Pregnancy trends come and go and throughout the ages there have been some very interesting ones. In the early 1990’s it was trendy to wear maternity corsets and try to hide the pregnancy belly. But nowadays, moms are all about showing off that baby bump, as they should be!
In addition to bump friendly clothing items, maternity items in general have really exploded as an industry. And as with any industry, there is a huge market for stylish and luxury pregnancy items. “Maternity is a two billion dollar a year business in the US alone, and with more women in work, for longer durations of their pregnancy, there are more developed bumps to dress in a wider range of apparel than ever before,” shares Edited.com.
These days, trendy pregnancy products are products that cater to the modern parent. From styling beautiful social media-worthy photos to staying comfortable and chic, the modern maternity market has everything Mom needs. This article includes the trendiest pregnancy products of 2018. Many of these items are designed to make the expectant mother's life easier, more relaxed and of course, more stylish. Featured on the list are products, like luxurious body pillows and keepsake journals, plus much more.
Keep reading for twenty of the trendiest pregnancy products of 2018.
20 Letter Boards
Letter boards, who would have thought these nostalgic menu items from the past would turn out to be all the rage on Instagram and Pinterest? I bet you didn’t even know you needed a letter board, but of course you do. In reality, they are actually pretty cute and handy for documenting pregnancy milestones, plus you can use it after your little one comes as well.
“One of the recent trends that people seem to be following in the world of pregnancy is using a letter board in the announcement. Letter boards are nice because the mom or couple can put whatever they want on it and be as straightforward or as funny as they want to be. Some parents do a really great job of tying the letter board into the photo. For example one couple wrote they were 'in for a ride' and set up the photo at a carnival. Sometimes the signs are really funny!” shares TheStir.CafeMom.com.
19 Leachco Body Pillow
A good maternity pillow is a must for any mama, and it’s no wonder the Leachco Body Pillow is so trendy this year. With over ten variations of the pillow, there is sure to be a pillow for every mama’s needs.
“The Snoogle was uniquely designed by a Registered Nurse and Mom to follow the natural contour and shape of your body from head to toe. Use to make sleeping and relaxing more cozy without the extra body heat. Snoogle any way you choose to create your own unique and customized comfort positions,” writes Leachco.com about the original Snoogle pillow.
18 Stitch Fix Maternity
Praise be! They finally have Stitch Fix maternity, so it’s no wonder the option is so trendy with modern mama’s.
“Stitch Fix is an online styling service that delivers a truly personalized shopping experience, for you and your family. Fill out your Style Profile and a Personal Stylist will handpick pieces to fit your tastes, needs and budget—and mail them right to your door. Each box contains a curated selection of clothing, shoes and accessories for you to try on at home. Simply keep the items you love and send back the rest in a prepaid USPS envelope,” shares StitchFix.com.
The website boasts that they are even able to cater to each trimester of pregnancy, so that is a plus!
17 A Pregnancy Journal
Journaling your pregnancy has never been more chic, and thanks to Etsy this memory keeping idea is both affordable and super cute. Just open up Etsy and do a quick search. Some journals are very open-ended where others offer writing prompts if you need a little help.
“'Not only will documenting this time allow you to capture fleeting observations about pregnancy, it can make for a happier, healthier journey. Preparing for motherhood is often an emotional roller coaster, but expressing your feelings can ease stress, and in turn boost your physical resilience and immunity', says psychologist Diane Sanford, Ph.D., coauthor of Life Will Never Be the Same: The Real Mom's Postpartum Survival Guide,” writes Parents.com.
16 Edible Cookie Dough
Cue that hit Etta James song, “Attttt last, my love has come along.” You can find many brands and varieties of edible cookie dough in any given grocery store these days. Plus, there are plenty of recipes available online if you want to save some money.
The most picturesque edible cookie dough is the brand Cookie Do out of New York City, But don’t fret, they ship! Follow them on online @cookiedonyc if you are mentally and physically prepared to drop about fifty bucks on delicious edible cookie dough, delivered right to your door.
What a time to be alive...and pregnant at that!
15 S’well Water Bottle
“Hydration is always important, and during pregnancy those fluids are even more precious than usual. Your body needs water to form amniotic fluid, produce extra blood volume, build new tissue, carry nutrients, help indigestion and flush out your wastes and toxins,” states TheBump.com.
