With my first pregnancy, I kind of went with the flow because I knew nothing about being pregnant and what I would need or want as an expecting mom. Now that I’m pregnant again I wanted to share a list of my top 10 pregnancy must-haves things that have helped me get through this pregnancy & also my first pregnancy when I started to figure things out.
Prenantal Vitamins– These are the prenatal vitamins I currently use and I also took them when I was pregnant with my daughter and throughout our 2 year breastfeeding journey. I love that these have the folic acid, DHA & Iron which are all great for baby’s brain, cognitive development and spinal cord development.
Pregnancy Pillow– Pharmedoc has the best pregnancy pillows. I love that they come in different shapes because every pregnancy is different and all pregnant women don’t sleep the same. I am a full-time stomach sleeper, lol, but being pregnant it’s difficult to lay on your stomach as you belly is continually growing. My doctor asked me to try laying on my left side and it was a challenge until I found this c-shaped pregnancy pillow. This pillow is so soft, comfortable and is the ultimate lifesaver with helping me sleep comfortably through the night.
Comfortable Underwear– Having a handful of comfortable underwear is a must. Some women prefer maternity underwear that fits under their growing belly, whereas I like full-coverage briefs or as some people like to call them “Granny Panties.” Whatever you’re most comfortable in is all that matters-just make sure that your underwear are comfortable, breathable and at least 90% cotton. Not only are cotton underwear soft, but they also allow your skin to breathe and it absorbs moisture away from your body.
Maternity Belt– I discovering the belly bandit halfway through my first pregnancy and it made a world of difference with easing my back pain from pregnancy. They help to redistribute the weight of your pregnancy and are perfect for all day everyday wear. I love that it is soft, breathable, supportive & comfortable.
Heartburn Tea– I recently discovered this tea from Bamboobies when I was about 22 weeks pregnant and it has been a lifesaver. I’ve reached the stage in pregnancy where I have. heartburn all day & all night long. After trying this for the first time a couple of weeks ago I am sold on this tea. It’s made with it’s made with herbs & natural ingredients, caffeine + sugar free, has no GMOs, preservatives or artificial ingredients.
Exercise Ball– During my first pregnancy I had constant severe pelvic pain and it wasn’t until my doctor explained to me that this was from my body getting ready for delivery that I understood what was going on. She recommended an exercise ball to help alleviate discomfort and I found myself using it daily during that pregnancy. Even now in my 2nd pregnancy I love using my ball on a daily basis because it feels good and it’s helping to open up my hips to make room for baby to descend into my pelvis.
Skin Moisturizer– Although both of my pregnancies have been different, something that has been constant during both pregnancies is dry skin. I used CeraVe during my first pregnancy and it helped to soothe and keep my skin moisturized. So of course I am using this daily during this pregnancy and it has really made a difference in my skin.
Travel Cup or Water Bottle– Staying hydrated during pregnancy is so important. With me being someone who is always on the go, I bring my yeti cup with me everywhere. I love this cup because its large and keeps drinks hot or cold for a while. You can also use a water bottle. I make sure to drink at least 5 of these 30 ounce cups a day.
Tummy Drops– With my first pregnancy I didn’t experience much nausea at all. This time around it hit me like a ton of bricks especially in the first trimester. I was having morning sickness throughout the day and someone recommended these Tummy Drops to me. I love that they are individually wrapped because it makes them perfect for on the go and they taste great.
Comfortable Leggings– I lived in leggings during my entire first pregnancy. This time around I wear leggings at least 3-4 times a week. They are so comfortable, lightweight & soft. I buy mine from Torrid but Target has really nice leggings as well. What I love about leggings aside from the comfort is that come in many different colors and lengths.
Although every pregnancy and person is different, I hope that this list helps an expecting mom during their pregnancy journey and points them in the right direction. If you’re working on your registry check out this post about Baby Registry Must Haves.
I wish I would have been older when I was pregnant, so I would have worn the comfy underwear, but I did not! 😀
brandy toenges says
I desperately needed one of those pregnancy pillows but made due with a boppy…lol
Jessica Collazo says
These are some great must have for me my number one must have was the Palmer’s stretch marks lotion and the Palmer’s Vitamin E oil
i still use that lotion on my kids who have super sensitive skin 🙂 we love cerve!
Great ideas. I love how you mentioned a water bottle – so many individuals don’t consume enough water everyday (and totally forget about it) and it is ESSENTIAL for a healthy mommy and baby. My blog -thisbasicmom.com – can’t express this enough! Haha great job!!
Daniel Sierra says
My wife totally agrees on needing all of these right now! We are hoping for a third baby so she wants it all!
I love that moisturizer at all times. It is amazing. I love how helpful this is for expecting mamas out there.
