Pregnancy Must Haves

I know there are a million resources for what you need while pregnant, in the nursery, when baby comes, in your hospital bag, and everything in between. I LOVED being pregnant and also loved finding clothes and other things that made pregnancy the most comfortable while still being stylish.

First of all, sleep is SO important while you’re pregnant. As your belly grows, though, it becomes a little more uncomfortable to sleep than you’re used to. A pregnancy pillow to the rescue! You won’t regret this purchase.

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While your pants still fit, you just need a belly band to hold them up without zipping your zipper all the way.

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Next, when your pants don’t fit anymore, it doesn’t mean you have to give up being fashionable! Get a few pairs of full panel jeans that will last you throughout the pregnancy. These were my favorite.

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Pregnancy fashion, for me, meant mixing and matching for work and weekend outfits. These tops are easy to dress up or wear on the weekends. They’re SO comfortable and grow right along with you.

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If you aren’t one of the lucky ones that gets to wear jeans daily to work, you’ll need several pairs of pants. I loved full-panel pants, and these held up great throughout my pregnancy.

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Get yourself a couple of maternity dresses, especially for your baby shower! Pink Blush Maternity is the best.

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Make sure your underwear grows with you as well! These are nice and comfortable and sit below your bump.
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Not clothing related – Red Raspberry Leaf Tea helps tone your uterus. It’s also been found to lessen pain during labor and after giving birth. It’s nice to have at night before bed.

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I discovered essential oils while I was pregnant, and they were my skin’s saving grace. No face wash I tried worked at all to clean up my skin (one of the reasons I was sure Hudson was a girl), but oils did! I also used oils to help with the very frequent headaches I was getting. My favorite oils for pregnancy are frankincense, tea tree, lavender, PanAway, and peppermint. PS: All of these oils come in the Premium Starter Kit from Young Living, which you can get here (and I would love to tell you more about it and get you hooked up into our awesome oil-education groups!).

My favorite pregnancy journal is easily from Promptly. I got a couple different versions before discovering Promptly, but this was my favorite because it follows the baby from pregnancy to 18 years old! I love that everything will be in one place for Hudson.

So many things become more important or scarier while you’re pregnant. For instance, inhaling all those nasty chemicals while you’re cleaning like you have for years now makes you think about harming your unborn baby! My favorite book that talks all things clean living and cleaning is called Simply Clean by Becky Rapinchuk (Clean Mama). Seriously, you need this book.

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There is a ton of literature on babies and pregnancy, but What To Expect trumped them all for me. This book had an answer for everything I was wondering and right when I was wondering it. The app is great, too.

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Speaking of apps, my favorite app for tracking pregnancy was Glow Nurture. I also used Sprout and continue to use that to log Hudson’s growth at his monthly appointments.

Wishing you a happy and healthy pregnancy!

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