The Top Pregnancy Must-Haves List for Expecting Mums 2017

The Top Pregnancy Must-Haves List for Expecting Mums 2017

Pregnancy is a unique and personal experience and sometimes what works for one mum may not work for another. However, some products help to make the journey more tolerable. Here are some tried and tested pregnancy must-haves for 2017 – in no particular order:

Prenatal vitamins

I have always used Vitabotics Pregnacare Prenatal Vitamins for Maximum Support during both of my boys’ pregnancies and I got through the whole 9 months in one piece. Be careful if your iron levels are already high, however, as it exacerbates the common pregnancy side effect of constipation, due to the high-level iron content in these vitamins. I once couldn’t go for four days…

If you’re getting your recommended daily amount of folic acid, you should be getting most of your nutrients from your food. Ensure you’re getting enough folate, iron, iodine, zinc, vitamin d, vitamin c, calcium, and fibre, as well as drinking plenty of fluids (not caffeine or alcohol though!), and you should increase your chances of having a healthy pregnancy.

Superfood boosters

Aduna Baobab powder in my citrus smoothie - motherhooddiaries Aduna Baobab powder in my citrus smoothie


Superfood boosters are not only delicious, but they do what they say on the tin – they provide you with that extra and very much-needed boost during pregnancy, especially when you’re feeling rundown. I especially love Aduna’s Baobab Powder, which not only boosts your immunity, but it also curbs that nasty nausea too. Baobab fruit is one of the world’s most nutrient-rich superfoods – it’s high in vitamin C, fibre and antioxidants. So, why not try a spoonful of Baobab Powder in your smoothie and citrus up your daily dose of dense nutrition.

Foods that curb nausea and morning sickness

Gin Gins Caramel

 

The first trimester is going to suck a little bit thanks to that nasty morning sickness that doesn’t happen only in the morning – sometimes it can be all day and even last the entire nine months if you are one of the unlucky ones. So, some mums need help. There are travel sickness bands available, which have been known to work and ginger is the number one ingredient of choice when trying to curb that dreaded morning sickness. If you want an excuse to try sweets (that are medicinal by the way), Gin Gins are your friends here. The new Gin Gin’s Caramel sweets are delicious and contain a massive 30% of ginger per sweet. They work mainly in the digestive tract, boosting the digestive fluids and neutralising acids, so they work as an effective alternative to anti-nausea medication. Even NHS Direct have started to recommend these sweets during pregnancy. So, at only £1.65 for a 31g box, I would stock up on your supply at www.healthy2u.co.uk sooner rather than later!

Good skincare regime

A good skincare regimen (back massage)

(Phil Date / Shutterstock.com)

Pregnancy plays havoc with your hormones, which means your skin can become out of whack, either veering towards the dry side or, in most cases, getting too oily and resulting in acne breakouts. What’s worse, your growing belly may leave you with stretch marks, and these are a real bugger to fix once you have them. So, prevention is the best cure here. Go for a decent stretch mark cream or oil for your belly and a natural organic moisturiser for your face. I love INFINatura Cura Oil, which I use everywhere on my body – even on my hair! INFINatura Cura 100% natural oil contains Sunflower, Crambe Abyssinica, Camellia, Red Mandarin, Bergamot, Geranium, Vitamin E and Argan Oil which helps to nourish dry and dehydrated skin, especially around the heels, knees and elbows. And, you’ll be surprised to hear that this oil works on acne too as it acts as a decongestant to draw out dirt, blackheads and impurities. And, of course, we’re mostly worried about our stretch marks when we’re pregnant, so moisturising your belly, at least twice a day, is the best way to prevent, reduce or even eliminate stretch marks.

“Unfortunately, some people are more prone to stretch marks than others. Once stretch marks and scars have formed, it is almost impossible to get rid of them. A good blend of oils will help to prevent stretch marks from developing, as well as helping to soften the appearance of existing scar tissue.” Caroline Biggs, Founder of INFINatura Cura Oil”

Great maternity clothes

Maternity clothes are a must! You need to feel comfortable in your growing body and not like a beach ball when you look in the mirror. Maternity clothing doesn’t have to mean oversized shirts and stretchy black leggings. We live in a world where maternity wear is ever growing and glamorous. Here are my favourite pregnancy clothes from one of my go-to maternity fashion stores, JoJo Maman Bebe:

Maternity Dress

Breton Stripe Maternity Mini Dress

Breton Stripe Maternity Mini Dress

No maternity collection is complete without a maternity dress. I love all things stripy so, the Breton Stripe Maternity Mini Dress is my dress of choice, which is so comfortable and wearable that it looks great even with leggings.

