7 Simple Tips to Make Your Pregnancy Easier
Pregnancy is a magical time in a woman’s life, and the miracle of creating and growing an actual human being is second to no other in this world. But there is also a very not-so-glamorous side to this journey that any woman who’s been pregnant can attest to.
From those 3 a.m. cravings for fried chicken to all the weird things happening to your body that you never even imagined were possible, pregnancy is no walk in the park! It also doesn’t help that there are misconceptions and myths coming at you from every corner.
But, do not worry. It’ll all be over soon and you’ll have the perfect little present at the end of it. For now, here are some simple tips to make your pregnancy easier:
1. Use a Lot of Pillows
Pillows! They are your best friend during pregnancy. A growing tummy makes it really hard for you to get comfortable in bed, and having plenty of pillows around can make your life a whole lot easier.
Some pregnant women opt to purchase a pregnancy pillow, which is long and goes from all the way up at your head to down and around the body. It also helps you lie on your side and keep from rolling over, which is important in the third trimester. And if you don’t want to spend so much money on a special pillow? Just gather all the extra pillows in your house and arrange them according to whatever makes you comfy!
2. Eat Healthy and Avoid Greasy Foods
You had imagined that being pregnant would mean being able to gorge an entire box of pizza by yourself and no one would notice if you put on some weight cause you’re already doing that anyway, right? Boy, how wrong were you!
Pregnancy cravings for greasy food are common (and harmless once in a while) but they also come with some unpleasant side effects. For instance, I only experienced real heartburn when I was pregnant. Let me tell you, not fun. Try and stick to fresh foods, whole grains, and lean meat to get the nutrition you need but also have things running smoothly in your body. This will also keep you from gaining too much, which could make your baby overweight, and not to mention harder to lose afterward!
3. Misconceptions & “Advice”
As we said, everybody and their mother seems to have an opinion about your pregnancy. Gear up, cause it’s only going to get worse once the baby gets here! But that also means that this is the perfect time to get yourself prepared to deflect all of that “advice” later on.
It also doesn’t help that many of these pieces of “advice” are often misconceptions that only serve to make the life of a pregnant woman that much harder, even though it was probably meant in good faith. The best thing to do here is to research. Find out if what you’re being told actually has any scientific basis (because sometimes the oldies are right), and always defer to your doctor’s advice at the end.
4. Be Prepared, But Flexible
Pregnancy and childbirth do not come with a manual, and every single one is different. But it’s also important to educate yourself about it as much as you can so that you’re not left flabbergasted by the more gory details of it. This way, you can also be prepared for any emergencies and know to recognize one from the get-go.
Having said that, you’ll also need to be flexible. Not everything you read online or hear from your friends is going to apply to you, your doctor, your hospital, your baby, etc. While there are things you should not compromise on, others are not worth stressing over in the long run.
5. Flaunt Your Pregnancy
One of the perks of being pregnant is that people – even strangers who you barely know – will go out of their way to make you feel comfortable. Nothing wrong with that because you deserve it!
So, if you’re ever standing in a long line and you’re in a rush, don’t be shy to jut your tummy out and let people know you’re pregnant. And when you get home, let your partner know your feet hurt after a busy day and how you wish you could get a massage. Trust me, it works!
6. Have a Support Group of Expectant Mothers
One of the best pieces of advice I received when I was pregnant is to have a support group of expecting mothers, not women who’ve been pregnant before, but those who are pregnant right now. This is important because only these ladies understand what you’re going through. Even those who’ve been through it in the past tend to “forget” what it’s really like, especially when it comes to the emotional and anxiety-ridden part of pregnancy.
As a bonus, your support group of expecting moms can also slowly transition into your support group of new moms, which is also very important to have for the very same reasons.
7. Enjoy Your Pregnancy
Yes, it’s hard. But just remind yourself that it’ll all be over soon and you’re going to be a mom (woah)! And there’s no point of turning back after that.
If you’re a first-time mom, enjoy that extra sleeping time now cause there’s going to be a lot of sleepless nights ahead. Get pampered by your partner, soak up all the attention you receive from friends and family, shop for the best bargains and cutest clothes for your little one. Take your pregnancy one day at a time. Enjoy watching your baby move around in your tummy, talk and sing to them. Soon, they’ll be in your arms!