So if you are pregnant you probably realize this by now. Bearing a child is both the most amazing feeling you’ll ever experience and a pain in the groins, literally. That is why any little thing you can do to make this amazing yet terrifying part of your life easier is welcome. With that in mind, let’s dive some pretty awesome pregnancy life hacks that every pregnant woman should know.
1) Preventing Birth Vaginal Tearing
The technical name is perineal tear and the official definition (thanks Wikipedia) is the following
A perineal tear is a laceration of the skin and other soft tissue structures which, in women, separate the vagina from the anus. Perineal tears mainly occur in women as a result of vaginal childbirth, which strains the perineum.
I know right? Pretty scary stuff. But it turns out you can actually help reducing the risks of vaginal tearing during birth. There is some solid evidence that perineum massage can reduce the risks of perineal tear of 10% for first time moms. On top of that, a good old vaginal moisturizing is also of great help.
For more on that and some other great pregnancy life hacks, like preventing stretch marks and a ton more great stuff check out this video:
2) Dealing With Pregnancy Sickness
The first trimester can be quite a rollercoaster. First you are super excited about the crazy life changing news (at least let’s hope you are) then it kicks in. Some women experience morning sickness some other women experience evening sickness in pregnancy but mostly everybody needs to deal with it at some point.
One thing that really worked for me was to snack whenever I felt my stomach was feeling empty. Now mind you, this comes with a huge setback! It means that you are going to put up some unnecessary weight that is going to be quite hard to get rid of after the birth. My solution to this was to snack healthy. Make sure you keep a handful of healthy snack options around the house. My favorites are apples, watermelon, natural flavor rice cakes, etc., all yummy and pretty low calorie.
This video from Millennial Moms has some other really cool tips, check it out:
3) Maternity Clothing Hacks
So you’re big now and nothing fits, I hear you. Before you blow up your budget buying a ton of maternity clothes that you are only going to use for a couple of months, let’s talk a little bit about some other options you are probably not even aware of. And no, I am not talking about wearing all your man’s shirts, even though that is awesome.
I learned a ton about repurposing my old clothes to create new outfits and it turned out great. I even adapted my old jeans to accommodate my gigantic belly. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against buying some maternity clothes if you need them, but don’t fall into the histeria. You already have a ton of stuff that you can wear with a tweak here and there.
Here are two of my favorite videos on the subject that gave me a lot of ideas to avoid that panicky feeling that you get when you realize nothing fits you anymore
There they are. Our small list of really useful hacks to make this wonderful experience of being pregnant even more wonderful. Do you have any other hacks you’d like to share? Leave a comment bellow.