Stretch Marks to Maternity Bras – 5 Must Have Pregnancy Purchases

The market is flooded with products aimed at making pregnant life easier, but which ones do you really need? Here are my top 5 purchases, from soothing stretch marks, to supporting growing boobs!

Palmers Cocoa Butter

We all know that stretch marks are genetic, and if we’re going to get them, we’re going to get them.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in a little bit of a pamper when it comes to your bump! Moisturising will at least help with the stretching that your skin is doing, and any itchiness caused.

I used the Massage Lotion for Stretch Marks as soon as I started growing a bump. This lotion is a fairly light consistency, perfect when you’re in those early days.

I then stepped up to the Tummy Butter for Stretch Marks from around month 8 of pregnancy. It’s a really thick consistency which was the luxurious feeling I was after when I really started to pop! It also really has that distinctive cocoa butter smell I love about Palmers.

I purchased both products myself, but have since been sent goodies from Palmers that I’m excited to keep using after baby is born. Especially their baby range which, whilst still maintaining their signature scent, has a gorgeous soft baby scent to it!

Babymoov Dream Belt

This was an absolute lifesaver!

Unfortunately I didn’t find a pregnancy pillow that I could get on with. I constantly found myself getting tangled in it at night which would inevitably wake me up.

But the Babymoov Dream Belt moves with you, genius.

It has memory foam padding either side of the bump, and supportive belts top and bottom. I really felt the benefit of this supporting the gap between my hip and the mattress!

I’m a size 10, and should have gone for the XS/S instead of the M/L which was a little roomy. I loved it all the same though!

H&M Maternity Clothing

Hands down my fave.

I wasn’t keen on buying heaps of clothes for my pregnancy. I wrote this post about how to find non-maternity clothes for the bump. A few key purchases are a must have though.

I loved H&M maternity clothing, and would suggest a few things to get you through:

  • 2 pairs of jeans – I chose a blue and a black pair
  • A selection of tops…you get to a point where very few non-maternity items will stretch down over the bump, and a protruding bare bump isn’t a good look!
  • Comfy clothes – I picked up a pair of their leggings and joggers, and lived in these at home

I enjoyed layering non-maternity clothes with these basics, but you really do need a few core items, and H&M was the best I found!

Bravado Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra

I’ve always been a little bit too blessed in the chest region if you ask me, making it difficult to find comfortable bras anyway.

When I discovered I was pregnant, it was the perfect excuse to find myself a super comfortable bra.

I scoured all the mother & baby awards and online reviews, and set my sights on the Bravado Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra.

Hello ultimate comfort!

I purchased them in a few different colours, and never looked back. In fact, I’m not quite sure I’ll ever be able to go back to normal bras, lol.

Baby Magazines

A whopping 12 weeks ago I wrote about my top resources for pregnancy, and I am still absolutely loving Gurgle magazine, and Mother & Baby magazine.

They are a refreshing dose of relatable advice and real life stories each month, and I’ve learnt a lot!

I’ve scrapbooked any super useful tips I found in these magazines, and I was even featured a couple of times in Gurgle’s bump gallery!

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