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5 Maternity Must Haves

During both of my pregnancies, there were a few key items that I couldn’t do without so I thought I would share these maternity must haves with you.

5 Maternity Must Haves:

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1.  Maternity/Nursing Bras

It’s so essential to have comfortable and supportive bras throughout pregnancy and it might be worth getting measured a couple of times during your pregnancy too as your ‘ladies’ can have a couple of growth spurts as well as your bump!

I opted for this 2 pack black and white Maternity Bra Set  from trusty M&S and I’m wearing them post-partum now too as they’re soft but very supportive and great for breastfeeding.  They’re slightly padded so give a good shape too.

2.  Leggings

I’ve been pregnant in both Summer and Winter months and in either case, leggings were essential for me.  In Summer I teamed them with a long nursing top or tunic and in Winter with dresses, jumpers and boots.

There are so many brands to choose from these days but I went with these over-the-bump maternity jeggings – they’re so so soft and stretchy and look really smart. ASOS do a brilliantly varied and affordable maternity range and I really recommend it.

3.  Pregnancy Pillow

The pregnancy pillow I used was the Original Theraline pillow and it was lovely and supportive.  You can read my review here.  I got this during my second pregnancy but didn’t get one for the first.  I regretted that as it meant surrounding myself with 6 normal pillows in various arrangements each night and it wasn’t particularly good for my back!

Many pregnancy pillows can be used to support you during breastfeeding after the baby too so they are worthwhile investing in.

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4.  Zantac

Yes, Zantac!  I hate to push the pills but I suffered terribly with acid reflux in both of my pregnancies and no natural methods worked for me to ease it so I always had Zantac Tablets on hand for when reflux struck!  I did end up getting a prescription from my doctor as it got so bad though.

5.  Sleep

Oh sleep, how I miss you!  I was so uncomfortable during both pregnancies with a sore back, pelvic pain and the aforementioned, dreaded acid reflux.

The pregnancy pillow really helped so much but over all, I just never got enough sleep during pregnancy as if it wasn’t the physical symptoms keeping me awake then it was my mind buzzing with things I wanted to do before the baby came!

So sleep when you can and at least try to rest when you can too.  Funnily, I often sleep better now I have a newborn that when I was pregnant!

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What were your maternity must haves?  Anything you couldn’t be without to make your pregnancy go smoothly?


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  1. kerrimenke24
    / 12:03 am

    With one’s body changing during pregnancy, comfort is of the utmost importance. Therefore, having maternity clothing that is easy to wear and comfy, yet still stylish, is a must for expectant mothers. Maternity leggings are a clothing option that meets all these criteria, as they exude comfort and style. With a plethora of options to choose from and a variety of ways to wear them, maternity leggings are a must in every expectant woman’s wardrobe.

  2. Meagan Bickerstaff
    / 10:25 pm

    Fantastic list! I definitely need to get the pregnancy pillow. I’m 6 months pregnant and although my belly isn’t that big just yet, my back is sore every morning.

    Will try the cabbage! Thanks for sharing!

    • / 11:47 am

      I definitely found the pillow helped my back. Congrats! :)

  3. Theloveofacaptain
    / 7:44 pm

    Yes to the pillow and bras! I bought mothercare bras last time and they was rubbish xx. Nice post

    • / 7:49 pm

      Thank you! Oh decent maternity bras are so essential aren’t they – my back was so bad until I got fitted properly :) x

  4. Kandy @messyhumbugs
    / 4:17 pm

    Loved reading your list – I thought you were spot on! Though I must admit I preferred maxi skirts with the roll down waist over leggings. Couldn’t have survived without my secret stash of lollies either! Thanks for sharing x

    • / 6:51 pm

      Oh good tip, especially for Summer! I’m a sugar fiend too :)

  5. Sian
    / 2:59 pm

    Yes, yes, yes! Leggings for the win!

  6. Mummy Muddler
    / 7:13 am

    Magnum ice creams haha! Don’t know how I’d have survived without them. Paying for it now though! #flabbybelly
    Great list! #TheList

    • / 10:45 am

      Ha ha so now I want a white chocolate magnum YUM!! x

  7. Yvadney @ Style After Nine
    / 3:43 am

    Agree with the list, although by the end I just wanted dresses as trousers Inc. leggings irritated me. I swore by strong ginger beer and sickness bands for my reflux x

    • / 5:32 am

      I think at the of pregnancy you go into ‘survival mode’ in a way! :)

  8. Mum in Brum
    / 3:12 pm

    Great list. It became a little ridiculous how much I loved my leggings. Don’t think I wore anything else for the whole 9 months! Also I would add some prenatal vitamin tablets – they really did make me feel so much better and got me through the tired stage without falling asleep at my desk. #TheList

    • / 6:54 pm

      Ha ha me too – and beyond! Ah yes, iron tablets helped me in staying awake when I was iron deficient :)

  9. Mummy Fever
    / 1:44 pm

    I couldn’t have managed without my leggings! #TheList

    • / 2:07 pm

      Comfiest maternity clothes ever! :)

  10. Kat @ Eat.Love.Live
    / 8:25 am

    I agree with everything on this list! I became so reliant on leggings, it took me a long time post part to get myself into some other trousers haha. I too suffered very badly with acid reflux. The 6th item I would say was ice cream! That was an essential during my pregnancy haha #thelist x

    • / 9:07 am

      Oh my word, how could I forget ice cream! :)

  11. Lavinia
    / 8:21 am

    Great list! I would add ginger nut biscuits. I ate a packet a day keeping my All Day (morning sickness) at bay! I can’t touch the things now!

    • / 9:09 am

      I know exactly how you feel – ginger tea and biscuits are horrible now! :)

  12. Alexandra @dontcallmestepmummy
    / 8:13 am

    Fantastic tips, I remember all of this well and agree completely with what you have said xxx Although for me it was Gaviscon for the acid reflux xxx #TheList

    • / 8:18 am

      The reflux is horrible isn’t it – yuck yuck! x

  13. kerry norris
    / 8:10 am

    Great list. Couldn’t agree more with it. I need to invest in some new bras asap as i’ve gone up 2 cup sizes already but I’m trying to hold off as long as possible although it is getting painful now. I’ve also literally just bought myself a pair of over the bump leggings, so comfy! x #TheList

    • / 7:37 pm

      Ooh you’ll feel so much better with good fitting bras ha ha now I really sound like a mum! :)

  14. lizzie (firstooth)
    / 7:26 am

    I agree with them all! I used normal bras and it really does make a difference when you wear a maternity bra all day and night. Boobs triple in size and they need to be strapped down! #thelist

    • / 8:19 am

      Ha ha mine certainly needed strapping down, yes!! x

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