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    45 Pregnancy Essentials Our Readers Swear Are 100% Worth The Money

    Smart recommendations for moms, from moms.

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    Please note that these aren't medical recommendations. Be sure to check with your doctor before starting any kind of treatment.

    We asked the BuzzFeed Community (and asked again!) for the products that helped them most through their pregnancy. Here are some of their favorites!

    1. A copy of Expecting Better, which lays out the research in an easy-to-understand way so you can actually make educated decisions about everything from taking morning sickness medicine to drinking coffee to eating fish and more — and find some true peace of mind.

    the book cover
    Penguin Books

    "Expecting Better and my keeping-it-real OB also saved my sanity in terms of what I could and couldn’t have."


    Get it from Amazon for $10.19, Barnes & Noble for $15.50, or find it at an independent bookstore or your local library.

    2. And a copy of The Girlfriend's Guide to Pregnancy because it's an honest, relatable, reassuring, and genuinely laugh-out-loud hilarious book.

    the book cover
    Gallery Books

    "Best pregnancy book ever is the Girlfriends Guide to Pregnancy by Vicki Iovine. It's hilarious and talks about EVERYTHING you know and don't know in way more reassuring and relatable ways than anything else I've read! It literally compares the tiredness that comes along with pregnancy to being permanently on cold medicine. Made me laugh when I was ultra hormonal!!!" —brandym5

    Get it from Amazon for $10.49, Barnes & Noble for $14.99, or find it at an independent bookstore or your local library.

    3. A stretchy belly band that will make it easier to wear your favorite pre-pregnancy pants, at least for a little while.

    model wearing the black band that stretches from waist to hips

    "You can wear your favorite pants further into the pregnancy because it’s a giant elastic band that holds your pants up without them needing to be buttoned."


    Get one on Amazon for $14.49+ (five colors available in sizes 1-4, which correlate with pre-pregnancy pant sizes 0-24; see the size chart for more info).

    4. A belly-support band for later in your pregnancy, when you absolutely need something that could help relieve your back pain.

    reviewer wearing the pale taupe band with sweatpants right under the bottom of their pregnancy abdomen

    "Belly support band! I'm currently starting my 3rd trimester with my first and I have days where I am on my feet all day. After talking to my doctor about the lower abdomen and back pain she recommended I get one. I am a plus size mom, so I'm always nervous when it comes to things that say "adjustable" and "one size" but they do a plus size band that's actually affordable. I was skeptical because it doesn't look like it would do much but I've had it 3 weeks now and it makes sure a difference! Hands down the best investment I've made so far this pregnancy!"


    Get it on Amazon for $28.97 (one size; if you need a plus-size option, you can get one from Motherhood Maternity for $22.48).

    5. Or some kinesiology tape, which can give you the extra support and pain relief you need with a few bonuses: you can wear it for up to five days at a time without changing it, it's water-resistant, and it's pretty much invisible under clothes.

    A roll of the tape in nude

    "Kinesiology tape! Support belts show up under my clothes, and get hot. KT helps with my back pain and pelvic pain without the uncomfortable sweating. Rock tape lasts the longest."


    "KT saved my back, hips, and belly during my second pregnancy. You make a big X across your belly with it. Complete life saver."


    Check out a video of how to apply it (that also has a bunch of other great advice for using it in the caption) while pregnant on Rock Tape's Instagram.

    Get Rock Tape on Amazon for $18.09 (available in 18 colors/patterns), and Rock Tap RX — which is designed for sensitive skin — on Performance Health for $18+ (available in three colors).

    6. Motion sickness wristbands — they'll press on a pressure point and help you finally get some relief from the nausea., Amazon

    "Sea sickness bands. I was so sick and nauseous I couldn’t even drive to work without having to pullover to be sick. I wore them religiously after I got them and could actually drive myself places."


    "Motion sickness wrist bands. They press on a pressure point and it really helped with the morning sickness."


    Just know that YMMV with all of these morning sickness recommendations; everybody's different! Get a pack of two wristbands on Amazon for $5.82.