Maternity Tops

Frill Sleeve Maternity Top

Frill Sleeve Maternity Top

A Star is Born' Maternity T-Shirt

A Star is Born’ Maternity T-Shirt

Maternity tops can be your saving grace when it comes to rescuing your outfit. If you’re in your late second trimester or third trimester, it looks better when you wear tighter fitting tops that accentuate your beautiful growing bump. I like patterned tops during the latter trimesters like the Frill Sleeve Maternity Top. But, if you’re still in your first trimester, i.e. that pot belly, ‘ate-too-many-pies’ look during pregnancy, then you can cover up the bump with a sparkly oversized top like the ‘A Star is Born’ Maternity T-Shirt, which looks great paired with jeans or leggings.

Ponchos

Navy Maternity Cape

Navy Maternity Cape

Maternity Poncho

Maternity Poncho

I love ponchos. They’re perfect for those fatty days and when you just want to hide behind your clothes for a change. Ponchos are also ideal for the winter season and look so cool with anything underneath too. My favourites this season are the Navy Maternity Cape and the Maternity Poncho, which are both super elegant and conservative. They’re very flattering on the figure too.

Cardigans to complete the outfit

Drape Maternity & Nursing Cardigan

Drape Maternity & Nursing Cardigan

Cardigans are perfect for completing any outfit, and I can’t live without my oversized cardigans that drape well over my top and trousers. The Drape Maternity & Nursing Cardigan is multi-useful because not only does it look fashionable and elegant, but you can wear it throughout your entire pregnancy and use it as a nursing cover too – worth the investment!

Comfortable bottoms

Comfy Cotton Rich Maternity Leggings

Comfy Cotton Rich Maternity Leggings

Supersoft Maternity Skinny Jeans

Supersoft Maternity Skinny Jeans

(Above photo credits: Jojo Maman Bebe)

Comfortable trousers are a staple in your wardrobe because they protect your bump and help you to move around during pregnancy too. Leggings are the number one comfort of choice during pregnancy precisely for that reason (I would live in these Comfy Cotton Rich Maternity Leggings). But, you can also find a great pair of trousers that offer the same job, like the Supersoft Maternity Skinny Jeans.

Self-indulgent mum-to-be pampering items

Mum to Be Gift Set from Letterbox Gifts Mum to Be Gift Set from Letterbox Gifts

Yes, self-indulgent pampering items are essential and necessary because they help us mums-to-be maintain our sanity and mental health psyche. We can indulge in ourselves occasionally with a lovely box of pampering gifts because once the baby comes along, who knows when we’ll get this chance again! I love the Mum to Be Gift Set from Letterbox Gifts, which contains everything you need for a self-indulgent night in when you’re feeling down and overly emotional. Light up the candles, run yourself a nice warm bath (not hot, though, to protect the baby!), make yourself a cup of medicinal raspberry leaf tea and enjoy a lovely book all to yourself. Afterwards, lather yourself up in a creamy bump balm and perk up your lips before you are ready to face another pregnant day!

Maternity pillow

Dreamgenii pillow

(Photo Credit: https://www.dreamgenii.com/pregnancy-pillow/)

Whoever invented the maternity pillow is a saviour because trying to sleep with a massive bump is like trying to eat half a Kit Kat and leaving the rest in the fridge – don’t bother! The bigger you get, the tougher your belly will be on your hips and back, so you need that bump support, especially when you’re pregnant. Maternity pillows are created purely for this issue and, if you find the right one for you, you can get back to a comfortable deep sleep in no time (unless your baby decides to kick their way through the night!). If you don’t know what kind of pregnancy pillow you need, then check out my guide on the Top Pregnancy Pillows 2017. I used a Dreamgenii pillow during my first two boys’ pregnancies and without it I probably wouldn’t have slept for 4 1/2 years (I used the maternity pillow as a breastfeeding pillow too) – it’s worth the investment!

