Mom-to-Be Gear

Mom Uniform
As someone who gets easily overwhelmed when there are a lot of decisions to make, I thought it’d be helpful for some other moms-to-be to share some of my most-loved items throughout pregnancy so far (besides Cinnamon Toast Crunch).

Fawn Design Diaper Bag
Fawn Design Diaper Bag

Mom Uniform

Items I’ve bought & loved during my first and second trimesters:

Body Pillow: This is for sure an item I wish I would’ve bought earlier. I irrationally felt like I had to wait until I was further along to use one, but trust yourself and listen to your body. I’ve had ongoing lower back and sciatica issues so it wasn’t a surprise that my lower back started bothering me early on. This pillow has helped a lot.

BellaBands: Another item I wish I would’ve bought earlier. Seriously already thinking about using these post-baby or just for days I really want to eat a lot 😉 These were great for when I still hadn’t told work I was pregnant and was wearing pants with oversized sweaters. I thought it would be better to spend the money on these instead of new jeans. I’m not sure how much longer I’ll be able to use these but I can say they’ve been great up until my 25 week mark.

Fawn Design Bag: This bag is prettttty. There was a sale right around my birthday so this was a to me, love me gift. I’ve been using it as my computer/camera bag on the weekends. I had a moment of panic – okay that’s a bit dramatic – when I realized it didn’t have a top handle; however, my mom friends quickly reminded me that you will not have any extra hands to pick something up, let alone carry an additional bag and that I’ll either be relying on the shoulder strap or traditional backpack straps. Crisis averted. It’s good to have smart friends.

Dresses: You can click the images below to shop the dresses I’ve been loving and pretty much living in – only two are maternity. If you scroll through, you may also get a peek at one of the dresses I’m wearing for an upcoming shower. I love the polka dots! My Shop Assembly dress is still going strong. I wear it with flats, mules and sandals and add different scarves and jean jackets to make it feel a bit different every week.

 

Compression Socks: I actually bought these right before we found out I was pregnant because I have varicose veins – getting older is so glamorous. I went to a local pharmacy and got fitted for my first pair. I went with the open-toed, thigh high Jobst pair since I needed mine to go above the knee. While I initially purchased them for my varicose veins, I think they’re helping reduce swelling in my feet and ankles. I wear these every night while I sleep.

Mustela Stretch Mark Cream: This was more of a recent purchase that I debated ordering. I didn’t want to spend a fortune on something that might work, but I’ve really liked this cream and use it in the morning and before I go to bed. I’ve focused a lot on staying hydrated throughout the day, which has helped too, but I honestly feel like some of this just has to do with genetics. We’ll see what happens these last three months.

Nartori Bra: (sorry if you’re reading this, dad) I went to my local Nordstrom store to get fitted and am really glad I went. I haven’t changed sizes yet (is this TMI?) but desperately wanted something more comfortable. I want this style in multiple colors now. Plus, their team said I can bring it in to convert to a nursing bra down the road using my alteration credits.

Sneakers: I not so secretly can’t wait to rock some mom outfits. The slip on Converse sneakers are just so easy and a no brainer. I’ve gotten a lot of wear out of these over the years. I got a pair of adidas sneakers for my birthday that I’ll be using for walks with our sweet girl. I’ve also been eying this pair as well as this style (I think I need the pink, right?) .

Shop my Outfit: Striped shift dress (old, similar here) / Converse Slip On Sneakers / Fawn Design Diaper Bag

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