    7. The classic Preggie Pop candies, made with a blend of essential oils that might make morning sickness a thing of the past.

    the candies wrapped in plastic

    "Preggy pop drops! I had morning sickness all nine months of my pregnancy, those things where the only thing that would keep it at bay."


    Get a pack of 21 drops on Amazon for $4.75.

    8. Or good old Jolly Ranchers or Sour Patch Kids, which *don't* have any essential oils but still might make all the difference.


    "Jolly Ranchers were amazing!! I got a big bag and they helped sooooo much with feeling nauseous!! Plus I could carry them around and no one would be any wiser while we were still keeping it a secret."


    "Sour Patch Kids! Or sour straws. Really any sour candy did the trick. They always recommend preggo pops but regular sour candy is cheaper. And tastes so much better!"


    Get a 5-pound bag of Jolly Ranches for $10.99 and a 5-pound bag of Sour Patch Kids for $13.77, both on Amazon.

    9. OR, something made with real ginger, like these hard candies, some ginger beer, or straight-up candied ginger.


    "Ginger People Gin Gins hard candies and ginger beer for nausea." —lindsaydiamondc

    "Candied ginger for the nausea — it's much cheaper then Preggie Pops and it works. I would just break off a piece and suck on it, and then my nausea would be relieved for that wave before the spew. Gin-gins, which I have found on Amazon and at Trader Joes, work well too, but again, the price. Cheap and works is good."


    Get a one-pound bag of the Gin-Gin hard candy for $16.99, eight bottles of ginger beer for $30.78 (or — and yes, I promise these prices are accurate as of this update — 24 bottles for $29.88), and a one-pound bag of organic crystallized ginger for $14.99, all on Amazon.

    10. Some soothing peppermint essential oil — it might just ease everything from nausea to headaches to swelling.

    the bottle of essential oil
    Plant Therapy /

    "I would rub just a little on my temples to help with nausea and headaches. Put a few drops mixed with water in a spray bottle to spray your feet and ankles to keep swelling down and keep you cool during the summer months."


    Get a bottle on Amazon for $7.95+ (available in three sizes).

    11. Or bunch of peppermint candy, to help calm any nausea you might experience both in the mornings and through the rest of the day.

    bag of 475 brach's star brites individually wrapped peppermints

    "Those good old fashioned red and white peppermints that your grandma keeps in her purse. If I didn't eat immediately whenever I felt hungry then I would get extremely nauseated and wouldn't be able to eat at all. My coworker kept these at her desk which became a GODSEND! She ended up buying me a huge bag because I would ask every day lol."


    Get a big bag of peppermints on Amazon for $13.99.

    12. A pack of bra extenders so you can make your bra fit no matter what size your boobs feel like being at the moment.

    "They cost no more than a few bucks and save you from having to constantly buy new bras for your ever-changing boobs." —shinysaruh

    Get a set of three (one white, one tan, one black) on Amazon for $4.99, available in two-hook, three-hook, or four-hook sizes. Or get a pack of 20 two- and three-hook extenders in a variety of colors for $7.69, also on Amazon.

    13. A flexible wire-free bra comfy enough to wear through every trimester and beyond, because its fabric easily stretches four different ways.

    model wearing v-neck Hanes Cozy Bra in white

    "They fit throughout all pregnancy fluctuations and you can sleep and breastfeed in them." —Erin Romanov, Facebook

    Get it from Target for $9.99 each (available in sizes S–XXL and four colors), from Hanes for $11+ (available in sizes S–3XL and seven colors). They're also on Amazon, but with limited color/size selection; the racerback style for for $6+ or the U-back style for $9.99+.

    14. Or a different but still stretchy and cozy nursing bra that'll be comfy now and easy to tuck back for breastfeeding after your baby's born.

    v-neck bra with wrap front that could pull down easily

    "Medela nursing bras from Target!! Soft enough to sleep in and sturdy enough to wear during the day at home. My daughter is five months old and I still wear mine to bed and while hanging out at home."


    Get it from Target for $19.99 (available in sizes medium and large).

