Expecting? We’ve got some great advice to prepare you for your pregnancy and the birth of your child.

First-Time Moms’ Maternity Checklist

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Congrats, you’re pregnant! Get ready—during these next nine months, you’re going to go through a lot of changes: physical, emotional, and yes, financial.  But before you start shopping for cribs and strollers, you’ll need to take care of your own maternity needs.

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Whether you plan on buying a whole new maternity wardrobe or just borrowing from friends and family, here’s the rundown on some things to keep in mind — from the must-haves, to some nice-to-haves.

CLOTHING

    Looking for just the bare necessities? Here are some things to consider:

  • 2-3 maternity/nursing bras
  • 4-5 pair of comfy underwear (they don’t have to be granny panties, but make sure there’s some room to grow!)
  • 1 transition band (so you can continue to wear your non-pregnancy clothes for a while longer – and wear your larger maternity clothes earlier)
  • 1-2 pair of maternity jeans (These will even be great after you give birth. You might prefer a pair with stretch in them.)
  • 3-4 t-shirts
  • 2-3 soft yoga/sweat/lounging pants
  • Sweater (depending on the season)
  • 1-2 date night outfits
  • Comfortable shoes (you might need to get a pair that’s a half size or so bigger due to swelling feet)
  • Work wardrobe (if applicable) – Don’t worry if you don’t have 17 suits; your colleagues will likely be forgiving.

COMFORT

NUTRITION

  • Prenatal vitamins
  • Folic acid (It’s best to start taking folic acid one to three months before getting pregnant. It’s recommended you take 400 mcg while trying to get pregnant, and 600–800 mcg while pregnant.)
  • Energy bar (keep one in your purse or in your car so you never get too hungry!)

KNOW-HOW

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