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12 Essential Pregnancy Must Haves to Ensure a Healthy and Happy Journey

A thorough list of pregnancy items to help make these 9 months easier

Congratulations on this amazing new journey you’re entering! I’m sure you’ve heard a lot of things from your friends and family about how their pregnancies were and it may have scared you or made you feel excited.

Either way, this compilation of pregnancy must haves will help you feel more comfortable in this new chapter of your life. Whether you’re in pain already, feeling down, or just here to get the best pregnancy tips, you’ve come to the right place.

I will provide you with all the pregnancy items I used throughout both of my pregnancies that made my life so much easier.

Prenatal vitamins

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Prenatals are the most important item on this list. They’re crucial for ensuring you receive all the necessary nutrients.

Just so you know, your baby will get all the nutrients he needs because he takes from your body. However, if you don’t have enough of these nutrients, you will feel the brunt of it, which can be in the form of anemia, weakness, etc since there won’t be any left for yourself.

Some of the most essential nutrients that every pregnant woman needs are folic acid, iron, calcium, vitamin D, and omega 3. Taking prenatal vitamins helps support your baby’s development and compensate for any potential nutrient gaps in your diet.

There are many vegan prenatals that don’t include omega 3 so you can always supplement that on the side. My favorite prenatal which didn’t make me nauseous is MegaFood Baby & Me 2 Prenatal Gummies.

For omega 3, Naturesage Vegan Omega 3 is the perfect option since they’re easy to swallow, leave no fishy aftertaste, and best of all, they’re eco friendly and vegan!

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Related: Iron During Pregnancy: A Complete Guide to Avoid Anemia

Comfortable maternity clothing

As your baby grows, so will your belly. Your favorite jeans and tank tops will no longer fit you. Even if they do, I doubt you’ll want to be stuck in tight jeans when you’re already so uncomfortable from pregnancy.

The best materials to look for when buying maternity clothing are organic cotton, bamboo, or hemp materials. These are breathable, natural, and soft against your skin.

I bought maternity jeans but after wearing them a couple of times, I realized that I just wanted to be comfy and jeans weren’t cutting it for me.

I needed soft, stretchy leggings to wear when I would go to work or take my toddler to the park.

These leggings are the ultimate of softness and definitely one of every woman’s pregnancy must haves.

You can also get maternity tank tops, many of which can be used as nursing tops as well. This way, you won’t need to buy double the amount of clothes – for pregnancy and nursing (if you plan to breastfeed).

Related: The Ultimate Breastfeeding Essentials Checklist (PDF Included)

Nausea relief

During the first trimester, you’ll most likely experience nausea, also known as morning sickness. With my first pregnancy, nausea hit at around 7 weeks and lasted the remainder of the first trimester. I was throwing up a lot during those weeks.

During my second pregnancy, I barely threw up and didn’t have intense nausea. It was a lot more mild.

I think what helped me most was identifying what made me nauseous and preventing that.

I would throw up every time I took my prenatal vitamin, which was a huge pill. The second time around, I ditched the pills and opted for gummies instead. This helped tremendously!

Every woman and every pregnancy is different as you can see. But it’s always good to know what you can do to alleviate the nausea.

This is high on the list of pregnancy must haves since it hits right at the beginning and can last for a couple of months.

I tried the wristbands but it didn’t work for me. Many women swear by it so you can definitely try it out but I couldn’t figure it out for myself.

What did help me was taking ginger pills and eating bland tasting crackers.

These ginger candies are also an excellent choice for nausea relief. Receive 20% when you subscribe and save.

Protein sources

Protein is always important but even more so when you’re pregnant since you’re providing nutrients for you and your baby, not just for yourself.

Once I became pregnant, I suddenly found myself reading ingredient lists and buying healthier foods since I wanted the best for my baby.

I never used to do that before I had kids. However, being a mom, or a soon-to-be mom, there’s a responsibility there to provide better nutrition for your children than you would for yourself.

As a vegan, there are plenty of protein sources like legumes, tofu, tempeh, quinoa, nuts, and seeds. A few easy and healthy vegan recipes that provide you with protein are:

I also started buying Nugo protein bars to snack on during the day. Since my pregnancy, I’ve been consistently buying these bars since they’re so tasty and have lots of protein.

I love keeping them in my diaper caddy so I can munch on them whenever I’m hungry while I breastfeed my little princess Aria.

Pregnancy journal

This is such a memorable period in your life, not only because you don’t get your period (no pun intended), although that’s definitely a nice plus.

You’ll want to jot down your feelings, hopes, worries, and everything in between so you can look back at it with your baby once she gets older.