    15. The Snoogle, a c-shaped pregnancy pillow to make sure you stay sleeping on your side through every step of your pregnancy — and maybe even afterward.

    model snuggling with c-shaped pillow that supports under head and between thighs

    "A Snoogle! Still sleeping with it postpartum."


    "The Snoogle body pillow. I've had two babies and I started using the pillow as soon as I found out I was pregnant (both times: I was too sensitive to sleep on my tummy even early on in my first trimester). It provides great support no matter what position you sleep in but it made this tummy sleeper genuinely comfortable enough to sleep on my side. It also provides great support while nursing. Definitely worth the price!"


    Get it on Amazon for $57.99+ (available in four colors).

    16. Or the u-shaped Queen Rose pillow that'll support your tummy *and* back *and* hips night after night (and is so comfortable every one else will want to borrow it).

    models cuddles with U-shaped body pillow

    "I went from stacking four or five pillows around myself and under various joints to just this one marvelous (albeit huge) pillow. It did the trick until about 38 weeks when nothing really helped anymore."


    Get it on Amazon for $49.19+ (available in four lengths and up to five colors).

    17. A multipurpose memory-fam wedge pillow with a soft side and a firm side for maximum adjustable comfort whether you're sleeping or just watching TV.


    "The Hiccapop pregnancy wedge has been aaaaaamazing. I’m a side sleeper and although I like my pregnancy pillow the wedge can go under my stomach and helps support it. It’s small and doesn’t take up space. It also takes a lot of pressure of my back. Best $20 I’ve spent!"


    "It saved my back and hips and helped me get comfy while sleeping."


    "The pregnancy wedge pillow was amazing! I was using about four pillows until I bought that."


    Get it on Amazon for $22.92+ (available in two colors).

    18. A gel memory foam mattress topper — even though your bed might have been plenty comfortable pre-pregnancy, you might find yourself needing just a little more cushion than usual.

    blue mattress topper on a bed

    "I didn't wake up hurting everywhere and was able to actually stay asleep. Still needed seven extra pillows, because support is everything, but it seriously relieved my back and hip pain when the pillows didn't."


    Get one on Amazon for $89.99+ (that's the price for a three-inch queen size; also available in two inch thickness, and sizes twin–California king).

    Or for more options, check out some mattress toppers that'll transform your bed.

    19. An essential oil roll-on that might just be the migraine holy grail you never knew existed...until now.

    reviewer's Migrastil Migraine Stick

    "Migrastil migraine stick from Amazon. Had the WORST migraines for the first and second trimester and this is the only thing that gave me any relief. It’s an essential oils mix of peppermint, spearmint, and lavender, so it also helps with the nausea a bit." —noellel479e10a61

    Get it on Amazon for $13.99.

    And while of course YMMV, my colleague Katy swears this really does help with her headaches. For more, read her Migrastil review.

    20. And a diffuser necklace to help you stay present and calm through all the changes and unknowns.

    necklace that says "be still" and has a spot to stash a diffuser pad

    "I had extreme anxiety during my pregnancy and I finally found a cute diffuser bar necklace that I would use with rose geranium oil. It really did help." —morganh44831a05d

    Get it on Amazon: the diffuser necklace for $22.99 (also available in "love" and "believe") and rose geranium essential oil for $16.90.

    And if you're struggling with anxiety yourself, or think you might be, check out 11 Things You Might Not Realize Can Be Signs Of Anxiety, 22 Therapist-Approved Tips Every Anxious Person Needs To Hear, and Everything You Could Possibly Want To Know About Therapy.

    21. A zero-gravity recliner chair to physically support every single part of your body with basically NO pressure, so you can actually relax for the first time in months.

    two of the high-backed chairs with built-in footrests; fabric is suspended in frame with heavy-duty elastic

    "As a teacher, I was on my feet every day, so by the time I got home, my back was killing me. I could never find a comfortable position in any of our furniture. I just couldn’t get the right angle to relieve the pressure on my lower back. Then one night, my husband came home from work with a zero gravity camping chair and OH. MY. GOD. It was heaven! I put a little pillow in the small of my back and felt as light as a feather."


    Get a set of two from Wayfair for $145 (available in six colors) or a similar product on Amazon for $61.23+ (for one chair; available in seven colors).

