During pregnancy, not only is your body changing but your hormones are also surging, and in many ways, you're more susceptible to health and hygiene issues. But there are a plenty of things you can do to make your journey as safe and enjoyable as possible and to prepare for what's to come, say experts.
Here's a list of must-have essentials suggested by Vikas Bagaria, founder of PeeSafe, a toilet seat sanitizer spray brand, and Jaskiranpreet, who is an adviser to Credihealth- a medical assistance company, for mothers-to-be while going out.
1. Water bottle
Drinking water during pregnancy is very important since it helps your baby grow healthy, reduces painful pregnancy symptoms, and keeps your body hydrated for better mental and physical performance. Thus, a water bottle tops the list of must-carry essentials for mommies-to-be. Therefore, tuck a water bottle into your bag alongside few portable snacks like raw almonds and fruit slices, just in case hunger strikes without warning.
2. Toilet seat sanitizer spray
Finding a clean toilet while traveling is a daunting task for everyone and it gets even more crucial, and at times, painful for mommies-to-be. During pregnancy, you need to be extra cautious as you are carrying a whole new life with you during these nine months. In order to prevent unwanted infections and UTI, every expecting mother must carry a toilet seat sanitizer.
3. Antacid tablets
Most of the women experience symptoms of indigestion during pregnancy, including heartburn. Although it's typically a harmless condition, heartburn can cause extreme discomfort and can linger until your baby is born. Over-the-counter antacids are generally harmless when taken during pregnancy and can quickly ease symptoms. Carrying the prescribed antacids is necessary for mothers to be.
4. Heating pad
Using a heating pad during pregnancy to ease the lower back pain, sore muscles, or aching joints is safe and won't harm your baby because moderate heat applied to just one area of your body won't raise your overall core body temperature. Most of the heating pads are handy and easy to use and can reduce the pain during pregnancy.
5. Mini medicine kit
Carrying a small medicine kit with prescribed prenatal vitamins is a must have for every expecting women. Prenatal vitamins and supplements are beneficial for all pregnant women as they ensure an adequate amount of essential nutrients for you and your baby.