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5 Things to Splurge on During Your Pregnancy

From diapers to food to the right stroller, raising a child adds up. These are the top 5 things to splurge on during pregnancy.

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Published March 16, 2017

by Nina Spears

The Baby Chick®: Pregnancy, Birth & Postpartum Expert

Having a baby can be expensive, but of course, totally worth it. Hopefully, you will get some must-haves from friends and family from your baby registry. However, things can still add up. The cost of raising a child can really hit parents’ wallets, from diapers to food and finding the right stroller.

Top Things To Splurge on During Pregnancy

We have the top five things right here if you’re wondering what to splurge on when you’re pregnant.

1. Owlet

Peace of mind is worth every penny, especially for parents. I know so many new mothers who are placing their hands or putting mirrors over their babies as they sleep to make sure they are still breathing throughout the night. Worrying is normal when you become a parent. But resting is essential to your recovery and to feeling like yourself again. Owlet gives you that peace of mind since it monitors your baby’s heart rate and oxygen levels and alerts you should either become abnormal. You can sleep more soundly with this app and everything that comes with it.


2. Mattress

Did I mention that sleep is EVERYTHING? If it’s been a while since you got a new mattress, now is the time to get one. Your body has already gone through so much change to grow your baby, and it will continue to change as you recover after childbirth. A good mattress can help you with better sleep, better positioning, and posture and will help make you feel more refreshed in the morning.

3. Stroller

Yes, strollers are expensive, but look at it as an investment. You are going to be toting around your little one for years. The stroller you buy will carry your child for several years and potentially even your next child for several more years! You want a stroller that will last and grow with you and your family. Bite the bullet and get the stroller you want and know will last. It’s an investment piece that you will use over and over and over again.

4. Cord Blood Banking

We all want our babies (not to mention our whole family) to be healthy. That’s what all parents want — happy and healthy kids. Unfortunately, not every family is blessed with good health. Luckily, we live in an age when technology can help us with these misfortunes. Banking your baby’s cord blood, cord tissue, and even placenta tissue banking offers the potential to treat certain diseases that your child, their siblings, grandparents, or even yourself might develop. This is definitely one of those things to splurge on during pregnancy.

Hopefully, you will never experience this, but I would think of this as an insurance policy. If anything were to happen and you had the opportunity to do something about it, you would thank your lucky stars that you banked your baby’s cord blood. The only thing is you can only make that choice NOW during your pregnancy. After your baby is born, you cannot go back and save your baby’s cord blood. And with all the new studies and everything scientists are discovering that stem cells can treat and cure, why not make that investment and call Americord? I know I would.

5 Things to Splurge on During Your Pregnancy

5. Help & Support

It’s very common for first-time parents to be fixated on making it through their pregnancy and preparing for their labor and baby’s birth. Very little do soon-to-be mothers think of what life will be like after the baby is born. That’s when things can become difficult because your body is recovering from giving birth, yet you now also have to be up every few hours to feed, change, and soothe your little one. Don’t get me wrong, it’s wonderful, but it can also be exhausting and leave you with very little time to get other things done around the house, let alone take a shower. So, the number one thing that I recommend all mothers splurge on during pregnancy and add to their baby registry is help and support.

  • Get a housekeeper to help clean the house, even if it’s just once. It’s one less time you have to do it.
  • Ask for babysitting money or someone to donate their time and babysit. This can help you leave the house to get your hair done and feel human, or they can babysit your older children as you tend to your newborn.
  • Request a doula. Having a birth doula to help you during your pregnancy, labor, and birth is wonderful. It’s as if you have your own personal assistant helping you every step of the way, keeping you comfortable. And a postpartum doula does the same thing, but after you come home with the baby. Having her help with the dishes, laundry, light housework, sterilizing bottles, helping with the baby’s bath, showing you how to use your breast pump, and more. That help means everything to a new mom!
  • Ask for money to get a therapist. It’s common for women to experience baby blues and postpartum depression after their baby is born. This does not make you a bad mother. However, treatment is the key. Find someone you can talk to to help you mentally and emotionally adjust to this new change.

From peace of mind to help and support, new parents should spend top dollar on some important things to splurge on during pregnancy to make that transition with a new baby smoother for everyone!

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Nina is The Baby Chick® & Editor-in-Chief of Baby Chick®. She received her baby planning certification in early 2011 and began attending births that same year. Since then, Nina has… Read more

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