It’s no secret that the world of parenthood is over commercialized. From the moment you find out you’re pregnant to delivering and parenting your baby, you’re constantly bombarded with the latest and newest products that claim to be the best for your child and make your life easier. Don’t get me wrong, I am definitely one to fall for these claims just ask my husband…I mean, it’s hard not to with all the pretty things! And you’d think I would learn not to fall into their traps the second time around but nope, I definitely still did. Nonetheless I still managed to sift through the fluff and purchase a few things that I personally think were worth the $$$ and actually did help make my life easier during both of my pregnancies.

Pregnancy Pillow. Once you use this, you’ll wonder how you ever went to sleep without it! There are many different types of pregnancy pillows out there, but the one I have is the Leachco® Snoogle® Chic Jersey Total Body Pillow . It’s super comfortable, easy to wash and most importantly gives the support you need for your back and body. It also doubles as a great leg rest for when you start experiencing swelling in your feet.

Fetal Doppler. This has to be one of my favorite purchases during my first pregnancy. It allowed my husband and I to listen to our daughter’s heartbeat from the comfort of our own home as early as 12 weeks (3 months).  It was also a major life saver when we had a little bit of a scare while on our baby moon and couldn’t see my doctor right away.

During my second pregnancy, we’ve enjoyed listening to our baby’s heartbeat as a family. Kinzah pretends to be the doctor and she talks to her baby brother and asks how he’s doing. 🙂

Maternity Back Support Belt. I purchased this support belt during my second pregnancy and wish I had it during my first due to the chronic back pain I experience while pregnant. It’s super easy to put on, comfortable and doesn’t show underneath clothing. It’s been a major life saver and has given me so much relief especially during the second and third trimesters.

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Moisturizing Lotion. This lotion comes in two versions, one that is marketed towards pregnant women and claims to help reduce stretch marks (that wasn’t the case for me), and one that is an overall moisturizer. I loved using both during my pregnancies to relieve the constant itchiness around my belly as it grew throughout the months. The consistency is on the thicker side to achieve maximum moisture in order to help soothe your dry and itchy skin, not to mention it smells amazing!

Maternity Bellaband Support Belt. I got a lot more use out of this band during my first pregnancy (I went in a little bigger the second time around so my pants got tighter quicker), but nonetheless it was still one of my favorite purchases because it allowed me to wear my pre-pregnancy jeans and pants while pregnant. It’s super comfortable and does hold up your pants!

Maternity Layering Tank. These are super soft, comfortable and long which is just what you need to cover your bump while out and about. I have both the black and white tanks and they are easily one of my pregnancy wardrobe essentials.

Under The Bump Maternity Briefs. If you haven’t already gotten to that stage in your pregnancy where none of your underwear fits, brace yourself because you will soon. These maternity briefs are THE best, I wish I had discovered them during my first pregnancy. They do run a little big so I would definitely stick to your normal pre-pregnancy size.

Pregnancy Journal. I loved tracking my pregnancy journey and being able to have something to look back at after the delivery and as Kinzah got older. I will admit that I was more up to date with filling it out the first time around but I do still have one that I have been slowly, but surely, filling out with my second. This is the one I used while I was pregnant with Kinzah. It’s very detailed and provides a lot of prompts and places for photos, not to mention the beautiful illustrations throughout the journal.

The second time around I decided to go for one that was a little more simple and didn’t require as much writing but still enough for me to track the highlights of my pregnancy and place monthly and ultrasound photos for me to look back at.

I hope you found this post helpful as you navigate your way through all things maternity! I’d love to hear about your own pregnancy must haves so be sure to tell me all about them in the comments.

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