Skip to comments.11 Pregnancy Must-Haves And Other Recommendations From A Mom Of Six
Posted on 08/14/2020 12:16:46 PM PDT by Kaslin
Pregnant women get lots of ads and advice, but I bet that almost none of the people making all the other lists have as much pregnancy practice as I do.
Pregnant women get lots of ads and advice, but I bet very few of those giving it have as much pregnancy practice as I do. While our family of eight is a pretty normal size by historical standards and on other continents, its not among comparatively much more wealthy Americans.
That means I have almost surely had more babies than any of your friends or any other internet writer recommending products. Please note that I am certainly not qualified to give medical advice, so check any of this with your medical practitioner. Also, I am not a huge shopper or spender, so what I buy tends to be minimal and strategic. Pregnant women are overmarketed because our early baby spending patterns last a long time.
So, if you are pregnant, or one day hope to be, take a peek or pin this list for later. Well go by trimesters.
Vitamins and Supplements: Your doctor will tell you to take a prenatal multivitamin if you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant, and do. But many doctors will not tell you to take additional supplements. I have used four different maternity practices and only one recommended fish oil and two a probiotic, which I also consider essential.
The first thing atop a prenatal multivitamin I take daily is fish oil. This is an extremely high-quality one (disclosure: made and sourced in the USA by a family-owned company run by college friends). Wiley’s Finest provides a much higher serving of DHA than most other fish oil, and DHA is the more important fish oil Omega-3.
These nutrients are extremely important for baby brain and eye development. Two United Nations studies, for example, found that babies with mothers who ate two servings of fish a week had average IQs of 6 points higher than babies whose mothers did not. Eat your DHA!
I did without almost all that stuff!
I know, right? But I wish now that I had known about the post-partum belly muscle retrainer!
I must have managed to pull my muscles together somehow. Didn’t really give it much thought.
What an easy time I had, though, compared to people’s pioneer ancestors!
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