Here we go again… It’s time for baby #2! This time around, I feel like I have a better grasp of what I do and do not need. I’m so grateful that I held on to a lot of my favorite products from my first pregnancy, but there are still a few things I’ve discovered since then that I’d like to get. So with these products in mind, here is my list of must-have items I’d recommend for pregnant mamas.
1. Comfy Maternity Pants.
This is a must. I’m only a few months pregnant and I’ve already busted them out this time around. No shame in my game. Stretchy materials are the best! Check out these Ingrid & Isabel Seamless Belly Leggings. I love the high waist; it makes me feel secure, and I know my booty isn’t hanging out.
I bought some cheap leggings the first time around, and man, the saying, “You get what you pay for” is absolutely true when it comes to maternity clothing. I loved the Ingrid & Isabel leggings so much through my first pregnancy that I continued wearing them even after baby came! Not only were they super soft and comfortable, but they were also gentle on my c-section incision – This was a super important feature I needed at the time.
Getting comfy at night is no joke. I experienced frequent tossing and turning through my first pregnancy, and now through my second pregnancy, I often share my bed with a toddler who tends to kick all night long. So to keep as comfy as possible, I keep two pillows under my head and one between my knees. This helps keep my hips aligned and prevents back pain. I remember getting sciatica-like pain the first time around if I skipped the pillow between my knees (no fun!), so I’m making pillows a priority this time.
3. Nursing-Friendly Clothes.
I dislike spending money on maternity clothes since they’re so short term, but I do try to invest in pieces that will also work as nursing shirts, including flowy cardigans and maternity camis (like the GlamourMom Nursing Bra Long Top). I love that they are extra long! This is a big plus if you’re doing the two-shirt method of breastfeeding where you pull up on your shirt and down on your nursing tank, keeping mama covered and comfortable. See more ideas for gifts for breastfeeding moms.
4. Prenatal Vitamins.
If you’ve ever been sick while pregnant, you probably know that doctors don’t recommend taking a lot of medicines you would normally reach for. With that being said, I’m all about boosting my baby’s and my immune system. I take them each day through my pregnancy and as long as I’m breastfeeding.
5. Lots of Lotion.
I don’t know if it has to do with my stretching skin or hormones, but my skin gets so dry & itchy during pregnancy. For me, some nice, rich lotion will do the trick – my favorite is Earth Mama Angel Baby Body Butter. I love that it not only smells great but also that Earth Mama uses safe, non-toxic ingredients. You don’t have to be pregnant to appreciate it!
6. Earth Mama Angel Baby Tea.
I love this stuff! Early on, the Morning Wellness Tea was super helpful. Now, I need the Heartburn Tea. Later, I’ll be drinking the Milkmaid Tea. I personally love the taste and the fact that they are caffeine-free.
7. Maternity Panties.
Ladies, when your body is changing, the last thing you need in underwear digging into you. Get yourself some maternity undies or at least some granny panties that will give you some relief. It’s only temporary! Carriwell and Cache Coeur have a few high-quality, comfortable options I’d recommend you check out.
What am I avoiding this time?
Book overload! Through my first pregnancy, I read so many books… I could tell you exactly how the baby was developing, what size fruit I could compare the baby’s size to, any symptoms I could expect to experience, etc. It became my quest to be as prepared as humanly possible. While some of the books were helpful, I ended up with a ridiculous library with an overwhelming amount of information.
If I did it over again, I’d stick to one or two essentials and read up a bit more on what happens when the baby actually gets here. because in my experience, parenting involves a lot of on-the-job training.