It’s no secret pregnancy feels uncomfortable at times. You can experience first trimester morning sickness, second trimester body aches, third trimester varicose veins, or just an all-around rough pregnancy.
We provide a few ways to be more comfortable during pregnancy below.
You need to stay hydrated to maintain your baby’s health and yours. Although frequent urination is a common occurrence during pregnancy, it’s good for you.
You can check your urine’s color to gauge if you’re properly hydrated. Pale or colorless urine indicates a well-hydrated body.
Drinking enough water also helps with your circulation, and it can help reduce cramps. As annoying as running to the bathroom every hour may be, it helps you in the long run!
Find a clothing option that works for you
You have many options for pregnancy clothing these days. You can get a belly band that allows you to keep wearing your normal pants for much longer—some women can even use a belly band and their regular pants throughout their entire pregnancies.
Another option is maternity clothes. You can get pants made specifically for pregnant people that will stretch with your belly. Others opt for large clothing or leggings with a larger waistband. You have countless ways to keep your clothing comfortable as you grow; try some out, and find what works for you.
Your breasts may also swell and/or become sore. Your regular bra may not work, or provide the most support, for your changing needs anymore. Some pregnant people find high-support sports bras helpful, while others opt for wraps or traditional bras. Find a bra that works for you and your changing needs.
Try compression socks
During the second trimester, it’s common for your feet to swell. As you approach the third, varicose veins could become a problem.
Compression socks or tights could help ease your swelling and pain. There are many different compression levels, but most lower ones don’t require a prescription. Make sure to measure for the right fit for maximum comfort.
Talk to your doctor if you experience severe varicose veins or unmanageable swelling. If the compression socks don’t help, the doctor may recommend a higher compression level.
Invest in a body pillow
While you may not see the need for a body pillow right when you find out you’re expecting, come trimester two, you’ll be glad you got one.
As the baby grows, you grow, and you want to give yourself some extra support while sleeping. If the body pillow doesn’t help, try a pregnancy wedge or a pregnancy body pillow (yes, these exist, and they’re awesome).
If all else fails, and you still can’t get comfortable in bed, switch it up. Try a recliner chair or your couch. Where you sleep is not nearly as important as how well you sleep. Sleeping will ease your fatigue and keep you more comfortable.