Pregnancy comes with its fair share of aches, pains and little discomforts; this goes double when you're at the office and there's no chance of napping it all away on a comfy bed. Here are some items for workmoms-to-be to stash away in a desk drawer for when those maternity woes pop up during the 9-to-5.
Head Off Headaches
Sad but true: When you get pregnant, your trusty old pain relievers are usually the first to go. Replace your office stash of Advil with Healthy Mama's Shake That Ache pills and relieve those afternoon headaches without any aspirin, ibuprofen or naproxin, which are not recommended during pregnancy. (The active ingredient? OB-GYN-approved acetaminophen.) Not only will the headaches be gone, but you can also use the pills for muscle pains, fevers or any of those other strains that come with bringing new life into this world ($10/100 pills, healthymamabrand.com).
Keep Your Face Fresh
With your re-circulated, over-conditioned office air, your skin can dry out fast. Belli's Sheer Comfort Lip Balm uses hypoallergenic lanolin to revive cracked lips (or, yes, nipples), and the line's Healthy Glow Facial Hydrator is both lightweight and gives skin a boost of vitamin C. Use both to restore that smile. Tip: Nice and compact, these are also good products to pack into that hospital bag to counteract the dry hospital air ($12 .3 oz lip balm, $32 for 1.5 oz hydrator, belliskincare.com).
Banish Pesky Heartburn
One of the most persistent plagues of pregnancy, heartburn can strike through all trimesters. Ditch the acidic office coffee for Earth Mama Angel Baby's Heartburn Tea; not only does it extinguish the fire, it tastes pretty good, too, with a cooling blend of marshmallow root, lemon balm, chamomile, spearmint and red raspberry leaf. Safe for Mom and baby, the tea is caffeine-free, organic, non-GMO and certified kosher ($6 for 16 tea bags, target.com).
Nix the Nausea
Even non-pregnant nausea sufferers claim that accupressure helps with the queasy feelings in their bellies. Psi Bands are adjustable wrist bands that fit snugly on your accupressure point (one on each wrist), are waterproof and, unlike other accupressure bands out there, come in a variety of patterns and colors so you won't be ashamed to wear them into the next big meeting ($15, target.com).
Tame the Tummy
If accupressure doesn't work on your morning sickness, what you might need is a good lollipop. Preggie Pops use a combo of organic ingredients and aromatherapy to provide drug-free relief from the stomach blahs. In flavors like peppermint, spearmint, lavender, ginger, sour lemon, sour tangerine and sour raspberry, you'll feel just like a kid who gets a treat after visiting the doctor ($4/7 lollipops, threelollies.com).
Don't Break the Back
As the months tick on, that upright desk chair is going to start to feel more and more uncomfortable. Enter the Boppy® Pregnancy Back Rest, which you can throw on the back of your old chair to add some firm cushioning. The pillow offers contoured lumbar support and is designed to reduce the stress and strain associated with sitting all day—not that you ever have time to actually sit all day ($40, boppy.com).
Pregnancy cravings can descend at any moment, and you don't want to have just junk from the hallway vending machine on-hand when they do. Bumpboosters cookies can satisfy a sweet tooth without the guilt that can come with snacking; the cookies are made with organic ingredients and packed with extra vitamins and minerals tailored to the needs of pregnant women. Try them in flavors like oatmeal chocolate chip, molasses ginger and morning glory. After the baby arrives, you can switch to the Milkmakers cookies to help boost milk supply ($28/12 cookies, bumpboosters.com).
Soothe Tired Legs
Weary, bloated and tired legs can get a boost with Mama Mio's Lucky Legs Cooling Gel. Spearmint and other refreshing oils work to improve mico-circulation in the legs, which relieves that tight, puffy and heavy feeling you get from water retention. You can still put your feet up on your desk to relax to if you want, but you won't feel like you have to ($21/100ml, mioskincare.com).
Ease Aching Feet
Maybe not for the summer, but when the weather cools down and boot season returns, World's Softest socks can help ease the pressure on those tired tootsies. The Support Fit Crew sock features light compression on top that transitions to maximum compression at the ankle, which encourages healthy blood flow and increased circulation to help soothe swollen feet. The bottoms are where the true comfort shines, though, as the socks have a cushioned footbed (no blisters!) and soft seams that prevent rubbing and irritation ($6-$24, worldssoftest.com).
Treat Yourself All Over
Admit it: You deserve a little pampering. Sign up for Bump Box, and you'll get a shipment every month full of desk-drawer-sized, pregnancy-safe goodies like Bella B beauty products, Knocked Up nail polish or Babyganics cleaners. If you sign up for an ongoing subscription, the boxes will arrive each month customized for your specific due date—or, if that's too much of a splurge, opt for a one-month or three-month treat ($10/month, $27/three months and $40/month for ongoing membership with full-sized products, bumpboxes.com).