There are a lot of things moms don't buy when they are pregnant because they think they can 'tough through' without them. But many experienced mothers would say that's a mistake, and that pregnant life could have been so much more comfortable - and fun - if only they hadn't been so stubborn and, on occasions, very cheap.
A mom-to-be goes through an incredible transformation during the nine months that she is carrying, a transformation that will push her to the absolute limit, and she needs products that aren't going to 'do their thing' in a few weeks, but that start working from the moment she begins using them.
I don't want moms to go ahead and make the same mistake I did. I would love to be able to help all moms have as wonderful a pregnancy as is humanely possible. All of the products listed here can help moms-to-be to achieve that. Pretty much everything listed is super affordable and easy to get hold of, i.e. it can be found on Amazon. When moms stress out about spending money on something to help her feel better, or thinks she can tough it out, remember that the happier and more comfortable a pregnant mom feels, the better baby will feel too.
20 Compression Socks
I suffered with swollen feet and ankles even before my pregnancy, so my feet were truly a sight for sore eyes when I was carrying my daughter. They hurt too, my god did they hurt.
I found these compression socks by Pinshun had excellent reviews, so invested $13.99 for a pack of two. The difference they made was astonishing. The swelling disappeared after wearing them for a few hours, and I could put my shoes on again without screaming.
Made using the latest in 3D knitting technology, they're incredibly comfortable and durable, withstanding multiple washes without losing their compression levels.
19 Maternity Pillow
Sleep was pretty elusive during my nine months, and I really wish that I'd known about the body pillow then. I don't know how I managed to bypass it. Body pillows work to support and cradle your body, and are especially useful during the difficult third trimester.
The Queen Rose Maternity Pillow retails at $59.99 and with 72% of users giving it 5 stars on Amazon, it's definitely the pillow you want to be investing in. This extra soft pillow creates a belly support position for sleeping, reading and watching TV. You can even use it for support when breastfeeding.
18 Maternity Bra
My chest went through the wars during my pregnancy because I was too stubborn to buy a maternity bra to support them. It's best, of course, to buy a couple of good maternity bras to see you through. With wider straps, soft lining and extra hooks, maternity bras make having pregnancy girls a much less frustrating experience.
If you're looking for value, quality and comfort, iLoveSIA Womens Seamless Nursing Bra Bralette is your best option. Coming in a pack of three for $20.99 they accommodate size fluctuations and have discreet nursing clips so you can use them to nurse too.
17 Bra Extenders
While they might not look like much, bra extenders can save you a pretty penny by increasing your size range. They're adjustable, removable and let you keep wearing your favourite bras for longer. No more buying a new maternity bra every few weeks!
Bra extenders aren't complicated to use. All you need to do is hook the hook part of the bra extender onto the eye part of your bra and you're good to go!
The Brah! Extender: Bra Extender Band Breathing Room comes in a pack of three colours; black, white and beige for the excellent price of $7.95.
16 Razor Extension
The razor extension handle is another one of those 'I found out too late' products that would have changed my pregnancy life. What a razor extension does is customise the length and the angle of your razor so you can reach those hard to get to places with ease.
The Giraffe Razor Extension Handle comes in at $22.95 but it will probably be the best $22.95 you would ever spend. Featuring a telescoping handle which extends the length of your razor to 15-20 inches, it also has a pivoting head and a rubberized, no-slip grip to help you shave safely.
15 Maternity Belt
I had a maternity belt given to me, but I foolishly never used it. I really should have though, because I think my life would have been a 1000% more comfortable. What a maternity belt does is provide relief from that pesky back, hip and pelvic pain that accompanies pregnancy.
The Gabrialla Elastic Maternity Belt, which retails at $32.95 has won several national awards and is highly recommend by doctors. The medium-strength 6” support belt has a compression design that helps to stabilize your hips and reduce low back pain, helping you to stay fit and active throughout your pregnancy.
14 Wristband For Nausea
I was rarely sick in the morning when I was pregnant. My nausea would usually hang on until I was lying in bed about the go to sleep. The Sea-Band Mama would have been a god send. This knitted elasticated wristband uses acupressure to provide a drug free solution to nausea.
It exerts pressure and stimulates the P6, or Nei-Kuan, acupressure point. It works immediately and means that you can get on with the rest of your day (or night) unhindered by that horrible sicky feeling. Retailing at $4.27 it's an affordable solution that can help you stay on track.
13 Belly Butter
Unbelievably tight and unbearably itchy is how I can best describe how my bump felt in the latter months of my pregnancy. From the sounds of things, this Rocky Mountain Shea Belly Butter would have been the perfect solution.
Made using wonderful ingredients such as beeswax, grapefruit, citrus peel extract, avocado and of course shea butter, this organic, vegan, GMO free belly butter helps to soothe, moisturize and repair your hard working skin. It also works to prevent stretch marks! Priced at $15.75 (CAD) and with dozens of gushing reviews written about it from satisfied moms, it's a must have.
12 Spicy Ginger Tea
Ginger worked a treat for my nausea and helped me to get through the days. A Canadian study pioneered by the Toronto-based Motherisk Program revealed that more than 50 percent of pregnant women use either ginger tablets or tea, according to the "International Journal of Food Properties" article.
Tazo Spicy Ginger Tea has been praised by pregnant women. It's not too spicy and works quickly to calm an upset stomach. Retailing at $5.40 for twenty tea bags, it's a worthy investment. You can of course make your own ginger tea at home using grated ginger root, honey and hot water.
