The Essential Pregnancy Gear List for Expectant Moms
WebMD makes pregnancy gear simple for expectant moms.
While everyone's pregnancy experience is unique, certain types of pregnancy
gear can help make the nine months easier, no matter what kind of pregnancy you
have. Here's the WebMD trimester-by-trimester checklist of essential pregnancy
Pregnancy Gear: Preconception/First Trimester
. "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," says Pamela
Bertens, MD, an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the
University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston.The March of Dimes states
that women should take a multivitamin with 400 micrograms of folic acid every
day, particularly before pregnancy and during early pregnancy, as part of a
Good book on pregnancy. You really, really need "a good common
sense resource about what is normal and what's not normal -- whether a book or
a close girlfriend's phone number," Bertens tells WebMD.
Moisturizer. "A good moisturizer also helps, as many pregnant
women complain of dry, itchy skin," Bertens says.
Pregnancy Gear: Second Trimester
Maternity belt. "These thick elastic straps that go under the
stomach for extra support, can help prevent and/or alleviate some
pregnancy-related back pain.
Comfortable shoes. "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
New bras. Pregnant women will also need to do some bra shopping as
breasts typically increase 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 right size," says Bertens. Your bra size is likely to increase by
an additional cup size if you breastfeed.
Maternity clothing. 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
Pillows. Many women find that adding extra pillows to their bed helps
make them more comfortable, Gabbur says.
Antacids. Heartburn is common during pregnancy, and can cause
considerable discomfort, so Gabbur suggests putting Tums or Mylanta on your
essential pregnancy gear list. Make sure you talk to your doctor before you
take any type of medication.
Pregnancy Gear: Third Trimester
Car seat. While many future moms are superstitious and don't believe
in buying anything until their baby is born, a car seat is a wise investment as
you get closer to your due date, Bertens says. "You will definitely need a
car seat regardless of where you live. You can't leave the hospital without
one. It's regulation."
A crib, bassinet, or pack-and-play crib -- or some place picked out
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.