27 Pregnancy Survival Kit Items (That You’ll Be Grateful To Have)

by Harriet Fairbairn
Pregnancy survival kit

When you become pregnant it can be a bit overwhelming at first to think about all the things you will need to get for the baby.

But what about the things you may need for yourself whilst you’re pregnant? 

When you become a mother you don’t tend to put yourself first and that can start as soon as you get pregnant!

To have a positive pregnancy you need to make sure you’re taking good care of yourself whilst you grow that little miracle inside you. 

I’ve put together a pregnancy survival kit list to make your life easier, more comfortable and to boost your overall well-being whilst you’re on your pregnancy journey. 

These items aren’t necessities but they sure help! 

A pregnancy survival kit is also a fantastic gift idea for any mum to be and I’m sure it would be a gift that would be greatly appreciated! 

So let’s have a look at the list of pregnancy survival kit items I have put together for you. 


27 Pregnancy Survival Kit Items 

Woman who needs a pregnancy survival kit

1. Maternity Clothes

When I was pregnant with my son I didn’t have any maternity clothes at all and it was annoying!

Especially when you’re starting to show you want to be comfy and probably don’t want your belly hanging out your clothes.

Getting a few maternity items will benefit you a great deal. 

Depending on your preferences you want a few good pairs of maternity trousers/leggings, some loose-fitting/ long tops, and some stunning maternity dresses.

I also love maternity dungarees (they’re so cute with a bump!)

I think the key is to stay happy and comfortable.

It only lasts a few months and you’ll be back in your skinny jeans in no time! 

2. Robe

I’m sure this doesn’t just apply to a pregnant woman as I know that I love my dressing gown and can wear it all day if I could!

But I’m adding it to the list anyway…

Like I said, comfort is key.

So maybe treating yourself to a nice new fluffy robe will do wonders when you’re having lazy days and want to be cozy! 

3. Underwear

As you may know when you become pregnant your boobs have a life of their own!

They suddenly swell twice the size they were, they’re sore and uncomfortable.

With all that happening your normal bras may seem to become more uncomfortable than usual and we all know how horrible that can feel!

Getting a decent maternity bra can help ease the pain a little, give you that added comfort, and will come in handy if you choose to breastfeed later on down the line. 

4. Comfy Shoes

Wearing comfy shoes whilst pregnant

So now you’re pregnant you may want to put those high heels away for a little while!

You can be a little out of balance so it’s probably the safest option also.

Get some comfy shoes to wear that can go with anything and you’ll be sorted for the next 9 months.

Having proper fitting shoes can be of great benefit and can ease some of those aches, pains, and swollen feet. 

5. Skin Care

Those hormones are probably going to cause chaos to your skin!

It’s like becoming a spotty teenager again.

But you can do a few things to help prevent all the spots from appearing like, properly removing makeup every night before bed, washing your face with some good quality face wash, and using some natural moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated. 

6. Belly Oil 

Using a good quality oil to rub onto your stomach is an excellent way to help prevent you from getting stretch marks.

I like to apply it when each night before bed so I have some kind of routine and I always remember to do it before I go to sleep.

I would highly recommend doing it as I used it religiously through my pregnancies and luckily haven’t got any stretch marks. 

7. Sleep Mask

No matter what stage you’re in during your pregnancy you’re going to feel tired and will probably need to nap a bit more than usual.

Also, a symptom of pregnancy can be headaches so a mask to block out the light may help during those times when you need peace and quiet. 

8. Soft Toothbrush

Pregnancy survival kit item the soft toothbrush

Unfortunately, another sign/ symptom of pregnancy is bleeding gums.

So to help it might be best to get a soft-bristled toothbrush and keep good oral hygiene up during your pregnancy.

Remember when flossing to do it a bit gentler than normal as that can cause inflammation and bleeding gums. 

9. Chapstick

I’ve noticed whilst I’ve been pregnant this time around I’ve had really dry lips.

This is because your body needs more hydration during this time as the baby is sucking it all up!

Treat yourself to some chapstick and apply it often to prevent your lips from getting cracked and sore. 

10. Dry Shampoo 

Your hair naturally is fuller and thicker during pregnancy but it may mean it gets greasier easier.

Keeping up with regular hairwashing obviously helps but also keep some dry shampoo to hand for those days you just can’t be bothered to wash your hair.

It’ll also be a lifesaver when you’re rushed off your feet with a newborn. 

11. Pregnancy pillow

If you’re going to get one thing from this list, it has to be a pregnancy pillow!

I naturally sleep on my stomach and have been suffering so much not being able to.

Now I have a pillow I have had better sleeps and I don’t feel like I’m going to topple over in bed!

There are so many choices out there so have a hunt around to see what you think will suit you best. 

12. Prenatal Vitamins

Take vitamins during pregnancy

Taking vitamins is a great way to kickstart your pregnancy.

Taking them can help with your baby’s growth and development and your midwife or health professional will give you a recommendation of what to take. 

Some examples of the vitamins you can take are: 

  • Folic acid
  • Vitamin D
  • Iron
  • Calcium 

Always read the labels to check they are pregnancy safe and speak to your doctor beforehand. 

13. Morning Sickness Aid

If you have suffered from morning sickness you know it’s hideous right?

I think ‘cures’ for morning sickness are different for every woman but you can try acupressure bands, vitamins or travel sickness bands to help prevent that horrible ‘sea sickness’ feeling. 

14. Heartburn

Heartburn can be really uncomfortable and be a common thing among pregnant women.

It can be tricky to relieve heartburn when pregnant as some of the ‘over the counter’ tablets can’t be taken.

