Once that pregnancy test line turns pink, so many thoughts will come to mom's head! Whether she was planning to get pregnant or not, she knows that life is about to change forever. She will experience a combination of elation, nervousness, anxiety, and excitement, all at once.
If she's a first-time mom, it is quite understandable for her to be excited and worried. Even if she has been wanting to get pregnant and trying to get pregnant - she is entering an unfamiliar territory. It might be a little daunting.
She may also be afraid of some tough pregnancy symptoms often heard about. Like the time one co-worker was pregnant and kept running to the bathroom because she had an all-day sickness.
However, just because these women had tough experiences with their pregnancies, that does not mean every mom will, too. Morning sickness is quite easy to manage. Mom may not have it at all. Going through bodily changes means that the hormones are kicking in. Deal with these changes by following these 20 pregnancy hacks that every mom really needs to know about!
20 Create Your Own Emergency Day Bag
As a mom-to-be who is in her last months of pregnancy, you have probably heard about the importance to pack up a labor bag for. Well, you will also need to create a bag for pregnancy so you have at hand remedies and anything you might need while on the go. According to Mommy’s Bundle, you are going to want to take advantage of this hack!
The items to put in an emergency day bag are ginger candies for nausea, chewable antacids for heartburn, snacks to keep your blood sugar levels up, small bottles of water to stay hydrated, tissues and lavender oil. Add anything else in the bag if you believe it would help you cope through the day!
19 Buy Extenders, Not New Maternity Undergarments
There is absolutely no need to spend your money on maternity bras that will cost you an arm and a leg. You are much better off with investing in a few bra extenders. Do not waste your hard-earned cash on a maternity bra. In fact, these bra extenders can be quite inexpensive, so you are saving a lot of money!
According to ScaryMommy, you can buy a few bra extenders for a cheap price from Amazon, or even your local department store will sell them at a very low price. Just save your money, and buy the extenders, and not the maternity bras!
18 Stock Up On Your Craving Foods
If you are already having pregnancy cravings, go easy on them, but at the same time, give in a little to satisfy your needs. Whether you crave ginger ale, bananas, chocolate, ice cream, or anything else - stock up. However, be mindful of how much you eat. Eating too much could make you gain excessive lbs.
According to WhatToExpect, gaining too much may raise pregnancy complications. In the second trimester, you only need an extra of 300 calories per day. In your third trimester, you will need 400 calories. This does not mean eating for two, so be mindful of how much you eat.
17 Buy Cooking Oil For Your Dry, Itchy Skin
During your pregnancy, you might get the dry itchy skin. That will drive you crazy. It happens from the baby gains and from the constant hormonal changes. You don't need an expensive cream to relieve the itchiness, even though you may find these creams in stores. And they are often quite expensive, and you will want to save your money- especially since your family is about to grow.
According to BabyCenter, you can use olive, canola, or safflower oil on your skin, which will relieve the itchiness and dryness that comes with pregnancy. It works wonders and you don't have to spend an arm and a leg for this remedy!
16 Use Elastic Laces For Your Running Shoes
Tying your shoe will be a struggle the further you are along in your pregnancy. Your feet will end up larger, and believe it or not, your pre-pregnancy shoe sizes will never fit you again as well. And, according to BabyCenter, you can save the aggravation of having to get new shoes by utilizing a certain hack!
This hack involves you using the shoes you have to get elastic laces. This way, your running shoes can be slip-on. You will love this idea due to the fact that they are very comfortable. And not to mention, this hack will save you money as well.
15 Keep Your Old Jeans
Did you know that you do not need to purchase expensive maternity pants? You can keep the jeans you have all along. However, there are some changes you will need to make. According to ScaryMommy, you will need to utilize a certain hack to make this work!
Here’s what you need to do. Firstly, turn your jeans inside out to cut the front pockets. When you do the cut, make sure that you keep a seam allowance of a quarter of an inch. Take the stretchy-elastic material to replace the cut areas. This will allow your jeans to expand as you put on the lbs. There! Now, you have saved yourself money and aggravation!
