8 Pregnancy Products Totally Worth Your Money

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During my first pregnancy over 8 years ago, I had no real idea on what to expect. I read all the books and knew the facts, but when it came to actually experiencing pregnancy, I was in for a ride.

I didn’t anticipate so many factors being involved. When I think about it now it totally makes sense, but I didn’t realize how much my body would hurt from the re-alignment of internal organs and the new balance that caused my back, hips, and legs to ache. I also had no idea what I could do to make all those aches go away, so I looked for answers. 

There are a lot of products available that are marketed to make a pregnant woman’s life easier and more comfortable, from those aches and pains to the easiest way to get good sleep, manage discomfort, and still stay fashionable with a growing mid-section. It can be hard to distinguish what you really need vs what may not be all that helpful. 

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If this is your first pregnancy, you don’t only want products that will be useful in making your pregnant life a little more enjoyable, you may want to consider products to use in any future pregnancies you may have.

It’s taken me four pregnancies to really understand the products that are worth your money and make a difference in comfort, style, and having a great pregnancy. Most of the products that I consider “money-worthy” can be used in multiple pregnancies and some even take you through the postpartum period. Most are easy to find and can make a difference in your comfort, which is completely worth it.

From sleep comfort to what’s best to splurge on when it comes to maternity clothes, I’ve outlined the 8 pregnancy products that I feel are totally worth your money — they’ve served me well over the past few years.

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Body pillow

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 There are many different types of body pillows to choose from, but once your belly becomes big enough that you can’t lay on your stomach, you will want to pick one up. It will help you find a comfortable sleeping position and keep you from rolling onto your stomach or back too often. Plus, that extra hug from the pillow is just nice. 

A well-fitting bra

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 I want to emphasize the “well-fitting” for this product. Our breasts go through many changes during pregnancy and getting a professional bra fitting is so important. It can help save you a lot of upper back pain and will just make you feel better all around. I prefer to purchase nursing bras, because I will use them when I have a newborn in my arms, but there are some that are specifically designed to accommodate the pregnant shape. 

A support tank top

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 In each of my pregnancies, my belly was always so heavy. I grow 8+ pound babies and I am relatively short (at only 5 feet 4 inches). There is nowhere for the baby to go but out and that can get hard on the back after a while. Early on in this pregnancy I purchased a support tank top (sometimes called a “belly bra”) that is used to support your growing bump and take some of the pressure off your lower back. It has been a huge comfort boost this time around. 

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A good pair of maternity jeans

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 I don’t like spending a lot of money on maternity clothes, but a good, quality pair of jeans is a staple in my maternity wardrobe. I purchased two pairs back when I was first pregnant (8 years ago) and they’re still holding up today and have remained stylish. You want to get maternity clothes you will love that are also comfortable because you’ll be wearing them for a long time. Even better if you can keep them around for your next pregnancies as well! 

Coconut oil (or other organic, natural moisturizer)

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 When your skin expands, it gets itchy! I love my organic coconut oil just for this reason, because it helps keep the itchy skin at bay, but also hydrates and moisturizes my skin. I apply it to my belly day and night, but also use it on my breasts, arms, and face. I love the way it helps my pregnant glow really shine, and while I am not sure if it will stop stretch marks from appearing, it does feel good. 

Remedies for nausea and/or heartburn

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 I was miserable earlier on in this pregnancy before I found tricks and tips for what worked for my nausea and vomiting. If you don’t like medication, there are a lot of natural ways to relieve nausea and heartburn in pregnancy and having those products on hand will save you from the middle-of-the-night wake ups.

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Comfortable leggings

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 I don’t know about you, but when I am pregnant I like to be comfortable. Leggings (or even yoga pants) are perfect for the times where it’s hot outside and you’d rather not be wearing anything. They’re light, forgiving to your changing shape, and in the winter they will make for the perfect stockings to wear under large tunic or sweaters. 

Ballet flat shoes

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 There will come a time in your pregnancy where you can’t really reach down and tie your shoes. It can be even more challenging if you’re wearing boots that need some extra “umph” to pull up. Save yourself, and your feet, the trouble and get yourself a comfortable pair of ballet flats. They won’t hurt your back, will have some extra give for the swelling that often happens, and they’re easy to slip on. 

:: What products have you bought, or will you buy, to help make your pregnancy more comfortable? ::

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8 Pregnancy Products Totally Worth Your Money

Devan McGuinness is the founder of the online resource Unspoken Grief, which is dedicated to breaking the silence of perinatal grief for those directly and indirectly affected by miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death. Using her own experience of surviving 12 miscarriages, Devan has been actively supporting and encouraging others who are wading through the challenges associated with perinatal and neonatal loss. Winner of the 2012 Bloganthropy Award ... More

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  1. Profile photo of KITTYNOLAND KITTYNOLAND says:

