Pregnancy can be a magical time, but it can’t be denied that being pregnant is hard work. Your body is going through a lot of enormous changes and doing the hard task of growing a new life, so you’re sure to be tired, as well as experiencing a range of aches, pains and sickness. There are some pregnancy hacks you can try out to make being pregnant a little more comfortable for you.

Comfort Is Key
Pregnancy is a great excuse to be very demanding. You need to prioritise your comfort. Whatever you need to feel comfortable, do it. Whether that means you buy new pillows for the bed, or buy the same pair of maternity jeans in three different colors, don’t be afraid to ask for anything that will help you to feel as comfortable as you can, especially in the later stages of your pregnancy. Don’t feel awkward asking for things, especially from your partner. It’s not unreasonable to expect them to be ready with a foot rub or the offer of a cup of tea.

A great comfort trick to help you sleep better is to sleep on your side with a pillow under your bump and another under your knees. This helps to align your back comfortably, without putting pressure on your bump. Proper pregnancy pillows can also really help you to get into a comfortable position, so consider investing if you’re struggling to get enough sleep. Getting enough sleep is important, as pregnancy is very tiring, so make sure you do find a way to feel comfortable at night.

Late Night Snacks
It might sound strange, but a snack in the early hours of the morning can really help with morning sickness. Keep some snacks like saltine crackers on your nightstand so you can grab them easily if you wake up in the night. Nausea can be made worse on an empty stomach, so if you’re awake in the early morning for a wee or any other reason, nibble a small snack before you go back to sleep and you should feel less sick in the morning.

Keep Your Bra In The Freezer
Being pregnant during the summer can be even more difficult. It can feel impossible to keep cool with the extra weight of the bump and all the work your body is doing. To help head off some of the sweaty feeling, put your bra into a plastic bag so it doesn’t get damp and then pop it into the freezer for a few hours before you put it on. You can cool down quickly with this trick, even if you do feel a bit silly doing it.

Enjoy A Massage
Lots of spas offer special massages that are safe for pregnant women. If you’re struggling with the discomfort of pregnancy and you’re struggling with a lot of back pain, a massage could help a lot to make you feel more comfortable.

A massage with oils can also help to reduce pregnancy stretch marks and restore smooth skin. Spend some time pampering yourself with nice smelling oils to feel more relaxed, and reduce those stretch marks. You can use specific body oils, or just raid the kitchen cupboard for olive oil or coconut oil.

Head Off Heartburn
Many pregnant women experience severe heartburn which can be very uncomfortable. To avoid it, try eating more, smaller meals instead of three large ones. Avoid fried, spicy or rich foods, and try to drink less while you’re eating. If you’re really struggling, a shot of apple cider vinegar can work wonders for heartburn.

Eat Bananas
If you’re struggling with uncomfortable leg cramps, you can help to soothe them by having a glass of water and eating a banana. The potassium in the banana can help the cramps.

Invest In A Bra Extender
One of the most difficult parts of pregnancy can be getting dressed. Maternity clothes are expensive and it can be hard to work out what sizes will be comfortable. Bras are particularly difficult, even if you’re wearing maternity or nursing bras. A bra extender can be a lifesaver to give you a bit of extra room if you feel like your bra is too tight around your ribcage. Having a bit of extra space is a lot more comfortable.

Use Ginger
Ginger is known for its stomach-settling properties, making it a good friend to any pregnant woman. If you’re feeling nauseous, whether in the morning or not, snacking slowly on a ginger biscuit or sipping ginger ale can help a lot to settle your stomach. Keep ginger candies in your purse, and you can suck on them if you feel sick when you’re out and about.

If you don’t like ginger, watermelon is another favourite for pregnant women. Some people find that lemonade and potato chips work well too when you can’t keep anything else down.

Wear Workout Shoes
Convert your gym shoes into pregnancy shoes. The cushioned support in shoes designed for exercise are great for sore pregnant feet, and can help with a bad back too. If you’ve reached the point where bending over to tie your shoelaces is difficult, you can swap your laces for elastic laces which you can leave tied, converting your shoes into slip-ons, as the elastic will stretch when you pull the shoe on your foot. No bending over required.

Book All Your Appointments Early
While you’re pregnant, you’ll be going to see your Doctor a lot for different appointments to check on the health of you and your baby. When pregnancy brain sets in, it can be hard to remember to book all these different appointments, so book them all as soon as you know which appointments you’ll need when. This way, you won’t forget to book something important. If you book early, you’ll also have more choice of appointment times and have more time to arrange with work and other commitments to get the time off you need to see the Doctor.

Stock Up On Snacks
Pregnancy cravings can be intense. More than one Dad-to-be has made a panicked trip to the all-night garage at midnight to buy an important snack for his partner who is craving something that isn’t the fridge. To avoid this, keep a stash of common craving snacks in the fridge or freezer, ready to go. Pickles, french fries, ice cream and ginger beer are all common cravings, and are a good start for your snack stash.

Keep Kitchen Tongs In The Shower
Bending over gets more difficult the more pregnant you get. If you’re in the shower, dropping your shampoo or your washcloth while heavily pregnant can be very frustrating if you can’t bend down to pick it up again. Keep a set of kitchen tongs in the shower, and you can use them to grab whatever you’ve dropped, without having to bend over as far.

Stay Hydrated
Keeping well hydrated is important at the best of times, but it’s even more essential for the health of you and your baby. Try to drink plenty of water. You could keep a water bottle with you to remind you to keep sipping. If you’re finding it hard to drink enough water while also needing to wee a lot more often, you can boost your hydration with what you eat too. Eat foods with a high water content, like cucumber or radishes. You’ll be more hydrated without putting as much pressure on your bladder.

Try A Salt Soak For Your Feet
Swollen, bloated feet can be very uncomfortable, especially after a long time standing up. To reduce the swelling and soothe tired, aching feet, make up a soak with epsom salts or sea salt dissolved in warm water. Add a few drops of grapefruit essential oil for a refreshing soak that will make your feet feel as good as new.

Try Prenatal Yoga
Look for a yoga class designed for pregnant women. These classes are great for a number of reasons. Certain yoga poses can actually help with nausea, which you’ll be very thankful for in the midst of morning sickness. The class will be relaxing too if you’re finding the pregnancy stressful. You’ll be getting in a good workout, which will help you to maintain your fitness levels while pregnant, bounce back quicker after the birth, and you’ll be helping to stretch out sore muscles and joints from carrying around the bump. You’ll also be meeting other pregnant women, who can sympathise with your struggles. Having some friends who are also pregnant gives you someone to talk to who understands if you’re ever finding things difficult, or a bit overwhelming. You might even make friends for play dates when all the babies are born. Those friendships could be very valuable to you when you have a small baby and feel a bit lonely in the early days of parenthood. Your baby will also benefit from having some same aged company when they start to get a little older.