Talk to a medical professional before taking anything for heartburn when pregnant.

You can also try some natural ways to relieve heartburn like chewing sugarless gum after a meal, eating yogurt when you start to feel the heartburn come on, or drink some coconut water. 

15. Compression Socks

Getting a pair of compression stockings can help in many ways during pregnancy. 

Varicose veins can appear and your feet and ankles can swell (what a magical time!) so getting some stockings can help ease the feet and legs and prevent them from getting worse.

They’re not the most comfortable or attractive but it’ll only be for a few months and you won’t regret wearing them.

Make sure to moisturize your legs as they can get very dry wearing them, making them itchy and uncomfortable. 

16. Breast Pads

Pregnancy survival kit breast pads

So you may notice when you’re in the later stage of your pregnancy your boobs start to leak!

Hopefully, you notice this before someone else does as it can feel quite embarrassing if you’ve not experienced it before.

Getting some breast pads can help to make sure you don’t get milk patches on your bra and t-shirt.

Disposable ones are cheap and easy to use and if you don’t want disposable ones there are lots of reusable ones out there to try out. 

17. Maternity Belt 

A maternity belt can help support your bump and relieve those aches and pains you can experience.

After having two very different pregnancies, I can see the benefit of having one if you suffer from pelvic or lower back pain.

You can start using them at any time from when you start experiencing any pains. 

18. Safe Cleaning Products

Safer cleaning products are becoming more popular as they are safer for the environment and are better for our health.

I have been very wary of what I use to clean my house whilst I’ve been pregnant as harsh chemicals can cause harm to you and your baby.

Have a look around as to what’s on offer or even try making your own natural cleaning products.

Safer cleaning products will also be a safer option when you have a baby in the house touching and putting things in their mouths. 

19. Snacks

We know by now that the old saying ‘eating for two’ doesn’t really mean you should go crazy and eat loads.

But it can be a good idea to have snacks to hand, especially if you’re not at home and can feel that you’re getting hungry.

Keeping some fruit or dried snack foods to combat that morning sickness can help you from feeling light-headed and gross when you’re out and about.

Stock up on some cute containers to take your snacks out with you and enjoy. 

20. Essential Oil Diffuser

Essential oil diffuser for pregnant women

Essential oils can help combat morning sickness, improve sleep, and reduce anxiety.

However, there is a bit of controversy on whether to use essential oils.

By doing some research, the safest way to use them during pregnancy is through an oil diffuser and never to ingest it or rub it into your skin.

It is also recommended to avoid them altogether during your first trimester.

Oils that are ok to use during your second and third trimester are: 

  • Lavender 
  • Lemon 
  • Orange 
  • Ginger 
  • Frankincense 
  • Rose or Rosewood 

Some to avoid altogether during pregnancy are:

  • Rosemary 
  • Sage 
  • Thyme 
  • Wormwood 
  • Aniseed 
  • Basil 

Always speak to a medical professional first just to check that you are using them safely. 

21. Exercise Ball

Using an exercise ball can be a great way to do gentle exercise when pregnant.

There are lots of different exercises you can do and you can start using the ball from early pregnancy.

By using the ball you can strengthen your back and stomach muscles, improve your posture and help prepare your body for labor. 

22. Hot Water Bottle

So I get if you’re pregnant during the summer months you’ll most likely not want to use a hot water bottle.

I found that when I experience back pain during pregnancy if I used a hot water bottle on my lower back it helps ease the pain.

It’s a better alternative to taking tablets and is a cheap and cheerful way to relieve those aches and pains.

23. Water Bottle

You naturally become more thirsty when pregnant as the baby is wanting everything you have.

It may feel like you’re getting the life sucked out of you!

Getting a decent water bottle to carry around with you will save you from getting dehydrated and you’ll always have it to hand for when that thirst gets to you. 

24. Bath Salts 

Bath salts to help with pregnancy aches and pains

Bath salts can be a lifesaver when pregnant, they help to ease acing bones and muscles.

Treat yourself to some soothing bath salts and enjoy a long relaxing bath as soon enough you may not have time to do so!

Pregnant women are advised to use Epsom bath salts as they dissolve easily and help ease muscle pain.

25. Herbal Teas 

Herbal teas can be great for reducing morning sickness, can help aid sleep, provide nutrients for the baby, keep you hydrated, and can help ease anxiety.

Some herbal teas considered safe during pregnancy are :

  • Green tea 
  • Ginger tea 
  • Peppermint tea
  • Raspberry leaf tea 

However, take note of the caffeine intake on the teas you are drinking, don’t drink large quantities, and speak to a medical professional first. 

26. Big Bath Towel

It can be a bit uncomfortable when you’ve got a big bump and nothing fits so getting a large bath towel can do wonders!

It gives you that extra bit of comfort and you don’t feel like you’re using a hand towel to wrap around yourself. 

27. Book, Apps, And Pinterest! 

It’s probably best to get some reading in before you’re waved off at the hospital with a tiny newborn to take care of!

So download those apps and purchase some pregnancy books just to give you some idea of what to expect.

It can be a pretty scary time and you can rely heavily on instinct to provide for your baby but it helps to read up on also. 

Pregnancy Survival Kit Conclusion

So there you have it 27 Pregnancy Survival Kit Items to help you on your way!

I hope you’ve benefited from some of them and they will be able to help your pregnancy to run smoothly and leave you feeling comfortable, happy, and prepared for the exciting times yet to come.

Thanks for taking the time to read my post and good luck with your pregnancy and the joy of parenthood. 

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