I've seen several "must-have" posts around the web, so I thought I'd throw my 2 cents in and let you know about a few things I couldn't live without!
1. Ponytail Holders. Multi-purpose! Great for keeping my hair out of my way when exercising, cooking, etc. Also great for looping through my skirt buttonhole and hooking on to the button, thus giving me a little more time in my regular clothes while looking for maternity clothes. Ghetto? Yes. Cheap? Yes. But, hey... you do what you gotta do. I refer to these as waistband extenders in public so people don't think I'm wacko. But now you know the truth.
I got a pack of Goody brand elastics at the dollar store, but you may already have some on hand.
Note, this is not a pic of me... I only wish I was this thin when I was pregnant. I got my band at Target on sale for around $12.
3. Body Pillow. Absolute lifesaver. When I'm laying down, it provided great support for my belly and took some of the strain off my back. When up sitting up, I folded the pillow in half to support my back. I even brought it to the hospital with me when I was induced. It was way more comfy than the hospital pillows and it was nice to have a touch of home with me. I bought mine pretty inexpensively at Wally.
5. Low-Rise Panties. Yes, I could have bought special maternity panties. But why? I went to Wally and bought 2 packs of Fruit of the Loom low rise bikini panties and they worked out perfectly. If you're close to the borderline on size, go up a size so you can wear them the whole 9 months. I don't remember how much they cost, but I know they weren't too pricey.
7. Lotion Bar. I got this cocoa butter lotion bar a couple years ago when I placed my huge order at Great Canadian Soap Company. At the time, my thought was, "that might come in handy some day." I was right. If you don't feel like paying for international shipping, try making your own lotion bar (my step by step post here!). I love it for my dry, itchy skin (especially hands, elbows and belly!).
8. Prenatal Workout DVDs. Check out my review here. In short, it is SO important to strengthen your core muscles and keep up your cardio during pregnancy. These videos were such a help! I got them on Amazon.
this brand is that all the vitamins/minerals come from whole foods sources and are easy for your body to break down and utilize. When you're pregnant, the last thing you want is your body working overtime to get nutrition out of what you're consuming. I pair these with some cod liver oil capsules for a DHA boost.
These can be a little on the pricey side, although not as expensive as some other brands I've seen, so I'd suggest getting these through Amazon with Subscribe and Save - you can get up to a 15% discount on each bottle, depending on how many items you subscribe to each month.
this one from Life Factory. I hate the taste of water after it's been hanging around in plastic, so this glass bottle solves the yucky taste issue. Also, the silicone sleeve helps the accident prone (like me!) not to break it. You can choose a sport top, straw, or a screw on top, whichever you prefer. This was probably the most expensive pregnancy related item I bought, but I feel it was totally worth the money. My bottle is still holding up well almost a year later!
Side note, Life Factory also sells glass baby bottles and sippy cups - super cute!