What Do Newly Pregnant Moms Need? 6 Essentials

Medically Reviewed on 5/10/2022
What Do Newly Pregnant Moms Need
Being pregnant is exciting, but it can also be daunting. Here is a list of must-haves for newly pregnant moms

Being pregnant is exciting, but it can also be uncomfortable. You may notice that your breasts are sore, you feel more tired than usual, and you may have some morning sickness. On top of that, it can be daunting to see the long list of pregnancy must-haves.

While every pregnancy is different, here are essential items most newly pregnant moms need to make the first trimester more pleasant.

6 essentials newly pregnant moms need

1. Prenatal vitamins

Folic acid helps prevent neural tube abnormalities. So it’s important for newly pregnant moms to take a prenatal vitamin that contains folic acid as soon as possible—before you conceive and throughout your pregnancy.

You can take a multivitamin that is rich in folic acid, iron, and other vitamins and minerals that are good for you and your growing baby. Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is also recommended for healthy brain and eye development. Your doctor will likely prescribe a prenatal vitamin that works for you, especially if you find pills difficult to swallow or digest, especially during the initial stages of pregnancy when you may be feeling nauseous.

2. Anti-nausea remedies

Most newly pregnant moms experience some degree of morning sickness throughout the first trimester and even beyond. 

Anti-nausea wristbands, ginger candies, and plain crackers can all be helpful to have on hand to battle nausea and vomiting. Talk to your doctor about safe medications that you can take to help calm your stomach.

3. Moisturizer

As your belly expands, you may notice changes in the texture of your skin. You may notice that your skin feels dry and itchy. Your growing belly bump may also result in stretch marks.

Applying a good moisturizer can help soothe your skin and relieve discomfort. Ideally, it is best to use products that are natural and do not contain chemicals.

4. Comfortable shoes

While it may be difficult to put away your stylish heels, wearing high heels can increase your chances of falling, which can be dangerous to your pregnancy. Wear comfortable shoes that can support you and your growing baby bump.

5. Maternity clothes

Wearing loose, comfortable maternity clothes throughout your pregnancy is important. Stock up on maternity pants or wear a waist expander during the first trimester. 

By your second trimester, you will likely need a wider range of maternity clothes as your breasts, rib cage, and belly continue to grow.

6. Body pillow

As the baby grows, many newly pregnant moms may start to find it difficult to find a comfortable sleeping position. Sleeping on your back is not recommended because it carries the risk of restricting the capillaries and arteries that carry blood to your baby. 

Side sleeping with a pregnancy body pillow can provide additional support for the hips, back, and legs and reduce pressure on your joints. 

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Medically Reviewed on 5/10/2022
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