I want to focus on the things that have really been a game changer throughout my pregnancy.
I’m not going to talk about obvious things like the vitamins you should be taking – ask your doctor for the best ones for you. I want to focus on things that have made my life so much easier.
- Cuddle Up/Pregnancy Pillow from Granny Goose. Life saver. Game Changer. Wouldn’t be able to sleep comfortably without it. Click here to go directly to the pillow.
- Bra Extensions. I originally bought new bras because my boobs swelled, my rib case enlarged which made my back bigger and by the end of a busy day, I’d have the cotton seam embedded into my skin. Beautiful. They cost me R69.90 from Woolworths and saved me a fortune in buying new bras as my bust size increased.
- Mama Mio Tummy Oil. I love every product in the range to be honest, but the tummy oil or body butter (depending on your personal preference) is a must!
- Multiforce Alkaliser or Gaviscon. In my previous YouTube video about 11 Things I Did Not Expect in Pregnancy, I spoke about how Gaviscon was saving me from fiery heartburn hell. I received a few messages from Mom’s in the know and suggested I use this: It’s safer and it works even faster. Thanks Moms!
- Cariwell Seamless Preggy Belly Bando. Look, they don’t exactly suck things in, but they smooth things down under dresses and they’re wonderful to put on over jeans. Some of my tops were just a bit too short but they still fit, so this served as a brilliant top extender and if you can’t exactly button your pants up completely and you’re using the hair-tie trick, this hides it too. I bought the white and the black.
- A journal. I have kept a diary (almost daily) of my entire experience and I’m really glad I have. I read back to my first Trimester the other day, and I had already forgotten about the funny things that have happened, my early cravings and other experiences. I will be giving this to Baby G one day and I really hope he loves reading it and seeing what his Mom went through and how loved he was before we had even met him.
- Reading material. There are 1000s of books and it can be somewhat overwhelming. I often think there is actually too much information out there. However, the What to Expect When You’re Expecting book is the one book I have turned to often. I find it has been so useful and less scary than turning to Google (which can make you feel like you have 2 weeks to live with xyz symptoms.) Often I’d wonder why I was getting a certain symptom and then when I’d read the month/week I was on, there it would be, explaining it all. Relief. I also have the book Pregnancy Sense from the Baby Sense range and I’ve loved this too. I’d definitely suggest either, if not both.
- Apps. Pregnancy+ and What to Expect When You’re Expecting. I’ve loved reading each week and discovering what’s happening to baby each week. It also gives you links to online articles daily.
- A pregnancy massage. Treat yourself while you still can, because once the baby is here, your time is going into your newborn and not into a spa. Your back is going to get really sore with the extra weight in and around your bump and to have someone do a wonderful pregnancy massage and iron out all the knots and aches, is delightful.
- A maternity photo shoot. I’m so glad I have captured my bump throughout my pregnancy because as excited as I am to meet my baby boy, I think I’m going to miss the bump. It might feel like you are pregnant forever, but it’s such a short, special time in your life, so capture the moments. Even if you don’t do a professional shoot, get your friends or partner to take photos of you and do the side profile growth of your bump. I did outfit shoots for my blog posts with Tegan Smith and our maternity shoot (pics below) with Veronique Mills Photography.
What are some of your pregnancy must-haves?