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We asked the BuzzFeed Community (and asked again!) for the products that helped them most through their pregnancy. Here are some of their favorites!
1.A copy of Expecting Better, which lays out the research in an easy-to-understand way so you can actually make educated decisions about everything from taking morning sickness medicine to drinking coffee to eating fish and more — and find some true peace of mind.
“Using an exercise ball for stretching and sitting felt great on the bum and hips!”
You can find free exercise and stretching ideas on YouTube, of course! Get a stability ball on Amazon for $17.99+ (available in three colors).
31.A pair of compression socks for shielding you from painful swelling in your feet and calves no matter how long you’re on your feet every day.
“Prenatal yoga! I did not do this for my first pregnancy and found it so helpful for my second. Helps to ease physical discomfort, prepare you for labor (as much as one can be prepared), and provides emotional support with all the other moms there!”
Classes not in the picture for you? You can find plenty of prenatal routines on YouTube you can do right in your living room.
43.A tea to help, well, loosen things up on the days that your gut needs a little bit of help.
“Smooth Move tea… because pregnancy does a number on regulation.” —lindsaydiamondc
Of course, only drink it when ya need it, and stick with just one cup, brewed according to the directions! Get one box from Amazon Pantry for $3.69 or a pack of six boxes for $21.03.
44.A pair of Birkenstocks so you can enjoy serious arch support and put your shoes on in your third trimester without needing anyone else’s assistance.
“By the third trimester I couldn’t tie my shoes to save my life, my feet had swollen 1.5 sizes larger, and I had awful plantar fasciitis. Birks are comfy, have good arch support, and slide right on with no help!”
Get the pictured pair from Free People for $100 (available in two colors and sizes 36–41, which translates to about 5–10.5) or a different style on Amazon for $35.95+ (available in many colors and sizes 36–41, although not all sizes are available in all colors).
45.Or a comfy pair of Clarks for all of those same reasons (supportive, cute, slip-ons), depending on what you personally prefer.
“I got a really comfy pair of Clark shoes. They saved my feet.”
Get these slip-on sandals from Clark’s for $100 (available in two colors and sizes 6–10, including half sizes), or a different style on Amazon for $35+ (available in eleven colors and sizes 5–12, including some narrow and wide options, although not all sizes are available in all colors).
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