The Pregnancy Must-Haves You Need

pregnancy must-haves

Lucy and Lois on our team have both recently had babies (a girl and a boy respectfully – we fully expect a summer wedding in about 30 years’ time), so I asked them for their favourite pregnancy must-haves to help any of you Glossies out there who have a baby on the way. Here’s what they recommended…

Seven Glossy Recommended Pregnancy Must-Haves

  1. Mama Mio The Tummy Rub Butter
  2. Mama Mio Pregnancy Boob Tube Bust Protection Cream
  3. Little Butterfly London Fall into Dreams Mother and Baby Massage Oil
  4. Dr.Lipp’s Original Nipple Balm for Lips
  5. Weleda Perineum Massage Oil
  6. Dreamgenii pregnancy support and feeding pillow
  7. Elvie Pelvic Floor Trainer

Why We Recommend Them

1. Mama Mio The Tummy Rub Butter

Formulated with moisturising shea butter, nourishing avocado oil, antioxidant-rich sacha inchi oil, omega-rich rosehip oil and protecting vitamin E, this butter helps to prevent the appearance of stretch marks as your bump grows. Lucy says:

I used it everyday morning and night and had no stretch marks. My mum had stretch marks so I thought I’d get them but I was lucky. I honestly think that the cream had a lot to do with it.

You can apply it onto your stomach, chest, hips and thighs to increase your skin’s elasticity and protect it against stretch marks. It definitely deserves a place on this list of pregnancy must-haves!

2. Mama Mio Pregnancy Boob Tube Bust Protection Cream

By blending evening primrose, rosehip oil and shea butter, this cream helps to increase your skin’s elasticity, whilst keeping it nourished and locking in moisture. Lois says:

Throughout my pregnancy, my boobs were often sore and tender. This cream helped to soothe them with a cooling sensation.

Apply it from below your breasts up towards your neck everyday throughout your pregnancy and for the next 6 months after that. It will keep them looking their best!

3. Little Butterfly London Fall into Dreams Mother and Baby Massage Oil

Combining softening apricot and jojoba oils with nourishing peach kernel oil, protective rosehip oil, and vitamin E-rich argan oil, this massage oil will leave your skin feeling replenished and hydrated. Lucy says:

Massages on your feet and legs are a dream throughout your pregnancy, especially during your third trimester.

You (or your partner) can massage this oil into your body throughout your pregnancy and while you’re breastfeeding (don’t worry, it’s perfectly safe for baby) to keep skin hydrated. Better yet, its mandarin and orange scent will soothe your mind too.

4. Dr.Lipp’s Original Nipple Balm for Lips

It might have been designed for sore nipple, but the now cult Original Nipple Balm for Lips will leave you with a soft and smooth pout too. Lois says:

I had exceptionally dry lips throughout my pregnancy and this lip balm was the only thing that worked to soothe them.

This hypoallergenic, healing and nourishing balm can be used to treat severely chapped lips, sore nipples, and patches of dry skin. Just apply it where necessary. If you’re struggling with dry skin or lips, then add a couple of these pregnancy must-haves to your basket!

Related: Why And How You Should Care For Your Lips

5. Weleda Perineum Massage Oil

This natural treatment is specifically designed to promote stronger and more elasticised skin in the birthing area to help to avoid cuts and tears during labour. Lucy says:

I was surprised when my midwife suggested that I use this in my third trimester as no other mums had told me about this. Women don’t often talk to each other about their labours, so I’m recommending this to all expecting mums.

Enriched with sweet almond and wheatgerm oil, this oil is brimming with vitamins and moisture that help to prepare your body for childbirth. From your 34th week onwards, massage it in for 5 to 10 minutes 3 to 4 times a week. Lucy also adds that it works best after having had a warm bath.

6. Dreamgenii Pregnancy Support And Feeding Pillow

This pregnancy pillow boasts a unique patented design that can be used both during and after your pregnancy. Lois says:

Getting in a comfortable position to sleep when you’re heavily pregnant is so difficult but I found this pillow really helpful.

Boasting a 100% cotton jersey cover, this pillow offers back, bump and leg support to help you sleep better throughout your pregnancy. You can also use it as a feeding pillow after your child is born.

7. Elvie Pelvic Floor Trainer

Did you know that childbirth can weaken your pelvic floor muscles? More than one in three women struggle with this, so Lucy recommends using the award-winning Elvie Pelvic Floor Trainer to strengthen those muscles.

Designed by health professionals, scientific experts and (most importantly) women, it is made of medical-grade silicone and comes with an app to help you to track your progress. It can be used before or after pregnancy to prepare/rebound your body from the strains of pregnancy and childbirth.

For more information, check out their website.

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