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!