Congratulations – you're having a baby! Our handy first-trimester shopping checklist will help you figure out what to buy during these early weeks. And don't forget to move on to our second-trimester and third-trimester shopping checklists when it's time.
Now's the time to start your pregnancy and parenting library! Start with basics and classics, like The Girlfriends' Guide to Pregnancy, by Vicki Iovine BabyCenter Pregnancy: From Preconception to Birth, and The Pregnancy Book: Month-by-Month, Everything You Need to Know From America's Baby Experts, by William and Martha Sears.
New pants or a waistband extender
Your belly may not be visibly rounder yet, but your pants may not be fitting as well, even just a few weeks in. A new pair of pants with a bit of Lycra stretch might round out your wardrobe perfectly.
If you don't want to start buying new clothes just yet, try a waistband extender such as the Belly Belt or Bella Band. Keeping comfy is your new mission, and it's more important than you may think: Some women report that a looser waistband helps with morning sickness. Check out our article on dressing for your trimester for more great tips.
Some pregnant women say their number one favorite purchase is their body pillow. Even this early, you may get uncomfortable easily, and a body pillow may help you get a better night's sleep.
Your mouth may be drier, your gums more sensitive – and you're more susceptible to gingivitis now. Preventing periodontal disease is vital for pregnant women, so buy yourself a nice new, soft-bristled toothbrush and some dental floss and use them every day to keep your mouth fresh and healthy.
A comfy cotton bra
Your breasts are probably feeling more tender now. And while you may not be ready for a maternity bra, a sports bra or comfortable cotton bra without underwire will give you gentle support and ease discomfort.
A good body lotion
Your skin may start feeling drier, especially on your belly as it grows and your skin stretches. Find a good all-over moisturizer that you can slather on now and throughout your pregnancy. To discover other products you might need, see our handy pregnancy medicine cabinet checklist.
You've just begun an incredible journey. How are you feeling? What are you thinking? Jot down your emotions, thoughts, or questions in a pregnancy journal. It can help you feel connected to the little person growing inside you and will be a one-of-a-kind keepsake after your baby is born.