I’ve been thinking on what I really needed and loved having during my pregnancy so thought I would share my list with you today. Please also share your pregnancy must haves in the comments below! I’d love to put together a reader’s edition.
1. Great with Child. You will likely read dozens of books about the monthly activities of your unborn child and the developmental milestones of a newborn and while all that information about what is happening to you and your baby physically is important, it doesn’t really address what being pregnant or a new mom is like emotionally. This sweet book is a collection of letters to an expectant mother and it is written in a really un-sentimental way, which I really appreciated as I wasn’t one of those pregnant women who was bursting with expectant joy. It is also filled with lots of little helpful tips of what to expect: the things and feelings everyone is afraid to mention aloud.
2. A couple of great preggo dresses. Dresses are so much easier and more comfortable than separates. The major secret to my preggo wardrobe was just buying regular dresses, especially maxi dresses, a size or two bigger. That being said, I loved this preggo $40 dress from Sono Vaso and wore it at least once a week… it was great for work, great for going out and great for lounging at home. 3. Fancy PJs. I was shocked by just how tired being pregnant made me and how much I needed to nap! And I always reached for my ugly, but super compfy high school track sweats which really are disgusting and make me feel highly un-attractive. Near the end, I invested in these elegant Elle MacPherson pajamas and they really brightened my mood. Bonus: the cami is also a nursing top and the pants are really magical. By going under your stomach, they accomodate my nine-month baby belly just as well as my three-month-post-baby tummy. 4. Bonds bumps underwear. Bonds is an Australian supermarket brand and apparently is ubiquitous there, but I think of it as the ultimate luxury. The cotton is really thick and soft and they wash up beautifully time and time again. Also, their nursing bras and camis are tops! Available in Hong Kong exclusively at Tiny Footprints, the only baby store I’m not terrified of walking into. Sadly, I don’t think they’ve yet come to the US, but ping me if you’re dying for some and need me to send it over to ya! It’s that good. 5. Old Navy yoga pants. These $22 pants are the best. They are really stretchy and yet do pull everything in. Although I was fine in my Lululemons for a long time, I did really appreciate these pants towards the end. They are also great for long-haul flying. The panel works from 4 months – 9+ months. Old Navy also has a great preggo swimsuit. Swimming really is the best exercise, especially at the end: it saved me at nine months in the middle of a Hong Kong summer.
6. Coobie bra. I cannot say enough good things about this one-size-fits-all bra. It is insanely awesome. It’s in-between a sports bra and a regular bra and somehow magically fits everyone all the time… I went up a bra size practically monthly when I was pregnant and this bra can accomodate epic changes, while still looking professional under your cloths. It’s also a good idea to get used to sleeping in a bra at night because you will want to do that post-baby if you’re nursing. Lastly, there are built-in pads that you can take out if you want that are basically built-in nursing pads, which you will see later is truly brilliant! It also comes in super, fun peppy colors and is affordable enough that you can buy a couple! 7. Nature baby rose stretch oil. Everyone has their favorite and this one is mine. Love the rose scent and the way it is absorbed super quickly by your skin.
8. Iron. I was beyond exhausted for much of my pregnancy and as it turned out I was insanely low on iron. If you’re struggling with fatigue, I highly recommend asking your Dr. to test your iron as well as just taking some liquid iron. Floradix is the best.
9. Hatch dress. If you have a lot of formal events lined up, a silk Hatch dress is a nice to have and you can also wear them after the baby.
10. Splendid maternity tees. I have one white Splendid maternity tee and one in navy and I honestly LIVED in them day and night. A white tee and jeans looks surprisingly fresh and pulled together when you have a belly as an accessory. They were such a great investment and I am still wearing them constantly. I think they’ve been washed about 200 times and are no worse for the wear. I don’t even really know why I always reach for them, but I do. 11. New Chapter Organics pre-natal vitamin. I’ll spare you the loads of data, but I did some research and I’m pretty sure this is the best pre-natal vitamin out there. Stock up in bulk to save some money, as you’ll be taking it for about a year as you’re supposed to take it while nursing as well. 12. AG stretch preggo jeans. I tried on a couple dozen pairs and I am firm believer in these. The stretch is just perfection. I really don’t want to leave you with the impression that you need a lot of clothes for your pregnancy… the items above really are just about all I think you need to buy for a pregnancy. You will be much better served digging into your existing wardrobe and pulling out scarves, necklaces and belts and working those into the basics mentioned above. I didn’t always feel like being “belly-first” and a cardigan and scarf went a long way to making me feel like more than just a tummy! If you look at pregnant celebs by the way, they’re pretty much always in a scarf!