Morning sickness is often one of the first and strongest symptoms that you’re expecting, but it’s by no means the only one! Throughout your pregnancy your body will change in countless ways to allow your little one to grow and thrive in the womb. Thankfully, these must-have products will help you manage when these changes prove to be more uncomfortable than you can bear.
Pregnancy essentials for maximum comfort
For wardrobe comfort…
With empire-waisted maxi dresses and layered tunics and leggings currently in style, some women can get away with purchasing virtually no maternity clothes during their pregnancy. But once you reach your third trimester, you will likely need a little help to make your existing wardrobe more comfortable. As an alternative to buying new jeans and pants, consider investing in wardrobe extenders, such as the Fertile Mind Belly Belt — it loops between your pants buttons and creates extra space — or belly bands, which can be worn over pants and leggings to cover your bump.
Fertile Mind Bando, $45 (sold with Belly Belt)
Fertile Mind Belly Belt, $25 on its own, or $45 with Bando
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For sore nipples…
Lansinoh HPA Lanolin, various sizes, priced from $7-$18. Available at your local pharmacy.
For tender breasts…
A supportive bra will be your best friend throughout your pregnancy, as it not only helps you feel more comfortable, but may help to prevent sagging once the baby is born. Some women invest in nursing bras to wear throughout their pregnancy — why not kill two birds with one stone? — or you can opt for tailored maternity bras that are designed specifically to support extra-heavy breasts during this time. If you already own comfortable bras and don’t want to fork out extra cash for underwear that you’ll only wear for a few months, consider purchasing a couple of bra extenders. They’re available from department stores like Kmart, Target and Big W for less than $10 a pack.
Bra extenders, priced from $6-$10
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For stretch marks…
Prevention is always better than cure, which is why many mamas slather their growing bellies in Bio-Oil or baby oil on a daily basis. While there is no way to medically prevent stretch marks from forming (as creams, oils and lotions cannot penetrate to the deep skin layer where stretch marks occur) they can help to moisturise your skin and make it feel less dry and itchy. Bio?Oil — which has won 85 skincare awards since launching in 2002 — has also been proven effective in improving the appearance of stretch marks. According to a study conducted at the proDERM Institute for Applied Dermatological Research in Hamburg, 95 per cent of subjects reported a statistically significant improved result after only two weeks.
Bio-Oil, various sizes, priced from $12-$22. Available at your local pharmacy.
Baby oil, various sizes, priced from $4.99. Available at your local supermarket, department store or pharmacy.