There are things many women feel they can't live without during pregnancy. Whether it's something to help them sleep through the night or a way to survive the morning sickness, these little things can make life much easier and more comfortable for moms-to-be.
What are the things most important for you during your pregnancy? What are your advices for first-time moms?
I went to a homeopath and had a special anti-morning sickness concoction made up for me. I couldn't have done without it. Plenty of chocolate too, which until I discovered the homeopathics was the only thing I could keep down.
A big soft body pillow, esp during your later months. Some belly support would help, too. For morning sickness, though the length and severity are not the same for all women, I find some dried berries or a biscuit at the bed side table in the morning very helpful.
With my last son, I had to give the hospital the (egg-carton shaped foam).
They un-made my bed, put the foam on, and then made the bed.
Then I was fine.
The hospital beds are too hard, so this made it work better all round.
With my second bub I had awful varicose veins on the back of my legs so I found most chairs terribly painful to sit on. At home I either sat on one comfy chair that was nice and low so I could sit up straight (to do with my own body proportions) with my pelvis slightly higher than my knees for optimal foetal positioning, or on a fit ball or the floor. It nearly came to blows at one point when a visitor kept sitting on my special chair.
Plenty of nice pregnancy safe herbal tea was good too since I found I couldn't drink black tea and missed the ritual of making it.
Also I second the usefulness of body pillows for sleeping.
Pills to stave off morning sickness. I wasn't too bad with the first one, craving fish, soda water and strawberries. The second one I had morning sickness so bad I was hospitalised for some time then sent home where I rarely left my bed. Mum used to travel down from the Central Coast and stay for a couple of weeks to give my husband a break. I had sao biscuits and a thermos of weak tea beside my bed as any food smells would set me off so food was cooked with the bedroom door closed. Curry was my favourite meal when I could get it. The third pregnancy I had mild morning sickness but can't recall any cravings.