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Pregnancy Hacks to Make Your Life Easier

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Everyone talks about pregnancy as the most precious and beautiful time in a woman’s life. In reality, this is often far from the truth. Not only do complications of pregnancy threaten many women, making this time quite scary, being pregnant is not a practical thing.

Your feet are swollen, you find yourself trying to find balance, your growing belly starts getting between you and basically everything out there, and don’t get us started on morning sickness. Add to this the major ongoing changes happening to a woman’s body, the doubts, fears, and questions that rise up every day, and you get an instant headache. Aren’t there any pregnancy hacks out there to help ease maternity?

Well, since bringing life to this world is a hassle on its own, there should be some pregnancy hacks out there that make everything easier, right? We’ve found a few that we promise will make your life easier and your pregnancy more enjoyable.

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Store Your Bra in the Freezer

During hot days or through hot summer months, the last thing a pregnant woman wants to be is a sweaty blob walking under the sun. Not to mention, as your breasts grow, your nipples will start to bother you even more. Keep your bra in the freezer to help you stay cool and soothe your nipples.
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Rub Cooking Oils on Your Belly

If you’re worried about stretch marks, don’t worry. This pregnancy hack helps with that too. Many pregnant women experience itchiness in their belly. Instead of scratching all day long, rub cooking oils like coconut, olive, and avocado oils to keep your belly’s skin hydrated and calm.
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Invest in Elastic Shoelaces

At first, you won’t have an issue tying your choose. But once you hit the late second-trimester and enter your third, your belly will literally become a barrier between you and your feet. Instead of struggling to bend over and tie your shoes, pregnancy hacks such as swapping the shoelaces for elastic ones and turn them into a slip-on can be life-changing, we know.
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Use Henna to Dye Your Hair

If you can’t dye your hair the traditional way, don’t worry, your roots don’t have to suffer. Keep your hair color even and beautiful with henna, a natural semi-permanent way to dye your hair without the harsh chemicals that you must avoid during pregnancy.
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Keep Snacks on Your Nightstand

And eat them at 3:00 am. That’s right, keeping your favorite snacks by your nightstand means they’ll be easily available while you sleep. If you’re having morning sickness, set up an alarm to wake up around 3:00 am to eat a snack, in most cases, nausea is the result of an empty stomach.
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Turn Old Tank Tops into Belly Bands

As a mom-to-be you want to protect your belly no matter what. Sometimes your favorite blouses and tops will let your belly show, that’s where belly bands come handy. Instead of buying new ones, repurpose old tank tops by cutting the straps. You can embellish them with lace trims to make them match your different styles.
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Use a Hairband to Make Jeans More Comfortable

As your belly continues to grow, your jeans will get more and more uncomfortable. Pregnancy jeans can be quite expensive. Instead, use a hairband to expand your waistline just enough to help you stay comfortable. Don’t worry, you can cover your little pregnancy hack with your new belly band.
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Invest in Bra Extenders and a Sports Bra

Similar to pregnancy jeans, moms-to-be looking to find a comfortable bra are often surprised to find out how expensive these can get. Save some money by investing in bra extenders so you can keep using your favorite bras throughout your pregnancy. If you want to feel more comfortable, invest in soft sports bras that will give you comfort and support all day long.
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Stephany is a GR8NESS Contributing Editor who writes about pet care, CBD, stress, self care, meditation, time management, brain training, and natural remedies with a focus on the science behind it all. She has three dogs, three cats, walks half marathons, and practices yoga and powerlifting. You can often find her training her dogs or experimenting with new flavors in the kitchen.
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