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Some people love being pregnant- I was not one of them. I loved the fact that my body was creating a tiny person for my husband and I to love and create a family with. I loved feeling my baby move inside my tummy. I also loved seeing him during ultrasounds and dreaming of what he would look like and our lives together. The uncomfortable symptoms however- that I did not love. Read on for a list of items that truly helped relieve uncomfortable symptoms through my pregnancy.
To combat discomfort:
Leachco Back ‘N Belly Contoured Body Pillow– I am putting this as number one because that’s how much I love it. Four and a half months after my baby was born and I still cuddle up with it every night and haven’t brought myself to put it in storage yet.
This pillow is supportive in all the right ways. It supports your growing belly, your back, and allows you to have the pillow in between your knees for added comfort. This definitely helped to ease the discomfort of sleeping. Towards the end especially, it is so hard to get comfortable to go to sleep and this pillow was a life saver.
2.) Maternity Belt– Yes, I know it looks silly but when your belly starts to get bigger, it truly does help to add support which decreases lower back pain. Sitting in an office chair for 8 hours a day, I began suffering from lower back pain and this really did help. If you are planning on sitting for an extended period of time- like at work, wear one of these belts.
If you are walking a lot during the day and wear this, you can definitely tell a difference when you wear it as compared to when you do not. I walked for several hours shopping with my mother and it helped so much when I was wearing the belt.
3.) Heating Pad – I loved my heating pad during my pregnancy. I kept one in the office and one at home. Adding some low heat definitely helps to ease your back pain. I checked with my doctor- the heat will not harm the baby (yes I was very paranoid when pregnant about anything I used on my body or ate).
4.) A good massage. If you cannot go out and get a massage regularly (I couldn’t!) then a Back Roller Massage Ball like this one that you can use yourself by rolling on your neck and upper shoulders can help loosen your tight muscles.
I also absolutely love my Naturalico Shiatsu Massager . You hold the straps and move the massager slowly down your neck, shoulders, and back. It is amazing because it has a heat option as well and rotating balls that really knead your aching muscles.
5.) Move all of your uncomfortable shoes towards the back of your closet and get yourself some comfy, supportive shoes. By the third trimester, my feet were really starting to hurt. My mom told me to stop wearing flats and get some comfy shoes. I bought these Sketchers Memory Foam Moccasins and they are so comfy and supportive. Added bonus- they are also slip on. When you have a huge belly, it gets increasingly hard to bend over to tie your shoes. Granted, most of the time I made my husband do it for me but still, he wasn’t always home and then I had to struggle by myself.
To combat nausea:
I was nauseous for the entire first half of my pregnancy and sporadically through the rest. I worked in an office and my workspace was far from the bathroom and I also had to participate in several meetings a day over phone, skype, and in person making it pretty difficult to run to the bathroom. This being said I had to find things to control my nausea.
1.) Preggie Pop Drops– These truly do help. They are little candies that you suck on. I always popped one in my mouth before a meeting if I felt nauseated.
2.) Lemon- I always kept a large cup of water next to me with a slice of lemon. When you are feeling nauseous, take small sips of your lemon water to help ease the symptoms. Lemon water also helped me drink tons of water which is super important while you are pregnant, especially if you are throwing up a lot. If you are not able to keep water down, call your doctor ASAP.
3.) Ginger root- I bought fresh ginger root from the store, peeled it, and cut it in slices. I put a slice of ginger root and juice from about 1/3 of a lemon in boiling water and made a tea. I would also sometimes make actual tea like chamomile and put this in there as well. It really does help tremendously. I would always make myself a glass before a meeting and have it next to me to sip on.
These were my top items that helped the most in combating uncomfortable pregnancy symptoms. Have anything else to add that helped you the most with your pregnancy symptoms? Let me know in the comments section! I love new tips and might have to try it with baby #2!
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