Pregnancy Gear 101: Guide to Essential Pregnancy Gear
If you are pregnant or planning on getting pregnant, make sure you are equipped with the right pregnancy gear.
Everyone's pregnancy experience is unique, but certain types of pregnancy
gear can help smooth the way no matter what type of pregnancy you have. Here's
WebMD trimester-by-trimester guide to essential pregnancy gear.
Pregnancy Gear: Preconception/First Trimester
Preparing for pregnancy should begin before you even conceive, says Pamela
Bertens, MD, an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the
University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston.
"Folic acid prevents neural tube defects, so you need to start taking a
prenatal vitamin containing folic acid even before you conceive and continue
taking it throughout your pregnancy," Bertens tells WebMD.
According to the March of Dimes, all women should take a multivitamin with 400
micrograms of folic acid every day before pregnancy and during early
And when you do become pregnant, you'll need "a good commonsense
resource about what is normal and what's not normal, whether a book or a close
girlfriend's phone number," Bertens tells WebMD." A supportive spouse
Finally, add skin moisturizer to your pregnancy gear list, Bertens says.
"A good moisturizer also helps as many pregnant women complain of dry,
Pregnancy Gear: Second Trimester
Comfort is key as your body starts to expand, experts agree, so your
pregnancy gear must-have list should include items that pamper you and
your changing body. Bertens recommends that you try a maternity belt.
Maternity belts are thick elastic straps that go under the stomach for extra
Comfortable shoes are also on WebMD's list of essential pregnancy
gear. "Spiky heels may be fashionable, but they are not good for
pregnancy," says Bertens. The main problem with high heels is that you are
more likely to fall, and that can have devastating consequences during
You will also need to do some bra shopping as breasts typically increase by
at least one cup size during pregnancy. "If you go to a specialized bra
shop that is good at this, the saleswoman can help you get one bra for
pregnancy and one for after if you decide to nurse that that will be the right
size," says Bertens. Breastfeeding will increase your cup size still
Comfortable, loose-fitting maternity clothes are also important during
pregnancy, says Nagaraj Gabbur, MD, the director of medical education and an
assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the State University of New
York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn.
Many women find that extra pillows for the bed can make a big difference at
night, Gabbur says. Consider buying a body or maternity pillow. Many
women find that cuddling up with one of these large, soft pillows can help you
sleep comfortably as your belly grows.
Heartburn is common during pregnancy, so Gabbur recommends putting
Tums or Mylanta on your pregnancy gear list. Make sure you talk to your doctor
before you take any medication during pregnancy.