Must-have Pregnancy Items

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Must-have pregnancy items

Are you a first time mom navigating your way through pregnancy?

You’ve probably already figured out that there’s a LOT of stuff you need and/or want to have during your pregnancy.

I think I personally spent a lot of money on things just to make me feel comfortable (ahem, a brand new adjustable bed).

While you may not need to go that far, you may be looking for ways to make your pregnancy easier or to make yourself more comfortable.

Look no further! I’ve compiled a list of things must-have pregnancy items that really helped me during my pregnancy.

Items You Need During Pregnancy

1. Nausea defense tactic –

If you’re still in your first trimester and having nausea, chances are you’ve been looking for something to help.

I honestly can’t give too much advice here because I was only ever nauseous. 

Dramamine Non-Drowsy and ginger ale worked for me, as well has keeping food on my stomach. 

Share your solutions in the comments for your fellow pregnant mates!

2. Water bottle –

This is one of those super must-have pregnancy items because it’s super important to stay hydrated during pregnancy!

Whether it’s plain water, or flavored, make sure you’re getting enough.

If a cute water bottle helps you remember to drink up, go for it!

water bottle

This is the one I got from Amazon.

I love it because it keeps my water cold for a long time and it’s pretty.

3. Comfy clothes –

I was barely pregnant when I decided to buy maternity jeans!

I’ve also been wearing a lot of “yoga” pants, too.

Comfortable clothes are just one of a number of things we shouldn’t live without.

4. Comfy pillow

With all the changes your body is going through, get as much comfort as you can.

Whether it’s a pregnancy pillow or just your favorite ratty old pillow, don’t go without!

A lot of moms swear by pregnancy pillows, but I personally did not feel mine did me any good.

My standard pillows were really all I needed.

5. Home Doppler –

At first I kind of rolled my eyes at the thought of getting a Doppler.

I don’t mean to offend anyone, but it seemed a little overkill, like a lot of things these days.

But then I realized that my husband was probably not going to hear the baby’s heartbeat any time soon (this was around 12 weeks) because I didn’t want him taking time off work to go to minor appointments.

We bought a cheap one from Wish, but Amazon doesn’t appear to carry them anymore

It was worth the investment!

Not only did my husband get to hear the baby’s heartbeat, I was able to reassure myself that the baby was okay after I fell in the shower.

(*I did not land on my stomach, and didn’t have any worrisome signs – I was just worried! If this happens to you, call your OB to make sure you’re all good)

6. Heating pad

This heating pad did wonders for me.

I had so much trouble with my back and hips that it caused a lot of trouble sleeping (hence, the new bed!)

My heating pad was one of the only things that helped.

I even took it to work in addition to by belly band.

It’s also helpful for those of you who’ve got bad round ligament pain.

The nice thing is, they’re pretty inexpensive!

7. Information folder –

I don’t know about you, but my OB office loaded me down with papers at my first visit.

I’m also getting notices in the mail for bills due.

If you’re like me and are slightly unorganized, get a 50 cent folder and keep important stuff in it for peace of mind. 

8. Pantyliners –

I know I’m not the only one who noticed an increase in stuff down there.

It can be pretty annoying.

Save your undies – get some pantyliners!

9. Comfy bras –

Anyone notice a theme here?

I’m all about comfort.

My old underwire bra was probably the FIRST thing to go when my boobs started growing.

Most days I wore a thin bra with no lining and I was so happy.

On days when I needed a little more coverage, I wore a soft nursing bra.

The bonus here is you might be able to use it later if you get one that’s big enough!

10. Baby name books/apps –

This was one of the funnest parts of pregnancy for me.

Imagining names that I’d call my future son was just… interesting!

We finally settled on a first name with the help of several apps and websites.


Try some of these:

11. Body lotion –

Is it possible to prevent stretch marks?

Who knows? But it’s worth a try.

Grab a nice lotion and slather it on.

I used Palmer’s Cocoa Butter, but I had to be careful because my dog thought it smelled delicious!

12. Prenatal vitamins –

If you have to take vitamins for nine months, I say make sure it’s one you like.

Personally, I still buy the cheap version from Wal-Mart.

They’re $7/month and they don’t bother my stomach.

13. Antacid of choice –

Ahh, heartburn, my old friend.

I’ve dealt with heartburn and reflux for much of my adult life.

But it got so much worse during pregnancy (& YES, my baby had a full head of thick hair!)

I took 300mg of Zantac every day for a long time during pregnancy.

By 32 weeks, I switched to Prevacid because the Zantac wasn’t cutting it.

I also favored Tums (berry flavors for the win!) for breakthrough heartburn.

14. Compression socks –

Compression socks are great for so many things –

  • preventing varicose veins,
  • reducing swelling,
  • and preventing tired feet and legs.

I luckily already have a couple pairs that I wear to work now and then when I’m doing a couple shifts in a row.

These are the ones I wore during my pregnancy.

They seriously helped me during long days at work.

Without them, I’d go home and fall into bed and not want to move.

15. Camera –

A cell phone camera is probably enough to take progress pictures.

But just make sure you’ve got what you want to help you save the memories!

16. Belly support band

This is probably my all-time favorite must-have pregnancy item.

I got one of these before I even had a baby belly (ahem, it was mostly still a food belly).

But as soon as I put it on my lower back felt so much better!

It was an absolute life saver in the third trimester.

It was the only thing that got me through work.

I actually lost my first one and had to buy a new one because I couldn’t live without it!

17. Pregnancy tracking app –

I personally recommend the What To Expect app and the Glow Nurture app.

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Glow Nurture

Both of these apps have a community forum feature.

This is great for when you have questions like, “Is it normal to be leaking right now??”

You can also share advice if you’ve been in a similar situation as other women!

What’s one thing on this list that you can’t live without?

For me it’s all about the comfy stuff!

Let me know what you think – did I forget something you think is essential? Comment below!

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