In my humble and pregnant opinion, pregnancy is a weird time. And you might need some weird things around the house to keep you comfortable and sane during your 40 week human-building journey. Typically, most pregnancy lists cover things like pregnancy pillows and belly braces. But I’m a practical lady, and I want things that I will use past pregnancy. So without any further ado, here is my list of 7 weird items you might need/want during pregnancy.
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Let’s get this list started out right. Coffeeeeee.
Personally, I feel like this is something you should have regardless of if you are pregnant or not, but pregnancy is a great reason to get yourself a Keurig brewer. Why is that, you ask? For starters, many women try to cut back on caffeine when they’re pregnant. A single-cup coffee maker can help you better keep track of how many cups of coffee you are consuming in a day, as opposed to a 12-cup coffee pot.
Also, it’s easier to keep clean. Just throw away the pod when you’re done brewing, and you’re done with clean up.
If you’re looking to minimize environmental impact there are many distributors that now use biodegradable pods for brewing! Win-win!
Carpal Tunnel Compression Gloves
Weird, I know, but compression gloves were a must for me. During pregnancy, progesterone causes your ligaments to loosen a bit to get your pelvis ready for delivery. Unfortunately, progesterone doesn’t discriminate, and tends to affect ALL of your ligaments: hands included.
I started feeling carpal tunnel symptoms around just around month 7, and I have to say I was glad that I had these gloves on hand from my hardcore gaming days. I’m on my computer doing a lot of typing almost every day, and these compression gloves helped a TON with minimizing the soreness from carpal tunnel during pregnancy.
Also, these were nice because they were very light-weight for my 3rd trimester summer.
Full disclosure: you’ll need to have a good sense of humor if you get one of these, and you’ll need to be able to laugh at yourself. Because it is a little bit freaking hilarious. But hey, you gotta do what you gotta do.
Let’s face it, when you sit down in your 3rd trimester, you pretty much don’t want to get up. Ever. And bending over to pick something up off of the floor? Forget it.
It’s super cliche, but an extended grabber arm can be a huge help. Drop your phone? Use your grabber. Need something off of the top shelf of the cupboard? Forget the step stool; grabber to the rescue!
Your body is changing, and you will be sore. Epsom salts are a lifesaver. Especially if you are trying to manage pregnancy pain without OTC meds. Soaking in an epsom salt bath is a) super relaxing and b) amazingly helpful for easing soreness. I probably took an epsom salt bath every single day in my 1st trimester. My sciatica was a beast, and I had headaches almost daily. Epsom salt soaks took the edge off and helped me function a bit more like a normal human being.
You can get epsom salts at just about any pharmacy, but I fell in love with these salts because they are high quality and unscented. Plus you can buy these salts in bulk… which is nice when you’re going through them like crazy.
Pregnancy pillows might not be a “weird” item to procure when you’re pregnant, but most of them are gigantic and take up the entire bed. Which is nice if you have a king-sized bed and no one else to sleep next to. But if you need some extra belly support and still feel like sleeping in the same bed as your partner, you might want to consider a wedge pillow.
My friend recommended the Hiccapop pillow, and it has been life changing. This pillow is portable, and super modular. You can use it under your belly, between your knees, or under your back. You can also use it for better lumbar support when you’re driving or relaxing on the couch.
This pillow will legit turn into a security item for your pregnancy and you will want to bring it everywhere. Honestly, I wanted one for my bedroom, my couch, and my car… but I said, “No, Megan. Settle down. You can get by with just one.”
Boobs. Argh. Boobs during pregnancy. ARRRRGGHHHHH.
So. Annoying. Seriously. They grow like the Grinch’s heart when you’re pregnant. Some ladies might be able to go braless, but if you’re anything like me, you’re going to need some extra support. But you don’t want anything too constricting. Underwires are for chumps.
Tops with a built-in-bra can give you just a bit of support without tying you down like Hilary Swank in Boys Don’t Cry. Seriously, my breasts are ridiculous right now, and it’s just not comfortable to have them running around all free-range and stuff.
I loved these camisoles from iLoveSIA. They were comfy, and perfect for lounging around the house without feeling like I was completely on display. Plus, you can purchase an option for a nursing tank that you can use after delivery! Boom! 2-for-1.
Cell Phone Tripod
Selfies are cute and all, but what about bumpies? Bumpdates can be difficult to capture by yourself without the help of a full length mirror or Mr. Fantastic arms. The solution? A tripod and remote shutter release for your phone!
Seriously, I wish I would have thought of this when I was first pregnant. I’ve become a bit of a camera snob, and thought the only way to take decent bumpdates was with my DSLR, but I hated leaving it set up in my kitchen every week with my dogs that would inevitably knock it over; resulting in death to camera.
Just set the tripod up on a table with your phone, and click the remote shutter to take a bump-selfie without a bunch of fuss! So much easier, and much more portable. Can you say travel bumpdates? Yes.
Do you have any weird items that were a must-have for your pregnancy? Share them with me in the comments below!