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.
Pregnancy Gear: Second Trimester continued...
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.
Pregnancy Gear: Third Trimester
Many future moms are superstitious and don't believe in buying anything for
baby until they give birth. Still, Bertens recommends that you make an
exception and purchase a car seat well before your due date. By law, you can't
leave the hospital with your baby unless you have an infant car seat.
You will also need a crib, bassinet, pack-and-play, or some other designated
place for the baby to sleep, even if that's in bed with you. If you are
superstitious, have a crib picked out and paid for in advance and call
the store to have it delivered once you do.
Finally, your pregnancy gear should include a few essential items to have
when you come home from the hospital with your newborn:
- Diapers. If you plan to use a diaper service, make arrangements ahead
of time, or purchase disposable newborn diapers. You will also need diaper
wipes and a safe, comfortable place to change your baby's diapers.
- Baby clothing. Purchase and launder some newborn clothes and other items
including blankets, booties, hats, towels, and washcloths.
- A feeding plan: breast or bottle? If you plan to breastfeed your
baby, you don't need any equipment. If you plan to bottle feed, you will need
to purchase formula and bottles, which should be sterilized.