My Must-Have Pregnancy Items
Bra extender: Cheap and easy solution so you don’t have to buy tons of new bras if the ones you have already fit you in the cup
Body pillow: Helpful only when you get bigger, but it helps me sleep on my side, which I have a really hard time doing
Ginger gum: This isn’t Kosher but I really don’t care. If I’m on the subway and suddenly feeling like I’m about to puke, it gives me 15-20 minutes of time before that happens. It quells the nausea quickly, but not for very long.
Nursing bra: If your boobs hurt sleep with this on at night, makes a very big difference, plus you’ll definitely use it after delivery
Belly band: Truth be told, I don’t use this much, but it’s helpful extending the life of your pants before you have to go into maternity. Friends that wear pants more often than I do swear by it
Plain tank tops: These are great for layering, a lot of maternity tops show way more cleavage than I would’ve thought, my bras are so big that they come out the top of most of my tops, so I need these to layer. Also, if you put these underneath tops that aren’t maternity, you can get more life out of them because your belly won’t be peaking out the bottom (the tanks are quite long)
Jersey skirt: There’s currently a code on OldNavy to save an additional 20%. I wear these skirts (not maternity, though they have them available) at least once a week, usually more like 3x. An essential. I don’t think you need them in maternity, but I guess I may reconsider that when I’m 8 months.
Unisom: My doctor recommended this to me and my friend Mary Katherine swore by it, so I gave it a try. Take half a tab at bedtime and morning sickness is gone at least for the morning after you wake up. Obviously talk to your doctor to make sure that you can take this safely.
Neti Pot: Especially in the first trimester, if you get a cold or allergies, you’re up shit’s creek with few options on what you can take medicine-wise. I find this does the trick for me.
Tums: A good source of calcium and helpful when you have heartburn, though not incredibly so