Ah, the miracle of life! Having babies is essential to the continuation of humanity, but that doesn't mean it's a walk in the park. As every mother-to-be will tell you, pregnancy is a magical, miraculous, and incredible experience in so many ways. If they're not liars, they'll also let you in on the secret that it can be pretty uncomfortable at times.
In the end, it's all worth it when you hold that little bundle of joy in your arms ... but, until then, it might be a good idea to make it more bearable, right? Keep reading for 15 tips and tricks that will make your pregnant body thank you.
1. Hair Tie Trick
When your jeans can no longer button, try this easy trick rather than shell out money for pricey maternity pants.
2. DIY Belly Band
Your growing belly will eventually turn all your shirts into crop tops. Either embrace showing the bump, or make your own belly band to keep your stomach under wraps without adding a bunch of extra layers that will make you sweat.
3. Find Something To Settle Your Stomach
Potato chips and lemonade are a surprising combination that many moms-to-be have found to settle their stomachs. If that doesn't work, give ginger and watermelon a try.
4. Prenatal Yoga
Yoga can do wonders for the body, mind, and soul. And when you're pregnant, it can be even more beneficial. The poses will help keep your body strong and limber for the ordeal that is labor and delivery, while some specific poses can help fight nausea.
5. Temporary Disability Parking
If you have an uncommonly hard pregnancy and develop some of the nastier side effects, you may be able to apply for a temporary disabled parking placard. Talk to your doctor to see if you qualify.
6. DIY Pregnancy Pillow
Getting comfortable enough to sleep is a huge challenge for pregnant women. Ironically, most of them are incredibly tired all the time due to said pregnancy; doesn't nature work in mysterious ways? Try out this DIY pattern for a pregnancy pillow to help get your body into the best sleeping position you can find.
7. Get An Inner Tube
If the pregnancy pillow isn't cutting it and you've just got to sleep on your stomach, try a giant inner tube.
8. Apple Cider Vinegar
If you can get it down (and keep it down), apple cider vinegar can effectively and efficiently treat that killer heartburn that many pregnant women experience.
9. Keep A List
Obviously, you'll need a comprehensive to-do list to keep track of everything you need for a newborn. Aside from doing it for your own peace of mind, this list will come in handy when people ask if you need any help. Instead of just immediately thanking them and telling them no, open up your pages-long list and give them a job!
10. Infant First Aid Kit
Babies have many wonderful qualities, but getting sick at convenient times is not one of them. Sure, you might never need a NoseFrida to clear the gallons of snot blocking your tiny infant's nostrils, but if you do, it's guaranteed to be at one in the morning when the store is closed.
11. Comfy Clothes
Those first few weeks of motherhood are tough for a plethora of reasons. It's going to be hard to remember to eat, let alone put together a cute outfit. Not to mention, your body doesn't immediately go back to your pre-pregnancy weight and shape. Comfy clothes are crucial for both of these reasons.
12. Kenesio Tape
Take some of the weight off your back by doing some clever taping with sports tape.
Moms have reported that this handy supplement helped calm leg cramps, prevent preeclampsia, and more. It's worth a shot, right?
14. Electrolyte Water And Bananas
Both of these will help ease any leg cramps, a common side effect of pregnancy.
15. Stay Hydrated
Drink all the water you can to help keep your body functioning in tip-top shape.
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