One of the most exciting times a woman can go through in life is experiencing pregnancy. Especially if it has been planned, and the dad-to-be would most definitely be excited as well. However, it is a known fact that pregnancy can be a darn miserable experience unless you are one of the lucky few women who have no annoying symptoms.
For most women, however, that is not the case. The majority of pregnant ladies deal with some degree of morning sickness, fatigue, leg cramps, being overheated just to name a few symptoms. Additionally, all pregnant ladies dread the moments when they have to spend their hard-earned cash to buy expensive maternity clothes. That time is inevitable.
Fortunately, there are many ways to help relieve each of these issues mentioned that women face during pregnancy! Let's check out 25 pregnancy hacks that every mom-to-be must know about.
25 Put that bra in the freezer if it’s summertime
Your body is going to heat up while you are pregnant. If you are living in a colder climate, and you are pregnant during the winter, you may not even need your winter coat. In fact, being heavily pregnant during the winter time is the best time because you will be the most comfortable.
However, if you are pregnant during the summer, or if you live in warmer climates — that will be problematic for you because you will be so hot that you won't be able to stand it. Luckily, there is a solution to this problem. If this describes what you are dealing with right now, you can always freeze your bra. That's right. Put your bra in the freezer overnight. This way, after you wake up, it will be nice and cold for you to wear to help keep you comfortable for the rest of the day.
24 Potato chips and lemonade will stop you from hurling
Morning sickness during pregnancy is absolutely miserable. Some women are lucky enough to only have mild nausea that disappears after eating a few crackers and sipping on ginger ale. Others, however, have it much worse and are having to pray to the porcelain God all day. That scenario right there makes the term 'morning sickness' seem silly.
However, there is one hack that has helped plenty of women manage their pregnancy sickness symptoms quite a bit over the last few years. That would be eating a few potato chips and sipping on some lemonade. The salt from the chips, the potassium from the potatoes, and the acid from the lemonade can be a helpful combination. Both of these combined can help neutralize the stomach acid and can help sufferers stop hurling — or at the worst, help them hurl less often.
23 A banana a day keeps the muscle cramps away
So many changes happen to your body when you are pregnant, and you will end up dealing with some kind of discomfort one way or another. Even if you happen to be one of those lucky few women that don't deal with any twinges of nausea, you will still face some kind of pregnancy-related discomfort of some sort.
One common complaint that pregnant women make is that they deal with muscle cramps, and those can be downright painful. These cramps are due to less potassium in the body. That means you will want to take advantage of this particular hack to combat those cramps.
Be sure to have a banana a day. Bananas are rich in potassium, as well as in vitamin B6, which will help you feel better all the way around!
22 Gummy vitamins are easy to get down
The last thing many pregnant women feel like doing is downing those large prenatal pills! And they know how crucial it is to take those vitamins in addition to the folic acid. However, the gag reflex is usually more sensitive during pregnancy. Even if the morning sickness is mild! There is, however, a great solution to this dilemma.
Fortunately, there are gummy prenatal vitamins around. They are so much easier for plenty of pregnant women to get down. All they have to do is chew it up and there is never a need to swallow up those large gag-worthy pills again. If you happen to fit in this category, then you must be relieved to know this. Just be sure to get a pill box so you can organize them so you know when to take these gummy vitamins.
21 The pregnancy pillow is your solution to sleepless nights
As your pregnancy progresses, the less comfortable you will become. You will have a difficult time getting around, as well as getting yourself into a comfortable position. That is why sleeping becomes an ordeal during the later stages of pregnancy. I bet if you are heading towards the third trimester of your pregnancy at this moment, you probably wish that you could snap your fingers and get yourself comfortable again.
Unfortunately, you won't become magically comfortable after snapping your fingers. However, what you can do is invest in a pregnancy pillow. If you are the creative and crafty type, you can even make your own. There are many resources online that will tell you how to just do that. Either way, go and get yourself a pregnancy pillow so you can sleep comfortably again.
20 That grabber tool is a Godsend
You will be so far along in your pregnancy that you will not be able to bend down or walk over to the table to grab something. That is, if you are not at that stage already. Instead of relying on a family member to bring stuff over to you that would require you to bend or walk, there is a brilliant hack to solve this problem.
