Marla Sokoloff’s Blog: My Pregnancy Must-Haves

01/26/2012 at 06:00 PM ET
At my showerJustine Ungaro

Thanks for welcoming our newest celebrity bloggerMarla Sokoloff!

Since audiences first got to know her at age 12 as Gia on Full House, Sokoloff has had many memorable TV roles — Jody on Party of Five, Lucy on The Practice, Claire on Desperate Housewives — as well as turns on the big screen in Whatever It TakesDude, Where’s My Car? and Sugar & Spice.

Sokoloff, 31, also sings and plays guitar and released an album, Grateful, in 2005.

She wed her husband, music composer Alec Puro, in November 2009 and the couple — plus pup Coco Puro — make their home in Los Angeles. They expect their first child this winter.

You can find Marla, who’s now 38 weeks pregnant, on Twitter.

Hello everyone!

Hope you all had a fantastic holiday season. My husband and I stayed in town and laid low. We watched movies, ate, slept, ate, spent quality time with friends and family … and then ate some more.

The official countdown is in full effect … I cannot believe that in two weeks time I will be a mommy!

In the grand scheme of things, these nine months went by pretty quickly. Yes, there were weeks that seemed endless and yes, I’m currently complaining about my feet swelling up like balloons and the general discomfort that comes with the end of pregnancy — but all in all the journey has been one that I will never forget. Dare I say … I’m even looking forward to doing it AGAIN?!

Everyone keeps telling me to enjoy these final moments of solitude, but I just want to jump to the part of pregnancy that comes with a baby already!

My four best friends threw me the most perfect baby shower a few weeks ago. It was a beautiful brunch and was so flawlessly planned I don’t think I could have done it better myself! I was so overwhelmed by the generosity of all who attended — we pretty much got everything we could possibly need for our little one, and then some.

I truly don’t think I could have made it through pregnancy without the help and advice of my mommy friends who had babies before me. Everything from baby gear to stretch mark cream — my friends were on it!

So, before I step into the baby bunker (don’t worry — I’ll be back to update you post-delivery), I decided to leave you with a list of my pregnancy must-haves. Please enjoy and feel free to pass along to other mamas!

Favorite Maternity Store: A Pea in the Pod

One stop shopping for all of your changing body needs. I purchased everything from underwear to my little(ish) black dress that I wore to my baby shower (see above photo).

Favorite Maternity Jean: J Brand — Mama J Skinny Jean

These jeans are by far the most comfortable and flattering jeans that I could find. They don’t have a panel on the belly (which I never found to be very comfortable) — instead they have side elastic panels that grow with you so you don’t need to buy multiple sizes.

Favorite Before, During and After Dress: Anything by Rachel Pally

Rachel Pally makes the most comfortable and flattering dresses for women no matter what size you are. I’m wearing one in the nursery photo below. Her gorgeous creations got me through three weddings during my pregnancy and I know I will wear them again post-baby and beyond.

Favorite Body Pillow: My Brest Friend 3-in-1 Body Pillow

This pillow has all the support you need, complete with a wedge for your growing belly. Trust me, this wedge will save your life as your bump gets bigger and heavier!

Favorite Pregnancy Memoir: Exploiting My Baby by Teresa Strasser

I personally LOVED this book. Informative yet beyond hilarious and didn’t scare me the way some of the other books did. You’ll want to be best friends with Teresa by the end of it!

Favorite Pregnancy Book: The Pregnancy Test by Dr. Emily Sikking and Melissa Heckscher

I mentioned this book in my first blog post, but I wanted to give it another shout out. I can’t even tell you how many times I referred to this pregnancy guide. Saved me a few phone calls to my doctor — who actually wrote this book. Great for expectant fathers too!

Favorite Stretch Mark Cream: Basq Advanced Stretch Mark Butter

Great for preventing stretch marks before and after pregnancy. My favorite thing about this cream is that it isn’t greasy and absorbs quickly so I can put my clothes on soon after using it. Smells yummy too!

