Amazing life hacks for pregnant women
The most beautiful stage in a woman's life is pregnancy. However, pregnancy can be difficult or beautiful depending on the symptoms and stress that occurs during pregnancy. A woman can enjoy and delight herself only when she learns to stay healthy and understands the ways that pregnancy brings discomforts. To make life easier for pregnant women during pregnancy, here are some amazing life hacks for pregnant women.
- Avoid everything around you that makes you nauseated.
- Eat citrus fruits or crackers/ toast biscuits when nausea strikes.
- Ginger is also a good remedy for nausea.
- Drink black ginger tea to ease nausea.
- Getting tired easily is a common symptom of pregnancy.
- Iron deficiency often causes fatigue during pregnancy.
- Eat foods rich in iron such as leafy vegetables, poultry, whole grains, red meat, and beans.
- Reduce strenuous work, like shopping and cleaning the house.
- Take small meals but frequently especially while experiencing nausea.
- As full meal can cause discomfort with the distended abdomen and cause vomiting at times.
- Try to steer clear of fatty and greasy foods, very sweet foods, spicy foods, and gas-producing foods hence avoid certain foods during this time.
- One way to reduce swelling during pregnancy is to limit your sodium (or salt) intake. Salt makes your body hold on to extra water.
- Not getting enough potassium can also make swelling worse, as potassium helps your body balance the amount of fluids it holds onto.
- Reduce caffeine intake.
- Sitting with your feet elevated for a little while — especially at the end of the day — can help drain the fluid that’s been pooling in your legs over the course of the day.
- Wearing tight clothing, especially around your wrists, waist, and ankles, can make swelling worse. Basically, it keeps blood from circulating as easily.
- Try to wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothes — or at least avoid tight elastic bands.
- Going for even a 5- or 10-minute walk a couple times a day can help improve your circulation, which helps reduce swelling.
- Wearing comfortable (even orthotic), well-fitting shoes is key to reducing foot swelling, as well as to preventing hip and back problems that can arise as your center of gravity shifts and your weight increases.
- Massage helps circulate the fluids that tend to accumulate in your feet, which will in turn reduce swelling
Rest and Sleep
- Maintain a regular sleep/wake cycle. Prioritizing sleep is key in getting sleep.
- Making sure that you're going to bed and waking up at the same time every day (including weekends) goes a long way in feeling more awake and alert during the day.
- Exercise regularly. Unless your doctor advises against it, regular exercise should be done at least 30 minutes a day.
- Getting out any pent up energy through exercise will increase circulation, improve mood, and help you fall asleep easier at night.
- It's very important to stay hydrated during pregnancy, but to help reduce late night trips to the bathroom avoid drinking large amounts in the hours leading up to bedtime.
- Avoid Spicy Foods and heavy meals before bedtime. Eating spicy foods before bedtime can increase the chances and severity of heartburn at night.
- Sleep on your left side. During the third trimester of sleep it is recommended that expecting mothers sleep on their left side. This increases the flow of blood and nutrients to the fetus, uterus, and kidneys. Also, try to avoid sleeping on your back for extended periods of time.
- Get out of bed and do another relaxing activity such as reading, writing, take a warm bath, or any other relaxing activity before returning to bed.
- Take short naps during the day.