And what better way to stay hydrated than by treating yourself to a cute new water bottle? S’well water bottles are available online and at many retail stores, including Target, so go ahead and treat yourself. They are very affordable and the design is sleek and definitely trendy. Getting your daily intake of water in will be simple with a cute bottle like these!
14 Compression Socks
Not just for the elderly and athletes, compression socks are actually very helpful throughout pregnancy as well.
“Clinical studies show that graduated compression stockings are beneficial and should be a mainstay in relieving symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency during pregnancy and the post partum period. Graduated compression hosiery is the most effective way to prevent edema or swelling. It also alleviates leg pain and heaviness and contributes to prevent spider veins or varicose veins. When using compression hosiery, the compression should be graduated, with the strongest pressure at the ankles and decreasing as it goes up the leg,” writes Sigvaris.com.
Along with growing a baby come a lot of changes to a women’s body. Buying a few nice bras early on in pregnancy will prove to be beneficial throughout your pregnancy and after. In 2018, mothers have been raving about the Spanx brand Bra-Vo Breezy Back-Smoothing Underwire Bra.
“Three cheers for this flattering style that's….on every size! We made the Bra-vo Back-Smoothing Bra with a light, soft mesh that's secretly supportive & banishes back fat under your clingiest of tops,” states Spanx.com about this trendy item. This bra isn’t the only Spanx brand item that mom-to-be’s have been raving out. Spanx also makes a very popular maternity legging.
12 Smarty Pants Prenatals
Prenatal vitamins are a must for any pregnancy and doctors actually recommend starting to take them before you even start trying to conceive. Most prenatal vitamins are rather large and hard to swallow. In steps the Smarty Pants brand gummy prenatal.
“OK, real talk: swallowing anything, and keeping it down, can be a major challenge for some moms-to-be. But some women swear that vitamin gummies do the trick. These Smarty Pants ones come in lemon, orange and strawberry-banana flavours and have zero artificial colours, sweeteners, preservatives or high fructose corn syrup. You’ll need to eat six a day to get the amount of folic acid and vitamin D required for pregnant women. And you’ll even get a bit of DHA too (48 mg),” shares Babylist.com.
11 Fetal Doppler
Technology gets more and more fascinating every day it seems, and having access to modern technology is easier than ever. Women can even own their very own fetal doppler to check in on their little one while they’re still in the womb. It’s a popular option for women who just can’t wait until the next appointment to listen to their little one’s heartbeat.
“It’s easy to confuse a home fetal Doppler monitor with a Doppler ultrasound machine, which is used at your doctor’s office starting around eight weeks into your pregnancy to confirm your due date and check baby’s heartbeat (which begins to beat around the end of week 6!). The main difference between the two? The Doppler ultrasound used in the doctor’s office tends to use higher-frequency sound waves, making it more accurate and reliable. The version used by doctors also provides imaging, whereas the handheld devices offer only sound. But the bottom line is that any type of fetal Doppler monitor is meant to be used only by trained professionals,” advises TheBump.com on the topic.
10 Sea Bands
“Sea-Band is a drug-free solution effective for most types of nausea. Completely natural, Sea-Band uses acupressure wristbands to gently restore balance to your body. No drugs. No side effects. Clinically tested. Suitable for most types of sickness. Sea-Bands is a knitted elasticated wristband that works because of a plastic knob sewn into the side of the inside of the wrist-band…” states Sea-Band.com on the game-changing project.
I myself was a sea-band user during the first trimester of my pregnancy and really do believe they helped. I’m not surprised the item is still ranked as a must-have for 2018.
9 Burt’s Bees Belly Butter
A good belly cream is a must for any pregnancy, and Burt’s Bees has honed in on the perfect product that has expectant moms swooning over it.
“Specially blended to soothe skin through the 9-month stretch of pregnancy, this rich Belly Butter will keep your growing belly soft, smooth and comfortable before and after your new arrival,” boasts BurtsBees.com about their Mama Bee Belly Butter.
The product is very affordable at only $13.00 for a 6.5 ounce tub. In addition to their maternity items, Burt’s Bees also has baby care items as well. I loved their line of burp cloths and their adorable jammies they always seem to have.
8 Old Navy Maternity Leggings
It can be a challenge to find a good pair of leggings in general, but it gets even more tricky once you’re pregnant. Luckily, there seems to be one brand who has figured out the secret to a great pair of maternity leggings. Old Navy maternity leggings are next up on this list of trendy pregnancy products of 2018.
