Nine months never went by so fast.
1If you have swollen feet, give them a soak in tonic water.
Cool or room temperature tonic water reduces swelling in your feet and ankles. The quinine will reduce inflammation and the bubbles help soothe sore feet. Soak for 10-15 minutes.
2Make your own electrolyte solution freeze pops for morning sickness
These chilly tasty cubes can ease the queasy feeling, or if you do get sick, help you get back on your feet, feeling refreshed and replenished.
3Use a hair tie or rubber band to expand your jeans.
Loop the hair tie through the buttonhole and hook it onto the button. You can use this hack as a zipper extender, too. Once you hit halfway through your second trimester this hack probably won’t work so well anymore (unless your one of those fabulously tall women who carry their babies high).
4Use an inner tube if you want to sleep on your belly.
This pregnancy hack will help ease your back and shoulder strain.
5Eat four to six dates a day to help induce natural labor.
Studies have shown that eating four to six dates a day in the last 4 weeks before their due date helps women go into labor spontaneously and reduces the need of induction.
6Use kenesio tape to relieve discomfort during your pregnancy.
The natural elasticity of the tape gently lifts the skin, providing better blood circulation and relieve pressure on pain receptors. Check out Diary of a Fit Mommy for tutorials.
7Throw your bra in the freezer to cool down.
If you live in a warm climate or always finding yourself overheating, this hack will help cool your down.
8Drink apple cider vinegar to help reduce heartburn.
The acetic acid in apple cider vinegar will help balance your stomach pH by neutralizing stomach acid. It should be diluted with water.
9Relieve muscle cramps and keep fit with prenatal yoga.
Yoga is a great physical form of exercise that’s also going to bring some mindfulness and awareness into how your body is changing on a daily level. Placing your legs against the wall will help drain your legs of extra fluid that could be causing those painful cramps.
10Make your own belly band to cover up jeans that you can no longer button up.
Belly bands are a great way to wear pre-pregnancy button up pieces, like jeans, throughout your pregnancy. The band covers the button or zipper area so you don’t have to close them. Follow this tutorial from A Beautiful Mess to make your very own.
11Get a grabber or a pair of tongs to help you reach things.
Just because all of your ligaments are stretching out like Silly Putty, doesn’t mean you should have to stretch for things too.
12Alleviate back pain with an exercise ball.
The stretchy surface of an exercise ball will help take pressure off your lower back and pelvis.
13Buy “bra-back extenders” to keep using the bras you already own .
These amazing extenders will give you that added extra room you need around your chest, and are about a fourth of the price of buying an expensive maternity bra.
14Eat a banana or drink electrolyte water to combat cramps.
Opt for special electrolyte-filled water over sugary sports drinks, and keep a banana or two handy to eat throughout the day.
15Park closer, walk less
Most grocery stores, department stores, and malls offer expectant mothers parking that is close to an entrance. Also some states will issue you a temporary disabled parking card. Don’t be ashamed to take advantage of these parking spots — that’s what they were made for.