Everyone Wants Your Money Now
Pregnancy and babies are expensive, and there are plenty of companies out there desperate to get their hands on your cash while you're feeling hormonal, excited, and probably a bit vulnerable. There is no end to the amount of stuff you can buy for yourself and your baby. I originally had a rule that I wouldn't buy a thing until after I reached the halfway point, but I clearly misjudged how quickly I would need to swap to maternity jeans (12 weeks, and I'm never going back). Also, how tempting the baby section of Target is.
I enjoy shopping and I don't regret buying a Harry Potter sleepsuit at 15 weeks because I was tired and emotional and it had Hedwig on it. But I do think the commercialization of pregnancy is a problem. Our moms and their moms didn't have half the plastic junk we're "supposed" to buy to see us through pregnancy and the first six months with a newborn. Luckily, those first trimester lay-on-the-sofa-feeling-like-sh*t moments are the perfect time to do some research and narrow it down to the items that you truly need.
I still don't think my husband believes me that a nasal aspirator is one of those things, but I have five months to work on that one.