    22. A moisturizing oil that you can mix with regular body lotion to help potentially prevent stretch marks, and generally just feel all fresh and moisturized every single day.

    bottles of palmer's cocoa butter formula soothing oil

    "Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Soothing Oil. I didn’t love how it felt using it straight at first (felt like I was basting a turkey) but I decided to make a 1:1 mix of it along with my regular body lotion and I couldn’t be happier. Use it AM and PM. Seven months into a full-belly pregnancy and not even a little stretch mark in sight!"


    Get three bottles on Amazon for $22.96 or a single bottle for $7.96.

    23. Or a nightly oil — it could help improve the appearance of stretch marks and give your itchy belly some relief.


    "Bio Oil!!! I put it on in the bath every night from six weeks and didn’t have a single stretch mark! I know they say it’s mostly genetics, but I’m gonna say 50/50."


    "Bio Oil. Best thing for an itchy belly, and I don't have any stretch marks."


    Get it on Amazon for $23.99.

    24. If oils aren't your thing, a luxurious-sounding ~belly butter~ made with cocoa, shea, and jojoba that may help keep your skin smooth and soft month after month.

    burts bees mama bee container
    Burt's Bees

    "Burt's Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter! I expected a crap ton of stretch marks, but only got a few around my belly button."


    Get a tub on Amazon for $12.64.

    25. Or a cocoa butter massage lotion and tummy butter designed specifically to help with stretch marks — in addition to the classic Vitamin E and cocoa butter, this includes a blend collagen, elastin, centella asiatica, sweet almond oil, and argan oil, all of which work together to make a difference.

    Palmer's massage lotion for stretch marks in pump bottle
    Palmer's /

    "Palmer's Cocoa Butter for Stretch Marks because my stomach was itchy from dry skin and stretching." —dellarock

    Centella asiatica, btw, is a medicinal plant that can help with inflammation and promote collagen production.

    Get it on Amazon: the massage lotion plus a container of intensive treatment tummy butter for $24.45 or a kit/gift set that includes the lotion, the tummy butter, a massage cream, and the skin therapy oil for $19.97.

    26. Some cooling, soothing Preparation H because hemorrhoids are the. WORST. and it will help you feel that sweet relief.

    box of preparation H hemorrhoidal cooling gel

    "With hemorrhoids, Preparation H is a lifesaver."


    Get it on Amazon for $12.14.

    27. A heating pad or rice heating pack so you can soothe your tense, aching muscles whenever you need to, wherever you happen to be.


    "A heating pad!!!! My back always hurt so bad and having a heating pad on every night helped so much."


    "Rice Heating Pack! I put it on my growing belly and boobs and it helped with round ligament pain. I would get up in the middle of the night to reheat it."


    Get them on Amazon: an electric heating pad for $17.99 (three heat settings, soft, washable cover, nine-foot cord; although you're not supposed to sleep with electric heating pads) and a form-fitting microwaveable neck wrap (that you can totally use on the rest of your body, too) for $11.99.

    If you want a bigger microwaveable heating pad, check out the selection from Warm Hugs Corn Bags on Etsy; they lots of size options in fun fabrics starting at $8.95.

    28. Or an Icy Hot roll-on if you're so frustratingly hot all the time and need something that can help you feel cooler while also helping to combat your muscle soreness.

    Icy Hot box showing the roller ball, that it's 16% menthol, that it's quick drying

    "Icy-Hot roll on for my muscles. I definitely used it for my sore back and what not, but I was sooooo hot during my pregnancy, especially at night. It was frigid in our house — 63 degrees in October and November — but I was still hot. So I’d roll that stuff on before bed and it helped cool me down AND helped my aching back. That’s a deal, if you ask me."


    With all products like this YMMV, but if you need to cool down it could be worth a try! Get it from Amazon for $5.48.

    29. Some Epsom-salt to dissolve into a bath every night because it's another possible solution for aches and those incessant leg cramps.


    "Soaking in a bath with Epsom salt is the only way to relieve my pregnancy aches and leg cramps. I buy it in bulk!"


