You just found out you are pregnant and already it’s started: the fatigue, the nausea, breast tenderness and peeing ALL the time. If it already seems tough, what is a pregnant girl to do?
To help you get through the next few months till your delivery date, the following is a list of essential items that you should definitely include in your own pregnancy survival kit.
- A Water Bottle. Staying hydrated is always important but it is a top priority when growing a little human inside of you. It is essential for healthy blood cells and breast milk production, as well as keeping cramping, dizziness and headaches at bay.
- Preggie Pops Or Tummy Drops. These little anti-nausea candies are wonderful at combating morning sickness. Do note that they are great to have in your purse for emergency relief but not a miracle or permanent cure for your morning sickness.
- Ginger Tea And Red Raspberry Tea. Ginger tea is great in the early months at helping tame your tummy and Red Raspberry tea is essential in the last trimester as it helps tone your uterus. Women who drink it regularly also reported much smoother and easier labors.
- Healthy Snacks On Hand. Eating small meals can combat nausea, heartburn or acid reflux issues commonly experienced while pregnant. I liked to keep little bags with almonds and string cheese in my purse at all times while pregnant. Hard boiled or deviled eggs also make great pregnancy snacks.
- Prenatal Vitamins. To maintain both fetal and maternal health during the course of pregnancy, it is important to take your prenatal vitamins regularly since many pregnant women start to develop some form of food aversions during their pregnancy which may cause them to fall short on key micro-nutrients in their daily diet. If you have been regaled with stories of horrible, nausea inducing pills, I do suggest that you try a couple of brands till you find one that will work well for you.
- Leggings. A pair of good leggings can be a pregnancy lifesaver. They are more comfy with a dress and boots than tights in the first trimester and can be worn with a tunic or loose top in the second and third trimester.
- Pregnancy Panties. While you can always go up a size, pregnancy panties are lower in the front and roomier in the back, leaving space for both your burgeoning belly and expanding backside.
- Long Stretchy Tanks. You can buy pregnancy tanks, but any tunic length tank with a little stretch will work well for most of your pregnancy. They are great for layering, or just stretching your maternity wardrobe.
- Good Flats. Even if you are a devotee of high heels, there will be a point where your center of gravity shifts, your balance will be compromised, and flats will be a safer, more comfortable option. Springing for a cute pair with good arch support is a wise move.
- Belly Cream. Stretch marks are no joke, and more so when your body expand rapidly during the third trimester. Keeping your breasts, belly and butt well moisturized with a good creamwill help you prevent or reduce the appearance of stretch marks.
- A Pregnancy Pillow. While it might seem ridiculous to spend money on a strangely shaped pillow, when I finally broke down and purchased one, I was kicking myself for not buying one earlier. Good ones give support to your belly, help keep your legs and hips comfortable, and give some back and neck support. While your partner may complain that he is being edged out of the bed, many pregnant women know a good night’s sleep is worth a lot more than the money you will spend.
- Good Reads. There are good pregnancy books and bad ones. I have a top 6 that I suggest to all the pregnant women I know. Six may seem like a lot, but it is best to read now, while you still have time. After your little one comes, you will be tired and very busy, so fit it in while you can. My list is as follows:
- The Healthy Pregnancy Book by Dr. Sears and his wife, Martha Sears – This book has a positive, healthy and holistic view of pregnancy from a very well-rounded and respected perspective.
- Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn by Penny Simkin – This is my go-to-guide for new parents. It is a recent update to a classic and the format is informational, easy to read, with helpful illustrations.
- The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth by Henci Goer – This book is chock full of evidence-based research to help you make important decisions about the kind of birth you would like to have.
- Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin – This is less of a how-to guide and more like a chat in front of a fireplace with a lot of women who have had a variety of positive birth experiences.
- Sacred Pregnancy by Anni Daulter – I love this book. It is a great tool to help you work through feelings and reflect on such a special time in a woman’s life.
- Belly Laughs by Jenny McCarthy – This is a super light hearted read about the trials and tribulations you may experience during all phases of your pregnancy. It will elicit laughter during what can be a stressful and overwhelming time.
This is my list. Your own pregnancy survival kit list may be a little different, but hopefully you will find this a useful starting point for you. Have a happy pregnancy!