11 Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy

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These 11 Tips Can Help Make Your Pregnancy A Little More Comfortable For You

Pregnancy is amazing, wondrous, uncomfortable, beautiful, incredible, uncomfortable, joyous, and did we mention uncomfortable? Here are 11 things you can do to make those nine months a little more bearable.

1. Take a warm bath every night before you go to bed.

This will soothe your aching muscles and joints and help you get better sleep.

2. Invest in a body pillow.

Also known as a maternity pillow and a prenatal pillow, this C-shaped pillow is available online and at some maternity stores. It will make it a lot easier for you to sleep at night and prevent your back and hips from hurting in the morning. As you get bigger, you won’t be able to sleep on your back and so you’ll have no choice but to sleep on your side. A body pillow will make that much easier.

3. Set up a chair with a footrest.

Find a comfortable chair in your living room, preferably one that lets you lean backward. Put a foot stool in front of it, so that you can recline backward in the chair and prop your feet up on the stool. The more time you spend on your feet during pregnancy, the more uncomfortable you get. Putting your feet up will ease the discomfort and prevent swelling and other circulatory problems.

4. Wear nice maternity clothes.

Pregnancy takes a major toll on your self-esteem when it comes to the body image department. So, instead of wearing boring, frumpy clothes, cheer yourself up by wearing nice clothes that make you feel good about yourself. If you’re worried about the cost, look for styles that convert into nursing wear after you’ve had the baby. That way, you’ll wear them for a couple years, so the investment will be worth it.

5. Avoid tight clothes.

Your circulation is already suffering, so the last thing you should do is make it worse by wearing tight and restrictive clothing. Opt for loose and comfortable clothes, in breathable fabrics if possible.

6. Opt for comfortable shoes that have lots of room.

Forget about your heels and tight sandals. Make it a point to wear really comfortable shoes, since your feet are going to bear the brunt of your discomfort. You might have to buy shoes that are one size bigger, since your feet will swell.

7. Make a rice bag.

Take an old pillowcase or a sock (depending on what size you want), fill it with rice and some cinnamon and either stitch it closed or tie it up very tightly. Whenever your back hurts, you can warm it up in the microwave or on a pan and apply it to your back for relief. It won’t be too hot and the scent of cinnamon is delicious.

8. Go for a swim.

If you have access to a pool, go for a swim as often as you can. Swimming is a form of cardio exercise that will strengthen your muscles, improve your circulation, and most importantly, relieve the weight that you’re carrying. It’s also very relaxing and therapeutic and will soothe your muscles and joints.

9. Get a back rub every night before you sleep.

Have your partner give you a back rub every night before you go to sleep. It will help relieve a lot of your discomfort and make it easier for you to fall asleep, while also giving you and your partner a chance to bond at the end of the day. If possible, try to massage towards the heart and not away from it. Using oil or lotion can also help prevent the stretch marks to some extent.

10. Avoid spicy foods and foods that cause gas.

Pregnancy makes you especially vulnerable to acidity and gas, so avoid spicy foods and foods that give you gas. As much as you may love them, the momentary pleasure of eating them is not worth the hours of discomfort you’ll have to face afterwards. Avoid eating right before you go to sleep.

11. Drink ice cold water often.

It will refresh you, while also cleansing your system and promoting the process of cell division by which the baby grows.

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