Top Pregnancy Tips to Keep You Comfortable the Entire 9 Months
By: Hannah Whittenly
Let’s face it, there’s nothing glamorous about pregnancy. While pain and discomfort may seem like a logical thing to experience during pregnancy, it’s hard to accept for nine months straight. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Here are some tips to help keep you as comfortable as possible during your pregnancy.
Invest in Clothing as You Grow
Nothing makes you feel more like a beached whale than your pregnant belly hanging out the bottom of your shirt. Wearing clothing that is too small, even only around the house, not only makes you feel uncomfortable and awkward, it is a constant reminder of the fact that you are now much larger than you used to be. Those are not the kind of reminders that help keep a pregnant woman’s mood in high spirits. Shop regularly to keep your pregnancy wardrobe current with your size so you always have something that fits.
Plan on Increased Utility Bills
There are so many uncomfortable aspects of pregnancy that you can’t possibly change – your ever-increasing size, frequent heartburn, getting kicked in the ribs at all hours of the night. Allow yourself the ability to control what you can to help make yourself more comfortable. Plan on increased utility bills to help keep you cooler during the warmer months. You may not be able to control much about the way your body feels, but at least you can control the temperature of the room.
Exercise (as annoying as it is!)
Exercise is a difficult habit for most people to commit to when they’re feeling good, let alone when they’re going through morning sickness, back aches, and swollen ankles. But exercising, even if it’s just a little, will help keep your body in better shape during your pregnancy, minimizing the aches and pains you’ll experience later on. Your body is put under a lot of stress during pregnancy, and having good muscle tone will help your body handle that stress much more effectively. Also, it has been proven that people who exercise tend to have shorter labors, so if the whole health aspect wasn’t enough to motivate you, that should be! And of course, always check with your doctor before beginning any exercise regimen to make sure it’s safe.
Find a Way to Relax
Everyone has a different way of relaxing that speaks to them. Find out what yours is and indulge in it as often as you can. Most women who are pregnant enjoy relaxing in a pool because the water takes a lot of weight off of the belly and aching joints. Relaxing in a pool or hot tub, like the spas in Reno, also helps cool down your core temperature, which never seems to stay regulated while you’re pregnant. Whatever you enjoy doing to relax, find ways to do it a little more frequently. Ask your significant other to help make this possible so you can take care of yourself as well as your unborn child.
While being comfortable during pregnancy is a worthwhile goal, the most important thing to think about is the health of your baby. When we’re pregnant, we moan and groan about all of our aches and pains, but in the end, we wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. (Well, we wouldn’t trade the baby for anything – I could think of a lot of things I’d like to trade pregnancy in for!) Do what you can to have a healthy, comfortable pregnancy and enjoy this phase of your life. Believe it or not, it won’t last forever.