“I love these Maternity Leggings! They go with just about any top and are so comfortable. The material is a perfect, you won't have to worry about any see through mishaps,” shares a reviewer of the leggings on OldNavy.com. Many users claim they are the perfect fit and have the added bonus of not being see through, which any lady knows can be a challenge to come by!
7 Gap Body Tanks
“An irresistibly soft and effortlessly chic tank takes you from day to night with ease. In a wide palette of shades, you'll want to stock up on this feminine style,” writes Gap.com on the trendy tank. The tank top comes in a variety of neutral colours and are made out of cotton and spandex.
“I loved Gap maternity tank tops because they were the same ribbed tanks I wore before pregnancy, but just a bit longer. It was nice to have a feeling of normalcy when so many other parts of my wardrobe no longer fit. It didn’t look ‘maternity.’ The cotton was super stretchy and easy to breastfeed in after baby," a reviewer shared on NYMag.com.
Yes, Netflix is an everyday necessity for most people, but it is especially a necessity for an expectant mother. Throughout every trimester resting is an essential part of pregnancy, especially in the first trimester when getting out of bed can be a struggle. Luckily, Netflix is there for you! And luckily Netflix has a plethora of options available for expectant moms.
The Let Down and Call The Midwife are two that I binged after we brought are little girl home from the hospital, and I would highly recommend them both! There are other great informative birth and baby documentaries available on Netflix, so take a look.
5 Preggie Pops
First trimester morning sickness have you down? Many expectant moms have raved over the Preggie Pop Drops to help ease nausea.
“Developed by healthcare professionals to provide relief from morning sickness. Preggie Pops are effective due to our special formulation of essential oils, aromatherapy and a unique delivery method. Preggie Pops are also a great addition to your labor bag to help with dry mouth and provide a nice energy boost,” writes Walgreens.com in the product description.
They have a sour flavour, which many moms suggest really help with the nausea. Some people also recommend jolly ranchers or lemonheads, but these Preggie Pops provide a healthier alternative.
4 Hatch Mama Belly Oil
If you’re looking to treat yourself on a good belly oil, then look no further than the Hatch brand.
“This fast absorbing dry oil elixir is rooted in a powerful blend of nutrient rich botanical oils that support skin as it expands. It helps calm inflammation, relieves itching, and reduces the appearance of stretch marks. This is how you wear your vitamins,” writes the company’s website about the trendy oil.
The belly oil sure does look pretty and has bloggers and social media stars are raging over this product. The company has other pregnancy wellness products as well, so be sure and check it out.
3 Belly Band
“Your belly has popped! This seamless maternity band works from the moment your belly pops to when baby is in your arms. Wear with too tight unbuttoned pants, skirts, and jeans or with too loose maternity bottoms to keep them up. The stay-put silicone strip holds the band firmly in place. This comfy seamless band will stretch and recover to fit your changing shape at every stage of pregnancy. Wear the band folded down for extra hold or pulled up over your belly for full coverage and all-over smoothing,” writes Target.com on the trendy BellaBand.
I’m not surprised that this product is still trendy, I loved my BellaBand from my first trimester and especially loved using it while recovering from a C-Section. If you don’t want to spend money on the name brand, there are a ton of tutorials on how to make your own online.
2 Boppy Pregnancy Wedge Pillow
Boppy pillows aren’t just for once the baby comes, Boppy actually has a pregnancy wedge that expectant mothers suggest really helps with sleeping. “Firm, versatile pregnancy cushion to support your bump, knees and back,” writes Boppy.com. The product is a measly $13 dollars on the company’s website, which is a lot cheaper than many maternity pillows.
“When I was pregnant with my son I tried everything to get comfortable. I didn't like the full body pillows because it felt uncomfortable to roll around on.This wedge saved my insomnia the last two months of pregnancy! I would recommend this to any mom for comfort for your belly and so your legs don't touch in the night (I absolutely hated that!)” shares one reviewer on Boppy.com.
1 Brah! Extender
If it’s not quite in your budget to splurge on some new bras, then bra extenders might just do the trick for you!
“Brah! Extenders simply make life a little more comfortable. Whether you're in-between sizes, pregnant, or experiencing a little weight gain, bra extenders give you the breathing room you need to tackle life's other challenges. They simply attach to the hooks on your bra band, providing you a little more breathing room and extending the life of your favourite bra,” states the product description on Amazon.com. You can get a three pack on Amazon for $7.95.