pregnancy essentials for expecting moms

Pregnancy Essentials for Expecting Moms

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Are you expecting and looking for pregnancy essentials you may need? Maybe you’re a first-time mom who is trying to figure out what she really needs, or you’ve already had a kid, or two {or a few} and don’t remember what the important pregnancy items are.

I am currently on my 8th pregnancy {yes, you read that right}. Clearly, this ain’t my first rodeo. I’ve learned what items are really needed and wanted to make it easy for you to know what pregnancy essentials may need also.

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Things a Pregnant Woman Needs

I know this huge pillow may seem excessive, but trust me when I say it’s a necessity. You may be able to get by with using extra pillows, but eventually, you will want to chunk all those pillows. This body pillow will ease your sleep routine and actually make things more simplified.

This pillow is uniquely designed to follow the curves of your body and helps minimize tossing and turning. It is also a multi-functional pillow. It can be folded into other positions to support your back while reading or watching T.V.


I was recommended a heart doppler for my second pregnancy after I experienced complications with my first. It’s been nine years since I bought one and has been a tremendous help in easing my anxiety ever since.

However, I MUST tell you to be cautious when using your own heart doppler. It can be hard to find a heartbeat at times {especially in the first half of pregnancy} or if you have an anterior placenta. Sometimes, using a heart doppler can increase anxiety instead of lowering it. Please use it with caution.

This fetal doppler has a display screen for easy heart-rate readings, a speaker for listening to your baby’s heartbeat, and an auto output for headphones or recording.


Due to an increased blood supply during pregnancy or if you’re like me and get white-coat syndrome at prenatal appointments, having your own blood pressure cuff is a must-have.

This blood pressure cuff fits around your wrist with a one-touch button and screen for easy readings.


*I am not a medical professional. Always talk to your health care provider before using supplements.

Finding a good prenatal vitamin that doesn’t make you sick can be tricky. These prenatal gummy vitamins have been amazing through my last two pregnancies. I wish I’d found them sooner. The texture is great and tastes good too!

These SmartyPants prenatal vitamins contain premium ingredients such as Beta Carotene, Vitamin B6, Vitamin K2, and Choline. They are also non-GMO, free from milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nut allergens, shellfish, soy, gluten, and wheat. No synthetic coloring or artificial sweeteners.

Most importantly, these prenatal vitamins include natural Folate instead of folic acid.


*I am not a medical professional. Always talk to your health care provider before using supplements.

Calm Gummies are a magnesium supplement made to help keep stress at bay and encourage a good night’s rest. Magnesium is also said to aid in lowering high blood pressure which can be common in pregnancy.

These Calm Gummies are vegan and gluten-free are anti-stress gummies formulated with magnesium and a balance of calcium for mood-support. They are said to be safe for the whole family- be sure to read the label for dosage amounts.


*I am not a medical professional. Always talk to your health care provider before using supplements.

While pregnant your chance of feeling heartburn increases. If you find yourself with this you may want to get some papaya enzymes. It is a natural supplement to take after eating that is said to help with digestion and prevent heartburn.

These American Health Chewable Papaya Enzymes are 100% natural and helps insufficient digestion and promote nutrient absorption.


*I am not a medical professional. Always talk to your health care provider before using supplements.

Many pregnant women experience morning sickness. If you are one of them you may find it helpful to suck on something to relieve nausea.

Tummydrops are naturally flavored with peppermint and have helped relieve the symptoms of morning sickness and other digestive issues.


Stretchmarks and dry skin can happen during pregnancy. Because of this, it is beneficial to moisturize your belly and body. You may like this body oil for soothing your skin from a growing belly.

Burt’s Bees nourishing body oil is 100% natural and made specifically for moms-to-be as it helps recondition and revitalize skin throughout pregnancy. It contains sweet almond oil, lemon oil, and vitamin E to keep skin soft.


Doctors and Midwives will tell women they MUST drink LOTS of water. Truth is, they’re right! Your blood supply increases by 50% during pregnancy! Because of this, it’s vital for you to have extra water intake to keep up with the amount of blood moving through your body.

You may enjoy this Takeya Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle. Available in several colors and sizes, straw or spout, AND a wide mouth lid- great for adding ice and EASY to clean!


*I am not a medical professional. Always talk to your health care provider before using supplements.

Sometimes it can be hard to intake all the water needed each day. Ultima Replenisher electrolyte supplement is great for flavoring your water and making sure your body has all the important electrolytes it needs to function optimally.

Ultima Replenisher contains 0 calories, sugars, or carbs. It has 6 different electrolytes: magnesium, potassium, sodium, chloride, calcium, and phosphorus. this supplement is also Non-GMO, gluten-free, plant-based, vegan certified, keto-friendly, and paleo-friendly. It comes in several flavors too!


I know the thought of a maternity belt does not sound glamorous. There may come a point in pregnancy when all you want is to feel comfortable though. Having a maternity belt can relieve lower back pain you may be experiencing.

This maternity belt comes in several sizes and colors. It also helps you get relief from hip, pelvic, sacroiliac pain, while further minimizing spinal strain. Click the button below to see size chart.


It’s very common to have swelling in your feet and ankles while pregnant. Some women also experience varicose veins which can be uncomfortable. If you find your self with these issues, it would be good to get you a pack of compression socks.

This set of compression socks come in a pack of 8 pairs. There are several different color and design options to chose from- fun prints to solid colors and 2 different sizes. These socks are designed to promote blood circulation and oxygen flow to prevent cramping, fatigue, swelling, and helps in muscle recovery, spider and varicose veins.


Are you seeing a trend? Yes, you still want to look cute, but by now you probably see where this is going- comfort rules in pregnancy. These bras are super comfortable and double as nursing bras once your baby is born.

These bamboo silk seamless nursing bras are wire-free, have molded cups and removable foam inserts. Available in several sizes and 2 color options.


Here we go again… Comfort. Panties have a tendency to get stretched out during pregnancy. You may not realize it at the time, and you may slowly get used to the feeling of your underwear getting tighter on your hips, but if you give maternity panties a try you will not be disappointed.

This multi-pack of cotton maternity briefs are contoured to fit right under your bump with extra-wide leg holes so they don’t cut into your thighs. Generous backside coverage fits smoothly under clothes and no wedgies.


Pregnancy Essentials Expecting Mothers Need

I hope you found something useful pregnancy essentials on this list. If you’re wanting to see what other items worth getting while pregnant you may like:

Are you pregnant or have you been pregnant? Is there something you found useful during your season of pregnancy that feel should be added to this list? I’d love to read about it in the comments below!


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2 thoughts on “Pregnancy Essentials for Expecting Moms”

  1. Jennifer Stoltzfus

    All great ideas and tips, though I have never heard of the papaya. I’ll have to keep that in mind! Thank you for sharing. 🙂

    1. What?!?! You’ve never heard of the papaya? I figured you of all people would have known about papaya! Ask your midwife about it. It tastes good too 😉

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