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Sarah's Top 5 Pregnancy Essentials

Overall, I love being pregnant. Sure, there are six weeks during the first trimester when I want to die and take everyone else out with me. However, the remaining eight and a half months are pretty great. Of course, that is not to say there aren't challenges—both physical and mental—that certain products can't ease (even when I'm 39+ weeks pregnant and dying for Amos to get out).

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1.  Leachco Back 'N Belly - Contoured Body Pillow  I'm going to be honest with you. I could write this entire post about my pregnancy pillow - "Ode to a Pregnancy Pillow" by Sarah Stewart Holland. I LOVE this pillow. I'm convinced it is the reason I avoid 90% of the back and hip pain I hear my pregnant friends complain about. I also think it's the reason I wake up only once a night (to pee, of course) until the baby's arrival. You might be tempted to get a body pillow that only supports one side of your body. DON'T. You want the full wrap around style. Your husband might regret it but you never will.

2. Pregtastic Podcasts  Pregnancy can sometimes be a lonely endeavor, especially if you don't have any close friends who are also pregnant. All you think about or want to talk about is being pregnant, which usually can't be said about your husband, childless friends, or coworkers. That is why I love Pregtastic. Every podcast features pregnant panelists who ask the questions you are wondering about and share the worries and anxieties all pregnant women face. They also all come back after their babies are born to share their birth stories. Beyond that, the show is also an excellent resource for all pregnancy, birth, and baby information. If you find yourself totally overwhelmed by the stack of baby books on your bedside table, this is an excellent (and less stressful) way to take in all that information. I still think their breastfeeding series is one of the most helpful resources out there for the new breastfeeding mom.

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3. Baby Bargains  Oh, the dreaded baby registry. It seems like something that should be fun (picking out free stuff!). It's not. It's high pressure and overwhelming. Don't believe me? A simple search for "stroller" on Amazon turns up 8,550 results. How the hell is a hormonal pregnant woman supposed to decide? Because as much as you want to tell yourself it's just a stroller, in your weaker moments choosing between Chicco and Combi feels like choosing between Harvard and Yale. Your child's future is at stake here!

Well, Baby Bargains to the rescue! Most baby books offer generic (and less than helpful) advice like "Pick a stroller that fits your lifestyle." Gee, thanks. Baby Bargains provides actual reviews and ratings of the actual products. I haven't recommended this book to a single pregnant woman who didn't end up with a tabbed, dog-eared copy she described as her "Bible."

4. Sara Holliday: Prenatal Yoga Series   We all know how good prenatal yoga is for you. However, not everyone has access to good prenatal yoga classes or the motivation to add one more thing to her schedule. I also never liked how most prenatal yoga classes mixed women from all trimesters in the same class. My favorite thing about this DVD is each trimester has its own workout. They range in length from 35-45 minutes and are more than doable a couple times a week. I notice such a difference when I skip a week. When I practice regularly, my body feels less sore and stiff and I feel more relaxed and less anxious overall.

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5. Majamas Organic Easy Bra  There comes a point in most pregnancies where an underwire bra is simply no longer an option. Now, I'm carrying Amos much lower than I did Griffin, but my underwire bra still went the way of the caveman long ago. I love this bra because it is comfortable and super-soft. The best part is you can use it as a nursing bra after the baby arrives.

- Sarah Stewart Holland

Reader Comments (2)

So I have finally hit the stage in my life (never thought it would happen!) where my head is inadvertently snapping the other way when I pass the baby books aisle... It won't be for a while yet, but I'll be saving this for future reference! Thanks for being so generous with your tried and tested methods. :)

June 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHollie

Enjoy the pregnancy! :)

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