The female body truly is incredible. Pregnancy is SUCH a gift and an absolute miracle. I’ve been really honest in both my pregnancies that it is a HARD season for me. Endless doctor appointments + blood work, being high risk, morning sickness, and not feeling good the entire 9 months really takes a toll on your body and emotions.
I share that not to complain—I’m beyond thankful my body can do this—but I also want to normalize that pregnancy is hard and not as glamorous as pretty photos on Instagram make it out to seem. We are growing a new life, after all!
That’s why I’m sharing my must haves and favorite resources for a healthy pregnancy.
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We all know about how amazing a good pregnancy support pillow is, as well as good nutrition and getting the best prenatal vitamins, but there are more things you can do to have an easier pregnancy.
Here’s a few natural pregnancy essentials that all pregnant mamas should try – these essentials have saved me and made this season a bit more comfortable!
Natural Pregnancy Essentials
As always this is not medical advice. If you have any health concerns, please always check with your healthcare provider first.
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Mānuka Honey // This medicinal grade, holistic honey has been a pregnancy lifesaver!! During pregnancy, there isn’t as much you can do for immune support because most herbs are out of the question. Mānuka is gentle enough for all seasons of life (and with littles over 12 months) and very, very effective. It’s truly been a lifesaver to me this pregnancy when a lot of sicknesses and sniffles have been going around—I’ve noticed quick improvement and can usually navigate the sickness with much more ease.
Magnesium // Magnesium is an ‘anti-stress nutrient’ and one *MOST* females (pregnant or not) are deficient in. Magnesium is one of the top minerals I suggest for anything hormone or stress related. Your needs increase during pregnancy and blood sugar issues (common in pregnancy as well as me having Type 1 diabetes) deplete your magnesium stores even more. Magnesium, along with a balanced diet, can help with digestion and constipation, anxiety, as well as leg cramps and a sore back…all super common in pregnancy.
Magnesium is best absorbed topically but I load up on both topical and internal solutions during pregnancy!
- Klaire Magnesium Glycinate (a calming form of magnesium that also helps with anxiety)
- Ancient Minerals Magnesium Lotion (on my arms every night for calming)
- Seeking Health Chewable Magnesium (so easy to take)
Countertime Cleansing Oil // The best cleansing oil and my favorite way to clean my face by far. It smells delightful (even through serious pregnancy aversions to all smells) and the great thing is that it works for sensitive skin and tricky pregnancy breakouts. It’s anti-aging without retinol (which isn’t safe during pregnancy) and provides the perfect balance of truly cleaning your face while not stripping too much moisture!
Rescue Remedy Sleep // Insomnia is very common during pregnancy and this has saved me with each of my pregnancies. It is a very gentle homeopathic blend so safe and won’t leave you drowsy but it truly works.
Bread Srlsy // This has been a lifesaver and what I survived on for the first 16 weeks + beyond. They use a long fermentation process so most of the sugar and carbohydrates are actually consumed—meaning it is VERY gentle on your digestion and blood sugar. Seriously a slice barely spikes my blood sugar. Use code ‘flourish’ for free shipping on your first order!
Seed // My favorite (and very effective) probiotics! This blend contains BOTH probiotics and prebiotics which is key in actually helping your digestive system. Digestion can get really wonky during pregnancy as your changing hormones directly change your gut flora. I’ve dealt with some fun stomach pains this whole pregnancy and noticed a big difference when I switched to Seed—these are with the cost. Use code ‘FLOURISH15’ for 15% off your first order.
Arnica // Arnica is a homeopathic remedy so very gentle and commonly used among midwives. I took it internally during labor my first pregnancy (not medical advice) and honestly didn’t have that much discomfort postpartum despite a long and hard labor. I’ve been using this for back and sciatic nerve pain during pregnancy. Linking to both the cream and internal remedy I use via Wellevate.
