Many women are excited to find themselves expecting and enjoy shopping and browsing items that are meant just for expectant mothers and their unborn babies. However, with the economy the way it is in today’s world, it’s important that mothers don’t waste money on products that are less than what was anticipated. Some products are appealing, yet impractical or a waste of money! Educate yourself beforehand and make sure that the money your spending isn’t wasted!
Most mothers who do purchase maternity underwear, complain that it was uncomfortable or felt too much like “granny-panties.” Maternity underwear aren’t necessary. Not only are they overpriced, and quite frankly, unattractive, but they are also completely unnecessary. Most women find it easier, and less expensive, to purchase normal women’s underwear, possibly a size or two bigger than their non-pregnant size.
Many women are anxious to hear their babies heartbeats while they’re still in utero, however it may be safer to leave these periodic checks to your caregiver. Although there have not been any studies conducted regarding the long-term safety of fetal dopplers, there is concern that the sound waves could be linked to various health conditions. In addition, most women don’t use the more than a couple weeks, and with their heftier price tag, it’s a purchase best avoided if possible.
Fetal radios are similar to a CD-player or mp3-player. They usually come with a band that has speakers on it and wraps around the mother’s stomach. The mother can then play music for her unborn baby. Many people believe that playing certain kinds of music for a baby before it is born will affect it’s intelligence and artistic tastes later in life, however, these studies have little to not scientific backing and it is unlikely the baby actually hears the music, but rather only hears the garbled noise through the amniotic fluids from the speakers.
Although some women might swear by them, many women complain about their belly bands being a hassle. A belly band is similar to a tube top and is meant to go around the belly and waist, helping hold up too loose maternity pants, and cover any skin that may peek out under shirts. These bands have a tendency to slip and fall, and require readjustment often. You’re better off finding a long, stretch tank top or camisole. It might not hold your pants up, but it will cover any skin that may peek out under your shirt.
“What to Expect when You’re Expecting”
Although this book might seem like the “pregnancy bible,” and has a great layout, it lacks the depth and information it should contain. Don’t waste money on this book. Instead, opt for other books, such as “The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth” by Sheila Kitzinger or the “Mayo Clinic Complete Book of Pregnancy & Baby’s First Year.” You’ll definitely get more bang for your buck with the two latter choices.
Specialty Pregnancy Pillows
Sleeping while pregnant can be quite uncomfortable, however those specialty pregnancy pillows and wedges can be pretty uncomfortable and ineffective. Most women find that using a typical four to five foot body pillow and laying on their left side with an arm and leg wrapped around the body pillow helps. These specialty pillows can be confusing, awkward and uncomfortable, not to mention spendy. Before you resort to testing out these specialty pillows, try a normal body pillow first.
A Large Maternity Wardrobe
Most women don’t need maternity clothes until 4-6 months into their pregnancy. When you do need maternity clothes, it’s best to invest only in a few nice pairs of pants, and a couple tops that you wouldn’t mind wearing not pregnant as well. Many maternity clothes, although cute while pregnant, look ridiculous not. Some women even look at local stores for more flowy, and comfortable tops in the women’s section that could be used pregnant or not. Buying used maternity clothes from thrift stores, consignment shops and online may save you even more money, and due to the short amount of time a woman is wearing them, they are typically in good condition, even used. It’s important to remember not to go overboard when shopping for maternity clothes, especially considering those clothes will only be worn a few short months and can get quite pricey!
Most parents love to get a glance at their unborn baby, and the market has picked up on that with ultrasound “portrait studies” cropping up in nearly every major city. Although these ultrasounds may be a great keepsake, it’s best to keep your number of ultrasounds to a minimum, as there have been no conclusive studies done on the safety or danger of ultrasound, and some studies even link the excessive use of ultrasound with autism.
Commercial Gender Prediction Tests
Commercial gender prediction tests, like the commonly marketed brand, Intelligender, have very little scientific research backing their accuracy claims. With a price tag averaging around $30, you’re better off just waiting until the routine twenty-week ultrasound to catch a glimpse of your baby’s gender.
Stretch Mark Creams
Many stretch mark creams and lotions are specifically targeted to pregnant women. Although these creams may make your skin feel soft and moisturized, it is unlikely that they will help prevent stretch marks. If you’re going to get them, you’ll get them regardless of whatever lotions, creams and oils you use. Stretch marks are tears that occur in the lower layers of skin, layers that are impenetrable by lotions, oils and creams.