There are so many obvious things you need to buy when you're pregnant, like maternity pants and tops, of course. But I'm talking about things that made life more comfortable, that I didn't know I needed until I was using it and realized I couldn't live without it!
3. Home Dopplar
It sounds like a great idea to be able to hear your baby and know there are still in there, but leave this to the professionals! The ones sold to the general public are not regulated at all. Also, you don't really know what you're listening to. Midwives and OBGYNs are trained to listen and know in 2 seconds if what they hear is normal or abnormal. If you don't have the training, you may be listening to nothing of importance. After watching them use a dopplar in the office, I can confidently say I don't know enough about what I'm hearing. In fact, I thought I heard static and she exclaimed "Wow! great heartbeat!"--- which to me sounded like nothing. If I did this at home it would have freaked me out and caused unnecessary anxiety. Plus, exposing baby to the waves emitted by devices such as these have not been fully tested.
6. An EMF shielding blanket
This is something I originally thought I needed and something I wanted. I have a laptop and I figured what a great way to shield myself and baby from the unnecessary EMF coming out of the thing. I have my own person EMF detector (exciting, I know) and I of course tested the product that claimed to shield you from EMF. Well, it literally did nothing. I mean the numbers didn't even pretend to decrease a little bit. I called the company out on it and they agreed to refund me the $80. Just because a product makes a claim doesn't mean it's valid.
7. Pregnancy Bras
I'm not saying you don't need these, I'm just saying you should skip right to nursing bras. I just felt that nursing bras did just as good a job as the pregnancy ones and the nursing ones had the added feature of being more accessible to baby post-partum. Don't waste your money and just stick to nursing bras for both!