Favorite Breast Cream: Novena Organic Beauty Breast Cream

Yea you heard me … I’m talking breast cream! Those little/big guys are susceptible to the same marks as your belly, so you can’t abandon them! This one is my favorite because it’s odorless and paraben-free.

Favorite ‘Faux Glow’ Makeup: Benefit Benetint

For those days when your “pregnancy glow” just isn’t happening. I put this rose-scented liquid on my lips and cheeks and instantly look and feel refreshed.

Favorite Hydration Buddy: Lifefactory Glass Water Bottle

This thing didn’t leave my side! It’s super important to stay hydrated when you’re pregnant and this bottle is the perfect portable size. I also love that it’s glass so there’s no icky plastic taste to my water. On days that I was feeling extra crazy, I would add lemon or mint to fancy it up.

Coco Puro and me in baby’s nurseryJustine Ungaro

I hope you find this list helpful — feel free to add to it and share in the comments section. Maybe my next list will be my favorite baby items?

Until then, you can follow me on Twitter @marlasok or catch me in The Chateau Meroux, which is out now on DVD.


— Marla Sokoloff

Response to comments on 1/29: 1.) I got paid ZERO for the products I mentioned. I truly love them! 2.) I know bumpers are bad — left on for pix!

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Mary on

Great tips!

Will you be posting any pics of your baby shower?

Best wishes!

Tee on

I’m sure you’re getting so excited! I look forward to hearing all about your baby daughter when she arrives!

Bugsmum on

Good luck for the amazing event ahead!

I’m totally with you on the water bottle thing and trust me if you breastfeed baby it will remain at your fingertips!!

Another thing I loved at the end of my pregnancy was my Swiss ball. It was great to sit on, lean against, use as a foot rest and bounce on when you are willing to try anything to “encourage” that baby out lol.

Bree on

I have been loving this blog!!

I did have to laugh about the part of being a mommy in two weeks, I said the same thing in the middle of November and my due date came and went with no baby, my daughter was (Finally!!) born 13 days after my due date on December 11th.

Fingers crossed Marla does not have to go through the same thing (And I don’t go through it with my next baby!!) because even though it was worth every single second those extra thirteen days were pretty close to the longest of my life (The three days afterwards when my daughter was in the NICU were hands down the longest but the other 13 come a close second!!)

CelebBabyBlogAddict on

That picture of you standing it the nursery is gorgeous!!! I love the dress! The nursery looks fantastic! Can’t wait to see your little bundle of joy. Good luck!!!

Carrie on

Best of luck to you and your hubby on the birth of your little one!

Melanie on

Girl, you look amazing!! I was a hot mess from 34 weeks on but look at you rocking it.

Love the nursery (and um, HOW CUTE is that puppy?!) and best of luck to you and Alec these next few weeks. Can’t wait to meet baby!

As for my must-haves, I was also all about the pillow for my belly, but I actually just opened up my Boppy early and used that to rest my bump on – it was perfect!

I also stocked up on black leggings – I didn’t want to be that woman wearing sweatpants everywhere, and believe me once you have the baby you don’t want ANYTHING near your crotch and that’s one of the most comfy options. With a tunic top or one of my husband’s buttondowns I managed to look slightly more put together than I felt in the weeks before/after delivery.

Mary, Marla said in the blog that the first photo is from her baby shower. 🙂

Amy on

I hope it happens for you on time, in two weeks! I’m at 41.5 weeks right now and it is a whole new level of discomfort. Best wishes for a healthy delivery, whenever it occurs!

Holiday on

She looks really good! Not swollen or anything. Maybe she will have her baby early. My son was my first baby and he was 2 weeks early. My daughter was whole month early (she should have cooked longer though!). You never know with babies! I sure I glad I didnt go over due though.

