Post # 1
So the hubby and I going to begin trying to conceive sometime in the next few months and I wanted to ask all of the mothers out there.
There are so many things out their geared towards expecting women. Creams for stretch marks, support bands, pillows, clothes, etc.
What are some “must have” items? Best brands?
Post # 3
A wedge pillow. I swear it was all I needed.
Post # 4
I love my snoogle. Keeps me sane at night! For clothes I just go to a consignment shop, no sense in spending lots of money when they’ll only get used a short time. I wasn’t a fan of the belly band, it didn’t keep my pants up like I felt it was supposed to, and it wasn’t very comfy.
Post # 5
get a boppy!!! they are marketed towards women breast feeding for th baby but let me tell you its the best lower back support and/or belly support you can find!
Post # 6
a body pillow! ive been having a hard time sleeping for multiple reasons & this helps with some of the pregnancy related ones!
I would not recommend getting stretch mark creams. I started using the Palmer’s brand very early and used it almost every night. It does NOT work. I was pissed that I wasted the money.
@aprose: omg! i never thought of that!! great idea!!
Post # 7
Yes I agree with having some sort of pillow for you. Your back will start to hurt toward the end and you will definitely need something to put between your knees to keep your spine aligned. As far as other things go, I cannot really say. I think it all depends on your body and how your pregnancy goes 🙂 Stretch marks are pretty inevitable. You cannot prevent them, but you can ease the itch as your skin stretches and it might make them a bit less noticeable. But from my experience and all my friends, the cream will not prevent it. But it is always worth a shot! 🙂 Use cocoa butter!
Post # 8
A great pair of maternity jeans! I bought my first pair early on and I am so glad I did! I also tried the belly band and I just wasn’t that comfortable. Once I got my maternity jeans I thought, “how am I going to go back to wearing regular jeans?” I love them!
Post # 9
Cocoa butter (or lots of lotion) – it’s prob more genetics about getting stretch marks but my skin has been more itchy while pregnant.
Belly band – bloating happens early
longer shirts and eventally maternity pants (though I’d wait to buy pants till you have a belly because a lot didn’t fit me right)
TUMS, TUMS, TUMS
Post # 10
Prego pops!!! They are suckers that help with morning sickness… They worked wonders for me but didnt work for my sister…. But these saved me…
Post # 11
Prenatal vitamins and a donut pillow for the possible hemorrhoids later on. Also, a hot water bottle or heating bad for the back aches/knee aches. Also, if you are going to be pregnant and miserable in the summer, a nice soothing (chemical free) skin spray of some kind. You could even make a cheap one yourself.
Post # 12
The only thing I’ve bought is some used maternity clothing, and I’m doing fine so far (currently at 25 weeks, so that might change).
I just use my regular lotion (Johnson’s baby)/baby oil on my belly and breasts at night and in the morning. I figure I’ll just use a regular spare pillow between my knees when I get to the point of needing it.
My husband made a comment that maybe we should get a waterproof mattress cover for our bed for when my water breaks, which kind of makes sense I guess, but we haven’t bought one yet because I think the crinkling would drive me crazy!
ETA: And of course vitamins – can’t believe I forgot to mention those!
Post # 13
We have a waterproof mattress pad and there’s no crinkling! 🙂
I actually bought it more to keep my mattress in better care and with the thought that when we have a baby s/he will have accidents. But water breaking makes sense as well!
Post # 14
A bellyband and maybe a body/back pillow- but I say wait on everything else. You may find what works for some people doesn’t for you.
I only bought maternity clothes as I needed them so I didn’t end up with a bunch of clothes for the wrong season (plus I hate buying maternity clothes so I only buy them when I have no other option).
Stretch mark creams are a waste (but you do want a good lotion because I got dry skin). Prior to pregnancy I had very faint ones on my hips (from growth spurts when I was younger) so I can see those now but I still don’t have any on my belly (36weeks). I think mostly it’s genetic and a consistant growth rate (gives your sking more time to adjust).
Post # 15
I used cocoa butter like crazy and didn’t end up with any stretch marks (gained over 100 pounds). I am sure it might have something to do with genetics but either way it helped with the itch also. I swear by putting it on in the morning and at night then as you start getting bigger applying it during the day also.
I bought some clothes at Motherhood. However, I also limited the amount of clothes I bought and waited until I really need to buy them.
Post # 16
In the beginning, you won’t need much really, just a prenatal vitamin. Later on, Tums, bigger shoes, and a bigger wedding ring may all become necessities. Of course, what you really need is full-time, on-call personal masseuse,
As for the waterproof mattress pad, I don’t know that it’s really necessary. (TMI ALERT) My water broke in the middle of the night both times and I never had a problem with the bed getting wet. It sounds odd, but the water braaking does wake you up and it doesn’t really leak until you stand upright. THEN you have a mess!