January 24, 2022 —
- Maternity & Newborn ·
I'm a new mom and here are a few things that I thought would help - back when I was researching I couldn't really find any blogs that were straight forward and helpful which was super frustrating. I have sectioned everything off to make this a breeze to scroll through. Below you will find:
The first thing your doctor tells you is to start taking prenatals - but what they don't tell you is how expensive that can get. Personally, I am very much into organics and don't usually mind spending more for it BUT, buying prenatals got a bit pricy. The brand I went with was
One A Day Women's Prenatal and I actually bought them at Walmart - they carry the biggest bottle for the cheapest.
"Drink lots of water" is what every mom, doctor and friend told me. There's lots of great brands of water bottles out there, this one worked best for me and the cheapest place to find them is on Amazon or Target has deals on them sometimes.
This might seem like something completely unnecessary, but trust me, it was a definite must for me. In the shower, I would gently scrub my bump, hips and butt with body scrub to exfoliate and honestly just relax. The cocoa butter collected on my skin and left me a greasy mess for days - the best way to clean it off and start fresh is to gently scrub it away. Using the scrub became my nightly shower routine. It doesn't really matter what kind of scrub you use, I would say try not to use ones with a lot of oils in them (like bath & body works) because it actually does the opposite of what you're trying to accomplish. I got most of my scrubs from ULTA or Target *my favorite scent was the Tree Hut Vitamin C or Strawberry*
This product was seriously the best. Literally the only places that I have stretch marks is anywhere that I didn't put this stuff! I would buy this in bulk at WALMART - the cheapest. This was part of my nightly routine, after the shower. Then I would wear a t-shirt to keep the product on my skin when I went to bed.
Do not underestimate how important the pregnancy pillow is. Do yourself a favor and buy this right away to get your body used to it. There are a few different versions, this is the one I used. The "bed-rest" pillow was perfect for sitting on the couch or sitting up in bed, I personally had a lot of back pain so that was a life saver.
During my pregnancy, I had the hardest time finding clothes inside stores. Not only did I have to find a few things for the summer, I had to find things for fall & winter because of course you don't fit in the clothes you wore during the season you first got pregnant (for me it was winter). You're pregnant for 9-10 months which means in some places that's literally THREE SEASONS you're buying for AND you have to size up as you buy. For example, I went through 3 different sizes of shorts. To find clothes that I actually liked and didn't feel like I wasn't totally myself anymore, I had to do a lot of online shopping. I searched and searched for all the best places for maternity wear, here's what I found:
One thing that I didn't know until after I delivered - your feet do not only get swollen and bigger during your pregnancy, they actually stay bigger post-pregnancy. I went from a 10 pre-preg to an 11 permanently post-preg. Moral of the story, invest in bigger shoes from the get-go.
You'll start to need bigger options half way through so invest in nursing bras early. Also, your ass grows along with your bump (sorry but true) so buy yourself some comfy cotton undies for your 40 week journey.
Brands I loved and where to find them:
One of the most common questions I get when it comes to scheduling maternity sessions is: "Do I really need to do maternity photos? Why would I want to get pictures of my body at it's biggest." Personally, I think getting your maternity photos done is one the of the most important milestones of your pregnancy. Yes, you are at the biggest point, but these are photos that you will cherish the rest of your life.Maternity Pricing
The best time to schedule your session would be in your 7th month or about 30-36 weeks. The closer you get to your due date the more uncomfortable you will be and the risk of not getting them done in time (in case you deliver early) is higher.
There are lots of styles you can go for, I got mine from Lulus and it was made by Free People. You can either order an actual maternity dress or find one that's "bump-friendly". Most boutiques have a section dedicated to bump-friendly but don't actually carry maternity clothes. BUT DON'T FORGET: you can also do a boudoir style maternity session too! My clients in the past loved shooting their boudoir maternity photos over the dressed up ones because of how simple it was.
(not totally necessities but they help)
This might get a bit crazy, but here are all the items I bought and why I bought them. There was so much I made a separate blog for it all:
It's best to get these done within the first 10 days of birth - every day your little one will change and become more awake so the earlier the better.
There are so many options. Like endless. For themed newborn outfits Etsy is definitely the go-to, but if you're looking for a matching family shot Burt's Bees is my recommendation.