Being one of the first out of my girlfriends to get pregnant, meant that I didn't really have anybody to offer me any guidance on what you need and didn't need and what was really necessary and what was a nice luxury. so I spent hours trawling blogs after thinking about what was important to me and these are my favourites!
Gurmukh's Bountiful Beautiful Blissful Book
Planning to use my yoga practise to give me the most natural pregnancy and birth I could have - this was a true blessing. I found the "what to expect" kind of books so daunting and not very positive - no wonder we get so scared of how our bodies are ever changing and how were going to get that thing outta there!!!! This book always left me feeling warm and excited about the rest of my pregnancy and birth.....
Dr Haushka Blackthorn Oil
If there was one thing I wasn't going to be getting - it was stretchmarks!!!! i did a lot of research into an oil that was natural and would be great for my skin, Blackthorn oil enhances the skins elasticity so that your skin can safely grow with your bump, and it smells absolutely amazing! Bonus!
Soul Adventures Retreat
Regardless of how much you think you will still be able to maintain a part of your "normal life" once baby is born - you wont really for a while.....so my advice would be to get as much "you" time in before the baby comes and your world is turned upside down. Spending these 4 days in paradise was just what I needed to look after myself. When Marley is old enough for me to leave her, I will definitely be going back!
Wild Nutrition Prenatals
I could NOT have lived without these - the fact that I realised the other prenatals were making me sick, these were so gentle on my stomach I was able to carry on with normal life so much more easier. Food-State Vitamins are definitely the best option.
If you need to get nutrients in you but are struggling to keep food down or cook because of the smells - I can highly recommend juicing! I am obsessed with juicing so I invested in my juicer, the Sage by Heston Blumenthal which will last me forever but I also rate the John Lewis own brand juicer if you don't want to commit to the Pro just yet...
Just because you've surrendered your body to build this baby, doesn't mean that you need to lose your style. Treat yourself to a decent pair of maternity jeans. My favourite were Topshop's Baxter jeans - true to size and super comfy! I'm keeping them for my Christmas day jeans because of the expandable belly band!
A good cuppa!
Ginger is known to help with nausea and I found the best way to get it in me quickly was in a nice organic cuppa! Yogi Tea is an all time favourite of mine and this special woman's blend kept me feeling balanced and I still drink it a lot now post birth. Its also great around your moon time...
A Good nights sleep! - Pregnancy Pillow
Well, you cant buy one of these and I'm sure if you could there would be pregnant women queueing for miles to get one - especially in that delicate last trimester - However I did find something to help and I really didn't have much trouble sleeping throughout my pregnancy. The Dreamgenii pillow is a great support to back, legs and bump and I still use it now to support me during breast feeding - plus I kinda got used to having a pillow in between my legs and it feels nice!
Maternity Support Belt
Towards the end of my pregnancy, my bump was so heavy I was really struggling on my feet for long periods of time, this belt which is so reasonably priced really helped support me and meant that my hips. It made me feel as if somebody was carrying my bump for me and bought me enough time to make sure I was able to get enough exercise.
The Mothers Journey / Regular Yoga practise
If like me, you are planning a conscious pregnancy and labour and are interested in doing things as naturally as possible - I cannot recommend a good dose of Yoga to get both your mind and body ready, I didn't actually attend any pregnancy yoga classes myself, I kept my normal kundalini practise up right until the day before I went into labour and believe that its what helped me have a beautiful birth. I also invested in The Mothers Journey - a course that teaches you the ins and outs of pregnancy / yoga combined and the biology behind birth. The class is taught by yoga teachers, doula's, midwifes and therapists so you get a great all round view of what to expect. Just attending the Labour module is enough to get you ready for birth.