5 of the Most Bizarre Pregnancy Products
Products for pregnant women are everywhere–from celebrity-sponsored maternity fashion to workout classes tailored to pregnancy. The maternity industry is on a roll, creating products for pregnant women and marketing them as “must haves.” Maybe you've bought into the craze, but perhaps you haven't. Either way, you probably realize some of the products out there aren't really as “must have” as companies would like you to think.
Pregnancy products range from “that would be nice to have” to “who would buy that?” Here are five products I've found that fit into the second category.
Need a physical reminder of the belly that threw you off balance, stretched out your shirt, and barely fit behind your steering wheel? Thank goodness for belly casting! These kits (like this one, available at Toys “R” Us for $19.99) come with white plaster tape, sanding materials, and protective lubricant for your belly. The result is a freestanding statue of your bust and belly, perfect for display around your home–if you're into that kind of thing.
Designer Morning Sickness Bags
When you have morning sickness, why would you want to throw up in a dirty toilet or in the driveway beside your car (guilty …) when you could throw up in a gorgeously designed barf bag? Not even a regular brown paper bag will do for the chicest of pregnant mamas! Morning Chicness bags come in eight patterns and can be purchased in packs of 10, 20, 50, and 100. These bags are even celebrity approved. That's how you know they work.
Your baby may start hearing sounds around 20 weeks. As your baby grows, he or she will be comforted by the sound of your heartbeat and your voice and may be startled by loud noises. Now, thanks to Belly Buds, your baby can hear the latest tunes up close and personal. Belly Buds are earphones that adhere to your pregnant belly and can be connected to any audio device. According to the company, Belly Buds provide the ideal volume for safe listening, and the product also lets you listen along with your baby. So now you can both rock out to Pitbull!
There are no two ways about it. Giving birth is a messy experience. A hospital will give you a standard, cotton hospital gown, and some women prefer to go naked during childbirth. Another option is a designer labor gown, like this one from Pretty Pushers. These brightly designed cotton gowns tie in the front for easy breastfeeding and include a low back for epidural access. If you're feeling particularly adventurous, order the gown decorated in Cosmopolitans. Childbirth–it's just like a party!
Oh, and while you're at it, you should order some pretty postpartum panties, too.
I was a full-time working mom throughout both pregnancies, and used my computer quite often. Fingers crossed that I didn't expose my fetus to harmful computer radiation during pregnancy. I could have avoided it completely, I suppose, if I would have bought this protective belly blanket from Belly Armor. According to the Belly Armor description, the blanket includes “patented RadiaShield(R) fabric” to protect your bump from your laptop or cellphone. This piece of mind can be yours for only $67.
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