Your body is in for some big changes over the next nine months, so it stands to reason you’re going to need a few new products to see you through. From morning sickness remedies to items that’ll stretch your normal wardrobe and keep you comfy once you’re sporting maternity wear, here are some of the best pregnancy products you’ll want to invest in.
Wristbands for Nausea Relief
Morning sickness is a total misnomer: For many expectant moms, feeling queasy round the clock is one of the joys of early pregnancy—and it can be hard to find effective relief. But lots of women swear by PsiBands, drug-free, FDA-cleared wristbands that use acupressure to ease nausea. Comfortable to wear and super-affordable, they’re definitely worth a try.
Buy it: PsiBands, $10, Target.com
Morning Sickness Lozenges
Looking for another nausea relief option? Pop one of these morning sickness lollies. The all-natural lozenges contain organic essential oils and plant botanicals proven to ease the queasies, and are pretty tasty to boot—they come in flavors like ginger, sour lemon, sour raspberry, sour tangerine, peppermint, lavender and spearmint.
Buy it: Preggie Pop Drops, $16, Amazon.com
There are tons of cute options these days when it comes to maternity clothes, but let’s face it: It’s hard to give up your favorite pair of jeans. With Ingrid & Isabel’s Bellaband, you don’t have to! (At least not for a while.) The soft, stretchy band goes over your unbuttoned pre-pregnancy pants, giving your baby bump more room to grow.
Buy it: Bellaband, $28, IngridandIsabel.com
Insulated Water Bottle
Having a large water bottle on hand is a must when you’re expecting—after all, doctors say to guzzle at least 10 cups of fluids every day to stay hydrated. Not only is this BPA-free, stainless steel water bottle super-chic (it comes in a wide array of colors and finishes), but it’s also insulated to keep your beverage cold for 24 hours or hot for up to 12, keeping you perfectly refreshed wherever you go.
Buy it: Swell Water Bottle, starting at $25, SwellBottle.com
It’s exciting to document your expanding baby bump with photos–but you’ll need a way of tracking which week or month you’re in. And there’s no easier way to get Instagram-worthy shots than by using an old-school letter board to mark your progress. Plus, you can use it to share all those witty pearls of wisdom you gather over the course of pregnancy—and beyond.
Buy it: 12x12 Black Letter Board, $13, Target.com
Once you hit your second trimester, you’ll likely have to switch up your sleeping position to snooze exclusively on your left side—which isn’t always the most comfortable thing for back or stomach sleepers. To the rescue: The Leacho Back N Belly Chic Body Pillow, which follows the natural curve of your body to provide both belly and back support.
Buy it: Leachco Back N Belly Chic Body Pillow, $50, BuyBuyBaby.com
Your body is about to undergo incredible changes to accommodate your growing baby. Keep your skin moisturized—and elasticized—with Mama Mio’s TummyRub Butter. Packed with organic coconut and avocado oils in a shea butter base, this thick cream helps prevent stretch marks and itchy skin. And there’s no need to worry about harmful chemicals in this beauty product: Mama Mio’s skincare line is free of parabens, phthalates, colourants, petrolatum, xenoestrogens and PEGs.
Buy it: Mama Mio TummyRub Butter, $36, Amazon.com
Whether you’re working up a sweat or relaxing around the house, you’re going to need a pair of comfy maternity leggings. Ingrid & Isabel’s Active Legging is a crowd favorite among moms-to-be: The stretch panel can be worn over the belly or folded down, the crossover panel offers back support as your belly grows, and the moisture-wicking fabric keeps you cool and dry.
Buy it: Ingrid & Isabel Active Leggings with Crossover Panel, $88, IngridandIsabel.com
Edible Cookie Dough
When those pregnancy cravings strike, you’ll want to be prepared. There are plenty of tasty, healthy snacks for you to enjoy (and enjoy you should), but there’s nothing quite like the taste of uncooked cookie dough. Typically off limits for expectant moms (hello, raw eggs), this egg-free cookie dough is perfectly safe to nosh on during pregnancy and comes in five delicious flavors.
Buy it: The Cookie Dough Cafe Edible Cookie Dough, $22 for a 2-pack, TheCookieDoughCafe.com
As you get farther along in pregnancy, swollen feet can be a real pain, especially when you’re traveling. Luckily, a pair of compression socks can quickly put the kibosh on swelling. These cotton-blend options from Dr. Motion feature graduated compression, helping to enhance circulation and energize your legs. Plus, they offer lots of fun patterns to choose from. (Who said compression socks have to look frumpy?)
Buy it: Dr. Motion Compression Knee-High Socks, $36 for 6 pairs, Amazon.com
Your belly isn’t the only thing that gets bigger during pregnancy. Get the support you need with the iLoveSIA bralette—there’s no underwire to create potential pain points, and the ribbed gore stretches as your bust size grows. It also transitions easily to a nursing bra, letting you drop the cups down when it’s time to feed baby, and insert nursing pads when strapped up.
Buy it: iLoveSIA 3PACK Women’s Seamless Nursing Bra, starting at $20, Amazon.com
Updated December 2017