What *not* to buy when you’re pregnant
What should and shouldn’t you buy when you’re pregnant? What do you actually need…and not need? I completely forgot that pregnancy makes you a huge target market for all sorts of goods and products you never knew you needed, doesn’t it? (Oh, and a target for every single mailing list ever).
It’s the run-up to eternal shopping list of motherhood. Congratulations; now comes the consumerism. But don’t believe the hype.
I’ll be writing a list of products I have used and found useful (edit: here’s my list of pregnancy essentials), but to start with, here’s my list of my pregnancy non-essentials; all the things you really don’t need to buy, no matter what all the books and websites say.
Here’s what not to buy when you’re pregnant:
Everyone told me this was a must-have, so I dutifully bought one last time. However, I wore it a grand total of once before deciding it was so annoying that I cast it aside and never thought of it again. Designed to bridge the gap between your ever-expanding stomach and clothes, It adds a double layer of fabric round your waist, at a time when you really have no need for any extra padding in that area. If you need to keep your early pregnancy a secret it does you no favours. Just wear longer vests under tops instead (and these have the added breastfeeding bonus later on).
Pregnancy support pillows
I know these do help lots of people. But you don’t automatically need to get one. I’ve never used one or felt like I’ve needed to (although maybe I’m in a minority?) Most of them are huge, too; where do you fit your partner and the wriggly toddler who’s likely to end up with you at some point in the night? They don’t strike me as cosy bedfellows.
Pregnancy books written by celebrities
Women have been pregnant since the dawn of time, with books written on the subject for as long as there have been books. So really, what can Tess, Denise, Jules et al add to the debate? (And shhh, but most of these are ghostwritten by someone else anyway).
And on that note…
Pregnancy books in general
They are all very heavy, and difficult to read in bed (I remember being squashed several times under a copy of What to Expect last time, probably while watching a marathon showing of ‘I didn’t know I was pregnant’). Get the Kindle version, or the app, or just look online instead. There are so many websites that will tell you exactly the same info, for free.
And finally in the list of what not to buy when you’re pregnant…snacks specifically aimed at pregnant women…really? These were a new one to me this time round. What’s wrong with half a packet of biscuits and an innocent smoothie chaser, I ask you?
(Am I completely wrong? Is there something useless I’ve missed off..? Let me know).
If you liked my post on what not to buy when you’re pregnant, make sure you also read my posts on the pregnancy secrets of the second trimester, the weird things that happen to your body after pregnancy no-one mentions and what they DON’T tell you in NCT antenatal classes (but totally should)