M+A Staffers Share Their Most-Loved Pregnancy Essentials
One of the best parts about being pregnant today? Choice! There are hundreds (and hundreds) of products out there meant to support mamas with a growing belly and make life a little easier. But which items are worthy of that must-buy status? We asked a group of Monica + Andy team members — all of whom have been through pregnancies recently — to share their favorites.
'A super soft life-saving tank top. I wore it under layers and by itself. It’s cute and supportive. It helped throughout my pregnancy but was most helpful in the last trimester to help hold my belly and release pressure as things started to shift down.' - Kristie Wagner, Director of Visual Merchandising + Guideshop Strategy and mama of two.
'I really tried to clean up my skincare routine during my pregnancy, and had a hard time using products anyway that were super-scented (hello nausea). This moisturizer is so rich, smells like nothing, and helped give my skin that glow that sure wasn't happening through hormones alone!' -Kristen Dold, Editorial Director and mama of one.
'I could have technically just worn my looser dresses or snagged a larger size in non-maternity clothes, but I'm so glad I invested in this versatile maternity dress — it makes all the difference in the world when you wear something that was made for a pregnant body. This does a beautiful job of lifting and defining the bump and fits like a glove everywhere else (can't say the same about the whole 'just size up to fit the bump' strategy!). I'd wear it alone at night and layer it under various jackets, vests, and cardigans for day-to-day wear.' - Zara Hanawalt, Editor, new mama of twins.
'A friend of mine gifted me this tank when I was pregnant with my first. She had lived in it during her pregnancy and promised I would do the same. I added two more to my maternity wardrobe during my second pregnancy! It's SO soft, it really does grow with your bump (somehow it was never too tight!) and is perfect for working out, lounging or layering under sweaters.' - Jessie Mash, Director of Brand Strategy + Digital Content and mom of two.
'I was obsessed with SK-II Facial Treatment Masks when I was pregnant. No matter how tired I felt inside - these masks literally took years off of my face and made my skin glow. They are pricey but you can definitely get away with reusing them twice!' - Sam Berngard
'A natural and safe way to reduce heartburn. I was too nervous to take an acid reflux medicine or even Tums, and this natural enzyme relived my heartburn throughout pregnancy (and beyond)!' - Kristie Wagner
'I pulled the trigger on these before I had a bump to get the most bang for my buck, and I instantly fell in love. They're comfy, flattering and don't scream 'mom jeans'. I love the material (super stretchy yet somehow sturdy), the true black wash, and the ankle-length inseam, which is perfect for petite mamas.' - Zara Hanawalt