Essential Early Pregnancy Shopping Guide
Eventually you'll need a carseat, stroller, and plenty of cute tiny outfits -- but those things can wait a couple of trimesters. For now, focus on a few simple supplies and services that will make your life easier and healthier. Put these things in your cart for a healthy and happy early pregnancy.
Your gums may feel puffy and sensitive from pregnancy hormones, but brushing and flossing regularly during pregnancy is doubly important, since gum disease has been linked to preterm birth. Crest's Glide Pro-Health tape-style floss is flat and softer than the traditional waxy string, so they may be gentler on your sensitive mouth.
There's something about the sweet and sour taste of a fruity hard candy that seems to fight off nausea -- if only for the few minutes you're eating it. "I tend to recommend having sour candy or ginger on hand at all times and using these at the the first sign of nausea. The sourness helps to calm the nausea and can help reduce vomiting episodes as well," says Shilpi Agarwal, M.D., a family physician in Los Angeles.
Acupressure wristbands can help soothe morning sickness for many women. But if traditional stretchy cotton ones are too tight, or leave you wishing for more style, try Psi Bands ($15, psibands.com for stores). The adjustable bands come in blue, red, or black plastic with cute patterns.
There's no hard proof that cocoa butter will stop stretch marks for every pregnant woman, but plenty of moms swear by it. (And it smells great.) "I massaged pure cocoa butter on my stomach after every shower as soon as I found out that I was pregnant. It gave my skin elasticity and I have zero stretch marks on my stomach," says Tangela Walker-Craft, a mom and blogger. "I wish I'd known to put it on my hips, butt, and upper thighs too!" One fun cocoa butter product that's all natural (and smells like dessert) are the massage bars by Lush.
Ginger is a well-known nausea soother, and if nibbling on the crystalized or candied stuff is a little too spicy for you, try ginger-flavored mints. "I loved ginger Altoids when I was pregnant, but mints of all kind also worked for me," says Natalie Wahl, a mom and health coach in North Las Vegas.
Ultra-Thin Panty Liners
You might think your days of needing panty liners or pads are over, but many women have increased discharge during pregnancy, and on especially heavy days, a panty liner can help keep you feeling dry and fresh.
Ice, Ice, Ice!
Cold food and drinks can help settle your stomach when a wave of nausea hits. "Ice cold water can be very helpful with lemon or lime in it. Or a bowl of cold fruit," says Anne Rust, a birth doula and founder of online mom-to-be support site MamaSeeds.com. "We don't know what the science is behind why cold things help, but when we do get nauseous, we tend to feel hot and yucky so maybe it just cools that wave."
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