Pregnancy is, in the abstract, cool and mind-blowingly miraculous. I mean…you’re growing a person in your uterus. That’s wild no matter how you slice it (and for me, who has gestated two boys, I could never quite get over the awesome weirdness of being able to grow a penis).
That said, miracle or not, pregnancy comes with its fair share of downsides. There’s the nausea that can last months on end, the swelling, the general inability to get comfortable enough to sleep (and having to get up and pee five minutes after you finally find a good position), and y’all. I could keep going.
Even though your doctor and books and the internet might have advice on how to ease your various aches, pains, and maladies, there’s no substitution for hacks from women who have been there, done that, and sort of figured it out.
#10. Elevate your feet to help with swelling.
The higher the better – some people even advocate laying on your back with your legs stretched up the wall. This can also help with the inevitable lower back pain. No word on hacks for getting up without help, though. Sorry!
#9. Try frozen electrolyte solution for nausea.
Sometimes, nothing will stay down. Nothing sounds good, not even water, but you have to stay hydrated or face spending the night in the hospital (boo). Try putting some electrolyte solution (like Gatorade or Pedialyte) in ice cube trays and sucking on them in the worst of times.
#8. Use an ice-pack strap to alleviate belly pain.
Your belly will eventually get big enough to feel heavy any time you’re on your feet for more than a few minutes. When that’s the case, an ice-pack strap can do the trick.
#7. You can make a DIY belly band out of your old tank tops.
Sure, you might fit into them again someday, but why not put a few to use today? Just cut the top off your tank top and pull it on – like a tube top but for preggo girls.
#6. Take advantage of your bump to save on washing dishes.
This one is sort of funny, but also true. No need to dirty a dish (or waste a paper one) when you’ve got a built-in shelf!
#5. The hair tie waist extender.
An oldie but goodie, this trick will get you an extra couple of extra weeks out of your regular pants.
#4. If you’re a belly sleeper, a half-inflated inner tube will be your best friend.
I’m a back sleeper, myself, so the torture continues.
#3. Invest in maxi dresses/skirts.
They’re easy to wear, they’re breezy, and you’ll live in them. Trust us.
#2. Have flip-flops at the ready for when none of your other shoes fit.
I had a winter pregnancy, myself, so this wasn’t always an option but if it is for you, don’t even torture yourself with real shoes.
#1. Grab apple cider vinegar for your heartburn.
Unless you’re one of the lucky people who makes it through your pregnancy without heartburn or indigestion (in which case, I hate you), you will find yourself sitting up at night searching the internet for every possible remedy for the blasted reflux. Here’s a pro tip – try a shot of apple cider vinegar. If that doesn’t work, nothing will.