5 tips to make your pregnancy more comfortable

So you’ve just gotten pregnant and there’s already an avalanche of advice being dumped on you from all sides about what not to do, what to eat, and what not to eat when you’re pregnant.

All the aunties are going to tell you “Oh, this is going to be such a wonderful time, enjoy it while it lasts!” but truth be told, pregnancy is tough — morning sickness, mood swings, blood tests, backaches and more — the list is endless.

However, there are small ways in which you can make your life more comfortable, mommies. Here are five small tips that will make a big difference to you during pregnancy.

Pillows

You may not need this tip in the first three months, but once your baby bump gets bigger (so much so that you’ll feel as though you’re sleeping on a speedbreaker) it’s going to get uncomfortable. Turn your side of the bed into a pillow fortress. One between your legs, since you’re not going to sleep on your back or belly), one behind your back and one small pillow under your bump. These should do the trick and help you sleep better. If you’re a working woman, make sure you keep a pillow for your office chair too.

Early, non-spicy dinner

Even when you’re not pregnant (or not even a woman!), an early dinner is a good thing. It gives your body time to digest food and you can go to bed feeling light instead of bloated. And for all you ladies who like spicy food, it might be a good idea to ditch it for a while, unless you want to stay awake all night breathing fire because of those dreaded heartburns in your third trimester.

Essential oils

Morning sickness is possibly the biggest problem faced by pregnant women, some even have to endure it throughout pregnancy. Female hormones are in such overdrive during this time that any smell can trigger nausea at any time of the day. Always keep a bottle of essential oil in your purse, like lavender or peppermint that are known to help with nausea. You can even try chamomile to simply help you relax.

Snack

Always, always carry a snack and a bottle of water wherever you go. When you’re pregnant, you’re going to constantly suffer from hunger pangs and thirst. Keep a pack of biscuits, fruit or a sandwich — anything that will keep you full for some time, but never go out empty-handed.

Foot rubs/ Backrubs

When your body gets bigger, it’s going to put a lot of strain on your lower back as well as feet. It’s a good idea to get a foot massage or a back rub at the end of the day (or the middle!) to soothe your pain and nerves.

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