Maternity essentials that you actually need and use
If you’re on your journey of becoming a first-time mom, find out what the must-have items you actually use throughout your first pregnancy. So that you can avoid wasting your money.
As we know that the first pregnancy is a once-in-a-life-time experience because everything is new to you. You’re excited about having your first baby, and you’ll be tempted to get yourself ready for your pregnancy journey.
You’ll learn everything you can about pregnancy and you’ll want to get all kits available out there with the hope they can make your journey easy.
But what are the things that you actually need and use?
Because I notice that nowadays there are so many products out there that claim to make your first pregnancy easy.
As a first time mom-to-be, you’ll be tempted to get many things. But if you’re like me who doesn’t have the luxury of splashing your money away and prefers to save for your baby instead, you’ll be more selective in buying your necessities.
Besides, you don’t want to pay for things that you’ll only use for a few months and then they’ll be the residence of your attic, do you? Well, I don’t 😄.
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What should you buy for maternity?
Having experienced two pregnancies myself, I’m sharing with you the things you ACTUALLY USE and NEED during your pregnancy. Plus, a few things I wish I had used.
Below is the list of those things.
1. Supplements and Vitamins
I can’t stress enough about the importance of taking supplements and vitamins. Because I’m a big fan of supplements and Vitamins outside the pregnancy journey anyway.
My reason is, even if we eat good food every day, it’s not guaranteed that it has all the nutrients we need. So yeah, talk to your doctor/GP if you need to know which supplements/vitamins you should take. I personally took Pregnacare supplement during both of my pregnancies. I couldn’t feel happier with it.
2. Anti Stretch Mark Cream
I’m sure you all know about how important this cream is. By now, you might’ve heard recommendations of all sorts of creams, lotion or oil that probably confused you which one to choose.
I personally can not swear by any particular brand or item. Because I used two different products for my two pregnancies, i.e. Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter and Palmers Cocoa Butter Anti Stretch Mark Lotion. And I’m happy with both of them.
At the end of the day, I think we have to consistently apply the product to get good results. To be honest, I used to apply the cream many times in a day. I just like to make sure my skin is always moisturized and hydrated.
3. Maternity Leggings
As for maternity clothes, I used to love maternity tights. These are just normal leggings with an extra bit of soft elastic band around your tummy. I found the maternity leggings/tights were very practical as you can wear anything on top. They were must-have items of my maternity wear.
Because they give a bit of support in holding your bump. So they take a bit of weight pressure as your bump gets heavier.
4. Maternity Belt
Actually, I did not use the maternity belt during my pregnancies. Because it was not invented yet at that time 😆. Or maybe I simply didn’t know? 😊
But really, if I knew or if it existed, I would’ve used this belt. Because I always had big heavy bumps in my pregnancies. And this belt should take a lot of weight pressure of your bump so that your back won’t have to do the heavy lift all the time.
One of my nieces used this belt. She said it was one of the best maternity buys as it really helped her. She felt a difference on her back when she wore this belt compared to when she didn’t.
5. Maternity Jeans/trousers
They’re basically a pair of jeans/trousers with soft stretchy material around the tummy. This over-the-bump bit will give you comfort in moving and walking as it holds your baby bump for you.
Make sure you buy the same size of jeans/trousers as you normally would before your pregnancy. Because I was trying to be clever when I bought my first pair of maternity jeans by getting them in one bigger size. They turned out too big!
To be on the safe side, I suggest you measure your hip around under the bump to get a more accurate size.
6. One Bigger Size A-line Shirts/Blouses/ Dresses With Front Opening
I found that wearing A-line shirts/ blouses/ dresses (aka baby dolls shirt/dress) was the best option during pregnancy. Because they’ll stay wearable literally throughout the pregnancy. And even when the baby arrived. The style is so classic yet so comfortable depending on the material.
In the last trimester, you would want to get all your clothing with the front opening really. So that they will be useful to nurse your baby later on.
7. Bigger Size Bras
Make sure you measure yourself properly. As much as you need to keep changing the size as you grow bigger, for the last trimester you might want to get proper maternity bras instead. Because your size in the last trimester is pretty much the size you’ll be at the end of your pregnancy. So may as well you get good quality maternity bras that can last longer when the baby arrives.
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8. Good Quality Maternity Bras
Please don’t make the same mistake that I made. I bought my first few maternity bras solely based on the price. It turned out they’re the worst ones. Luckily I only got a few of them. So I switched to quality based choices.
If you plan to nurse your baby for at least one year (two years is recommended), you may as well invest in getting good quality maternity bras.
9. Comfy Shoes and Sandals
Obviously, you can wear your lovely stilettos during your pregnancy, if you want to. But you’ll want comfy shoes or sandals ready, especially for summertime pregnancy. They’ll be your favorite footwear items when your bump gets bigger ☺.
10. Footstool (or Maternity/Nursing Chair and Stool)
Yes. A simple kitchen footstool will do. The idea is to lift your feet up whenever you sit down. And as your bump gets bigger, you’ll want to rest your feet up even more.
But if you want to treat yourself, I would recommend a comfy chair and footstool set which you can use again to nurse your baby.
11. Foot cream/lotion
As soon as I reached the final trimester, my feet got tired and ached easily. And on hot sunny days, they used to get swollen which make it more uncomfortable. So, I used to soak my feet in warm water mixed with a little bit of Epsom salt, and then massage them with foot cream/lotion. I found it soothing and reduce the discomfort of the ache.
If you think you’ll do regular self-care, you’d probably want to invest in buying a foot spa. So that you can do DIY self-care whenever you need it.
12. Big Fluffy Pillows or Maternity Pillow
You’ll find it challenging to sleep towards the end of your pregnancy due to your big tummy. So, you may want to lie down on your side as you put one pillow underneath your tummy and another one in between your legs.
This trick worked fine for me. But, if you want to splurge a bit of money for exactly this same reason and purpose, you can get a specialty pregnancy/maternity pillow.
One of my nieces (who also used the maternity belt 😃) swears by this U-shape pillow. She reckons this pillow helped her a lot to sleep during her last trimester. And I also see her using it as a support when she put her baby down on the pillow.
13. Aromatherapy essential oils
I always love aromatherapy and I use it a lot for our house fragrance. But when I was pregnant, I used the oils even more. Because I found the essential oils helped me to relax and chill. Especially when my bump got bigger and I found it difficult to rest. So using aromatherapy was my way-to-go self-care. I used to use an old-fashioned-style oil burner. But now you can get a more practical oil lamp.
Conclusion on maternity items that you actually need and use
As tempting as it is to get all sorts of things to make your first pregnancy easy, at the end of the day you should be more sensible to choose what you actually need and use.
Of course, you’re allowed to buy anything you want. Especially if you can afford them anyway.
But if you’re like me, having a modest lifestyle and prefer to save the money for your baby, then you’ll have to decide wisely.
From my experience of two pregnancies, the following items are the only essentials during pregnancy.
- Vitamins and supplements
- Anti-stretch marks cream/butter/lotion
- Maternity jeans/trousers
- Maternity leggings/ yoga pants
- A-line tops/ blouses / dresses
- Bigger size bras and good quality maternity bras
- Comfy shoes/ sandals
- Foot cream/ lotion
- Big fluffy pillows/ maternity pillow
- Aromatherapy essential oils
Plus, a few recommended things which I wish I had:
If you find the list helpful, please don’t forget to pin it. And please let me know if you have different items that are useful for your pregnancy journey.
All the best.