    I only purchased 4 maternity outfits during my first pregnancy, which was less than 2 years ago. The things that really helped were:
    1.Coconut oil is great! There are a million things you can use it for, as well as cooking/moisturizer/hair masque/itchy skin.You can use it on baby’s sensitive skin too. If it works for stretchmarks, that is debatable.
    DON’T USE ALMOND OIL AS IT HAS BEEN LINKED TO PRE-TERM LABOUR.
    2.A DOPPLER-This has been a lifesaver for my husband and I. Although it may take a few days to get the hang of, it truly helps relieve stress and fear when you can check your baby’s heartbeat at any time. Especially, those who have suffered miscarriages or late term problems, such as a stillbirth. I found one in 10 minutes, on the internet, for under $100.
    3.Vitamin C-works wonders for third trimester constipation. Check with your doctor about it. I took too much Vitamin C in the first trimester, not knowing it was causing bleeding and could have jeopardized my pregnancy.
    4. BEDDING-Have bedding that works for you and your husband. Also, have and use bedding that keeps you cool and comfortable.
    5.A GOOD BRA-I bought a nursing bra, only to find out that I would not be able to nurse. Pregnancy panties are also great and fit much better after the second trimester,
    6. Hair/Skin/Nails- It is a really good time to take care of them. Your nails and hair may feel stronger now but one tends to lose a lot of hair in postpartum months. Use a nail strengthener. Try a leave-in conditioner. Moist towelettes are great for removing make-up when you are exhausted. Use sunscreen as pregnant skin is more sensitive. Use a good day cream and especially a good night cream.
    7…..Dentist-See your dentist as pregnancy can be hard on the gums. They may bleed more easily and your teeth need good care while pregnant. One feels better after a good cleaning even if you just feel better for doing what you should be. This is a good time to keep your eyes/ears open for a good dentist for your baby, when they are a toddler.
    8. I opted out of maternity clothing this time and bought WRAP DRESSES. I already owned a few but I would much rather have/invest in clothing which I can wear at all times-not just pregnancy.

  2. Profile photo of mara mara says:

    i am lucky i havent had heart burn yet.

  3. Profile photo of Alanna Alanna says:

    Roomy sundresses will be great for me in the summer too.

  4. Profile photo of gfeld gfeld says:

    After 5 pregnancies I can attest to the importance of a good pillow. The bra for me isn’t really necessary, never had a problem. That belly tank sounds like a great option though I did get a support belt for my back. Clothing was harder to save from pregnancy to pregnancy because each one you may carry differently changing your shape and size. The flat shoes was also great advice, as were the leggings.

  5. Profile photo of Miriam Miriam says:

    Great tips. I found myself going crazy because I was uncomfortable half of the time due to clothing that did not fit. I am a much happier pregnant woman now that I have made the necessary changes.

  6. Profile photo of dulce dulce says:

    I’m getting a pillow asap. I can’t sleep

  7. Profile photo of Karen Karen says:

    What pillow is best? There are so many options and so many reviews!

  8. I quickly invested in a body pillow and it has been a saving grace during my pregnancy. I still need/want to go get professionally fitted for a real maternity bra and I’m regretting “investing” in two pairs of cheaper maternity jeans that I hate wearing and don’t fit quite right. I can’t stand the thought now of buying yet another pair of maternity jeans because I already have two…I just wish I had 2 different ones.

  9. Profile photo of Courtney Courtney says:

    Where could you buy a support tank or “belly bra”?

  10. Profile photo of lauren lauren says:

    These would be the 8 things I would recommend to friends too! Preggo pillow is a lifesaver, and having to bite the bullet and buy expensive jeans is totally worth it. Or score some on consignment/eBay for less. I don’t know if oil helps prevent stretch marks, but it’s better to do it everyday instead of just letting them happen! It’s not a product, but I would also say prenatal massages are a must!

  11. Profile photo of Jasmin Jasmin says:

    Where could I buy the coconut oil??

  12. Profile photo of Margarita Margarita says:

    Remember that ballet flats have no arch support, so you’ll want to put insoles in them. They do make slip on sneakers. I bought a pair that was one size up as my feet began to swell. That’s what I lived in footwear-wise. I would also recommend a sleep bra (might as well be a nursing one). I had very small breast prior to pregnancy, and definitely needed a comfy sleep bra to support them at night when they got bigger than theyd ever been before. Because they are so stretchy, they can accommodate your growing, and then shrinking again, breasts both before and after delivery.

  13. Profile photo of Christina Christina says:

    Good things to look for. Never heard of the tank top

  14. Profile photo of Amanda Amanda says:

    Found this insightful. Thanks for the tips!

  15. Profile photo of meowlissa11 meowlissa11 says:

    very awesome article… thank u for writing this!

  16. Profile photo of Shana Shana says:

    Agree with all 8.

  17. The ones I agree with are the nice pair of jeans for sure and coconut oil. I probably would have liked leggings, but I’m so self conscious of my thighs that I wouldn’t think of wearing them. And I didn’t need to get a new bra until after DD was born so I could have a nursing bra. My regular one worked just fine. The one thing I would add to this list for me would be a bellaband. It worked well for me until I needed to get maternity jeans, just a little extra fabric incase my zipper couldn’t quite go up all the way.

  18. Profile photo of Phammom Phammom says:

    I had to go out and buy leggings, so happy I did. I got jeans donated to me and so happy I did. Need to go get some bras but I can wait a little longer and then I’ll get nursing ones.

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