Pregnancy can bring some wonderful changes to your body. Your skin is glowing, your nails are long and strong, and your hair is thick and beautiful.
Everything is going great…that is, until you start feeling morning sickness and your clothes start feeling a little too tight.
Luckily, there are some great pregnancy hacks tested by moms everywhere that can make your life a little easier!
Check out these 20+ mind-blowing pregnancy hacks to make your pregnancy a little less tough and way more enjoyable!
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1. Always Keep Snacks Available
Hunger can cause you to feel cranky, tired, and make your morning sickness even worse. Be sure to keep snacks available wherever you go! You can keep snacks like crackers, pretzels, or nuts in different places like your car and purse. Don’t forget to put some snacks in your nightstand for late-night cravings!
2. Stay Hydrated
Keep a water bottle with you at all times. Staying hydrated is so important for you and the health of your baby and can help stop heartburn and nausea. Try using a stainless steel water bottle so that you can easily travel and keep your water cold for longer. The cold temperature of the water can also help with queasiness!
I personally am a HUGE fan of my Hydroflask. I carried that thing with me everywhere when I was pregnant. Even now, two years later, it still is never far from my side. I love it!!
3. Use Sports Bras Instead of Maternity Bras
Maternity bras can get expensive and to be honest, you really don’t need them. You can get by with purchasing less expensive sports bras instead (save that money for nursing bras!). They are just as comfortable and a fraction of the cost.
If your bras get too small, purchase a pack of bra extenders. This will be much cheaper than trying to replace bras that you may not wear after pregnancy.
Another option would be to use sleeper nursing bras. They’re softer than regular bras and are SO much more comfortable. Especially once your breasts really start growing thanks to all of those awesome milk-making hormones. *insert eye roll*
Do yourself a favor and always go with comfort over appearance while you’re pregnant.
4. Put Your Bra in The Freezer
Speaking of bras, why not try putting yours in the freezer on a hot day? Not only can a freezer bra help you stay cool, it can relieve pressure and soreness from growing pregnancy boobs.
5. Use Hair Bands to Hold Your Jeans Together
Maternity clothes can be expensive, so why not try to use your favorite pair of jeans for as long as you can?
You can use a hair band to hold your jeans together but still allow room for your belly to breathe!
This trick works really well if you’re gorging yourself for Thanksgiving dinner too. I’m just saying!
6. Cut Out the Front Pockets of Your Jeans
This tutorial teaches you how to cut out the front pockets of your jeans and make your own DIY maternity pants! This is a great way to save some money on maternity clothes. The best part? You can still use these after pregnancy because they look THAT good!
7. Make Your Own Slip-On Tennis Shoes
When you’re pregnant, the last thing you want to do is bend over to tie your shoes! Try using the Xpand No Tie Shoelaces to convert your favorite tennis shoes into slip-ons.
8. Make Your Own Belly Band
You can make your own belly band out of an old tank top by cutting the bottom and adding it to the top of your jeans. This helps add length to your shirts without spending extra money on belly bands!
9. Alleviate Leg Cramps with Bananas and Water
If you are struggling with leg cramps, try having a glass of water and a banana. Bananas are full of potassium and known for stopping leg cramps in their tracks.
Trust me on this, waking up at 2am with a charlie horse from hell because you’re dehydrated is no bueno. Go ahead and drink the water and eat the bananas.
10. Use Kinesio Tape for Back Pain
Kinesiology tape can actually serve the same function as Belly Bands but are a lot cheaper. Kinesio tape can help reduce swelling, stop back pain, and help with posture.
You can learn more benefits about kinesiology tape, how it can help your pregnancy, and how to use with in this article.
11. Use a Pregnancy Pillow
Comfort is key when you’re pregnant, so start making pillows your new best friend!
It is recommended that you sleep on your side while you are pregnant, so putting a pillow underneath your belly and between your knees can help you stay comfortable.
You could also invest in a pregnancy pillow, which could be something you use even after pregnancy is over!
If you’re anything like me though and don’t want to purchase a giant pregnancy pillow (I don’t blame you), grab an inexpensive body pillow instead. That’s what I did and I don’t know how I would have survived without it.
I love my body pillow and still use it every night to help me sleep.
12. Use an Inner Tube
If you must sleep on your tummy, use an inner tube to lay your belly on!
It may look silly, but using an inner tube or giant floaty can actually relieve pressure in your back and relax your shoulders!
13. Stock up on Ginger Everything
Ginger is often known as the number one way to help alleviate morning sickness. Stock up on ginger pops, cookies, and ginger beer so that you always have a snack available when you start feeling queasy.
14. Drink Apple Cider Vinegar for Heartburn
Apple cider vinegar can be hard to stomach, but it can help get rid of heartburn.
If you can’t bring yourself to drink it, try avoiding spicy foods and sit up right when you can. Sleeping on an incline can really help with those late night heartburn session too.
15. Relieve Itchy Skin with Cooking Oil
If you don’t have any special baby oil, then cooking oils will do the trick and relieve your dry, itchy baby bump! Raid your kitchen for coconut oil, avocado oil, grapeseed oil, or olive oil. These oils are safe for the skin and will calm your itchiness in no time.
16. Create an Emergency Kit
Create an emergency kit full of snacks, toiletries, oils, and first aid essentials to keep in your purse. You never know when you may get stuck in traffic, need something late at night, or unexpectedly go into labor. The last thing you want is to run to the store because you forgot something!
17. Book All of Your Prenatal Appointments at Once
You’re going through a lot when you’re pregnant, and pregnancy brain is a very real thing. It is easy to forget all of your appointments, so try to book them all at once.
Coordinate your appointments with your work schedule and write them down in your calendar. If you can, try to make your appointments on the same day and at the same time to make it easier to remember!
18. Keep Tongs in The Shower
Trying to bend over when you are pregnant is the worst! And no matter what, you will drop your soap, shampoo, and face wash in the shower more times than you can count. Keep a pair of tongs in the shower with you so that you can easily pick up your items without bending over or possibly slipping!
If all else fails though, take a shower sitting down. I did it and it was really nice sometimes. Especially as I got later into my pregnancy and my kid insisted on squishing my lungs.
Sitting down meant that I didn’t get winded quite so easily.
19. Invest in Silk Sheets
If getting out of bed is getting too hard on you, try investing in some silk sheets to make rolling out of bed easier. They can also help keep you cool in the middle of the night if your bump is keeping you a little too warm!
20. Relieve Swelling with an Epsom Salt Bath
Pregnancy often brings swollen feet and ankles. You can relieve swelling by soaking your feet in an epsom salt bath or a sea salt bath.
The magnesium in the salt can help circulate blood flow and bring the bloating down. Add some of the salt to a large bucket with warm water and a few drops of your favorite essential oil and you’ll be feeling good as new!
Or skip the essential oils all together and grab some salt that already has some mixed in. I’m all about working smarter not harder!
21. Say Yes to Help
Finally, don’t be afraid to ask for help or say yes when someone offers it. You are tired from growing a person inside of you so let your friends and family help you when they can. Keep a list of things you need, meals you would like made, or chores that need to be done and hand it over when things get stressful!
Final Thoughts on Pregnancy Hacks
Great pregnancy hacks save you time, money, and make pregnancy that much more enjoyable. While pregnancy can bring ugly morning sickness, aches and pains, and stretch marks, it is still one of the most beautiful things you will ever experience!
I hope these pregnancy hacks helped you. Let us know in the comments if you have any of your own pregnancy hacks that made your pregnancy a little bit easier! And make sure you come join the conversation in our Facebook group.
Until next time!