Books/AppsI’ve built up quite a collection of baby books, some of which have been like a bible to me. My favourites are What to Expect When You’re Expecting – a popular one along mums to be, and it’s easy to see why. It is informative but light-hearted, which for me makes expectant motherhood a little less daunting! Your Baby Week by Week is another great book, which as the title states, goes through each week of your babies life, giving you lots of helpful advice and what to expect.
For apps, I’ve been loving Pregnancy+, a free app for the first 12 weeks and then is only a pound or two for the full version. This has been money well spent as it gives a breakdown of each week as well as daily facts and information, size guide for the baby, kick counts, and many more useful features. I also love the Baby Centre Pregnancy App, which includes daily information, checklists and links to the birth club forum which I found really useful particularly in the first trimester.
If there is one time to really pamper yourself, it’s during pregnancy. I’ve loved trying out all the lotions and potions out there designed especially for us pregnant ladies. My favourite by far has been the Sanctuary Spa Mum to Be range. The body butter in particular is amazing, I’ve used it so much throughout my pregnancy, and totally recommend to anyone. I’ve also really like the nspa Mum to Be range, which is available at Asda.
Pregnancy PillowGetting comfortable during my pregnancy hasn’t always been easy! I purchased the By Carla Mum and Baby Support Pillow quite early on and it’s been a complete godsend. It’s so useful for getting comfortable on the couch, as well as using it at night time. This can also be used for the baby when feeding, or just lying on. There are many different types of pregnancy pillows available, and I would definitely recommend getting one if you do suffer from back pain or find it difficult to get comfortable.
Maternity ClothesThis is an obvious one for most people, but I did struggle to find items that were reasonably priced and still flattering. I got a pair of black skinny jeans from New Look that have been an absolute staple in my wardrobe. They are super soft and have lasted really well. I’ve also purchased a few dresses, one in particular that I’ve loved is from H&M, it is maternity but I think will look fab post pregnancy too. Another place I have loved is ASOS, which goes without explanation! Their maternity range covers every item you could possibly need, and at price ranges to suit everyone.
Pregnancy Journal/Blog.I think documenting your pregnancy is a brilliant idea, whether it be in a journal, or even a blog, it's something you can look back on in years to come and even use as an outlet for all the billion things that go through your head in those nine months! For me, starting a blog was one of the best decisions ever. It has allowed me to meet so many wonderful people and I love the close community that bloggers have, it's incredible and I feel very lucky to be part of it.
I hope you've enjoyed this post and found it useful!I’d love to hear any pregnancy essentials you have.