If you’re expecting a little one, you’re likely thinking a lot (like, a lot) about what essentials you’ll need for the baby…but don’t forget, you may also need an item or two to get you through your pregnancy! Clothes to fit your changing body, new beauty products to replace the stuff that isn’t preggo safe, products to help you manage your symptoms…these buys will totally help you make the whole experience a bit easier (and more fun!).
But with everything you see out there, it can be tough to determine which purchases are really up to snuff. That’s why we asked a group of Monica + Andy team members — all of whom have been through pregnancies recently — to share some of the items they loved through their own pregnancies. Here are the goods that earned our stamp of approval!
“A super soft life-saving tank top. I wore it under layers and by itself. It’s cute and supportive. It helped throughout my pregnancy but was most helpful in the last trimester to help hold my belly and release pressure as things started to shift down.” – Kristie Wagner, Director of Visual Merchandising + Guideshop Strategy
“I could technically just wear my looser dresses or snag a larger size in non-maternity clothes, but I’m so glad I invested in this versatile maternity dress — it makes all the difference in the world when you wear something that was made for a pregnant body. This does a beautiful job of lifting and defining the bump and fits like a glove everywhere else (can’t say the same about the whole ‘just size up to fit the bump’ strategy!). I’ll wear it alone at night and layer it under various jackets, vests, and cardigans for day-to-day wear.” – Zara Hanawalt, Editor
“A friend of mine gifted me this tank when I was pregnant with my first. She had lived in it during her pregnancy and promised I would do the same. I’m now on my second pregnancy and have added two more to my maternity wardrobe! It’s SO soft, really does grow with your bump (somehow was never too tight!) and is perfect for working out, lounging or layering under sweaters.” – Jessie Mash, Director of Brand Strategy + Digital Content
“I was obsessed with SK-II Facial Treatment Masks when I was pregnant. No matter how tired I felt inside – these masks literally took years off of my face and made my skin glow. They are pricey but you can definitely get away with reusing them twice!” – Sam Berngard
“A natural and safe way to reduce heartburn. I was too nervous to take an acid reflux medicine or even tums, and this natural enzyme relived my heartburn throughout pregnancy (and beyond)!” – Kristie Wagner
“I pulled the trigger on these before I had a bump to get the most bang for my buck, and I instantly fell in love. They’re comfy, flattering and don’t scream ‘mom jeans’. I love the material (super stretchy yet somehow sturdy), the true black wash, and the ankle-length inseam, which is perfect for petite mamas. I know I’ll be living in these until I deliver…and, let’s be real, long after that as well.” – Zara Hanawalt