Include fabulous maternity clothes made by Bump Baby and Beyond on your essentials list and other items you need and can buy before the baby arrives.
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So two – instead of just one — lines showed up. The words (on your Clear Blue Easy Test) actually reads “pregnant.” You had the blood test at the doctor’s office. It’s official! You’re pregnant. You are expecting a baby (or two…). What do you do?
If you’re feeling anxious, don’t fret – you’re not alone! Whether this is your first or fifth baby, you have some prep ahead of you. Let’s assume this is your first and you don’t have a friend or family member who’ll provide you with hand-me-downs. If you’re comfortable with prep – and aren’t superstitious (yes, there are those women who want to wait until after they give birth to purchase anything baby-related) – being prepared will save you money, time and stress.
Of course, consult your doctor, because each pregnancy can differ. In the first trimester, you’ll need prenatal vitamins (with folic acid to prevent neural tube defects), a pregnancy book (ask your doctor’s advice for her/his favourite), and moisturizer to help the pregnancy plague of dry, itchy skin.
Start your pregnancy wearing your loosest dresses and elastic leggings, but you’ll soon want fabulous maternity clothes made by Bump Baby and Beyond. Their website has many, many options. Comfortable shoes (your shoe size may increase) are essential.
By the second trimester, a maternity belt can prevent or alleviate pregnancy-related back pain. A pregnant women’s breast size increases, at least one cup-size. You’ll need new bras, for during pregnancy, and likely, for after. You’ll need nursing bras (and your bra size will go up yet another cup).
While you’re looking into nursing bras, don’t forget insert pads for leaks. Bump Baby and Beyond offers washable and disposable (on the average, new mums go through 84 disposable pads in three weeks). Extremely comfortable, recommended, and washable (place in a mesh laundry bag, as pads are easier to lose in the washer than socks!) are 100 per cent organic cotton flannel pads. Look into pillows – we can heartily recommend memory-foam pillows to give you support (many women enjoy the body pillows).
You may need antacids (again, check with your OBGYN). At this point, you may be suffering from the proverbial nausea, so be sure you have some of a favourite scent (cologne, perfume, oil) handy, to take a whiff when you need it. Lollipops can also ease nausea. Your gums will be sensitive, so be sure you have floss to use for whenever you’ve eaten.
Seats and Rolling Seats
Start looking into car seats. Never buy a car seat second-hand, because you cannot guarantee the seat hasn’t been in an accident, and it may have possibly been recalled. Consider, too, looking for a crib, bassinet and/or a pack-and-play crib (the latter are great for traveling). Before you consider buying any of these items used, check the Internet to be sure there have been no recalls. Strollers are oft-used. Do research; don’t be swayed by over-priced celebrity favourites.
Also review – if you’ll need them, bottles, sterilizers and breast pumps (will you buy or rent?). Don’t bother with manual hand-pumps, as they are slow going and generally ineffective (even though advocates at the Australian Breastfeeding Assn. recommend them); they will be a waste of money for you, invest in an electric version; you may even need to consider a hospital grade unit (which can be rented).
An iPad or similar Android tablet can be particularly useful in the delivery room. Not only can you listen to a special playlist, but you can also watch your favourite films while you wait.
Your new-born will need a Layette, which you should completely wash in sensitive-skin detergent before use.
- Swaddle blankets
- Burp cloths
- Pregnancy books
- Prenatal vitamins
- Maternity dresses
- Comfortable shoes
- Bras/Nursing bras
- Nursing pads
- Favourite scent
- Dental Floss
- Infant diapers
- Breast Pump
- Layette items (listed above)
- Packed bag
No doubt there are other items, which are very specific to you that you’ll need to have near you. But with this list in hand and a great baby website like bumpandbeyond.com at your access, you’ll be well prepared.