Mallory on

That picture of the nursery is gorgeous! Marla looks great, and I love what they did with the room! 🙂

Funloving Momma on

I enjoy your blog and look forward to meeting your little one the same way! How exciting.

Remember that only 3% of babies are born on their due date…and oh, just wait to say whether you want to do this again until after labor.

I remember being in l&d during my labor for our first child. I was in the shower, and my husband was massaging my back with the shower head…and I said “Honey, I don’t think I can do this again”….I lied then but hey!

Enjoy her. It goes so fast.

Naomi on

I highly recommend the book The Wonder Weeks – all about developmental (not physical) growth spurts. Will help you prep for them and not get worried when the baby becomes clingy, fussy, has sleep disturbances, etc…. It is getting me through my new baby’s first year.

Stacey on

I always enjoy your blog! I don’t know why I enjoy the baby blogs, not being a mother myself, but it’s so fun to hear about the ups and downs of pregnancy!

I can only hope that I can look half as good as you do when I am pregnant!

Mel on

Marla, you look FANTASTIC. Wish I looked that good going into the home stretch.

Hoping your two weeks is exactly that two weeks. I was one of the lucky few, who went into labor on my due date. Three pushes and fifteen minutes later, my baby girl was here.

So enjoyed the whole pregnancy process, except for the nausea, vomiting and heartburn. If I’m lucky enough to be blessed a second time, I hope it goes as smoothly.

Congratulations and don’t forget to breathe!!!

K.W. on

you look amazing and so does the nursery 🙂 As a mom of five my yourself push in a mirror..not only does it help you push better, but you will never forget the sight of your baby coming into this world.

And please, no bumpers in the crib – it’s beautiful but increases your baby’s sid risk..if you’re worried about arms and legs getting stuck in rails – get a breathable mesh bumper 🙂

blessedwithboys on

This isn’t a blog post, it’s a paid advertisement. 😦

How can you possibly know that your baby will arrive in 2 weeks? First babies tend to come “late”, even up to 42 weeks or beyond…actually, after 37 weeks, when a baby picks it’s own birthdate, it’s always perfectly on time.

Taylor on

thats a cute bedroom and u look cute in those dresses

Jen P. on

Hi Marla,

I just wanted to say I love reading your blog and wish you all the best with your new baby girl 🙂

Also dont listen to the people who leave nasty comments, they are just rude!!

Shannon on

She is stunning. Love the second photo.

Her pregnancy flew by! Meanwhile it seems like Jen Garner has been pregnant forever.

Jace on

Oh wow she looks so beautiful, like it is said she glows with health and excitement. 🙂 My pregnacies the 3 of them i gained 80 lbs i was a huge heifer because i was eating terrible, but had over 10 lbs babies lol, her babies size is going to be just right..

Good luck everything will go fantastic, you will love being a mom. 🙂

Eliz on

Nice to post a list but I could not afford a single thing on it… $200 maternity jeans?!

ruby on

So how would she knows that these products are useful, considering that she’s still pregnant and never had a baby before?

Not to mention, even if I had millions of dollars to waste, I wouldn’t buy a thing from Pea in a Pod because a tank top is $60 there!

She got paid in $ or products for this post. Lame.

court on

one thing i definitely recommend for baby is Yemaya diaper ointment. I went through so many ones for diaper rash but this one by far worked the best. its all natural too! not sure about its availability in stores though, I always order online.

Brooke on

Marla you look absolutely beautiful!!! Wishing you a healthy baby and speedy delivery. I hope you don’t have to wait too much longer! But enjoy your last days of pregnancy. I can’t wait to see your baby.

I just wanted to add one thing: It is now recommended that you do NOT have any bumpers in the crib. Some moms say it’s not a big deal and that baby might get caught. If you must have one, at least get a breathable one. I hate that they still sell them with the bedding sets!

Take care of yourself!!! Best of luck on delivery day 🙂

vanessaga on

A) my first baby was born on her due date. It can happen.

