Recently, a new little member joined our family. We try to be as prepared as possible, but still have an open mind. Since I have some friends who are/will be going through pregnancy and childbirth, I would like to share with you some essential items of the mom survival kit and advice for during pregnancy, childbirth, and the first three months.
This kit currently contains four parts:
- Childbirth/Hospital Stay
- Baby essentials (0-3 months)
Disclaimer: I did not receive any compensation or free products for this review. The products below are truly what I think are useful for any mom.
The first part of this kit is pregnancy. Please check back for the other stages.
- Useful to have
- Vitamins: Prenatal vitamins is an important way to get the vitamins and minerals you and your child needs before and during pregnancy and (if) breastfeeding, especially with folic acid.
- Comfortable pregnancy clothing: pregnancy can be uncomfortable, so clothing that is comfortable can help with the experience.
Possible maternity clothing out there:
- Sports bras or maternity bras or bralettes
- T-shirts, blouses, tank tops
- Jeans, leggings, yoga pants, work slacks; all with a panel to stop from slipping
- Sweaters or long sleeve shirts or cardigans
- Jacket extender panel
- Maternity belt to support the bump
- Fibre: Constipation was an unexpected pregnancy symptom for me, due to hormones. To keep things flowing without any issues, have a high fibre diet. What I liked were lots of fruit, vegetables, oatmeal, and wheat or bran type of cereals.
- Books: In particular, the “Canada Baby’s Care” book by Jeremy Friedman MB and Norman Saunders, as it is created by doctors at The Hospital for Sick Children, a world renowned hospital. What to Expect was another good one, also available via app.
- Massage: someone you trust or a massage therapist to give you a massage when the hips, back, or legs get tired from carrying the extra weight.
- Groups of other parents or friends: I found groups with other mothers useful throughout the pregnancy and with child. The tight knit smaller groups are the best, since people are more comfortable to share anything (advice, things that worked for them, deals, ask anything, magical things their kid(s) have done, or photos of them and/or their kid(s)). It helps to talk to someone who has or is going through the same thing – it makes you feel less alone and more supported.
- Birth plan: although things will not go completely as planned, it’s nice to have this in place. It’s good for you to know what you want, and for nurses and doctors to respect your wishes, when they can. It could list things like who you would like present in the room, natural/epidural/medically assisted labour, cord cutting, cord saving, names of baby, emergency contacts, etc.
- On the fence about having
- Pregnancy pillow: I got a popular C shaped pillow by Snoogle. I found that it did help raise a big belly but it wasn’t always comfortable to sleep with. It was bulky and let’s be frank, third trimester is hard to get comfortable with a big belly!
- Didn’t help me, but it could help others
- Ginger candy, preggie pop drops, hard candy, seaband wristbands: these items did not help my nausea and morning sickness, but it may be different for you.