14 Kinesio Tape For That Back Pain
Unfortunately, back pain comes with pregnancy whether you like it or not. And it does not matter how far along you are. Kinesio Tape will help keep the back pain to a minimum. If you do not have Kinesio tape already at home, make sure you purchase one as soon as possible.
According to BabyCenter, Kinesio tape will give you the support and relief you need so you will not be hurting from back pain that seems to be never-ending. Once you give it a try, then you can tell your pregnant friends about this hack so they get the relief as well from back pain.
13 Siri And Alexa Can Help You
You know what is great about technology? The convenience. In fact, according to BabyCenter, Siri and Alexa can come to the rescue if you are unsure about what medications to take during pregnancy. All you have to do is ask!
They will tell you if that headache medication is safe or not. You can also use the MommyMeds App as well. It can be downloaded from Google Play Or from the Apple Store.
With all of the apps available thanks to advancing technology, you never have to do any kind of guesswork and take risks without knowing about the possible consequences.
12 Make Sure You Book All Of Your Prenatal Appointments
As your pregnancy progresses, you will become more and more forgetful. This happens because of the hormones. That is why the term pregnancy brain exists, and that is what it refers to. According to BabyCenter, there is a simple way to never have to rely on your memory that will not be all that reliable for much longer!
While your memory is still intact, make sure to schedule your appointments. Even the ones you need to make during your third trimester can be scheduled in advance. It is never too early to plan ahead, especially when it comes to your pregnancy.
11 Use Kitchen Tongs In The Shower
It may sound like an odd thing to do since kitchen tongs are used to grab food from the pot. However, while in the shower, you might drop your soap and shampoo. What will happen if you cannot get it when you are further along? That is one struggle that every pregnant mom has had to face, and could tell you about!
According to BabyCenter, you are going to want to keep your kitchen tongs in your shower! This is why you will need these tongs, to pick the toiletries up if they drop. Otherwise, you will have to walk out while you are soaking wet and ask your partner to retrieve those for you which is something you really don't want to do! So, use the tongs.
10 Stay Away From Google
You might be worried about the kind of complications you could encounter during pregnancy or even during delivery. It is understandable. However, do not overthink it. Don't let your worry and curiosity get the best of you. In fact, according to BabyCenter, it is really best if you stay away from Google or other search engines.
There is so much information online that it is hard to differentiate what suits you and what it does not align with your symptoms or needs. If you are concerned about something that is going on in your pregnancy, then consult with your OBGYN, doctor, or midwife instead.
9 Wear Compression Socks
During the end of the second trimester and the entire third trimester, your feet will swell increasingly more. This is a normal part of pregnancy, nothing to be concerned about. The only time to become concerned is if there is a sudden gain of 4 lbs or more and/or if your pressure becomes higher. One way to reduce the discomfort from swelling is by wearing compression socks.
According to Mom's Crib, these socks will help you feel better, as they improve blood flow, and lessen pain and swelling. It is always best to have a few of them on hand. You never know when that discomfort will creep up on you.
8 Dress Up Your Water Bottles So They Are Appealing Enough For You To Drink
The last thing many pregnant women want to do is drink a lot of water. This can be a turn-off sometimes, and it is very challenging if you are facing a lot of nausea. But it is very important to stay hydrated throughout pregnancy. In fact, according to BabyCenter, there are all kinds of things you can do to make sure you are getting enough H2O.
Try creating cute water bottles. You can dress them up or paint faces on them. Get creative with this, as you will get a lot of joy from it as well. This will make it easier to drink the water you need.
7 Put Your Undergarments In The Freezer
This may sound like an odd hack, but it is very useful. As a future mommy, you will feel hot almost all the time. Not to mention, summer pregnancies make it even worse. One way to keep yourself cool regardless the time of year, which has been suggested by ScaryMommy is by keeping a bra in the freezer. Do this overnight so when you retrieve it in the morning, you will feel so much cooler and comfortable.
And, you can even do this during the day. What you will need are two bras. One to put into the freezer overnight, and one to put in the freezer during the day. This way, if you get hot in the middle of the day, you can put that bra in the freezer and take the other one out to wear.