B) Do NOT watch yourself push. Unless you want to vomit (and you may anyway). I pushed with my eyes closed and I did just fine, she was out in 3 contractions.

C) I left the bumpers in my crib until my daughter actually used it, which was months after she was born, because I thought they were cute. 90% of baby stuff is for show anyway.

D) considering all of these items are maternity I imagine it’s fairly simple to figure out whether you like them when you’re pregnant.

Lena on

Marla! So happy for you. You look amazing. Good luck with everything I wish you and the baby great health. This is an amazing and exciting time of your life. Best wishes! Sleep now, while you still can:)))

cj on

The nursery looks beautiful and so do you. Just a comment on the bumper – it is truly not recommended due to the potential for a baby/infant to suffocate (same as soft bedding).

Good luck with your delivery!

Ezra`s Mama on

I just wanted to mention my son was born on his due date exactly, it was my first pregnancy, and he came completely naturally. For any of you yet to have children, it can happen!! Everyone tells you it`s more or less impossible but he proved it isn`t! I walked a lot in the last month, which may have helped. Be optomistic! Worrying does NO good! Good luck Mommies!

springbeanqueen on

Blessed with Boys never writes anything nice, so just ignore her.

You look amazing and I wish you all of the best!!

Shelby on

Summer on

Everyone told me the same thing about enjoying my last weeks of alone time. I was like you, I wanted him to be here so I could cuddle him, take care of him, and most of all see what he looked like!! I don’t miss my alone time, I give myself a couple of hours at night to myself. I enjoy every minute my son takes up!!

Enjoy your baby, you are going to have a blast!!

sheri on

Loved the blog! You look FANTASTIC and the nursery is darling. love you and can’t wait to meet “the princess” hugs to all

emma on

Just a random 19 year old who loves baby blogs- Benefit’s Benetint is amazing. I love all of Benefit’s makeup. Greeeat choice!

Jillian on

Just curious why people aren’t ragging on her for this post which is clearly, a paid advertisement. At Christmas, a celebrity who is often ragged upon did the same thing and people just bitched. Duh…………it’s because they like her! It doesn’t matter what the article says at all!

Jen on

It’s definitely a paid advertisement. Get stretch marks after pregnancy? What are you talking about? Never heard of such a thing. How do you know? I agree with the one poster about the prices on pea in a pod. And if you want to wear that dress after pregnancy, well feel like you are living in a tent, otherwise it isn’t a real maternity dress. It doesn’t really mention that it is. You are just plugging a designer. It doesn’t really drape right on you any way in the photo. Just like the Kardashian shows, a paid advertisement. How much discount did you get on your medical bills for plugging your doctor’s book? Tired of hearing about celeb pregnancies.

Molly on

Some of you ladies are beyond nasty. Why are you taking the time to read and comment on a baby site if you’re “tired” of it?

Couple points: 1) The bloggers aren’t paid. How do I know? One of my clients wrote one for a few months last year. It’s a way for them to connect directly with fans and share their experience. Unfortunately there are a few rude people who ruin it for everyone.

(Also, if something is an ad, it has to be clearly designated as such, as you will see on the sidebar and in between the posts on this site. I notice this constantly here with readers’ misunderstanding of the style posts. Clearly many of you know nothing about marketing, advertising and PR or the digital realm.)

2) My husband and I live relatively frugally, but for me, designer jeans are worth the splurge. I dropped $180 on a 7 for All Mankind pair that fits amazingly well and have lasted years. Totally worth it in my opinion.

3) Thirding the rec for Benefit Benetint – it’s amazing.

Tosh on

You look fantastic and congrats on feeling amazing! The next few weeks are going to fly by so embrace them tightly. One thing I did is took lots of pictures and started creating baby books through digital scrapebooking, because it does go so fast. I did not believe people until my son was born, and even though it feels like it was just yesterday he will be 2 in May.