Comfortable shoes

Have you tried walking in heels during your third trimester? Some women can, but I tried it once and ended up falling flat on my face and almost breaking my ankle! You’re carrying a growing bundle of joy, which will cause an imbalance in your weight, making it quite a mission to walk even in flat shoes. Walking in heels will increase the risk of calf cramps, back pain, swelling feet and even miscarriage (due to falling or twisting your belly). Shockingly, ill-fitting shoes, whether they are flat or high heeled, can also lead to flat feet, which is an uncomfortable and painful problem, especially during pregnancy. Wearing supportive and comfortable shoes help to distribute the weight and take the tension off the soles of your feet. They also help to re-align the foot back to its natural position, which reduces the chances of flat feet and swelling. You can find pregnancy specific flat shoes, which are specially made to offer you the best support during pregnancy.

Top hygiene regimen

Milton anti-bacterial wipes

Milton anti-bacterial wipes

Milton anti-bacterial washing up liquid

Milton anti-bacterial washing up liquid

Milton anti-bacterial hand gel

Milton anti-bacterial hand gel

(Above photo credits: Milton)

It is paramount to keep your immune system up during pregnancy, mainly because pregnancy suppresses your immunity, to keep your body from rejecting your baby. A suppressed immune system means that you’re more susceptible to colds and flu and, whereas colds rarely affect your unborn babies, the flu can, thanks to its nasty side effects, like a high fever. It is scary how little people know about a particularly fatal flu-like disease called CMV, which, if caught by a woman who’s pregnant, will lead to severe complications in the baby, including cerebral palsy, deafness, blindness and, worse, death. So, when I say it is essential to keep on top of your hygiene regimen, I mean it is vital. Milton stock a range of antibacterial hygiene products, suitable for during and after pregnancy. Some of my favourites are the anti-bacterial wipes, anti-bacterial hand gel and the anti-bacterial washing up liquid. If you have kids already, it is crucial that you keep on top of their hygiene because they can pick up all sorts from nursery and school, so you’re more prone to getting sick from them. There is conflicting advice on getting the flu jab during pregnancy, and I must admit that I’m 50/50 about it, but where I do not skimp is that my children always get their required vaccinations and I do believe that this is fundamental. It doesn’t just save their lives, but also yours and your unborn baby’s life. So, use your common sense and be alert whenever and wherever possible. Wash your hands before eating and after you go to the toilet and keep surfaces where you touch regularly clean and hygienic. Then you can give yourself the maximum chance of staying healthy during your pregnancy.

Comfortable bras

Dream Seamless White Bandeau Bra

Dream Seamless White Bandeau Bra

(Photo Credit: https://www.nineinthemirror.com/)

Your bump won’t just be changing, your boobs will be too! You will find that your breasts may go up by 3 or 4 cup sizes throughout your pregnancy – maybe more! (they’re housing all that breastmilk, that’s why!) And they may change as early as in the first trimester. As mentioned before, every woman and every pregnancy is different, so it isn’t ‘a one-size fits’ all approach to managing your maternity bras. But, the one thing you shouldn’t do, is making do with the bras you still have because, if they don’t fit, they could do some real damage to your boob as well. So, invest in some time to buy comfortable and good-fitting bras and make a point of checking every couple of months.

“Tight ain’t right!”

No, it isn’t. If your straps are digging into your skin and your boobs are spilling out over your bra cups, then it’s time to go bra shopping! I lived in non-wired maternity bras because they felt like a second skin on my chest. My favourite so far is the Dream Seamless White Bandeau Bra, which is soft and extremely comfortable. Plus, it has removable padding inserts and wireless cups to support an expanding bust, so you won’t have to keep shopping for your bras throughout your pregnancy. It makes a great nursing bra too!

You may have your list of top pregnancy must-haves, but the above certainly helped me get through a tumultuous pregnancy! What are your top essentials that helped you get through your pregnancy in one piece? Share with us in the comments below.

Good luck!

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