Pregnancy is a beautiful time filled with excitement! Preparing for a little one to come can be overwhelming at time, but such a joy! One thing that is not as joyful is the physical tolls pregnancy can cause on your body. Thankfully, there are few ways to relieve some of those pains while waiting for your bundle of joy to arrive. Our friend Veronica Mitchell from MyParentingJourney.com has been gracious enough to give us her top 6 helpful tips for a comfortable pregnancy.
6 Helpful Tips for a Comfortable Pregnancy
Every woman wants to feel that “glow” and joy of being pregnant. The harsh reality is that many women don’t. Pregnancy is hard work on your body and your mind. If you are looking for tips for a comfortable pregnancy, hopefully this will help you find that peace of mind and body you are searching for. Take deep breaths Mama, you can do this!
1. Put Your Feet Up
You have heard this before and it may sound unrealistic, especially if you have other children to care for or if you work full time. However, it doesn’t mean sit all day long with your feet up.Even just 20 minutes a day can help.
Whenever you are actually sitting, make a point of putting your feet in an elevated position. So at night when you are unwinding, watching your favorite show, put your feet up. If you are on the computer playing games or even working, try to elevate them.It relieves pressure on your feet, which are going to be carrying more weight as your belly grows. It will also reduce swelling.
2. Go Ahead and Buy Maternity Pants
If you have been wearing your regular jeans with an elastic band holding the button closed, it is probably time for some maternity pants. You don’t have to break the bank when shopping for maternity pants. There is no need to head to the local specialty boutique if you can’t afford it. There are plenty of second hand stores selling maternity clothes in near new condition at affordable prices.
You will find that maternity pants are available in different styles. The full stretch is meant to pull up over your baby bump and back, which will stretch as you do. The low waist sits below your bump and is usually a soft stretchy band. You can also choose the panel style pant, which features a panel just at the front for belly only.
3. Drink Lots of Fluid
You hear this lecture all the time. You might be tuning it out by now, but don’t. If you become even just a little dehydrated it can not only affect your mood but also cause mild cramping or contractions. How to avoid dehydration:
• Avoid being in the sun for long periods-this can dehydrate you quickly
• Drink fluids throughout the day–if you feel thirsty or have dry lips, you are already dehydrated
• Cut back on fluids with caffeine since these dehydrate you
4. Stock Your Pantry and Fridge with Anti-Nausea Items
Morning sickness is a common symptom of pregnancy, especially in the early days. You may have to go through a trial and error process to find what works for you to ease that queasy stomach and prevent or stop the vomiting.
• Ginger seems to work well for many women. Try hard candies made with ginger root or drinking flattened ginger ale
• Soda crackers are an old tried and true trick to rid that nausea and get a least a little something in your belly
• Chewing ice or popsicles may work for you. Not only will it help with the morning sickness but also keep you hydrated
• Sip herbal tea. Check to make sure the herb you are choosing is safe in pregnancy first
• Sleep it off. Sometimes your nausea is heightened if you are overtired
5. Take up Yoga
Provided that you first check with your healthcare provider that it is safe for you, try some light yoga. This type of exercise can help for that uncomfortable “kicked in the bladder” feeling, pelvic joint pain, hip pain and so much more.
Yoga will also relax your mind if you have been feeling overwhelmed or stressed out about your pregnancy and upcoming delivery. You will have to start off slowly if this is your first time doing yoga, but there are many beginner poses to get you off to a good start.
6. Invest in a Belly Band
These wonderful inventions are super if your baby bump has become too much to carry around. If you are experiencing strain on your back or muscle pain in your abdomen, it may be helpful to reduce the pressure and weight by wearing a belly band to support your growing belly. The good news is, once you are done using it, you can always re-sell it since there is a market for maternity items all the time.
You don’t have to spend your pregnancy uncomfortable and miserable. These tips for a comfortable pregnancy are a sure-fire way to get the most enjoyment you can from the 40 weeks until you are holding your newborn. Of course, it is always important to talk with your doctor or midwife about any techniques you wish to try first, to ensure they are a safe option for your specific situation.
If you have found these tips for a comfortable pregnancy helpful please let us know by leaving feedback or questions. We always appreciate hearing from our readers.
About the Author:
Hi! My name is Veronica Mitchell. I am a mother to two adorable little girls and a handsome little boy. I spend my days caring from my children, packing lunches, reading aloud, kissing boo-boos, and working as the Chief Editor of MyParentingJourney.