Pregnancy is a tricky business. You get all sorts of symptoms and aches and pains in places you never knew existed! Here are the top 10 things (in no particular order) I couldn’t do without while I was pregnant …Stretchy pants – Pants and shorts with an elastic waistband were a must in my first to mid-second trimesters. Nothing to dig in anywhere and remind you that your regular clothes no longer fit!
- Bellybean maternity pillow – This pillow really helped me get comfortable for sleeping. Although I must’ve met that, by my third trimester, I was sleeping on a veritable mountain of pillows!
- Orange juice – No, this wasn’t just a craving! Orange juice helped me feel a bit less queasy. Also, it really helped to disguise the metallic taste I had in my mouth constantly for several weeks – no matter what I ate, it tasted metallic; and even when I wasn’t eating, I had that taste in my mouth (it is called dysgeusia).
- Watermelon – This fruit was one of the few things that didn’t make me feel even more queasy, as I had morning sickness all day and all night until about 16 weeks!
- A water bottle – Everyone knows you’re supposed to drink heaps of water while you’re pregnant. I found that having a water bottle (rather than a glass) with me everywhere I went really helped me to keep hydrated because I could see the progress of how much I was drinking; and I could easily refill my bottle at home or work!
- Chocolate – I never really had an “I need this right now or I can’t go on” type of craving during my pregnancy. However, a constant supply of chocolate was never far away!
- Pregnancy support belt – I had symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD), which made it difficult to walk at times, later in my pregnancy. Also, my belly got pretty big for my size, so I needed a bit of extra support. There are lots of pregnancy belts around but the one that I chose is the ergonomic maternity support belt from Mamaway.
- Mobile office – This one is a bit left-of-centre, but it was honestly a lifesaver for me. What’s a mobile office? Just a case on wheels for a laptop and documents etc. Pre-baby, I’d do some work on the train on my way home, and carting my laptop around in a shoulder bag (and, later, a backpack) got too much for my back!
- Belly butter – Everything gets itchy when you’re pregnant! Even though the itching didn’t really go away, it did lessen after I started using the belly butter. It is also supposed moisturise your skin and reduce the appearance of stretchmarks. I don’t know how obvious stretchmarks are supposed to be, but mine seem pretty subtle so I guess it worked! There are many brands, as well as options (eg, cream or oil instead of butter), but the one I used was GAIA pregnancy butter.
- Muscle relaxant tissue salts – I mentioned before that I had trouble walking later in my pregnancy whenever my SPD flared up. I didn’t want to take any pharmaceuticals during my pregnancy (no, not even Panadol), so to help combat the pain and discomfort, I used Mag Phos tissue salts. These are anti-spasmodic (ie, help with pains related to muscle spasms), and help with cramps, as well as hiccups and coughing fits. In fact, they can even be used for period pain 😉
- Maternity stockings – Great for stopping your thighs from rubbing together, (mildly) supporting your belly, and looking more dressed up in flow-y maternity dresses (I’m not a fan of clingy maternity dresses, myself)!
So, there you go. My top 10 pregnancy essentials! It’s amazing what you can find to make you more comfortable during pregnancy.
What are your pregnancy essentials? Share them in the comments, below!
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