There’s no doubt about it. Having a baby growing inside of you is a lot of hard work. Many expectant mothers deal with aches, pains, and other health complications and discomforts throughout their pregnancy. Though it goes without saying that discomfort is to be expected, there are some options that can help you deal with it a bit easier. Below are just a few you might want to consider:
1. Wear Maternity Clothes and Support Products
When you think maternity clothes, I hope you’re not thinking about the frumpy options that were available decades ago. The oversized pants and shirts are a thing of the past. Maternity fashion has come a long way as designers understand the importance of comfort and style for moms-to-be. Once you’ve reached your second trimester, you might want to start looking into clothes designed for your growing belly. There are also a lot of support products out there, including some of the best maternity leggings for tummy and leg support. Invest in some to maximize your level of comfort for the duration of your pregnancy as well as the few months after delivery.
2. Pillows Are Your Best Friend
Do you find yourself tossing and turning a lot when you’re laying or sitting down for long periods of time? It can be quite the challenge to position yourself when you’ve got a growing belly. The good news is that pillows can make it a lot easier for you. You can either use some of your bedroom and couch pillows or you could invest in body pillows which are designed to wrap around you for extra comfort while lying down.
3. Keep Your Feet Elevated
Once you enter your third trimester, you’ve probably experienced a great deal of swelling and discomfort around the feet and ankle area. This is common as due to the added weight of the baby. Keeping feet elevated when you’re not walking can help to reduce the swelling and even prevent future swelling. So grab an ottoman or a few pillows and kick back after you’ve been on your feet for a while.
4. Eat Smaller Meals
Many moms to-be suffer from morning sickness, indigestion, and other discomforts. To keep these conditions at bay you can ingest smaller meals. Try eating five times a day but in smaller portions to keep the tummy from getting upset. Also watch what you eat as some foods can increase your chances of digestive issue whether the food is too acidic, spicy, etc. Irritating foods can give you double the trouble during pregnancy.
5. Stay Hydrated
It is important to get enough fluids during your pregnancy. Water is necessary to help remove the waste from your body and to keep the kidneys and liver functioning properly. The American Pregnancy Association states that dehydration during pregnancy can cause fatigue, constipation, miscarriages, and more. It is best to try and consume at least 10 cups of water each day.
It may take time to find the various ways to stay comfortable during pregnancy – especially if this is your first. I can admit that it will be a bit challenging to remove all the discomforts of pregnancy, but if you keep each of these suggestions in mind you are sure to have a much easier time. Of course, any pain or discomfort outside of the norm should be reported to your doctor for further evaluation.
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