Being pregnant can be so wonderful, but let’s be honest with each other, it can also be really difficult. From morning sickness to discomfort, swelling in all places and difficulty sleeping… we go through alot in those 9 months to bring a tiny human into the world. But luckily, there are some amazing hacks out there to make those 9 months just a little bit easier.
Nausea Relief from the Sea Band
Pregnant woman are raving about the Sea Band. It works by putting pressure on your P6 (Nei Kuan) acupressure point, which is proven to reduce nausea and vomiting. This is a wonderful drug-free way to kick morning sickness to the curb. Plus, no worrying about carrying drops and teas along with you throughout the day! Sea Bands are available here.
Don’t Buy New Bras, Extend the Ones you Have!
Thanks to those wonderful pregnancy hormones, your boobs are going to change quite a bit during the next 9 months. Some woman report large changes, others report just feeling a little more snug in their bras. Either way, make your bras fit better through your pregnancy with an extender. It works by simply snapping onto your bra snap and gives you a few extra inches for growth. Totally beat forking over a ton of money for a brand new, larger, bra when you breast will most likely return to their normal size once you are done breastfeeding. You can pick up a 3 pack of bra extenders here.
Protect Your Bump With a Maternity Seat Belt Adjuster
Having a a seat belt band stretched across your growing belly is not only uncomfortable, but also removes the pressure from your stomach in the case of a collision. The seat belt adjuster works by attaching to the bottom half of your seat. A small hook allows you to attach the lap belt in between your legs, removing the pressure from your bump. (You can see a full visual of how it works here).
Fight Swelling with Epsom Salt
Swelling is one of the most common complaints of expectant mothers. Luckily, there is alot you can do to reduce swelling (we wrote an entire post on it here). Epsom salt is one of the best ways you can not only fight swelling, but take some time to relax as well. You can either add it to a bin of water for a foot soak or add it to you bathtub for entire body relief.
Earth Mama organics makes a Sitz Bath product just for expectant mothers, but also doubles as a great soak for your nether regions after baby has arrived (also, their perineal spray will save you vagina after birth! Be sure to add it to your postpartum basket)
Get pain relief with Kinesio Taping
Kinesio taping is a wonderful, drug-free way to get relief from common pregnancy pains. From back pain, swelling, even sciatica pain, kinesio tape is a great way to find comfort while pregnant. Here is a great visual guide on how to apply the tape:
When it comes to purchasing Kinesio tape, expectant mothers rave about Rock Tape. It comes in a wide variety of colors but many mamas suggest purchasing it in a color that closely matches your skin tone so that it can not be seen through lighter colored clothing. Here are all the color options available.
EASY DIY Pregnancy Pillow
I’ve been very open about the fact that I love my Snoogle, however the price tag can make some people cringe. Luckily, we’ve found this awesome hack to make your own pregnancy pillow using a king size pillow case and the stuffing from two regular sized pillows. Get the full instructions here.
Sleep Comfortably on your Belly While Pregnant
This one is for all you tummy sleepers out there! You don’t have to wait until baby’s arrival to get some zzz’s on your belly. This amazing little contraption allows you to safely lay on your stomach without putting weight on your bump. You can find it here on Amazon. Another alternative: simply use a tube meant for a swimming pool. Genius!
Banana’s Bring Cramp Relief
A banana a day will help keep those leg cramps away! Bananas are rich in vitamins B6 and potassium, which is just what your muscles need to keep from cramping at night.
Not a fan of bananas? Drinking water with electrolytes is also said to help ease the cramps. Smart Water and Propel were some of my favorites when I was expecting!
Make a Nausea Emergency Kit
Morning sickness has this way of not caring where you are or what you are doing; it will strike at any time. Be sure you are prepared by taking along a few essentials: toothpaste, toothbrush, mouthwash, hair ties, baby wipes, hand sanitizer, and of course, don’t forget a baggie! I used sacks meant for dirty diapers and they worked great!