Having trouble sleeping? Feeling back strain? Wishing you could hear that oh-so-precious heartbeat from the comfort of your home? All moms-to-be should enjoy these wonderful months in maximum comfort and with a mind set at ease.
Carrying a baby is a lot of work, so pregnant women deserve to be pampered
during this special time. There are many maternity products on the market
today that are designed to make pregnancy more comfortable. In addition
to the physical discomforts, nearly every mom experiences anxiety about
how her developing baby is doing. A fetal heartbeat monitor is a wonderful
way to ease your mind and feel closer to your baby.
Purchasing a fetal heartbeat monitor
Any expectant mom will tell you that the best part of her monthly obstetrician appointment is hearing her baby's heartbeat. So why not listen to
it any time you want? Companies such as BeBe Sounds offer prenatal heart
listeners that do double and triple duty. If you'd like the reassurance
and joy that comes from hearing your baby's heartbeat, select a monitor
that is non-intrusive and safe for everyday use. If you and your partner
both want to listen, make sure that it comes with two headsets. For ultimate
convenience, consider a fetal monitor that allows you to record the sounds
of your baby's heartbeat for posterity and can also record your heartbeat.
This is especially useful as a comfort measure for your baby after his birth.
Products for mom's comfort
One of the most useful pregnancy products is a maternity body pillow; it's
hard to look or feel your best if you're not sleeping well. For
added versatility, look for a pregnancy pillow that can be utilized long
after your baby is born. One that can be used in a variety of different
configurations—or disassembled to offer breastfeeding support and
aid in baby's tummy time—is one way to get maximum value for
your purchase. When selecting pregnancy body pillows, make sure they're
machine washable and made of non-allergenic materials.
A maternity air bed is another solution to the can't-get-comfortable
challenge that most pregnant women have. Look for an air bed with a washable
surface that also features soft material on top to hold your sheets in place.
And for your convenience, select a model with a quick inflation and deflation
rate and one that includes an air pump.
Many pregnant women experience back and body fatigue as the baby grows.
The prenatal cradle and other products designed to support an expectant
mom are a great answer. Since this product is made to be worn daily, look
for a support that can be worn with your regular undergarments and is machine
washable. If you want a more compact product that still offers similar benefits,
consider a mini cradle. With either model, ensure that the cradle support
is available in a variety of sizes to guarantee a snug yet comfortable fit.
Other prenatal considerations
When purchasing products to keep you comfortable and connected to your baby during your pregnancy, consider choosing items for your baby registry at
the same time. Putting together a list of items that you want to shower
your precious bundle with is a time saver for your friends and family members.
It's also a great way to review baby checklists, allowing you to organize
and keep track of the supplies you have and what you still need to purchase.
The Bottom Line
A fetal heartbeat monitor is a practical way to stay connected to your baby
during pregnancy and can also record your heartbeat to soothe your baby
after his birth. Maternity products such as pregnancy pillows, air mattresses,
and support cradles are designed to keep moms-to-be as comfortable as possible
while they're expecting.
Our Mom Expert Caron Webber, 37, is the mother of five children, ages 2 to 12.
"I'm a stomach sleeper, but of course when you're pregnant,
that's not really an option. Much to my relief, I discovered a pregnancy
body pillow while I was carrying my second child, and I slept so much better
than I had during my first pregnancy. But I found another use for the pillow
between babies. My husband travels frequently on business, and I've
always found it difficult to sleep well when he's gone. On a whim
one night, I pulled that body pillow in bed with me, and I was out like
a light. Apparently it's a great sleep aid whether you're pregnant
or not! Now my husband jokes that he's afraid of being replaced by
that pillow permanently."