6 Rid That Nausea With Hot Tamales And Atomic Fireballs
Morning sickness during pregnancy is one of the symptoms you will ever come across. That is unless you are one of the fewer lucky pregnant moms that do not deal with that nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. Because I am emetophobic, I willed myself not to vomit by a miracle, because when I was pregnant with my daughter, I had pretty bad nausea for the first 14 weeks.
However, other than ginger and saltines, there are other nausea remedies that can be quite helpful- if you are brave to dry these! According to a reproductive endocrinologist, Dr. Aimee D. Eyvazzadeh, one creative way to manage pregnancy-related nausea is by sucking on the hot tamale, and eating the candy is not necessary. If this is what you are dealing with now, give it a try. Because what have you got to lose? Definitely not anything you have eaten!
5 Distract Yourself And Your Bladder
One of the most annoying pregnancy symptoms around is having a sensitive bladder as it is irritating having to go do #1 all of the time. That is unavoidable, however, the good news is, that you can actually stay distracted which will also distract your bladder.
According to birth doula and childbirth educator, Bailey Gaddis, who is also the author of Feng Shui Mommy: Creating Balance and Harmony for Blissful Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Motherhood, you can distract yourself from having to go do #1 often. All you need to do is graze your fingertips across your arm gently. This gentle touch can release endorphins and can stimulate those nerve endings, and this will help you not feel so desperate to do #1 all of the time.
4 Help With #1 Relief With A Few Drops Of Peppermint Oil
One annoying thing that pregnant moms face often is feeling like they have to do #1, and they can't, as they are walking around with pressure around the bladder all of the time. That can be torturous. However, the good news is that there is some relief for that.
According to birth doula and childbirth educator, Bailey Gaddis, all you need to do is put a few peppermint essential oil drops in the toilet bowl if doing #1 is a challenge. The vapors from the oils will help open the urethra which will then allow you to do #1 a lot more easily- and possibly a little less often.
3 Tame Those Cravings With Meditation
There is absolutely nothing wrong with giving into pregnancy cravings every now and then, however, you don't want to make a habit of it on a daily basis. Unless you are craving something that is healthy. But if you are craving something that is full of fat, sugar, and salt often, then you will want to tame that.
According to birth doula and childbirth educator, Bailey Gaddis, you can actually tame those cravings if you meditate before you eat. She advises pregnant moms to do this before going to eat out at a restaurant because it will help you stay more mindful and you will be able to pay attention to what your body needs instead of giving into a very unhealthy craving.
2 Strengthen Your Pelvic Floor By Exercising On A Yoga Ball
Unless you know you are going to need to have a C-section, and if you have to arrange for the date when you give birth naturally, you are going to be facing the strong possibility of tearing. That is always difficult to recover from when you are in your immediate postpartum period. However, there is a way to reduce the risk of you having to face that.
According to the internationally recognized prenatal and postpartum fitness and exercise guru and founder of BeFit-Mom, Helene Byrne, you can reduce your risk of having to deal with that if you exercise on a yoga ball during your pregnancy.
The pressure from exercising on the yoga ball will help stretch your muscles, so you will be able to deliver your bundle a lot easier and reducing the risk of tearing and requiring care.
1 Incorporate Relaxation Techniques With Your Partner
When you are pregnant, especially in the first trimester, one of the annoying things you will be dealing with is fatigue. You are going to be finding yourself having to doze off often during the day. However, if you do that, then you will have trouble sleeping at night.
And, you don't want to be dealing with insomnia because you will only be feeling worse during the day.
According to birth doula and childbirth educator, Bailey Gaddis, you will want to have a relaxation session right before bed with your partner. In fact, she says it would be effective if he gave you a massage before bed because that will help you become drowsy and fall asleep quicker at night. Not to mention, you will have an opportunity to bond with your partner.
Sources: MommysBundle.com, ScaryMommy.com, MomCrib.com, DrAimee.org, Baileygaddis.com, BeFitMom.com, WhatToExpect.com, BabyCenter.com