With The Boy, I used Belly Balm for a while trying to prevent stretch marks and sooth the itchiness. It worked, sort of. But I always felt a bit like I was basting a turkey, my belly was so greasy afterward. Then, I developed some sort of allergic reaction to the belly butter stuff and broke out in hives, making the itching unbearable. That's when, in desperation, I squirted half a bottle of face lotion on my belly -- instant relief. It's still a little pricey, compared to regular body lotions, but it feels good and I didn't get stretch marks. Not saying it's because of the lotion, but I don't think it hurt.
It got me to thinking about other little, unexpected things that got me through pregnancy the first time:
-- My exercise ball: Stretched my belly, took the pressure off loosening hips, got me through early labor and now doubles as a toy for a kiddo. Best investment ever.
-- The belly band: I think I loved it more than most mommas-to-be. I wore mine right up to The Boy's birth. Going to work with my pants undone seemed normal by the end.
-- A basket under my desk at work. I used it as a footstool when I could no longer perch on my legs like a little kid. (Or, as my sister would say, like a bird)
What little things made your pregnant life better?