There’s a seemingly endless stream of information about the best pregnancy products and baby essentials online. But what do you really need?
Here at Naytal, we know it can be a real challenge to separate the must-have gadgets during pregnancy from those that you are, in reality, unlikely to use.
To help make it more clear cut (and give you more time to focus on your upcoming arrival) we’ve picked out the top nine gadgets to help with pregnancy and those first few months after your baby arrives.
The best pregnancy gadgets are…
1. BellyBuds Pregnancy Headphones
BellyBuds from Wavhello are a great way to feel a deeper connection with your baby before they are born and give other family members the chance to bond with them too.
BellyBuds gently stick to your bump and through the portable and discreet headphones, you can play music, stories, and voice recordings that your baby will be able to hear from 20 weeks and remember from 30 weeks.
2. Jacket Extender
It can be exciting to see your body change throughout pregnancy, but it can also be stressful when your favourite clothes start to become snug because of your expanding baby bump. With a jacket extender, however, you can continue to wear your usual coats throughout your pregnancy and beyond without splashing out on a new maternity wardrobe.
This genius accessory comes in a range of styles, fabrics, and colours and simply fastens to the existing zips of your garment. Once your baby arrives, your jacket extender can be used to zip up your coat around a baby carrier to keep both you and your little one warm.
3. Nanit Smart Baby Monitor
Whilst not strictly a pregnancy accessory, a baby monitor is one gadget that most expecting parents like to have ready for their baby’s arrival. And this one’s the best in the business. The Nanit is so much more than just a monitor; it is a complete tool for keeping track of sleep, development and capturing those cherished moments.
See your baby at any time via the camera and use its two-way audio to speak directly to them. The Nanit also delivers daily sleep reports, captures video clips, and reads the ambient room temperature so that you can be sure your baby is always snug and safe. With the addition of Nanit breathing wear, you can even monitor your baby’s breathing motions, as the camera tracks breaths per minute through subtle movements.
4. TENS Machine
A TENS machine is a battery-operated device that sends mild electrical impulses through the body via pads that adhere to the skin. It is a well-known and well-used method of pain relief, and can be used in this manner during early labour, especially to combat back pain.
The sensation it delivers can also act as a welcome distraction from contractions, reducing your anxiety and helping you feel in control of your labour.
Morning sickness and nausea, whilst common, can be tough to deal with and at their worst, can have the capability to completely derail your day. Using a Reliefband, however, can alleviate your symptoms.
The Reliefband is a digital device worn like a watch that gently stimulates the underside of the wrist, sending signals through your nervous system and to the brain that rebalance your body’s response to feeling sick.
7. Belly Armor Blanket
Made from soft, organic cotton and RadiaShield fabric, the Belly Armor Blanket shields your bump and your growing baby from the radiation that is emitted from cell phones, laptops, and other electronic devices that can impact health and development.
Lightweight but generous in size, it is perfect for use at home, in the office and whilst out and about throughout your pregnancy to provide comfort and peace of mind.
8. Intimina Kegelsmart Electronic Pelvic Floor Trainer
Ideal for use after pregnancy, the Intimina Kegelsmart helps strengthen pelvic floor muscles to support recovery after childbirth, improve bladder and bowel control, and increase sensation. Just make sure to wait at least 6 weeks after birth before using and check with your midwife first (you may need to wait longer depending on the type of delivery).
It uses touch sense technology to detect your pelvic floor strength and then tailors a Kegel exercise routine specifically for you. Easy to use, the Kegelsmart has just one button to turn it on and off, and you simply follow along with the exercises according to the vibrations it delivers.
9. Medela Swing Maxi Breast Pump
The Swing Maxi breast pump from Medela is a compact, portable, double breast pump that has been designed so that you can pump in comfort with as minimal interference to your daily life as possible. Its technology mimics the natural sucking rhythm of your baby, and is easy to operate with a 4-button interface and 9 pre-programmed settings.
The Medela comes with two different sizes of breast shields so you can get the best fit. And its soft rim and oval shape puts less pressure on the milk ducts whilst yielding more milk than other pumping machines.
If you have any questions or concerns about your pregnancy, you’re in the right place. Book now to speak to a midwife online at a time and date that’s convenient for you, from the comfort of your home.
Kate, Naytal Midwife
Kate has been a Midwife within the NHS for more than 15 years and supports women to work harmoniously with their bodies and tune into their intuitions.