Ginger chews // Nothing really works to combat the nausea for me but these ginger chews do provide a few minutes of relief. And they are great to keep on hand for any blood sugar lows or at your bedside table before you start moving!
Leggings // High quality maternity clothes, especially maternity pants, are a very important thing to have at hand. These are the best and softest leggings for your growing bump. I’m super picky about because I don’t want to constantly be pulling them up or have the waist be too constricting and these are a dream. I have two sets, one pair is 1 size up and another is 2 sizes up. I wore these all throughout my first baby pregnancy, postpartum and in my second pregnancy. The good news is that they are well worth the investment and something you can use beyond pregnancy!
Loose Dresses // Pregnant moms are beautiful, and loose dresses are a great way to make us feel even better! Dresses are always my pregnancy go to because they also work great breastfeeding + postpartum. My favorite (and ethically made) good quality dresses are from Cleobella (so feminine, runs pretty true to size), Laude the Label (runs larger/looser), and Sezane (runs small).
Cozy Sweater //Chances are you’ll want something super cozy! I invested in a nice oversized sweater with both my pregnancies and still some of my favorite daily pieces. I’m not one for purchasing specific months of pregnancy clothes because it’s such a short season. I love more wrap, cape style sweaters for pregnancy to fit over your bump! I love this (3 years old and still a fav), this and this one.
Bralettes // Your body majorly changes during pregnancy, so in order to have a comfortable pregnancy, sizing up is essential (usually 1-2 sizes as your pregnancy progresses)! Having something supportive but not restrictive is so important to me. I love feeling cozy. My favorite new bras have been this, this and this one (runs small, I sized up 3 on this one).
Miir Water Bottle // I can only drink ice water or chilled water during pregnancy and had a huge problem with dehydration during the first 3 months. This water bottle saved me. It keeps your water cool for so long, even during the night! I carry it around with me all day long!
Silk Eye Mask // Pregnant or not, eye masks are always a good idea. This is my top favorite for the best night of sleep! If you are struggling with pregnancy insomnia this will help block out even the smallest of lights and help keep your eyes shut so that you fall back asleep.
Blue Tansy Soothing Cream // My skin has gravitated towards this with each pregnancy. It’s very hydrating, perfect for dry skin, without being greasy—just start with a tiny pinch and add more if needed. It makes my skin feel so luxurious! Blue tansy is powerful at soothing skin which is very often needed during pregnancy.
PJs // One of my best friends suggested treating myself to new PJs (which I actually needed) at the very beginning of my pregnancy and I was so thankful she did. Let’s just say I’m in bed a lot! I sized up on both of these brands and they still fit even during my second trimester and more. I know I’ll keep wearing them postpartum too!
- Mate the Label: organic and so soft! These run a tad small so I sized up and they still fit perfectly even in my third trimester. I splurged on these waffle knit pants for the end of pregnancy + postpartum and seriously don’t want to take them off.
- Parachute Home: organic, soft and a great price point. These have room to grow but you may want to size up, especially if you like a looser sleep feel.
- Cuyana Lounge: I adore anything from this brand, their clothing is so soft and will last for years. You truly won’t be disappointed or get tired of wearing. I love their French Terry Long Cardigan for a growing bump or staying cozy postpartum, Organic Pima Pants are so soft, and French Terry Shorts are cozy and long enough so you’ll feel comfortable during pregnancy and postpartum!
Belly Armor blanket // This is a radiation blocking blanket that you can lightly drape over your belly to protect your growing new baby as you work or play on your computer. Since I’m in bed extra during pregnancy on any given day, this is a great and easy way to protect myself from the harmful effects of wifi, computers, etc.
Diffuser // My sweet mom flew into help at emergency notice my first trimester of pregnancy and actually suggested turning on a diffuser in the kitchen. It helped me SO much as I couldn’t even walk into the kitchen to make toast, or even my favorite, best foods, without feeling nauseous. My favorite essential oils during pregnancy have been anything citrus, clary sage, and Primally Pure’s home line!