Pregnancy can be an exciting time in a woman’s life, but it can also be nerve-wracking, particularly when it comes to what you’ll need and use during this time to keep you safe and comfortable. Here are some essentials every expecting mom should have to make her pregnancy easier and safer:
1. The best pillow
A pregnancy pillow is ideal for pregnant women who find themselves uncomfortable at night. Many of these pillows are designed to help your body stay properly aligned, and they come in a variety of shapes and sizes, depending on your comfort level. Before making any purchase decisions, it’s a good idea to consult with your doctor or midwife first.
You may also want to consider buying one before you get pregnant; that way, you can use it even if you end up having a miscarriage. Also remember that many pharmacies sell maternity pillows, so check there as well. If you choose to buy online, be sure to read reviews from other moms about each product’s quality and how comfortable it was.
2. A comfortable mattress
Your body will change throughout your pregnancy, and that includes your hips. Ensure you’re sleeping well with a mattress that supports your changing body shape. It’s also important to make sure your partner isn’t disturbed by any new aches or pains you may be experiencing as a result of your pregnancy. A firm mattress is best for both partners, and it ensures better back support for mom.
If you don’t already own one, purchase a queen size bed. When your baby arrives, co-sleeping will help ensure you get enough sleep (and can give dad some much needed shut eye too). We recommend having at least two pillows on hand – one for under your head and another between your legs – to provide additional support during pregnancy.
3. Good maternity clothes
While many women say they can get away with wearing their pre-pregnancy clothes throughout their pregnancy, chances are you’ll want to dress a little more conservatively as your body changes. Invest in some maternity basics and spend time shopping for flattering styles that make you feel great.
If a good bra is hard to find, consider visiting an experienced fitter at a specialty store who can measure your chest and recommend brands and styles that will be most comfortable. Maternity clothing is made up of different fabrics than regular clothing; look for soft fabrics like cotton or silk that won’t irritate your skin. You may also want to invest in a nursing top or two if you plan on breastfeeding once baby arrives—these tops tend to look similar to regular shirts but offer extra room around the bust area so it’s easy to nurse discreetly.
4. A great support bra
Can’t live without one of these! Pregnant women are constantly on their feet, carrying groceries and boxes up stairs. It’s not easy on your back. That being said, you really don’t want to be trying to nurse in an uncomfortable bra either. Make sure that you buy a good support bra that has enough room for your growing breasts (and nipples) but also has a little give so that it doesn’t cut into your skin. You can always get nursing bras later, but it’s nice to know that when baby comes out and you need something comfortable to wear right away, there will be something waiting for you in your closet.
5. Maternity photoshoot ideas
Even if you’re not sure you want to keep some of these images, it’s a great idea to take pictures so that you can look back on your pregnancy later. It also makes it easier to share with family members who aren’t able to be there with you in person. Maternity photoshoots are usually done between 8 and 12 weeks pregnant.
The best time is when you’re showing but still feel comfortable (i.e., before morning sickness kicks in). Make sure to schedule your shoot before baby starts moving around too much—you don’t want him or her making any cameo appearances! And remember: If you plan on having your baby at home, make sure all equipment (and people) are well out of range for safety reasons.
6. Great maternity photos for social media
A lot of parents get great photos taken of their baby by a professional, but for most new moms and dads (and their Facebook friends), those gorgeous shots are still just out of reach. The good news is that there are plenty of ways to get beautiful pictures of your newborn at home—many of which don’t even require you to know how to work your camera. Here are some tips on how to take great maternity photos with your smartphone or point-and-shoot camera.
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