A pregnancy journey comes with its own set of highs and lows, but it doesn’t mean that it’s not a rewarding or fulfilling one. For a first-time mother, this can be an exciting and stressful process.
Before thinking of things to buy for your newborn, it’s important to first take note of the things you should have during your pregnancy. This way, you can have a healthy, safe, and more comfortable pregnancy journey.
Let’s take a look at some of the must haves for expecting mums below.
1. Apps for Pregnancy Tracking
There are many pregnancy tracker apps available out there such as Ovia or Pregnancy Tracker: Baby Bump. This is particularly helpful for first-time mothers who want to keep tabs on their weekly pregnancy updates.
In these apps, you’ll see illustrations of your baby growing, their sizes being compared to fruits, or even the movements you can expect to feel from your little one! Some apps even have suggested food and beverages you can include in your diet.
This is in no way a medical alternative, though. Keep in mind that you should still get advice from your doctor on what’s best for you and your baby! But the app sure does provide a good (and fun!) way to keep track of your baby’s growth.
2. Childbirth or Pre-natal Classes
As a first-time mum, you may not know what to expect during labour -- and that itself can be a little overwhelming. In order to prepare yourself better, you may want to equip yourself with resources available online.
By keeping yourself informed, you can manage your expectations (and feel a little more prepared) when the day comes.
3. Maternity Wardrobe
This may seem obvious, but something that is often overlooked by first-time mothers. It’s because they usually only buy dresses, or pants for their growing belly. However, maternity clothes should also include items such shoes, and even belts!
Your feet will actually get bigger during the course of your pregnancy, so it’s important to invest in a pair of comfortable shoes. They may even continue to grow until the end of your pregnancy, so it’s best to invest in shoes that are one to two sizes bigger.
Pregnancy will also give you back and hip aches, which especially increases in your second and third trimesters. So you may want to look into maternity belts that will provide better support for your back as your baby gets bigger and heavier.
4. Itch Lotion / Shea Butter
Your belly expands more than your skin can regenerate when you’re pregnant. This causes stretch marks, itchiness, and tightness. This will happen especially during your second trimester, and for some expecting mums, the itchiness may be quite uncomfortable or unbearable!
Hence, it’s important to be prepared with a soothing lotion as well as a shea butter to help moisturise the area. Be careful in picking out these products, though, as your skin may be especially sensitive during this time!
As much as possible, try buying organic products, or with ingredients that are recommended by your doctor to avoid any complications.
5. Medicine for Pregnancy-related Discomforts
Pregnancy is an emotional roller coaster ride, and may also come with discomforts such as nausea, constipation, and heartburn.
Of course, not all pregnant women will experience these, but for those who do, it’s better to be prepared. You may want to have a bag for all your “emergency” needs, and keep them in one place.
Again, it’s best if you ask your doctors about the medicine or vitamins that you should be taking to help alleviate the pregnancy woes that you are experiencing.
6. Pregnancy Pillow
Your body is constantly changing during a pregnancy, which can make daily activities such as sleeping or lying down harder to do! This is where pregnancy pillows come into play.
They’re designed to support the contours of your body, and make lying on your side more comfortable by supporting the extra weight from your growing baby. That way, you’re able to get a more restful and comfortable sleep.
A popular pregnancy pillow is the Doomoo Buddy. The pillows are made of organic cotton and fine microballs to provide an exceptional comfort to the mother when sleeping. (It also doubles up as a nursing pillow once your baby is born!)
Finding Reliable Baby Products
If you’re an expecting mum, you will want to ensure that the baby stores you’re getting your baby nursery essentials from meet certain safety requirements.
Hatchery has a range of essentials suitable for both you and your new-born when he/she arrives, such as nursing chairs, bedside bassinets, and even wearable breast pumps!
Check out our website or book a visit to our baby showroom to view our available products today.