I’ll never forget when I saw my first positive pregnancy test. I took it about an hour before I had to leave for a week long business trip. We talked about getting pregnant so much that when it actually happened, it felt surreal. I had this really weird feeling inside, like I needed to run out and buy every pregnancy item under the sun.
As soon as I got to my hotel, I dropped off my luggage and ran to the nearest book store. I bought almost every pregnancy book they had. Most of them were pretty worthless, but a few of them were great buys. Throughout my pregnancy, I bought a bunch of stuff on implulse that I thought I needed, but really didn’t. Below is a list of products you should buy when you’re pregnant.
First and foremost get yourself a few pregnancy books. They will help you prepare for what’s to come and may even help you laugh along the way.
What to Expect When You’re Expecting by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel is a staple and pretty much every pregnant woman ends up buying this book. I wouldn’t say it is the best book to own, but I did use it to look up different pregnancy ailments I was experiencing at the time.
Your Pregnancy Week by Week by Glade B. Curtis and Judith Schuler was my favorite book. Each week I would take a long bath (because I actually had the time to do that then) and read just the week I was about to begin.
Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth about Pregnancy and Childbirth by Jenny McCarthy is hilarious and a must read when you’re pregnanty. Wait until you are about 20 weeks before you read this one so you can laugh right along with what she is saying.
Baby Bargains by Denise Fields is a great book for helping you know what to buy for your baby. They do all sorts of reviews on products and help you decide what to put on your registry. If your looking for more advice on building your registry, click here!
The Belly Book: A Nine-Month Journal for You and Your Growing Belly by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. I have one of these filled out for each of my 3 pregnancies. You’ll be amazed at how much you will forget once your little one arrives. I also plan on giving this journal to my kids once they begin having children of their own.
The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp is a good book to read close to your due date. Dr. Karp will give you tools to deal with the unconsoleable crys and tips to help you and your baby get more sleep.
There are also a few pregnancy products to help make you more comfortable.
Belly Bands are great for stretching the use out of your regular pants. They are also nice for easing back into your regular pants after birth. I wore them a lot after I had my babies because the tightness made my back and belly feel so much better.
The Leachco Snoogle Total Body Pillow is large but oh so comfortable. My husband hated it, but it was the only way I could actually get comfortable in bed. Put a minky cover on this baby and you’ll sleep like a dream, until you have to get up to pee.
Palmer’s Organic Belly Butter. Although I believe you will either get stretch marks or not regardless of tummy butter, this stuff just plain felt good. It smells nice and took away any itching from dryness.