soy wax, cotton-core wicks, fine fragrance oils, and apothecary inspired packaging.
4. Renegade Folk shoes
I went through 2 bottles of this itch-soother in the second and third trimesters of my pregnancy. Although I haven’t able to completely avoid stretch marks, I’m glad to report that the marks didn’t get worse. I’m pretty sure it’s because I was religious with it (2x a day is recommended!).
6. Babycenter iPhone app
Quick, on the go updates on my pregnancy without having to go through “What To Expect” all over again.
7. Belly Belt waist extenders
I was able to wear my boyfriend jeans well into my 3rd trimester because of these miracle bands that extend the waistbands of your pants. I never bought maternity jeans or office slacks because of them.
I’m usually really bad at keeping track of my water intake and had a couple of UTI problems (very common with pregnant women) because of it. Just two refills of this no-sweat (as in the bottle doesn’t sweat), 24-hour guaranteed did the trick to guaranteeing good hydration.