Or maybe you just want to keep it for yourself to read later on in life when you feel like reminiscing about this amazing journey your body went through.

This is one of my favorite pregnancy must haves since it’s such a special memory to have.

You can simply download and print this beautiful, feminine pregnancy journal and fill it in whenever you feel like journaling.

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Water bottle

You’ll need to drink a lot of water during these 9 months for a few reasons.

Firstly, it helps blood circulation which is necessary for all the nutrients to reach your baby.

Also, water helps increase the amount of amniotic fluid which surrounds your baby. Not drinking enough can cause a low amount of amniotic fluid.

It’s best to get a reusable water bottle so you can spare the environment from tons of plastic disposable water bottles.

I love this water bottle and I’m constantly refilling it. Since I got pregnant with Haylee, I’ve been taking my water bottle with me everywhere.

Pregnancy books and apps

It’s helpful to know what to expect as your baby grows inside of you. It’s also fun to track it and see what size the baby is and what part of her body is developing at each week.

You can choose to buy an informative book such as What to Expect When You’re Expecting. There are also some apps to download that provide valuable insights, guidance, and tips for a healthy pregnancy journey.

I used Pregnancy + and I love it. It showed what the baby looks like in 3D and it was so cool to track.

Not part of these pregnancy must haves, but it can also be helpful to buy baby books now since you’ll have more time to read these days, rather than once the baby is born.

I recommend What to Expect the First Year, by the same author as the pregnancy book I mentioned above. I love this baby book since it goes through each month of the first year and really explains everything. It’s especially helpful for first time moms and dads.

Panty liners

This may be one of those things that your friends don’t tell you about but during pregnancy, it’s common to have discharge. Some women never experience it at all, while others have it throughout their entire pregnancy.

It’ll make you feel much more comfortable having panty liners to keep yourself clean and fresh down there.

Healthy snacks

During pregnancy, it’s important to eat healthy so your developing baby gets an abundance of vital nutrients.

Of course, you’re going to be hungry a lot, as the saying goes “you’re eating for two”.

Try to stock up on nutritious options like fruits, vegetables, nuts, and snack bars. These snacks will keep your energy levels up and help curb pregnancy cravings.

You can sign up for this subscription of nuts through Amazon and get a different bag of nuts each month. It’s a great way to have variety with your snacks!

Here are some excellent snack bars to put on your pregnancy must haves shopping list:

Emotional support

This pregnancy must have isn’t a physical item to go purchase, although sometimes I wish it was that easy to get proper support.

Pregnancy can be a very challenging time, both physically and emotionally. When I was pregnant with my second, I suffered from prenatal depression, which I never knew existed.

I always heard about postpartum depression, which I had after my first pregnancy, but I never knew there was also prenatal depression.

It’s extremely helpful to have a strong support system to keep you going when things look bleak. It could be 1 or 2 close friends, a sister, a parent, or a neighbor. Whatever your support person/people look like, cherish them and keep them close.

I had my sister to lean on during those tough times that I went through and I can say that it was amazing to have and extremely important.

If you don’t have anyone to count on, you can always reach out to the PSI (Postpartum Support International) hotline or the National Maternal Mental Health hotline (available in the US only).

Raspberry leaf tea

During the third trimester, many women drink raspberry leaf tea. Note that I wrote raspberry leaf tea, not raspberry tea.

It doesn’t taste at all like raspberries, it kind of tastes like green tea – very neutral.

Why should you drink raspberry leaf tea during the third trimester?

You don’t have to of course, but there has been some research done that shows it can help shorten labor. Whether this is guaranteed or not, I would definitely say it’s worth it to drink it since you really don’t have much to lose.

If it does work, and your labor is shorter, that’s awesome!

And if it doesn’t work, and your labor is quite long (hopefully not though), you still gain all the antioxidants found in this tea.

Almond oil

Doctors and midwives recommend massaging your perineum (area between your vagina and anus) during the last few weeks of pregnancy.

This helps stretch the muscles in that area to make it easier for you to birth your baby.

Almond oil is a great choice of lubricant to use for this massage since it’s unscented so it won’t cause irritation and it has lots of health benefits too.

For detailed instructions on how to perform a perineal massage, check out this link.

If you’re already close to the end of your pregnancy, check out this hospital bag checklist so you won’t forget anything important.

To wrap up

Being a mom-to-be is an incredible journey and having the right pregnancy must haves will help ensure a healthy and fulfilling experience.

By focusing on prenatal vitamins, comfortable maternity clothing, a support system, and more, you can nurture your own well being while providing the best possible start for your little one.

Share this list with your other pregnant friends so they can enjoy this wonderful time too with these 12 pregnancy must haves.

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