Friday, July 19, 2013

Pregnancy Gear I Love

I still have about 5 weeks to go, but here are a few things that have helped me survive my first pregnancy so far.

Leacho Back 'N Belly Pillow

When I first told friends I was pregnant, the first tip anyone had was, "make sure you get a great body pillow." I absolutely love this thing. Early on, it helped so much with my sciatic pain. Now that my belly is bigger it also offers support for it too. I credit it with my ability to pretty much always sleep through the night. I also like that I can lay on either side without having to take a whole pillow with me. I will say that it is BIG. If you don't have a king size bed I really would not recommend this pillow. It certainly takes up half of our bed. John is not the biggest fan of it for that reason, but understands my love/need for it.

H&M Maternity Tanks

I don't have a picture for this and will H&M PLEASE start offering online shopping already!? I bought a two pack of these while up in Dallas and wish I had bought more. They are nice and long and fit really well. Perfect for layering underneath shirts that are see through or are getting too short.

Coconut Water

Oh leg cramps. One of the many evils of pregnancy. I take my prenatal and eat a banana here and there, but it was not enough to thwart the midnight charlie horses. There are so many brands out there now and I've tried more than one. I usually buy whatever is on sale because it's not the cheapest thing. ALWAYS buy the flavored kind. I'm not kidding. The plain version tastes like feet and you'll hate me for it. The flavored kind usually tastes like whatever flavor is on the box. I don't do these on a regular basis, but if I start having cramps I'll buy a couple and spread them out over the week. The juice box kind that I usually buy are big enough to split between two days, at least that's what I do. They also count towards your water intake so double bonus!

Upsie Belly by Belly Bandit

This is a recent purchase. I have a smaller band that I purchased and should have taken it back. It's too small and makes me look like I just have a big spare tire. The Upsie Belly is nice and wide and doesn't do that. Some of the reviews mention this and I can see how it could be a problem, but because of its width it could be awkward for someone shorter or with a shorter torso. I like the back/hip compression and lift in the front. It also has a pocket to put a cold/hot pack in, but I haven't had to use it yet. Postpartum it can be turned around and used as a belly binder. It's worth the money in my book, but if you're shorter in stature I'd try it on in store before purchasing.

Full Panel Maternity Pants

These are absolutely fabulous. I think full panel pants are like the spanxx of maternity pants. They let it all hang out, but look cute while doing it. My favorites have come from H&M and Motherhood.

Bra Extenders

These are a life saver! I did go up a cup size early on and thankfully (for the moment at least) haven't expanded more in the cup size. Just for comfort's sake though, having an extra clasp on my bra strap is such a great thing. They're usually less than $5 at Target or Walmart so stock up on a few. I have 3 hook and 4 hook bras so I had to buy 2 packs. There's 3 in each though so it's plenty to get your through. I'm lazy and don't like taking them off to put on another bra so it's nice to have extras.

A great Maxi Skirt

Can I just say I don't think I could have survived the summer so far without these. Not only do I get to wear something comfortable, airy, and light, but I don't have to shave my legs. All around score to me.


  1. I just got out of the shower and realized I probably should have shaved my legs, then thought "oh well." Some things are just not worth the extra effort right now!

    1. Not going to lie - I don't remember the last time I shaved my legs.

  2. The bra extenders were a lifesaver when I was pregnant! And the pull-panel pants were great to up a certain point. When I got to about 36 weeks it was a pants-off party as soon as I got home and immediately into the pajama pants.

    1. That's very true Kara! Full panel are definitely the most comfy if I have to wear pants. I'd walk around practically naked any other time if I could. I'm either hot or itchy at this point.

  3. Thanks for sharing, who knows when I'll need some of these items? :)

    1. Who knows indeed! The pillow really is a must have. It will seriously be my rec to all my first time mom friends.


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