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Three Lollies Preggie Pops
What it is: Some expecting moms struggling with morning sickness swear by these lollipops. They aren't sickeningly sweet or overly sour, and come in seven natural flavors including lavender and ginger. The secret to squelching nausea is said to be in the special combination of essential oils and aromatherapy, as well as the slow-and-steady delivery method inherent in licking a lolly. You can also pop a few into your hospital bag and use them to help ease dry mouth during labor and delivery.
What to watch out for: Some women find they're no more effective than regular lollies or hard candies, which are much cheaper.
How much: $3.95 for seven
Bellaband by Ingrid & Isabel
What it is: In the earlier stages of pregnancy, when you're still wearing your regular pants but can no longer comfortably button them up, this stretchy circle of fabric will be a wardrobe lifesaver. Simply slip it over your waistband and say ahhhh – no one will know that your zipper is at half-mast or your button is undone! Your burgeoning belly will feel supported by the smooth, supple fabric. Later in pregnancy, use the Bellaband to keep your maternity pants from constantly slipping down.
What to watch out for: To stay incognito, make sure you pair the band with a longer shirt, since there may be a telltale bump where your waistband is gaping open.
How much: $20
What it is: Relentless queasiness can make a pregnancy unbearable, so if you're a mom-to-be with stubborn nausea, these stretchy wristbands are worth a try. Careful alignment of the bands on your wrists' pressure points may make you feel better without any medication or unwanted side effects.
What to watch out for: Some moms-to-be say these feel too snug and the pressure is annoying. Worse, some find that the wristbands don't do a thing to soothe their nausea.
How much: $9.95 for two
Leachco Snoogle Body Pillow
What it is: When sleep becomes a struggle, achy moms-to-be turn to this large and lovable bedmate. There are dozens of ways to wrap your body around it, and it can help back- and side-sleepers get comfy, as well as relieve sore backs, hips, and more. The bloated candy-cane shape may be odd, but with so much surface area, you're sure to find a cool, supportive spot.
What to watch out for: This thing is not small. In fact, it's huge. So consider your size, your bed's size, and how patient your partner will be with such a giant addition.
How much: $57.95
Palmer's Cocoa Butter
What it is: As your belly grows and your skin stretches, it can become maddeningly itchy and dry. This formula is an old favorite to combat both issues and to pamper the skin in general. It's decadently rich but not greasy. It absorbs quickly, with a pleasant but not cloying scent. Many moms-to-be say that the ritual of slathering it on after a shower or before bed is soothing – a little bit of self-care that goes a long way.
What to watch out for: Don't expect Palmer's to prevent stretch marks, though it has that reputation. The sad truth is that no oil, cream, or lotion can stop this common pregnancy side effect.
How much: $15 for 13
Motherhood Maternity Hipster Panties
What it is: The last thing you need during these nine months is a thong constricting your every move or a perma-wedgie bringing you down. These hipster panties are the perfect combination of sexy and supportive. A range of colors and patterns adds a bit of oomph to the everyday, and they fit perfectly under your baby bump.
What to watch out for: Many women say they run small, so for the best fit, you might want to order a size up.
How much: $15 for 3
Motherhood Maternity Bra Back Extenders
What it is: One early (and surprising) pregnancy symptom is an expanding rib cage – which can make your usual bras feel like straitjackets. Enter this tiny but mighty invention. Just add this little set of hooks onto your current bra, and voilà: You and your bosom can breathe again.
What to watch out for: Increasing your band size isn't a substitute for a new, sized-up bra once your cup size has increased. (After all, spillover in front is hardly comfortable either!)
How much: $2
Old Navy Fold-Over Yoga Pants
What it is: Moms-to-be can't praise these pants enough. They're super-stretchy, tight in all the right places, and endowed with a large, soft, fold-over waistband that can be left up to support a growing belly or tucked down for comfort. These pants are great for working out, running errands, or just relaxing at home. Many women live in them for months after pregnancy, too.
What to watch out for: Some women say these don't hold up well to repeated washings, and that they fade, shrink, or lose elasticity. At this price, it's wise to invest in a few of them.
How much: $19.50
Carex Bed Buddy Hot/Cold Pack
What it is: Made with 100 percent organic materials, this flexible, tube-like pack can be chilled in the freezer or heated up in the microwave. It's perfect for soothing sore muscles or keeping you cool during the dog days of summer. Because of the elongated shape, it can fit around every problem spot (neck, back, feet, and beyond). And the exterior fabric is gentle enough to take to bed with you.
What to watch out for: Cool-seekers complain that it doesn't hold a chill for long enough.
How much: $13
Prenatal Yoga With Shiva Rea DVD
What it is: Those who have done downward dog to this DVD rave about its powers of relaxation for both mind and body. Led by renowned yoga teacher Shiva Rea, the sequence includes restorative poses as well as active asanas to keep your muscles strong and supple. Rea focuses on proper breathing techniques, which many moms say helps manage the pain of labor later on. Bonus: The DVD includes models in every trimester of pregnancy and shows the modifications you may need during each phase.
What to watch out for: More experienced yogis may find it too easy.
How much: $19.98