Beauty, Fashion, Pregnancy

My Maternity Essentials

I thought it might be fun to share the products and clothing pieces I’ve been loving so far during my pregnancy, as well as give you readers a chance to recommend your favorites!

Maternity Wear

I am typically going for the over-the-belly styles these days, mostly because they provide an extra layer of warmth, but also because they are more smoothing than under belly styles.

Leggings: Let’s get this out of the way — Leggings ARE pants when you’re pregnant. They just are. I got a killer steal on these basic leggings at Kohls after sale+coupon.

Jeans: I bought 2 pairs of these jeggings in different washes, also from Kohls, which fit me really well, and provide enough stretch that they don’t feel like traditional jeans at all. I also had a friend hand-me-down a pair of Jessica Simpson jeggings that fit me perfectly! (Thanks, Steph!) I am currently still on the hunt for a bootcut pair.

Work: I have been rocking the Motherhood Maternity bootcut pants most days. I bought two pair in black, and another style in gray, because they come in PETITE LENGTH! Hallelujah!  On days where I want to wear boots, I like these ponte pants.

Tops: I am living in basic long-sleeved rouched tops from Old Navy or Motherhood Maternity. They’re light weight, the perfect length, and the rouching accentuates my ever-changing figure well. I can easily layer a cardigan over top to dress it up, or wear with sweatpants or leggings to lounge.

How cute is this polka dotted top from Old Navy? Worn with the Kohls ponte pants.

Activewear: I bought 3 pairs of these maternity compression crops from Old Navy because the fit is just that good. They support the bump perfectly, while wicking moisture at the same time. These Motherhood yoga pants (again, in petite!) are super comfy, and great for days I can’t fathom putting on “real” pants, but I was slightly disappointed by how thin they are.

Splurge: For the first time ever, I recently splurged and tried StitchFix. To my absolute surprise, I have loved every piece! I wrote a note to my stylist that I was in my second trimester of pregnancy and wanted all maternity-friendly items. She gave me another pair of ponte leggings which fit much like the Kohls ones I referenced above, and an ivory sweater I never would have picked out myself but looks so cute on. The green top has elbow patches and quickly has become a favorite piece of mine. The floral top is what I wore on Thanksgiving, with the matching cardigan over top!

If you’ve never tried StitchFix either, use my link for $25 off your first fix!


Body Pillow – I have had this body pillow (maybe not this exact one, but close to it!) from Target since college, and one day I was perusing the Target shelves and picked up a new pillow case for it. Turns out, it has been working perfectly as a “pregnancy pillow” so far, allowing for half of it to rest between my knees, taking pressure off my lower back, and the other half up by my chest to cuddle. The pillowcase I got for it is gray sherpa, and matches my Ugg blanket that I love so much! The only issue with this pillow is, Rudy genuinely thinks this pillow is his!

Wedge Pillow – I made it 23 weeks before I finally broke down and bought a pregnancy pillow. My belly keeps getting heavier and heavier, and the body pillow is too tall to slide under my belly. This Bobby Pregnancy Wedge is a lifesaver!

pregnancy wedge

Stretch Mark Lotion – This whole idea could totally be a scam and no different than any other lotion, but I don’t care. I have been making sure after every shower to lather up my belly, butt, boobs and thighs in the Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Stretch Marks lotion. I know stretch marks are mostly genetic, but I’m hopeful that with genetics on my side + daily use of this lotion,  I won’t get any!

Giant Water Bottle – Pregnancy thirst is real. I am always thirsty… and always peeing. Drink, pee, repeat. All day (and night!) long. During my first and second trimesters (and likely into my third), I’ve had a water bottle like this one or my Yeti Rambler with me at all times. I prefer larger water bottles so I don’t have to refill them as often and also find drinking through a straw helps me to drink more, quicker.

Vitamins & Supplements

Prenatal Vitamins – I have been taking these Garden of Life Organic Prenatal Multivitamins since after our third miscarriage. They are a little pricy, but I like that they contain 600 mg folate, rather than folic acid like most other prenatals, which is better for those who have MTHFR or difficulty absorbing folic acid. (For the record: I have not been tested so I don’t know if I have MTHFR, but other women in my family do, so I thought it would be worth a shot to switch.) Other than the folate, these are organic, vegan, non-GMO, and packed full of 21 essential vitamins and minerals. They even have organic ginger and lemon peel to help fight nausea, which could be a contributing factor to why I haven’t had any!

Probiotics – I have taken a probiotic supplement for years to help with my overall gut health and regularity. I switched to these Garden of Life Prenatal Probiotics around the same time, and I must say I think they work exceptionally well. I have had limited digestive issues (so far!), which can be a common problem in pregnancy.

*Side note: These cute pill dispensers from Amazon have been perfect for keeping my medications organized!


Iron Supplement – My most recent blood test revealed that I am low in iron, which is extremely common among pregnancy. After reading reviews, I picked up these Nature Made Iron Supplements from Target. They seem to be doing the trick, and haven’t upset my stomach.

Now, my Mommy readers – what am I missing?! Is there anything that you couldn’t live without during your pregnancy that you recommend I pick up? Specifically, things you loved in the third trimester?Also – please check out our registry and let me know what items your little one loved! All recommendations appreciated!


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