Do you know What all Things a pregnant woman really Need?

Things pregnant women need
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A women’s body undergoes a lot of changes in pregnancy. And because of these changes, most of the moms-to-be may feel tired, sick, anxious, delighted, in pain all at the same time.

Would-be mothers may love some changes and embrace them but feel uncomfortable with some. That’s why you need to know about the things pregnant women need so that they can have a safe and healthy pregnancy.

In the 1st trimester, some women experience severe nausea (morning sickness) whereas some may just feel a bit of discomfort. May feel tired most of the time of the day.

Then the  2nd trimester you start feeling better than before and start craving food and may gain a bit of weight too.

When the 3rd trimester commences you will become more forgetful, worry about labor, experience Braxton Hicks, gain some more weight, have back or joint pain, and find it hard to sleep.

Pregnancy is all about experiencing all kinds of physical and emotional changes. If you know what all things are must-haves in pregnancy it helps to make the journey smoother for both the parents.


Things a pregnant woman need

Be it the most needed vitamins or maternity clothing or pregnancy gears if you got the things mentioned in the low down you are almost sorted in your pregnancy.

So, everything you need to buy for pregnancy is down below:

1. Prenatal vitamins

The first and foremost important thing which a pregnant woman needs is prenatal vitamins. Not only you can have them once you conceive but when you start thinking of adding a member to your family.

Oh yes, these days experts say you can totally start taking prenatal vitamins before you try to have a baby. Even though there is no substitute to a healthy diet but there are some pregnancy essential nutrients you might be running low on.

The Prenatal includes all the important nutrients like folic acid, vitamin D, calcium, iron, iodine, Omega 3 fatty acids.

Amongst all, folic acid is considered to be the most important the nutrient which helps proper development of baby's brain, skull, and spinal cord and avoids birth defects.

If you are taking prenatal vitamins you are fulfilling the needs of yourself and your developing baby or preparing yourself for healthy pregnancy.


2. Guide to pregnancy (book or App)

There are tons of great books and apps available that can guide you through the pregnancy journey.

There a lot going on already in your body and mind so these books or apps can give you information about your changing body and your developing baby.

Something like a week-by-week guide to pregnancy and childbirth, surrogacy, changes in your body, twin survival guide etc.

You can prepare yourself well for a healthy pregnancy journey if you learn about your body and the changes ahead. Find yourself a book that matches your lifestyle, needs, and situations and at the same time informative too.

If you live in the UK you can use the Baby Buddy App (free) or Family Assist (free) on your phone to get advice and help to give you and your baby the best start also you can chat with health professionals.


3. Morning sickness remedies

In the first trimester morning sickness is common, some experience frequent vomiting while others may feel like vomiting occasionally. This led to discomfort and loss of appetite.

There are some remedies and medications which can keep the morning sickness in control. These are:

(a) Morning Sickness Acupressure Wristband: 

The acupressure waistband puts the right amount of pressure in the inner wrist. You don’t need a prescription to get these waistbands and are widely available in drug stores.

(b) Ginger: 

Ginger is a natural remedy that helps to reduce the feeling of nausea. A little amount of ginger is good for the health. Ginger helps with digestion and morning sickness too. Having a ginger tea or ginger candy/ chews can ease nausea.

(c) Citrus fruits: 

Smelling or tasting lemons, oranges or any other citrous fruit could be comforting during pregnancy. This actually worked for me when I was in my 1st trimester. There is something about these citrous fruits that makes you feel refreshing and eases nausea.

(d) Smoothies, shakes & popsicles: 

If you feel uncomfortable drinking water throughout the day to keep yourself hydrated then choose some tastier options for liquids. It is quite easier to drink smoothies and shakes and lick popsicles. At times in the early phase of pregnancy having water makes you feel bloated and uneasy that causes bring ups.