I agree with the others for those that want to voice their negative energy go elsewhere, because your negative, black hole attitude is not welcomed here. We are glad you post what you like, and we can choose to research the products further to see if we may like them, and hello she’s a celebrity so do you think the items are going to be found at the local five and dime shop, come on use your own common sense.

I’m actually excited to see/use the pregnacy stretch mark creme to see if it will work better than the “body butter”, stretch mark oil, etc. I must say though “a mothers friend” body butter stretch mark creme is really good too.

Bree on

All you haters need to relax, if you don’t like what the woman has to say don’t read it!!

As for the bumper pads, we have them in my daugher’s crib and will until she is actually sleeping in there, right now the only time she is in her crib is when hubby or I need to put her down for a couple minutes, at 7 weeks the longest she has been in there is 30 minutes and I was in the room at the time and watching her (As I folded and put away her laundry).

We will also be putting them back on when she is a toddler (We got a convertable crib).

And really if Marla chooses to leave the bumper pads in that is her choice, just because there are in there with the baby does not automatically mean anything will ever happen to her.

J on

Honestly Jen you say you are tired of hearing about celeb pregnancies yet here you are complaining.

For Pete’s sake, Marla updated to comment on some remarks here, did some not bother to read and notice? The woman takes the time to reply civilly (unlike another celeb blogger who recently responded with some nastiness and more of her negativity) and people still gripe.

Jillian, if the other blogger you’re talking about is who I think it is, people are just tired of her negative, whiny, neurotic blogs and her attitude with her readers. She never has anything positive to talk about like the other celeb bloggers and even if you try to give her blogs a chance they end up so down and whiny.

J on

Eliz, you really can’t afford a 9 dollar book? LOL! And the other person who said that the dress isn’t on correctly must not understand camera angles.

Maddie on

Marla, found your most recent update a little late, but a big congratulations on making it to almost D-day!! Yay!!! Love the last picture of you in the nursery, you look amazing for being so far along (I only hope i’m so lucky when i have babies).

Thank you for the recommendations – i don’t have children yet, but when i do i’ll be sure to pick up ‘Exploiting My Baby’. I had a quick flick through on amazon – hilarious!!

Best of luck with labor and delivery, thank you for sharing your experience with us!

Miranda on

Wow, lots of negative comments out there. How about being supportive for a fellow mom????!!! If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t bother writing on here. You just sound jealous and petty. Congrats on your baby 🙂

Marky on

Love Marla and think she does a great job with her blog; can’t wait until she has her baby! Her blog is fun and interesting, as well as nicely written.

While I appreciate the concern some of you have expressed regarding crib bumpers, and I’m aware it has been recommended that parents not use bumper pads, after checking the statistics it is hard to imagine why the reaction is so vehement when more babies die every year from things like co-sleeping and no one is saying don’t do that.

It just seems so many feel it’s their place to tell everyone else how to do things, when to lose weight, what to wear, and even what to read. Everyone needs to make themselves aware of the information out there, and make their own decisions. It seems so hard for too many posters to just say, “Good luck! Can’t wait for your baby to come!” Instead, it’s “Don’t do this and don’t do that, you jeans are too expensive!!, etc”

Honestly, most of you have smart phones, Kindles, your kids are plugged into every type of IPod, IPad, and they have their own dang Smart phone, but no one can afford a pair of nice jeans so they are comfortable and look nice during their pregnancy? Whatever, people…..Be nice!

Kim Candler on

So HAPPY for you and yours Marla. Love your babies name. Hope to see you in Maui one of these days. Such fond memories of you and your family. Rock on new Mama. Tons of Love Kim

Barbara on

Did the people who left comments even read the whole blog? She said the the bumpers were on for SHOW. She knows that bumpers are not safe she had them on the crib because they look pretty! She will take them off when the baby sleeps in the crib. I knew that there would be some know it all chastising her for that.

I think Marla looks amazing and I have enjoyed her blogs.

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