    Get it on Amazon: an eight(!)-pound bag of unscented for $5.96 or a three-pound bag of lavender-scented for $4.66 (also available in rosemary mint and eucalyptus).

    30. A stability ball that's comfortable to just sit on and also fantastic for some relaxing stretching and low-impact exercises.

    "Using an exercise ball for stretching and sitting felt great on the bum and hips!"


    You can find free exercise and stretching ideas on YouTube, of course! Get a stability ball on Amazon for $19.98+ (available in three colors).

    31. A pair of compression socks for shielding you from painful swelling in your feet and calves no matter how long you're on your feet every day.

    five knee-high compression socks, each a different color

    "Compression socks! They were a life saver since I was working 10-hour shifts at a hospital while pregnant."


    "Compression socks and flip flops! The end of my pregnancy was late summer/early fall. It was hot and my legs were swollen. My feet grew at least one shoe size too, so flip flops were awesome (and no help needed to get them on. Win!)"


    Get a pair of compression socks on Amazon for $18.95+ (two sizes and nine color combos available).

    32. A pair of yoga leggings that'll be basically the only thing you'll want to wear day in and day out, because they're just THAT comfortable.

    "Maternity yoga pants!"


    Get these on Amazon for $19.69+ (available in sizes S–XL and 12 colors/patterns).

    33. Or a pair of leggings in bright, playful prints for the days when you're tired of your go-to black pair but want to feel extra cozy.,

    "Leggings. Wouldn’t have survived my last pregnancy without them. Pregnancy makes it hard to wear pants, whether it’s uncomfortable bloat or that awful “in-between real pants and preggo pants” phase, pants just suck. Plus, mobility is a thing. My toddler didn’t care how pregnant I was, he still needed mommy to play with him on the floor." —Laurie Taylor, Facebook

    Get this pair of leggings on Amazon for $10.99+ (one-size or one-size plus available in 41 patterns), or browse 33 Pairs Of Incredibly Comfortable Yoga Pants And Leggings.

    34. A simple, comfortable dress that you can buy in multiple patterns and colors so you always know you have something cute and easy to wear.

    Old Navy

    "My best pregnancy hack was buying the same cute, simple, flowy dress in five different colors. I rotated them, and lived in those and leggings throughout my pregnancy."


    "Old Navy has these amazing stretchy dresses that I wore exclusively for the last month because I was so huge and uncomfortable l refused to wear any type of pants. I threw on a cardigan to dress them up for work, and wore them to lounge around the house. They’re great postpartum, as well!" —audreym4e467c33f

    The dress Audrey recommended is out of stock, but you can browse Old Navy's current selection of flowy maternity dresses starting at $9.97+.

    35. Or if wearing the same outfit for nine months sounds like your nightmare, basically anything from Pink Blush so you can feel just as put-together and well-dressed as you did in your non-pregnant life.

    Pink Blush, Pinkblush

    "Pink Blush maternity clothing! It's the only maternity line that matched my style and a lot of their stuff doubles as nursing clothing so you wear it for A LOT longer than nine months."


    Get the striped dress for $49+ (available in sizes S–XL, four colors, and petite and tall), or the purple floral one for $68 (available in sizes 1X–3X and up to three colors) — and check out all the best places to buy maternity clothes online.

    36. Some anti-chafe shorts to wear under your dresses, because pregnancy brings enough of its own discomforts without introducing red thighs into the mix.


    "I was pregnant during the summer and I was always uncomfortable so I wore dresses every day. This led to some chafing until i found Skimmies! They are super light and breathable undershorts but they’re almost made out of stretchy pantyhose material. They prevent chafing, smooth out thighs and belly, but are not tight like Spanx. I love them and still wear them with dresses and skirts."


    Get them on Amazon: single pairs for $24+ (available in sizes S–XXL and either black or light beige) or a pack of two pair for $39+ (available in sizes M–XL and comes with one each beige and black).

    37. A few pairs of maternity jeans and shorts perfect for feeling as much like style-savvy self as possible even months and months into your pregnancy.


