15 Essential Life Hacks for Pregnancy

15 Essential Life Hacks for Pregnancy

May 22, 2018

15 Essential Life Hacks for Pregnancy

15 Essential Life Hacks for Pregnancy
These pregnancy hacks and tips feature easy remedies for sleep, maternity wear and clothes hacks, kinesio tape how-tos and solutions for the hilarious situations expecting and new moms find themselves in. They’ll save you some money, too.15 Essential Life Hacks for Pregnancy

There’s an inner struggle that comes along with pregnancy. Our bodies and needs change rapidly and so does the urge to buy every remedy and gadget that promises sweet relief.

Spare yourself the cost of temporary fixes with our favorite pregnancy life hacks. And once your baby is born, and you’ll be happy you don’t have a box full of pregnancy-specific gear gathering dust in your garage.

1. Cooking Oils for Itchy Skin

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If you run out of your beloved baby belly oil or decide to forgo it altogether, olive oil, grapeseed oil or coconut oil will do the trick. Raid your kitchen pantry and smear on whatever you have on hand post-shower for that pregnancy glow.

2. Use Kinesio Tape for Back Pain

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Basic Kinesiology tape can serve the same function as a supportive belly band, but it’s cheaper. Have an athletic trainer, chiropractor or physical therapist tape you the first time. Wear it for up to 5 days, then re-tape as necessary.

3. Turn Your Tennis Shoes Into Slip-Ons

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There are a lot of benefits to wearing your workout shoes during your pregnancy (all hail the cushioned support!). Get more mileage out of them by using Xpand laces so you can still work out without bending over to tie your shoelaces.

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4. Cut the Front Pockets Out of Your Jeans

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A burgeoning belly doesn’t have to stop you from stepping out in your favorite denim. Use this easy tutorial to rock those trusty blue jeans for the next nine months.

5. Ask Siri What Meds are Safe for Pregnancy

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When you’re pregnant, Siri and Alexa are your new BFFs. In order to have one easy spot to check what meds are safe for you to use, the MommyMeds app, developed by the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, cuts through all the conflicting results with a doctor-approved database.

6. Create an Everyday ‘Emergency’ Bag

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We know the focus is on packing your hospital bag, but there are plenty of necessities you’ll need before the big day, especially if you’re experiencing morning sickness during your first trimester or heartburn or indigestion later in your pregnancy.

Fill a toiletry kit with snacks, chewable antacids, ginger candies, lavender essential oil—anything you need to get you through a rough day—and keep it in your purse so you’re always prepared.

7. Extend the Life of Your Bra

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There’s no need to buy all new or invest in pricey maternity bras right away. Buy a 3 pack of bra extenders for under $10 instead to take care of your expanding bustline.

8. Book All Your Prenatal Appointments Now

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Pregnancy brain happens. It’s easy to forget to schedule your glucose screening or 34 week appointment. Instead, book them all at once so you can plan accordingly with work and know exactly when the next few are scheduled. Even better, try to book your appointments all on the same day of the week at the same time.

9. Stock Up on Things You Might Crave

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Fill your fridge and freezer with “you’ll-thank-yourself-later” staples like pickles, ginger beer, french fries and ice cream so that when the urge does come (and it will), you or your partner won’t be racing to the local gas station at 3 a.m.

10. Kitchen Tongs in the Shower

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When you’re pregnant, you will drop the soap, shampoo bottle and washcloth more times in the shower than you ever have before. This phenomenon is frustrating, but a pair of kitchen tongs in the tub will help make the grab easier.

11. Trick Yourself into Hydration

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You might get to a point where peeing frequently makes you want to stop drinking water altogether. Instead, stay hydrated without even knowing it by eating high-water-content foods like cucumbers and radishes.

12. Sleep on Silk to Turn Over in Bed

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By your third trimester, getting out of bed is an entirely different feat. Sleep on a silk pillowcase (or buy something like this) to help you move more freely and get up in the middle of the night to pee.

13. Cover Your Roots With Fruit

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If you have to miss your dye job for a little while, not all is lost. Try lemon juice in the sun to lighten hair or henna to darken light roots. More natural alternatives here.

14. Fix Swollen Feet With Salt

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While eating more salt may cause you to retain more water and make swelling worse, giving your feet a good soak in epsom or sea salt works wonders to tame the bloat. Use a bucket or large bowl, add a few drops of grapefruit essential oil and voila! Your feet will feel good as new.

15. Keep Snacks on Your Nightstand

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We fully support you if there are nights when you need to eat in bed. Keep granola bars or other non-perishable snacks in your nightstand drawer. If you’re craving something that needs refrigeration, like a cheese sandwich, make it before you go to bed and have it ready in the fridge.

16. Bonus Hack: Register for Everything You Need for Baby from Any Store

Once you start building a mental list of things you’ll need for baby, you’ll quickly realize that what you really need can’t be found at one or two stores (or even in stores, at all). A Babylist registry lets you add any item from any store to one list. You can add help and favors (like babysitting or dog walking), even cash funds (for baby’s education, or for diapers) too. Start your Babylist registry now.

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