You will need to get yourself a grabber. Once you have that grabber while you are in your third trimester, barely able to move or walk, you will be so happy. This way, you won't have to bother anyone again since you will have a way to retrieve the item you need by yourself. In fact, you may need the grabber early on in your pregnancy if you are incredibly fatigued as well.
19 Go have that pampering bath
There are a lot of misconceptions out there about pregnant women not being allowed to take baths. However, that is untrue. It is not recommended for pregnant women to take piping hot baths. That is because it can lead to dizziness and low blood pressure. It is quite alright to take a lukewarm bath.
Actually, it is a great idea for pregnant women to take lukewarm baths because it is quite calming. Additionally, a warm bath can help ease some of those horrible pregnancy-related side effects like nausea and heartburn. If you are stressed out, then turn on the bathtub tap and make sure the water that is running is lukewarm. Step into the tub and then make the most of it because you will feel so much better after getting out.
18 Laugh a little, it will help you feel better
You know what is said about laughter right? Laughter is the best medicine because it helps improve your state of mind. That is no joke. If your state of mind is better while you are dealing with any kind of pregnancy-related discomfort, you will feel better overall.
Go take advantage of the internet and look for hilarious memes. There are so many out there to choose from, and some are just downright hilarious. You can go watch a funny movie. Call a friend and chat about something that makes you laugh. Or you can always think back on something that happened in the past that you thought was so hilarious. There are a number of ways to get yourself laughing in order to get your mind off of your pregnancy woes!
17 That exercise ball is a must-have towards the end
Another thing you can take advantage of during the later stages of pregnancy is taking advantage of that exercise ball. Because the exercise ball will help take the pressure off of your pelvic region and lower back, you won't be suffering from that much back pain.
You can also use the ball to help with your labor process, which you will want to make sure you do when you are approaching your due date. When you bounce around on that ball, you are swaying your hips. That will help open up your pelvis, and that will help create more space to allow your baby to pass through easier when the big day arrives. The exercise ball may even help dilation speed up somewhat.
So when you want to watch television, go and do so while bouncing and sitting on that exercise ball. You will be glad you did!
16 Get water bottles that are too irresistible not to drink
Drinking water can be a real chore, whether you are pregnant or not. However, it is a known fact that staying hydrated is crucial either way. And during pregnancy, it is even that much more important to keep drinking that water. Dehydration can lead to many problems. If you are pregnant and are not getting enough water into you, you will end up with electrolyte imbalances, and end up with complications as a result. You definitely don't want that.
One way to encourage yourself to drink that water as often as you can is to decorate your water bottles in any way you desire. Whether you want to dress them up or paint them, the sky is the limit. The idea is to not be able to resist those adorable water bottles so you can keep drinking that water that your body needs!
15 Hairband trick for pants
There is no doubt that you are already missing your beloved pants or jeans now that you are too big to fit into them. However, there is great news. You can still wear those pants, however, there is a trick you will need to learn in order to make that happen. Do you have a hair tie or a rubber band? If so, then that is great. If not, then you need to get one.
Because in order to keep wearing those pants while you are heavily pregnant is by looping a rubber band, or a hair tie through the buttonhole. Then you have to hook it onto the button, and voilà! You have your maternity pants without having to spend an arm and a leg for a real pair. This trick works great as a zipper extender as well.
14 DIY maternity jeans
It is a known fact how much your beloved jeans will be missed while you are far along into your pregnancy. It is also a known fact that maternity jeans are incredibly expensive. Fortunately, there is more than one hack to use for jeans so you can still wear those jeans that you adore!
If you don't care for the hairband hack for whatever reason, there is an alternative hack you can use by wearing those jeans that you love during your entire pregnancy. All you need to do is take your jeans and cut out the zipper region. Then you must stitch up the fly so it stays shut. This way, you will save your hard earned cash in addition to being able to wear the jeans that you really love throughout your pregnancy.
13 Save your money and get bra extensions instead of mat bras
If you are thinking about spending your hard-earned money on a maternity bra, you will want to put your wallet away and give that a second thought. That is because there is a simple hack that you can use by wearing the same bra that you have worn before becoming pregnant. Yes, that sounds shocking but you really can do that.
