A support bra is a must for larger-breasted women and those who experience breast tenderness during pregnancy. Specialty maternity bras can be a great option, and athletic bras will also offer comfortable support for some women. Many women find that wearing a bra to bed eases night discomfort.
So what about your lower half? Tina Figueroa hails "Lane Bryant's undies" as "the best thing that happened to me during my pregnancy." Though she doesn't normally shop at the plus-sized store, Tina notes that the lycra/spandex panties "were comfortable and sexy, not like the ugly pregnancy styles that reminded me of old ladies." For some women, investing in pretty undergarments or a silky nightgown may be the key to getting out of an "I feel fat" rut, whereas others may prefer the comfort of a large pair of soft flannels.
Skin and Body
Lotion is a universally-accepted "must-have" for all pregnant women. Keeping skin emollient can reduce the appearance of stretch marks and alleviate the itching that often accompanies growing bellies, breasts, and hips. With hundreds of brands available, it's really an individual's preference as to what lotion, cream, or body butter is the best. Don't forget to add daily sunscreen as a vital part of your skincare routine, as pregnant women's skin often becomes more sensitive to the sun's rays.
A trip to the spa or salon can do wonders for aching muscles and weary feet. New mom Michelle Enderle-Jacobs advocates pedicures, especially once reaching your own feet becomes a challenge. Tina agrees, adding "having your toenails polished will make you feel more pulled together." Additionally, some spas offer pregnancy facials and massages that will invigorate pregnant bodies and give expecting women an emotional boost as well.
Barb Stice, owner of Blossom Maternity, says that herbal scented eye-pillows are excellent tools for easing the sinus pressure and pain that are common in pregnancy. She adds that body pillows are popular with many pregnant women, as well. These pillows—some which are designed especially for moms-to-be—support growing tummies, ease tired muscles, and can help expecting women get a better night's sleep.