    "Good maternity clothes. I invested in a few pairs of Jessica Simpson jeans (pants and shorts) and they were so worth it. I’ve been passing them onto my friends and they’re a group favorite."


    Get them on Amazon: a pair of Jessica Simpson maternity jeggings for $44.98+ (available in sizes XS–3X and two washes), and a pair of Levi's maternity shorts for $24.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL and three colors).

    38. A tank top with a built-in (but invisible) belly support band and x-shaped back reinforcement so your hips can get the extra assist that they desperately need.


    "Omg the Blanqi support tank was AH-MAZING. I almost didn’t get it because of the price tag but it was so worth it. I passed it along to my bestie when she was pregnant. Saved my hips and gave my tummy skin some extra support from all that stretching."


    Get it from Amazon for $72 (available in sizes S-XL and both white and black).

    39. Tums (or the generic) to help tackle any heartburn problems...,

    "Tums. So many Tums." —Romina Dejukanivich, Facebook

    "TUMS. ALL THE TUMS. Third tri has been nothing but heartburn, and I'm dying. I eat tums like candy for that, and they work almost instantly. I've gone through three bottles and I'm only half way through my third tri... But they are worth their weight in gold, I tells ya!" —Renee Lynn Ripley, Facebook

    On Amazon, get 48 Tums for $4.17 (that's about $0.09/tablet) or 150 generic calcium tablets as an add-on item for $10 (that's about $0.07/tablet).

    40. ...or Zantac (or the generic) to step in if the Tums are just no help anymore...,

    "Zantac for heartburn! I’m 34 weeks pregnant and I take one every morning and one every night and they are amazing. Tums quit working for me early on and I was left in excruciating pain from the heart burn/acid reflux. Zantac has been amazing! (The generic brand for a fraction of the cost is the best!!)"


    On Amazon, Zantac 150's $17.98 for 90 tablets (that's about $0.20/tablet), and a generic equivalent's $13.58 for 190 tablets (that's about $0.07/tablet).

    41. ...or if those both fail you, some Maalox (or Mylanta), for something with a little more kick.


    "I had round the clock heartburn and nausea for the first five months, and I kept a bottle of Maalox in my purse to take a sip from whenever I needed it. Tums and Zantac were completely useless."


    Get it on Amazon for $6.97 (available in two flavors; we highly recommend you follow the package's dosing directions instead of just taking sips as needed!)

    42. Prenatal yoga classes that'll help relieve small aches and pains and give you a community of other moms for good old-fashioned emotional support!

    "Prenatal yoga! I did not do this for my first pregnancy and found it so helpful for my second. Helps to ease physical discomfort, prepare you for labor (as much as one can be prepared), and provides emotional support with all the other moms there!"


    Classes not in the picture for you? You can find plenty of prenatal routines on YouTube you can do right in your living room.

    43. A tea to help, well, loosen things up on the days that your gut needs a little bit of help.

    "Smooth Move tea... because pregnancy does a number on regulation." —lindsaydiamondc

    Of course, only drink it when ya need it, and stick with just one cup, brewed according to the directions! Get one box from Amazon Pantry for $3.69 or a pack of six boxes for $21.03.

    44. A pair of Birkenstocks so you can enjoy serious arch support and put your shoes on in your third trimester without needing anyone else's assistance.

    Free People

    "By the third trimester I couldn't tie my shoes to save my life, my feet had swollen 1.5 sizes larger, and I had awful plantar fasciitis. Birks are comfy, have good arch support, and slide right on with no help!"


    Get the pictured pair from Free People for $100 (available in two colors and sizes 36–41, which translates to about 5–10.5) or a different style on Amazon for $35.95+ (available in many colors and sizes 36–41, although not all sizes are available in all colors).

    45. Or a comfy pair of Clarks for all of those same reasons (supportive, cute, slip-ons), depending on what you personally prefer.

    Clarks /

    "I got a really comfy pair of Clark shoes. They saved my feet."


    Get these slip-on sandals from Clark's for $100 (available in two colors and sizes 6–10, including half sizes), or a different style on Amazon for $35+ (available in eleven colors and sizes 5–12, including some narrow and wide options, although not all sizes are available in all colors).

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