everything you need for a comfy, healthy pregnancy

Okay, first things first. Take a deep breath. Entering the world of motherhood is enough to stress about. In addition to your ever-growing registry list, I’m sure you’re wondering right about now why there’s no pregnancy registry? With none of your clothes fitting and more physical changes than you could ever imagine, shouldn’t we get to make a wish list and have all the little luxuries delivered to us in tidy little bows? Well, unfortunately, purchasing things for pregnancy are usually on the mother-to-be and maybe a generous family member or friend (in case that’s you, hint hint…).

From all the Instagram influencers and sponsored posts that are probably targeting your feeds right now with their endless lists of pregnancy must-haves, it can be hard to narrow down your list. Especially as you prepare for a whole new person to join your family, it probably feels like a less-than-stellar time to have to re-style your entire wardrobe and drop some serious change.

Here’s a secret: Pregnancy is hard for everyone in different ways. What one person said was an essential may not be necessary at all for you. One woman’s cure-all may never even be an issue for you. Since our mission is to bring modern, useful maternity products that work for all mamas-to-be, that takes plenty of research and talking to a whole bunch of women (1,000s to be exact!).   

With that, we bring you a consolidated list of pregnancy essentials to address things every mom goes through. We’ve narrowed it down to four major changes—your wardrobe, weight, skin, and day-to-day—see how they relate to your pregnancy journey so far:

1. your wardrobe

Before we get into what to look for in a maternity legging and our absolute favorites for pregnancy and postpartum, you should know how serious we are about creating the *best* leggings in the game. And since obviously we’re a bit biased, we put our new active leggings through a study to test them against other popular pairs from brands you probably already wear. 

Everything from fabric to construction, fit, and performance was evaluated and scored during wear testing, fit model interviews and live fittings, as well as with customer feedback. The result? Our leggings beat out 22 other pairs of popular leggings for pregnancy and postpartum, AND we made additional tweaks based on the feedback we received. See? Told ya you can count on these. But first, let’s go over what you should be looking for in a legging…

2. your weight

This can be a hard one for some to cope with. Just think about all the work your body does to create a safe and healthy home for your little babe. It’s not just the bump that grows: your ribcage expands, your bra size changes, and even your feet can grow (sorry, that one can be permanent). The average woman should expect to gain around 25-35 pounds during pregnancy. While a healthy mom and babe should be the ultimate priority, that doesn’t mean it can’t be an uncomfortable adjustment.

3. your skin

All those changes will of course pose new challenges for your skin. It will be stretched taut, pulled in ways you’ve never experienced, and grow around the new body you’re working on. This is all good. You should be proud of all that incredible work. But one thing to consider: some products that were your go-to moisturizers or most-loved oils may not be safe enough for your teeny little bean. So, along with being more stretched than ever, you’re going to need a higher degree of quality and product knowledge to ensure there are no harmful chemicals that can be putting your babe in danger.

4. your day to day

Okay, so your body is changing; it feels and looks completely different. But we can deal with that, right? That’s all? Haha. There are also day-to-day tasks and parts of your existence that will just downright be flipped upside down. You may be stricken by nausea in between meals, during meals, or maybe just all day long. Flu season may hit you extra hard due to your body’s extra susceptibility to colds and illness. And after a long day of fighting pregnancy’s many difficulties, you’re ready to hit the hay and have a nice, long night’s sleep, right? Bad news. Many pregnant women experience insomnia at some point of their pregnancy. Trust us, it’s important to combat this.

Okay, so those are the problems—um, changes—most women report during pregnancy. We know they can be intimidating and a lot to take in all at once. First of all, it’s all worth it for the outcome of the amazing little thing that comes out of all of this. Secondly, we believe that every problem has a solution, and we’ve been at this a long time (20 years to be exact). With this experience comes knowledge, and we’ve got plenty to pass on to you. 

Since at our core we believe less is more, we’ve narrowed it down to our top 9 pregnancy essentials—foundational layers, versatile staples, and wellness wonders—to get you through all three trimesters in the most comfortable way possible. 

foundational layers

support cami

A layering must have

Made to make you feel secure and covered, with extra length to ensure your bump never makes a surprise appearance. We’re also huge fans of wearing this cami for some cooling comfort around the house (hey, hot flashes...).When you just want something easy to throw on that isn’t your partner’s XL T-shirt, this cami is perfectly comfy with targeted ribbing for support.

pregnancy belt

When you need a literal pick-me-up

When your belly gets to be too much to handle, strap on our support belt and keep on moving. That’s right, it wraps around you and lifts from behind to give your belly and back the targeted breaks they need. As soon as you start feeling the extra weight, start wearing this support belt around the house and under your clothes. It molds to your tummy through every stage so it’s always ready to roll.

Compression socks

For swollen feet

As if pregnancy wasn’t already glamorous enough, a common symptom many women experience is swelling. Compression socks are known to get you relief. They’re also known for being, well, less than attractive. Motif is giving us a simple, modern look to bring compression into our sock drawers without feeling embarrassed when we slip them on. We couldn’t live without these. 

versatile staples

Bellaband®

To extend your current closet

The product that literally started it all! Created to extend the life of your pre-pregnancy clothes and keep you from having to shell out quite so much just to have a comfortable wardrobe. The Bellaband is a must-have for pregnancy, and again post-babe to bridge the gap from maternity denim to your most treasured pair of jeans.

fold down legging

For everyday ease

When the bump comes in full force, *these* are the maternity leggings you need. Complete with ultra-stretchy, never-sheer fabric, they’re created to be lived in through every trimester, every single day. And we mean that. Reach for these when you’re going out with friends, running errands, or just staying home.

Everywear jumpsuit

A complete outfit in one piece

It doesn’t get more effortless than a soft, breathable jumpsuit that works for every occasion. Some days you’re not going to want to pick out a shirt and pants that fit over your bump, give you the space to breathe, and don’t feel constricting against your extra-sensitive skin. Keep this jumpsuit handy to have a completely cute outfit in one quick throw on.

wellness wonders

pregnancy belly oil

To soothe the bump

Feeling tight, dry, and stretched to the max is definitely avoidable with the proper, highly-nourishing formulas. This one is made with responsibly sourced, non-GMO ingredients like lavender flower and apricot kernel oil. Trust us, be kind to your skin and start oiling up.

expecting mama tea

For the nausea

A caffeine-free formula created by top doctors and herbalists with a blend ofred raspberry leaf, ginger, and body-boosting herbs to help strengthen immunity, fight nausea, and prepare your body for labor. Yea, it’s that good. This magic potion will help you glide through pregnancy, one cup at a time.

organic sleepy lotion

To ensure you get your 8 hours

This sleepy lotion is exactly what it sounds like. A revolutionary sleep-aid product that is made specifically for moms by a sleep-deprived mom. It utilizes a blend of just six organic, safe-for-babe (and you!) ingredients that help your body to naturally calm and wind down for a full night’s sleep.

The takeaway

When it comes to pregnancy, you don’t want to be caught off guard by the many areas of discomfort and change, just to be left scrolling for hours online trying to find a solution to your problems. Get ahead of the curve (or bump) and have our pregnancy essentials ready, so that when you suddenly can’t zip your pants or get a full night’s sleep, you know what to do. 

Change is hard. But when your body is undergoing massive shifts to grow a baby, that change should also feel exciting, new, and like evidence of the amazing things your body is capable of. This consolidated list of pregnancy essentials will help you feel as prepared and taken care of as possible, so you can roll with the changes and seriously live it up during this special season of (new) life.