All you have to do is invest in a few bra extenders, and that is it. These bra extenders are a lot less expensive than a brand new maternity bra. Additionally, these extenders will add that extra room you need around your chest. They work just as well so save your money and get yourself a few bra extenders for a fraction of the price of any maternity bra.
12 There is an oil to prevent stretch marks
Who likes stretch marks? No one does, and unfortunately, one nasty side effect of pregnancy happens to be facing plenty of stretch marks for obvious reasons. There is fantastic news for moms-to-be that want to banish those pesky stretch marks quite easily. This hack involves a lovely smelling mixture of coconut oil, sweet almond oil as well a cocoa butter.
In order to make this stretch mark banishing mixture, you must take one-quarter of a cup of coconut oil, as well as two tablespoons of cocoa butter and mix it together before heating it up. After the mixture is heated up, add two teaspoons of sweet almond oil and mix it around. You can add a little bit of any essential oil as well but that is optional. Allow the mixture to cool down, and then voilà! You can make the stretch marks disappear.
11 Get or create a pregnancy countdown shirt
The one thing you will want to do while you are pregnant is to document each week of your pregnancy. You may be taking pictures of yourself as each week progresses to see how much your belly is growing. There is another idea that you can utilize, which will tell the world how far along you are in your pregnancy.
You can either create or buy a pregnancy countdown shirt. Isn't that a really cool idea? If you choose to make your own to save a few bucks, then it is such an easy thing to do. All you need is a sharpie that will write on fabric and a stretchy t-shirt or tank top. You must have a computer and a printer to print out your numbers, and a piece of cardboard so the ink does not bleed through from the sharpie. Doesn't that sound fun?
10 You'll love the DIY belly band
Let's face it. Maternity clothing is expensive, and that is wrong since pregnancy is part of life for the majority of women. The further along you are in your pregnancy, the larger you will become to fit into your pre-pregnancy clothes comfortably. Therefore, you don't have a choice when it comes to spending money on maternity wear — or do you? The belly band gives you that choice.
The belly band is a great hack so you can stretch your pre-pregnancy wardrobe. You can wear anything you want with the help of this band.
All you have to do is cut the bottom part of a tank top in order to create the band. You can wear your normal jeans and shirts. You can't button it up, and your shirts will not fit. But no one has to see that when you cover those parts up with the belly band.
9 Get a temporary disability parking sticker
The further along you are in your pregnancy, the more pain you will be in while you do your everyday kind of activities, like walking. In fact, you will be happy to just be able to walk for five minutes in your last trimester. That means you may be eligible, depending on your severity, to obtain a temporary disabled parking card.
All you have to do is go to your doctor and explain that you are simply unable to do a heck of a lot given that you are carrying another human inside of you. Your doctor should understand and provide you a doctor's note in order to help you get that temporary disabled parking placard. You will be quite glad that you did, though it's not guaranteed, especially towards the very end of your pregnancy when moving at all becomes an ordeal.
8 Pregnancy inner tube is a blessing
In some cases, the pregnancy body pillow isn't all that helpful. In fact, it won't help you all that much if you prefer to lie on your tummy. While you are so heavily pregnant, you know that is not the best option. However, there is great news if you are dying to lie on your stomach regardless of how far along you are in your pregnancy.
The solution to this problem is a giant inner tube. All you have to do is cover the tube with a sheet. Then, go and lie on top of it in a prone position. The next step is to get comfortable, just like the woman in this picture appears to be! In fact, she looks like she is in Heaven and that is because she is taking excellent advantage of this pregnancy hack.
7 Apple cider vinegar keeps the heartburn at bay
One of the worst pregnancy symptoms around is that nasty heartburn. Sometimes it doesn't seem to matter what you eat, even if you avoid spicy food like the plague. Heartburn can just happen out of nowhere and it can be downright miserable.
However, there is one excellent remedy around to treat this horrible pregnancy side-effect. That is apple cider vinegar. This may sound somewhat counterintuitive since heartburn is caused by your stomach acid irritating you. The fact of the matter is, the low stomach acid is what is causing the discomfort. Apple cider vinegar will help increase your stomach acid which will give you relief.
