First off, let me just say, I’ve been there. Pregnancy style is a thing. Don’t think that you’re doomed for moo-moos and ill-fitting leggings for the next (nearly) year of your life. Today I’m sharing the 9 key items to invest in for pregnancy – staples that can take you from your barely-there bump months straight through to post-partum.
The Best Basics — For Now and Later
Buying a whole new pregnancy wardrobe sounds fun… until you’re actually pregnant. Who has the time (not to mention the $$$) to buy 30+ new pieces for nine months?
Give me allllll the lotions, potions, and oils. Your tummy is going to stretch (obviously) and with all the stretching (may) come stretch marks and itchy skin. Keep your belly fully oiled to help prevent permanent marks and all that itching with an oil or lotion that you can use multiple times a day. I was sure to use mine every morning and night.
Full Body Pillow
Gone are the days of spooning with your significant other. By months seven, eight, and nine, sleep becomes a thing. Your belly is getting heavier and you’ll want more back support than ever. This full body pillow is perfect for all the side-sleeping you’ll do and is a welcome addition to your bed post-pregnancy too.
Trust me on this. Attempting to squeeze into your pre-baby denim only works for so long. A classic for every season, invest in a great pair of jeans that make you feel good. Belly support is a must-have as your midsection grows and you’ll want a pair that doesn’t sag in the tush or crotch. This dark rinse from J Brand is just as sleek and stylish as you favorite non-maternity jeans.
Comfortable Underwear and Bras
This one is important. Now is not the time for an underwire to be digging into your back. Treat yourself to some comfortable underwear and a good bra. Your “girls” tend to go through a bit of a growth spurt during this time, so plan accordingly. Even better, a lot of maternity bras also double as nursing bras — so this is a great time to test out this functionality if you’re planning to breastfeed. I went for a full coverage bra with wire support, but there are several wireless options that are both supportive and comfortable.
After a few months of pregnancy, the aches are going to set in... and they will stay with you all the way to delivery. Soak with these salts at the end of the day to help soothe pain and muscle discomfort.
It's natural to want to study up on the new phase of your life and it never hurts to be mentally prepared. At the end of the day you'll rely on your parental instincts (enhanced by your reading material).
Comfort is your new best friend. Invest in a sleek, versatile pair of sneakers that doesn't lace too tight or go too high up your ankle (hello, swelling). Trust me, you'll be wearing them with everything.
Pregnancy Approved Workout
First things first: every pregnancy is different so always consult with your doctor before beginning a new workout routine. Barre3 offers a wide variety of online prenatal workouts you can do safely at home with little to no equipment. You can even choose the workout based on time― 15, 30, or 60 minutes. They are a great way to gain strength and energy as well as stretch your achey body without having to step foot in a gym.
For all you pregnancy veterans out there, tell us, what one piece did you invest in? Share with us in the comments below!
This post first appeared on The Everygirl and can be seen here.