Assuming you are reading this post because you are expecting or know someone who is, or you are planning to get pregnant soon, or simply you just want to read what my pregnancy must haves are. These are what worked for me and I am hoping it will work for you as well!
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Prenatal vitamin: It’s so essential you take prenatal vitamin prior, during, and even after pregnancy! At least that’s what my doctor said to me (Quick Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor so medication is out of my scope but this is what worked for me). Even up to this day, I still take it and WOW! I swear my hair and nails are looking amazing! There are plenty of prenatal vitamins out there so these are the ones I take:
Rainbow Light, Certified Prenatal Multivitamin, 120 Count
However if you are into gummies, I would recommend these: Vitafusion Prenatal, Gummy Vitamins, 90 Count
Aside from prenatal vitamins, a BIG one on my list was shea creams, and oils! I use it religiously to prevent stretch marks. I can happily say, I was a balloon and did not have one mark on my body! So click on the link and get yourself 7- 8 bottles because you will go through them fast. As your belly, boobs, and tush get bigger, chances are they will get itchy because the skin is stretching, these creams and oils can really ameliorate the itch!
Bio-Oil Liquid Purcellin Oil, 4.2 Fl Oz
Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter, 6.5 Ounces (Pack of 3)
Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Massage Lotion For Stretch Marks with Vitamin E and Shea Butter Women Body Lotion, 8.5 Ounce
As my belly bigger, I had more body ache, and back pain making sleeping very difficult. I swear by this body pillow! This was my best friend during my course of pregnancy (more so when I was started showing right around the 5-6 months).
Leachco Snoogle Total Body Pillow, Ivory
Ok— fast forward…so you have baby, now how are you going to feed her? Two route here: breast milk or Fomula? I went with breast milk because of all the benefits- duh!
I received a pump from Kaiser but that DID NOT do the trick. I was complaining about the pump not doing its job to my sister in law. She then offered to let me use hers since she was done using it (In case you’re wondering, our sons are 6 months apart). In terms of sanitary, it is completely up to you to make that call if someone offers you their breast pump. I went ahead and used hers because I personally know and trust her. But below is the link to the magical pump that does wonders!
Medela Pump in Style Advanced Breast Pump with On the Go Tote
If you are going to nurse or pump/ you will need nursing pads. I am providing you two options here because I ended up using both. Disposable and washable, for various reasons. Disposable because you can just toss it out when you’re done. Washable, because you can reuse it and save a little green in your wallet. Luckily, my sister had sent me some washable nursing pads (ladies- these makes great baby shower gifts) and they were ah-mah-zing! And who doesn’t want to save $, because cost of diaper is crazy already!
Lansinoh Stay Dry Disposable Nursing Pads, 100 Count
If you are going to directly nurse your baby! Kudos to you. I did it for 6 months, and I loved it. I switched to pumping exclusively when I returned to work. So this is what you will need to handle all that sucking from baby- nipple Cream:
Lansinoh Breastfeeding Salve – HPA Lanolin, 1.41 oz
I nursed my son from day one up til he was 5 months and then I slowly started switching him over to bottle and pumping. It was a tough transition because he did not take the bottle at all. I recalled that day, getting upset at Bounmee because Bennett refused to take the bottle all day (thankfully he was understanding and did not bark back). I tried several other brands and these were the only bottles that he would take (thanks to my sister for the recommendation).
If you already had baby, please share what worked for you and what didn’t—I would love to hear it.