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You've rocked the last nine months, mama. You've conquered morning sickness, overcome swollen ankles, and dealt with every kick your baby threw your way. And now that you're in the home stretch (literally!), you're on your way to a #bossmom labor and delivery. Here are six items that will get you from these last few weeks to the final push.


1. To remove the guesswork of labor: Bloomlife Contraction Monitor

No more asking, “Was that a contraction? Was that a contraction?" Bloomlife is a rentable, award-winning, clinically validated pregnancy wearable that sticks onto your lower belly to help you see, recognize, and track real-time contractions. The Bloomlife app also automatically times and counts for frequency and duration and displays contraction patterns, so you have the information you need to make confident decisions. Even better, you can easily share your results with your partner, relatives, or even your doctor. Once you're done with your sensor, simply send it back to Bloomlife—the shipping is all free!

Pro tip: Ran out of patches? Don't worry! Bloomlife will ship new patches to you for the length of your rental for no additional cost.

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2. To keep that pregnancy glow going: basqNYC Skin Care Collection

We highly suggest a hefty dose of self-care to keep you comfortable during those last few weeks of pregnancy. The basqNYC beauty care line is one of our favorites to treat everything from sensitive, itchy belly skin to the aches and swelling common in the third trimester. They've even got a line to treat that pesky pregnancy acne—genius! And thanks to a commitment to high-quality ingredients and a sizeable “do not use" ingredient list, you can have confidence that you and your baby will both benefit.

Pro tip: Pack the Oh Baby! Hospital Essentials Gift Set in your hospital bag to make your first post-labor shower a spa-like experience. You'll have earned it, trust us!

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3. For a belly-approved seat: URBNfit Exercise Ball

When it comes to labor, what soothes one mama doesn't always work for another—that's why it's good to be prepared. A quality birth ball is the perfect way to try out all those labor positions you learned about in birth class, and it can even help you feel more comfortable in those last few months before baby arrives (because that chair at your desk is seriously not cutting it anymore). The URBNFit ball is made from high-quality PVC material and can be inflated in minutes thanks to the included dual-action inflation pump. Hello, instant relief!

Pro tip: Buy two so you can have a ball at home and work—and keep the extra pump in your hospital bag so you have one less thing to remember when it's go time.

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4. For reliable labor support: The Birth Partner

If we know one thing about birth, it's that it always helps to have an experienced partner. In the fourth edition of Penny Simkin's pregnancy and postpartum guidance book, mamas + partners get expert tips and suggestions for a smooth last few weeks of pregnancy, labor, and beyond. It's also a great resource for anyone who wants to be helpful in the birthing room—looking at you, nervous first dads!

Pro tip: Skip the e-book format for this one in favor a paperback edition. The book is filled with tables and pictures that don't translate as well in the digital edition.

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5. To answer every other question: Momseze

Wouldn't it be great if your doctor or midwife was always by your side to answer every question that came up as you prepped for a new baby? Well, we can't make that happen (sorry), but we've discovered a great alternative: Momseze. This easy to use app connects you with a range of pregnancy, baby, and lactation experts and consultants to answer your every question from the comfort of your home for a reasonable fee—24/7!

Pro tip: A one-month subscription would make a great gift for a new mama.

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6. For a labor gown that gets you: James Fox Co. Birthing Gown

Listen, labor is going to come with plenty of uncomfortable moments. Your birthing gown should not be one of them. Skip the scratchy hospital number in favor of something comfortable and pretty, like a James Fox Co. birthing gown. Made from 100% cotton (and totally “hospital approved," thanks to a back panel that fully unsnaps and snaps on shoulders for easy nursing and skin-to-skin bonding post birth), these soft, feminine gowns are a definite upgrade—plus they'll look gorgeous in all your new mama photos.

Pro tip: After the big day, machine wash your gown with cold water and hang to dry to maintain the softness. Because you should totally wear this while you recover at home!

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The absence of a trial makes it all the more important to prepare in other ways for breastfeeding success—and it can be as simple as adding a few of our lactation aiding favorites to your registry.

MilkBliss chocolate chip soft baked lactation cookies

MilkBliss lactation cookies

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Evereden multi-purpose healing balm

Evereden multipurpose healing balm

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$20

Lansinoh milk storage bags

Lansinoh milk storage bags

For a breastfeeding mama, there are few things more precious and valuable than the milk she worked so hard to pump—and it's the stuff of nightmares to imagine it spilling out in the fridge. With these double-sealed milk storage bags, you can be assured your breastmilk is safe and sound until baby needs it.

$12.50

Belly Bandit bandita nursing bra

Belly Bandit bandita nursing bra

Nursing a baby is a 24/7 job, which calls for some wardrobe modifications. Because Belly Bandit specializes in making things more comfortable for the postpartum mama, they've truly thought of every detail—from the breathable fabric to the clips that can be easily opened with one hand.

$47

boob-ease soothing therapy pillows

Boob Ease soothing therapy pillows

For nursing moms, duct can quickly become a four-letter word when you suspect it's getting clogged. By keeping these soothing breast pillows in your breastfeeding arsenal, you can immediately go on the defense against plugged milk ducts by heating the pads in the microwave or cooling them in the freezer.

$25

Belly Bandit perfect nursing tee

Belly Bandit perfect nursing tee

A unfortunate reality of nursing is that it can really seem to limit the wardrobe options when you have to think about providing easy, discrete access. But by adding functional basics to your closet, you can feel confident and prepared for breastfeeding on the go.

$59

Bebe au Lait premium cotton nursing cover

Bebe au Lait cotton nursing cover

Nursing in public isn't every mama's cup of tea. But babies can't always wait until you've found a private place to get down to business if that's your preference. That's where a nursing cover comes in handy. This one is made from premium cotton and features a patented neckline that allows for airflow and eye contact even while you're covered.

$36

Lactation Lab basic breastmilk testing kit

Lactation Lab breastmilk testing kit

Curious to learn more about the liquid gold you're making, mama? The testing kit from Lactation Labs analyzes your breast milk for basic nutritional content like calories and protein, as well as vitamins, fatty acids and environmental toxins to help boost your breastfeeding confidence.

$99

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