Must-Have Maternity Items

If you've ever been pregnant, you know there are hundreds of pregnancy products specifically designed (and marketed) for expectant mothers. Sometimes it’s difficult to figure out what's actually helpful in pregnancy and what's commercialized fluff. Read on for some advice from real moms (and real doctors) about the best pregnancy products they found.

There's a sea of pregnancy products out there. What's worth spending on and what's worth leaving on the shelf? Rather than navigate the murky waters of mass marketing alone, find out what some other mommies (who happen to be doctors) consider pregnancy must-haves.

1Pampered Chef Digital Pocket Thermometer

Pampered Chef Digital Pocket Thermometer

Food-borne illnesses are particularly nasty when you're pregnant. Although many pregnant women take precautions to avoid high-risk foods, food temperature is also an important factor to consider. "One way to prevent food poisoning is to make sure that your food is cooked to a high enough temperature to kill any bacteria," says Dr Rallie McAllister, MPH, family physician and coauthor of The Mommy MDs Guide to Pregnancy and Birth. "Before serving your food, check it with an instant-read thermometer."

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