Though, if the idea of swallowing apple cider vinegar is a huge turn off for you, then don't force it. Only use this hack if you can stomach it.
6 Create an infant first aid kit before the big arrival
When you are in your last months of pregnancy, you are going to be anxious about how your labor and delivery will go. That is quite understandable. Another major issue that may be stressing you out is that you are going to wonder how you will take care of your new upcoming arrival.
Every parent-to-be has that exact concern, and you are not alone. However, one way to prep yourself for inevitable issues that you will be facing with your new baby is to put together an infant first aid kit. This kit will include these necessities such as Gripe Water, Mylicon, thermometers, Q-tips, as well as a NoseFrida. If you are well prepared in this manner, it will take some of the worries away. That is a big deal.
5 Kinesio tape will simplify your life
Kinesio tape is a therapeutic tape that helps relieve pain from injuries by helping provide better circulation. This elastic therapeutic tape also helps prevent injuries from happening as well. You will see plenty of athletes wear this for this particular purpose.
Pregnant women are also advised to use this tape because it helps relieve lower back pain, round ligament pain, as well as pelvic pain. Not only is Kinesio tape safe and effective, but you don't have to worry about having to risk your unborn baby in any way by having to take pain medication.
An added bonus that Kinesio tape helps provide is improving posture during the late stages of pregnancy. This genius hack can only help make your life easier while you are in the last trimester of pregnancy.
4 Treat bloated feet in tonic water
In the later stages of pregnancy, you will experience swelling. That is quite normal and to be expected. There is only a concern when you gain a large amount of weight in a short period of time and have high blood pressure. If you do, then you need to call your doctor or midwife. However, if you don't, then this is only another ugly side effect of being pregnant.
Fortunately, there is an excellent hack that will bring you relief from the swelling. This hack is tonic water! What you will need to do is use a basin or a tub to fill it up with tonic water. Make sure it is at room temperature, and soak your feet for 10 to 15 minutes. You will feel relief after and rinse and repeat as often as you must.
3 Consider taking prenatal yoga
Prenatal yoga is really the best thing for any pregnant woman, regardless of the trimester. Prenatal yoga has been known to help relieve nausea in the first trimester, and it will help support your changing body, and growing belly. The more often you take up prenatal yoga, the better you will feel overall.
You will have less pain and you will be able to sleep better as well. Another benefit you will get out of it is that you won't be dealing with carpal tunnel syndrome which is very common during pregnancy. You will also not have those awful headaches, and you will be able to breathe better. Prenatal yoga is highly recommended to take in order to get relief. You will need to look for classes in your area, and there will likely be some classes around close to where you live.
2 Banish itchy skin in an oatmeal bath
One pesky side effect of pregnancy that most women complain about towards the end is the itchy skin. The hormones, skin changes and all of that stretching are to blame for that. Many have tried to take hot showers to relieve that particular discomfort. However, all that did was defeat the purpose and caused their skin to dry out more.
Moisturizers may help a little but do not bring the kind of relief that you need. One hack that is quite helpful for this purpose is taking oatmeal baths. Oatmeal does relieve itchy skin and is incredibly soothing.
A great recipe for the purpose of banishing that itchy skin is to blend together oats, milk powder and baking soda in a food processor. Then take one-quarter of the mixture and add to it to that lukewarm water in the tub, and soak for 20 minutes. You'll feel better after.
1 You will need those padsciles for the big day
While you have a list of pregnancy hacks to help you get through your pregnancy, you will need the following hack to help you feel more comfortable after you have given birth, unless you are having a c-section. If you are planning to deliver the traditional way, then listen up.
You will be in a lot of discomfort after delivering. Now that you know about this ahead of time, you need to create padsciles. You will need to buy some very large pads. When you are taking the pads out, you will need to spread aloe vera all over the top of each pad. Then you will need a teaspoon of witch hazel to pour onto it, and then add a few drops of lavender oil. Fold them back up and put in the freezer for two minutes before using them. You'll be glad to have these after the fact.