11 Sleep Mask
A sleep mask! Why didn't I think of that when I needed it most!? Ladies, equip yourself with half a dozen of these. Cat naps should be taken at every opportunity during pregnancy. Remember to pack one in your hospital bag to help you get some shut eye once baby has arrived. Or before...if you're lucky.
This Bumplife Sleep Mask retails at $7.99. It's lightweight, stylishly made from black satin and excellent for blocking out the light. According to one reviewer it's 'not to tight but perfectly dark!' Another reviewer claimed it enabled them to have 'peaceful and rejuvenating snoozes.'
10 Coconut Oil
Seriously though...is there anything that coconut oil can't do? You can put it on your hair, on your belly and in your mouth too. Yep, coconut oil is great to eat when you're pregnant. High in potassium, magnesium and protein it's also an excellent source of dietary fiber, calcium and Vitamin C.
Island Fresh Organic Fresh Pressed Coconut Oil retails at $17.10 for 54 ounces. Creamy and flavourful, You can eat it straight from the jar, but there's no reason why you can't get more adventurous! Pop it in a smoothie, bake with it or add it to your oatmeal.
9 Exercise Ball
I didn't use an exercise ball until I was in labour. About an hour before I gave birth. I fell asleep. The epidural, gas and air, the comfy ball and my partner stroking my back, I couldn't help myself.
But exercise balls are great to use from day one. They can help you to stay in shape and maintain balance and stability and keep posture in check.
The Baby Bump Birth Ball retails at $49.99 and is burst resistant! Use it to sit comfortably, get gentle exercise, change the position of your baby in late pregnancy, or practice labor positions.
8 Good Pregnancy Jeans
I wore leggings for the duration of my pregnancy. Every pair of 'mommy jeans' I tried on looked terrible! I guess I wasn't looking in the right places. A good pair of jeans would have had me feeling amazing and sexy and confident, I know it.
Signature by Levi Strauss & Co do a gorgeous pair of maternity jeans with a smooth, tummy knit panel which adapts as your figure changes. They hug your curves for a gorgeous fit and you know you can rely on quality when it comes to Levi jeans. Priced at $28.25 you can't go wrong.
Of all the unpleasant symptoms I encountered during my pregnancy, heartburn was probably the worst thing. It hurt so bad. I avoided all kinds of foods to make it go away, but I should have invested in a tub of TUMS too.
TUMS is a safe form of heartburn relief for women who are pregnant. They're also an effective source of calcium. According to the TUMS website, they start to work in seconds by neutralizing gastric acid in the esophagus, where the pain of heartburn starts. You can buy TUMS in your local pharmacy, via their online store or on Amazon!
6 Comfy Shoes
I lived in my snowboots from November 2017 to April 2018. No word of a lie. They were the only things I could comfortably have on my feet. I would tell any women pregnant throughout the autumn and winter months to invest in a pair. They're like a hug for your feet whenever you put them on.
But as it's summer now, snowboots will have to wait. Birkenstocks are, in my opinion, one of the other best maternity shoe options. They're perfect for sore, swollen, tired feet. Go for the clog variety that you can easily slip on and off.
If you're mourning the loss of your pre-pregnancy jeans, mourn no longer! The Bellaband from Ingrid & Isabel is designed to enable you to wear your pre-pregnancy pants unbuttoned and nobody has to know!
This ultra-soft, seamless knit construction is made from nylon and spandex. It has 360° stretch and a silicone strip that holds it firmly in place. Bellaband can be used from early on in your pregnancy to when after the baby has arrived.
It's available in four different colours and four sizes. Retailing at $28.00 it's a steal! One Bellaband should last you throughout your whole pregnancy.
4 Tummy Shield
I was terrified of my baby getting hurt in the womb and I wish I'd known about Baby's First Car Seat. This shield for your tummy is the only crash-tested pregnancy seat belt adjuster that actually protects baby in the event of a crash.
How it works is it redirects the seat belt, securing the seat belt at the leg instead of at the belly where it can injure your unborn baby. (Seatbelts aren't designed for pregnant women.) As well as protecting mom and baby, it makes driving when pregnant much more comfortable. Baby's First Car Seat retails at $149.
3 Superfood Shake
It can be a challenge when you're pregnant to get all the good stuff that you really need in your diet. There are days when you're too tired, too nauseous, too stressed to put a lot of effort into preparing food. That's when a superfood shake can make all the difference.
Baby Booster is an all natural, vegetarian, high protein shake that was developed with a board certified OB/GYN whose primary focus was sourcing the best ingredients to promote proper nutrition for expectant mothers. At $34.00 for a 1lb bag it's a bit pricey, but I think it's worth it.
2 Ginger Chews
Like I mentioned earlier, ginger can be an awesome remedy for nausea. If you find that ginger works for you, it's good to have it available in a few varieties. While you can't make a cup of ginger tea when you're waiting for the bus, you can grab a ginger chew.
Preggie Chews which retail at $7.98 are a completely natural way to get relief from nausea. In each container there are 21 individually wrapped chews. There are ginger flavoured chews as well as sour raspberry and green apple. They act fast on your nausea and taste great to boot.
1 Cookie Dough You Can Eat
Ladies, it actually exists! Cookie dough you can eat when you're expecting. Created by The Cookie Dough Cafe, this egg free dough comes in several different flavours including chocolate chip, gluten free oatmeal and Oreo.
It's available to order online at $23.00 for 2 items of your choice...and while that might seem outrageously pricey for some cookie dough, I can't help but feel that it would be SO damn worth it. This gourmet cookie dough is also available in select supermarkets and if you happen to live in Portland, Oregon familiarize yourself with The Cookie Dough Cafe Scoop Shop pronto!