Products for Expecting Mothers
Expectant mothers experience many changes, physical and otherwise, while awaiting the arrival of their new baby. Pregnancy can be a beautiful thing, but it can also be challenging and stressful at times. In order for expecting mothers to have the most comfortable experience possible, there are a few must-have items that they should add to their shopping list.
Prenatal vitamins are multi-vitamins used to make up for gaps in an expecting mother’s diet, especially as the baby grows and begins draining more of the nutrients that the mother’s body would normally keep for itself.
Prenatal vitamins tend to have extra iron, folic acid and calcium, among other supplements. Keep in mind that a prenatal vitamin is no substitute for a balanced diet.
Most pregnant women fear the dreaded stretch marks that can result from the skin on an expanding belly stretching so much in such a relatively short time. If you are one of these women, the daily application of cocoa butter is a must. Cocoa butter helps the skin retain moisture, which is believed to lessen the appearance of stretch marks.
Unfortunately, as an expecting mother’s waistline expands, her pants don’t grow along with it. This is where a belly band can come in handy. The belly band is a stretchy piece of fabric that allows pregnant women to continue to wear their pre-pregnancy pants a little bit longer.
The belly band covers up unbuttoned and unzipped pants, while keeping the waist band tight enough that they stay in place. As the pregnancy goes on, the belly band can help to keep up maternity pants that are still a little too loose; later still, it can help to prevent a pregnant belly from pushing maternity pants down.
Perhaps the most important product that an expectant mother can have in her arsenal is a good set of maternity clothes. Maternity clothes will grow with you, while providing comfort and showing off your figure in a way that is flattering, not fattening.
Getting a good night’s sleep is essential throughout your pregnancy, especially with many nights of waking up to a new baby’s cries looming. Unfortunately, in the last few months of pregnancy, sleeping becomes increasingly more difficult with a bulging belly making it hard to get into a comfortable position.
A full-body pillow allows expecting mothers to sleep on their sides (as is recommended by doctors) without the fear of aches and pains in the morning.