Essential pregnancy equipment

Pregnancy pampering

Invest in a quality, rich, moisturising cream that will help keep stretch marks at bay. Slather it on your thighs, breast and belly each day after your shower or bath. Your skin will feel baby soft. Book at least one pregnancy massage during each trimester to help maintain good circulation and keep those aches and pains at bay.

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Maternity Bras

New bras are an important purchase as your body shape will probably see your cup size change. This could be your chance to have the full, firm breasts you have always wanted, so make the most of them in a comfortably cute, well-fitted bra. Later in your pregnancy, investing in a belly bra – a snug-fitting singlet-style garment – will help support your back and relieve some of the sensation of your skin stretching.

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Shoes

You need to give up the stilettos and invest in comfortable shoes that will be safe to walk in, such as ballet flats. Remember that your shoe size might have changed with your swollen feet!

Black may not be how you would like to express your pregnancy but it is such a forgiving colour that so many women find choosing a few key pieces in black help to make them feel more comfortable about their changing shape. Maternity fashion is as seasonal as regular fashion, so it’s worth investing in a few expensive pieces that will last the nine months, such as maternity jeans, a dress and skirt, and adding tops to suit the season throughout your pregnancy.

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Multivitamins and supplements

Experts recommend everyone who is planning a pregnancy should take folate (folic acid) around three months prior to conception, and continued throughout pregnancy. Make sure your diet is pregnancy-healthy and add to it, if need be, with multivitamins specifically for pregnant and breast-feeding women. Check with your doctor or midwife before beginning a course of multivitamins or supplements.

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Pregnant friends

Given that you are experiencing a massive change in both your body and future lifestyle, it pays to be informed. Take the time during your pregnancy to prepare yourself mentally and emotionally with the shift that is about to occur by sharing your journey with other mums-to-be.

5 Comments

  1. Shelz69 28/02/2018 at 11:29 am

    I didn’t know anyone else that was pregnant when I was and I really wish I had someone to share it with. If I could do over I would seek out others that were pregnant. With social media now its so easy.

  2. Alezandra 27/02/2018 at 11:16 pm

    Having a maternity belt helped a lot during the last trimester. It’s like a belly band that you wrap around to your back. It helps with the weight and you can still walk comfortably especially if your baby is hanging low.

  3. kymmage 26/02/2018 at 5:03 pm

    I haven’t worn heels ever really apart from a ball here and there in my youth. I love a comfortable shoe haha. My biggest investment when pregnant was the maternity bras. 70 bucks for a good supportive one and some I still wear. No under wire and I definitely got my money’s worth! I also did vitamins, folic acid and iron being the big two. I think they have recently also suggested iodine.

  4. felicity beets 15/02/2018 at 10:36 pm

    comfortable shoes are a must- i love the hot chocolate ones – so comfy

  5. Bevik1971 15/02/2018 at 4:49 pm

    I would LOVE to be pregnant again!! Alas though I’m 46 and almost no chance of getting pregnant now ūüôĀ I did fall pregnant in 2015 but sadly miscarried. I loved being pregnant though – had my daughter at 41 and very luckily had a great pregnancy and birth. The only clothing I changed was getting maternity bras and some good walking shoes ūüôā

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