Maternity Must-Haves

It’s easy to get so caught up shopping for baby that you forget to shop for yourself! Take some time off of test driving strollers and installing car seats and go pick up some things for you. You definitely deserve it.

Not sure where to start?

The hottest trend in maternity-wear right now seem to be celebrity-endorsed lines, including a few by Heidi Klum and one that released last year by Nicole Richie. Another favorite (and absolute must-have!) is the BellaBand – a very handy accessory that allows you to wear your regular jeans well into your pregnancy!

As you indulge in some of the most talked about items, here’s a list* of the tried-and-true classics we’re sure will come in handy:

  • Maternity pillow
  • Prenatal vitamins
  • Lotion
  • Water bottle
  • Maternity underwear (large-sized regular underwear may also work for you, depending on your frame)
  • Maternity bras
  • Sleep bras
  • Bathrobe
  • 2-4 pairs of leggings
  • Maternity jeans or khakis
  • Stretch or drawstring pants
  • Elastic-waist skirts
  • Stretchy tops
  • Maternity support belt
  • Exercise wear
  • Support shoes

*adapted from Peg Perego’s Planning for Baby—a guide for expectant moms. To receive a free copy, contact Customer Service or visit Planning for Baby online.

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Planning For Baby: Choosing Your Caregiver

An important step in the pregnancy process is choosing your primary caregiver. Though midwives and doulas are growing in popularity, the majority of moms primarily rely on their OB. Regardless of who you choose, your caregiver should be someone you can trust.

To get the process started, look for referrals from friends and family, your state or county medical board, patient service departments in nearby hospitals or other practices, and even websites like The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and The American College of Nurse-Midwives.

Once you’ve compiled a list of possible caregivers, narrow your choices by thinking about what you need in a caregiver. Don’t lower your standards or settle for less than the best. Really dig deep to discover someone who possesses everything you’re looking for.

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