I loved the pregnancy pillow. I used it after my son was born as well. Oh, and I had heartburn for the first time in my life during pregnancy.
Thank you for sharing. I wish I would have seen this when I was pregnant!
These are all great must haves. I will admit that I still enjoy my pillows that I used during my pregnancy’s!
Nicole Anderson | Camping for Women says
While being pregnant, this is a time where you need all the tips and advice you can get to ensure you and your baby can both be healthy and happy. You have pulled together a great selection of items here to really help many who would be having a baby for the first time. Love how you have explained the rationale behind the benefits of each one. New moms-to-be should take note here!
The body pillow was a life saver! I wish I knew about the tea earlier. Suffered from severe heartburn during my pregnancy with my twins.
This is such a great list! I see a number of things that I used when I was pregnant!
Aditi Wardhan Singh says
So very important this list is. We need to have all these things on our list for sure. What a wonderful resource for new moms.
Yesssss to the exercise ball! Lifesaver during pregnancy, labour and then used it to save my arms while rocking my baby to sleep!
Shannon Gurnee says
These are some great things to have when you’re pregnant. I remember having the ball and the body pillow, but I wish I would have had the pregnancy belt.
Piper Mortez says
Great collection. I love the Yeti travel mug. You can take it with you wherever you go. You can also use it long after your pregnancy.
Maxim Dsouza says
These are thoughtful tips. These will be very helpful to someone who barely has any knowledge about pregnancy.
khoingn | The Broad Life says
I noted this for my wife to view later
I wish I had know about the maternity belt when I was pregnant. Had horrible back pain but we plan trying again so definitely keep it mind second time around.
I agree with everything on this list! Especially good underwear and the pillow. It is helpful to be comfortable.
Pati Robins says
These are really great must haves ! for me pregnancy pillow was a must too x
Ntensibe Edgar Michael says
Comfy leggings are a good one. They go a long way.
Rose Ann Sales says
These are really great stuff. I appreciate pregnancy pillows the most. It’s very comfortable.
Jordan Campbell says
Whatever it takes to be more comfortable! These are great ideas. Thanks for the post.
Krysten Quiles says
Well these all sound like great options! I’ll pin this so my pregnant readers can have this information!
Jessie Synan says
I am pregnant for the third time and 100% recommend all of these. Those prenatals are my favorite ones!
The Backpacksters says
Amazing tips! It’ll be very useful for pregnant moms!
Melanie williams says
I love this. these are amazing tips for new mums to be and I am sure many people will find this useful xx
Marie Phillips says
This is a perfect list. I had just about all of these things for my pregnancies. So necessary!
GENNY GALL says
fantastic stuff for those moms that are expecting, I wish I had known one of this stuff before. This mom is happy with her three kids
the joyous living says
these sound like some great tips for pregnant readers. i have heard great things about the pillows.
Well..this is really very helpful list for those who are pregnant…these products seems to be much helpful…Great work…
Trot.World (Harshi & Aman) says
That’s a great list, I know the friend I need to share it with or rather even gift her some things like the pillow from this list!
Could’ve really used that pillow when I was pregnant!
Cook Appetite says
I honestly had no idea there was pregnancy pillows.
Thanks for Sharing.i’ve learnt something
Emman Damian says
I think prenatal vitamins is the most important one especially now during pandemic. Neck pillow is nice too.
Kimberly Caines says
These are some essential stuff that pregnant must have. That curve pillow really helps a lot to get some comfy feeling when you sleep at night and that lotion is perfect for a sensitive skin. Btw, congrats on your 2nd baby.
My daughter is expecting her second child. She can’t live without her pregnancy pillow! She loves that thing.
My friend Stacey is 5 months pregnant! I just sent this great list to her so she has an excuse to shop some more online! ?
Papa jack says
I think my wife needs it. She is delayed for i think 5 days now. Though she has not taken PT yet.
Subhashish Roy says
Well thought out exhaustive list. Every mother to be should be well prepared.
This is a great guide for preggy moms especially for first time moms out there!
Shayla Marie says
I think you covered some of the best pregnancy must haves here. I wish I had the belly bandit through mine! I discovered the pillows in my third pregnancy (I have six kids). What a major difference that made.
These are great for mommies of newborns and babies. I hope moms find this information useful!
Love this list! My favorite must have when I was pregnant was that pillow.
Elizabeth O says
These are some needed stuff that pregnant women must haves. Gonna share this with my pregnant friend. Thanks for this.
Ashley McCoy says
These are great tips! Thank you for sharing! I will have to use these with my next baby!
Puja Kumari says
This is such a great list of product for pregnant ladies. Appreciate your efforts foe.creating this list. Thank you so much for sharing!