Pregnancy is an amazing time in a woman’s life. To make things go a bit smoother, here are 12 life-saving pregnancy hacks every mom needs to know.
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Take Your Prenatal Vitamin Before Bed to Prevent Nausea
It’s not uncommon for women to experience nausea after taking their prenatal. To prevent this, take your prenatal vitamin after dinner before you go to bed.
Sniff Lemons to Alleviate Morning Sickness
The fresh scent of lemons will save you from a trip to the restroom. Keep a fresh lemon nearby and scratch the rind to release essential oils. Stay hydrated and curb morning sickness by sucking on frozen Gatorade ice cubes!
Keep Your Favorite Jeans on Longer with a Hair Tie
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No need for maternity pants just yet. Slip a hair tie into your jean’s button hole to serve as a hook.
Make Your Own DIY Maternity Belly Band
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If your favorite jeans are getting unbuttonable, make your own DIY belly band to save money on maternity clothes. All you need is some jersey fabric (an old cami or stretchy shirt will work as well) and some basic sewing skills to make your own belly band.
Prevent Stretch Marks by Applying Belly Balm
There’s a general consensus that stretch marks are mostly determined by your genes. But from what I’ve experienced, it all depends on your body and how quickly your baby bump develops. Plus, it’s always better to prevent stretch marks than try and get rid of them once they’ve developed! To promote your skin’s elasticity, apply belly balm liberally daily. It’ll also stop all that wild itchiness!
Use Kinesio Tape to Support Your Belly Bump and Reduce Pain
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Minimize Swelling with an Epsom Salt Feet Soak
I love Epsom salt. I’ve written a lot of posts about it because it’s just so amazing. Epsom salt is full of rich-minerals, including magnesium which helps to relieve anxiety and reduce stress. For pregnant women dealing with uncomfortable swelling, a salt soak will be exactly what you need.
To prepare your foot soak, fill a tub or container with warm water. Add about 1/2 cup of Epsom salt and mix to dissolve. Soak your feet for 30-60 minutes. Do this 2-3 times a week to keep swelling at bay.
Combat Pregnancy Constipation with Chia Seeds and Oatmeal
A bowl of oats and chia seeds every day will keep constipation away. If your iron and calcium supplements are giving you trouble, this will definitely keep you regular. Top with fruits for added fiber and nutrition.
Soothe Tender Breast by Putting Your Bras in the Fridge
Breasts can become extremely tender, even painful during the first few months of pregnancy. Soothe them by storing your bras in the fridge. The makeshift icepack for your breasts will have you feeling better in no time.
Use a Bra Extender to Make Your Bras Comfortable Again
If your bras are getting too tight for comfort, use a bra extender to make room for your growing bust.
Reap the Benefits of Prenatal Yoga
Prenatal yoga reduces back pain, improves insomnia, and relieves stress. Practicing mindfulness during yoga is especially helpful for preparing new moms for the anxiety-provoking labor process. I also highly recommend hypnobirthing. It’s a form of meditation, specifically for pregnant mamas to reduce stress and anxiety during labor. You can take a hypnobirthing class, read a book, or what I suggest – download a hypnobirthing app on your phone!
Wrap Rubber Bands Around Your Water Bottle to Ensure You’re Drinking Enough Water
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Staying fully hydrated helps to provide adequate circulation to the baby and lessens pregnancy fatigue, swelling, and constipation. During your pregnancy, you should aim to drink at least 10 cups of water daily. An easy hack to monitor your water intake is to place rubber bands around your bottle and remove one every time you refill.
Eat Dates to Naturally Induce Labor
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There have been studies that show eating dates help induce labor. Besides that finding, women who ate dates had less blood loss following birth. If you aren’t at risk for gestational diabetes, it doesn’t hurt to include this high-fiber and nutritious fruit in your diet. Starting your 36th week of pregnancy, eat 6 dates every day for a smoother labor!
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