If you’re pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, you’ve probably read all the books to prepare yourself for what’s to come. There’s no doubt pregnancy is a full-blown miracle, but even miracles come with a few unfortunate side effects. From swelling to nausea and everything in between, there will likely be a few hiccups that come along with your adorable bump.
The end result is definitely worth the struggle, but girl, there may be moments you question that, and to that I say, I’ve feel you. We all do, because we’ve been there. So when you find yourself in those moments of despair and desperation, refer to this list. Here are 12 tips and hacks that are guaranteed to make life a bit more manageable when you are a mom-to-be.
1. Comfort is paramount.
This is the golden rule of pregnancy. Whatever you need to be comfortable, if it’s attainable, get it. Whether it’s a Dairy Queen Blizzard at 10 p.m., or 5 pairs of the same elastic-waist pants, just do it.
2. Have a snack at 3 a.m.
This may seem ridiculous, but if you suffer from early-morning nausea, keep snacks on your nightstand. Nausea is often amplified when your stomach is empty, so nibbling on a few saltine crackers after an early-morning trip to bathroom can keep the queasiness at bay.
3. Pillows are a pregnant girl’s best friend.
This goes back to the golden rule—comfort is paramount. Sleeping on your side is the recommended position during pregnancy, and often the most comfortable. Placing a pillow under your bump, and one between your knees can offer added support and comfort.
4. Keep your bra in the freezer.
Summer pregnancies are notoriously brutal, because sweat. Keep a bra in the freezer for a quick summer or warm weather cool-down.
5. Apple cider vinegar can stop heartburn in its tracks.
Or maybe stay away from the spicy food, but that just seems bonkers if you ask me.
6. Let everyone help you.
Make a list of things you need help with, and when someone offers, let them help you. I’m all about being an independent woman, but trust me on this one, take the help when it’s offered. This goes for postpartum, too.
7. Stay hydrated.
I know this seems like more of an obvious statement, than a hack, but it’s easy to become dehydrated when you are growing a tiny human. Keep a water bottle with you at all times. Being adequately hydrated will keep you and your baby bear feeling the best you can.
8. Eat a banana to alleviate leg cramps.
What? That’s bananas! But, it’s true. If you’re having trouble with leg cramps, have a glass of water and a banana. The potassium in the banana can ease unwanted leg cramps.
9. Use a hairband to keep your pants up.
This is probably my favorite pregnancy hack, and a must-use for any mama looking to get a few extra months out of her favorite pre-pregnancy jeans.
10. Skip maternity-specific clothes.
Buying a pair of comfy pants one-size up will give you the extra room you need during pregnancy, and can transition with you during postpartum days as well. Same goes for tops. Maternity clothes can be very pricey, so don’t overlook the potential of simply sizing-up some of your favorite styles.
11. Bra-extenders can be a life saver.
Need a little extra room around the ribs? You’re one Amazon search away from a more comfortable fit. It’s much cheaper than a new bra.
12. Ginger ale or ginger candy for morning sickness.
Ginger is known for its stomach-calming properties, and can work well for morning sickness. Keep a couple ginger candies in your purse when you are on-the-go.
There you have it: a few pregnancy hacks to make this “magical” time a little less uncomfortable.