Many mamas don’t realize this at first, but being pregnant is an amazing time to, well, SHOP!
There are so many things a little baby needs especially if you are expecting your first – onsies and sleepers, cribs and gliders and so, so much more!
But wait….what about YOU?
With a growing belly, comes the need for maternity clothes! Yay! And that’s not all….there are a few key items that every mama needs at her fingertips during her pregnancy to help make the next 9 months smooth sailing….somewhat.
Here are just a few of my favourite maternity must-haves:
Let’s talk pregnancy stretch marks.
A growing belly and tightening skin often damages the collagen fibers that give skin its supple elasticity resulting in those dreaded stretch marks. But even if you don’t get any stretch marks (lucky you!) – you may feel some amount of tightness, itchiness and occasional burning around your belly. Using a good quality belly butter certainly does help!
My must have belly butter is Joyous Health’s Belly Bump Butta. I spend a few quick moments after every shower or bath rubbing it into my belly.
I love this particular belly butter more than any others on the market because it doesn’t have a super overwhelming scent. My 2nd pregnancy gave me some super weird scent aversions but Joy’s belly butter has a really light grapefruit citrus scent, which isn’t overpowering at all and in fact is a bit refreshing. It also goes on super smooth and doesn’t leave a greasy residue.
Plus, Joy donates 10% of each Belly Bump Butter sold to organizations helping mamas-to-be in developing countries have safer births. Bonus!
During this pregnancy, I’ve become a pretty big loose leaf tea fanatic.
Maybe it’s because I’ve limited my caffeine intake and I’m looking for something hot to drink or because my body is just craving the nourishment of a yummy, organic tea.
In any case, I was recently introduced to The Honest Leaf – a line of loose leaf wellness teas created by nutritionist, Shelby Kroach. Her tea combinations are wonderful and my fave during pregnancy is the Nourish Tea.
It’s a smooth blend of organic rosehips, elderberries, calendula and green roobios among other nourishing ingredients and you can literally taste the healthy goodness in each sip. Also, I found it helped stave off the nausea associated with morning sickness! YAY!
Ok, so you’re retaining more water and your belly is starting to get a bit bigger and let’s be honest, the energy you spend getting yourself into your favourite pair of jeans is equivalent to doing a one hour spin class. Girl, it’s time to pack away your fave skinny jeans and spring for a pair of – dare I say – maternity jeans.
But don’t worry, maternity jeans have come a long, long way and there are so many flattering styles available now. Frumpy, boxy, shapeless stretchy “pants” are a thing of the past!
My favourite pair of maternity jeans are my Paige Denim Verdugo Distressed Ultra Skinny Maternity Jeans.
I actually bought these from a close mama friend who wore them during her pregnancy and sold me on how great they look on anyone. I didn’t believe her until I tried them on. She wasn’t joking. These jeans are super soft, super comfortable, super stretchy and will make your legs and butt look amazing! I could sleep in these jeans!
Mamas, invest a few bucks in some good quality jeans for your pregnancy – you won’t be sorry I promise!
As both a chiropractor and a 2nd time mama-to-be – I can’t stress the importance of getting a good quality pillow for sleep during pregnancy. The earlier you start using one, the better. I treat a lot of mamas in my practice whose aches and pains can be prevented by using a good quality pillow in the right set up from the first trimester. Ideally, you want to position the pillow between your knees, lower legs and ankles. You also want a bit of support (think a wedge) under your growing belly.
My Boppy pillow is my husband stand-in most nights! This particular pregnancy pillow comes in three parts – head and neck support, belly support and hip/leg/ankle support.- that all velcro together. It’s handy because if you don’t want to use one part – it is easy to detach and remove.
(*I’m not sure if you can get the Boppy in Canada anymore. I’ve heard the Snoogle is a good alternative)
Listen mama, the next 9 months is going to be filled some serious, unbelievable changes – some are amazing and exciting and others are well, not so amazing. Luckily, there are tons of great resources, products, services and advice that will help make your pregnancy as smooth as possible.