4. Belly butter or Moisturiser:

As the pregnancy advances the belly grows and leaves the skin itchy, dry and with stretch marks. Belly butter is designed especially for moms-to-be that nourishes the skin before and after pregnancy. It is recommended to use a moisturizer that is chemical and fragrance-free.

Coconut oil can also be a great option in case you are fine with the light coconut smell. It not only moisturizes the skin but calms the redness, soothes skin irritation, protects the skin, reduces the appearance of stretch marks if applied on a regular basis.


5. Belly Support belt:

Abdomen discomfort and back pain are common in pregnancy. Many pregnant women use these belly support belts as it keeps the belly from drooping. This also provides back support with core or pelvic floor support.

Mostly used at the end of the 2nd trimester or in the last one. A little bit of compression can reduce discomfort from movement during physical activity. A belly support band allows you to do exercises during pregnancy easily.

The best part is that you can use the same belly support band after childbirth. In postpartum, you may find the little pooch hanging and may feel pressure in the pelvic area too. To give you some support to abdominal muscles and help getting flat stomach belly wrap is best.


6. Pregnancy Pillow:

In the later trimester would be moms may find sleeping difficult. A pregnancy pillow can give you the support and comfort needed for you to take rest and have a sound good night sleep.

A pregnancy pillow supports your entire body which means you don’t need to tuck a lot of pillows to support your body when sleeping.

Pregnancy pillows are available in different shapes and sizes. The most common pregnancy pillows available in the market are: C-shaped pregnancy pillows, U-shaped pregnancy pillows, and wedge pregnancy pillows.


7. Maternity clothing:

When should I start wearing maternity clothing? - is the common question. Well, one can start wearing maternity when they grow bigger in size comparatively and the regular clothes get tighter and uncomfortable, generally by 2nd trimester. Every pregnancy is different. Some women start showing early some don’t.

Some women gain more weight in pregnancy than others. Because of the raising hormone levels in your body, the breasts can grow bigger too. Now what all clothing do you need in pregnancy?

(1) Maternity Trousers or Jeans Or Leggings.

(2) Maternity Tops/ bra.    

(3) Loose-Dresses or skirts. (if you don’t intend to show of your legs team it up with leggings)

(4) Loose-fitting cardigans or Jackets.

Get your pregnancy wardrobe in place without the need of spending too much. Don’t get overboard with shopping for maternity wear. Maternity clothes are to be worn for a limited time. You can also consider getting some stuff on sale or buy some sizes bigger than your original size.


8. Compression Socks & Comfy shoes:

Most pregnant women experience swelling in their feet and hands. This is due to extra fluids and blood in the body which causes swelling. It usually comes on gradually and happens in late pregnancy.

You may find your regular shoes a bit tight or uncomfortable in pregnancy. This starts to happen in the 2nd trimester and to some in the last trimester.

So, get a comfortable shoe for yourself. Choose at least a half a size bigger than your original size. Buy the one which is lightweight and breathable. If you have crocs at home, it is best to be worn in pregnancy.

You can also consider wearing socks after consulting your GP or midwife. Compression socks alleviate discomfort in legs and your legs would feel lighter & less swollen.  


9. Healthy snacks:

In pregnancy, one can crave a lot of things so rather than eating junk all the time it's better to opt for something healthy.

(a) Peanut butter and cracker

(b) Protein Bar

(c) Baked sweet potato Fries

(d) Probiotics Yogurt          

(e) Smoothies with chia seeds on top

(f) Air-popped popcorn

(g) Banana Oat Cookies

(h) Carrot sticks with Hummus

(i)  Fruit popsicles made at home


10. Oral hygiene items

Some women get swollen and sore gums during pregnancy, which may bleed. So, it is vital to keep your teeth and gum clean and healthy.

Brushing your teeth twice every day and avoiding sugary drinks or snacks too often is the best advice.

Book a dentist appointment to get a though clean-up.

In case you have morning sickness and you get sick quite often then, try to rinse your mouth every time you are sick. Rinsing your mouth often will prevent your teeth from getting damaged.

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