I’m pregnant with baby two, and these are My Top 10 Pregnancy Hacks, essentials and hacks to help you survive every pregnancy! Natural essentials for relaxation, stress, acid reflux, leg cramps, aches and pains. You need these in your life if you are planning to get pregnant or you are currently pregnant!
Pregnant or not, we all struggle with heartburn and reflux at some point. This is something that I struggled with during my first pregnancy, and it’s come back during my second pregnancy (yay me). A calcium magnesium supplement in liquid form has helped me so much! It’s a milky supplement with different flavours (I like vanilla). Not only does it taste good, but it coats your throat and stomach and is very soothing. It’s fast acting and almost immediately takes away acid reflux and heartburn. Obviously, with any vitamin or supplement, check with your healthcare providers. During my first pregnancy, I asked my pregnancy healthcare team and was given the okay to take this supplement. I will forever have this product in our medicine cabinet.
Sea bands are wristbands that you wear with a button designed to put pressure on the acupressure point on your wrists to help eliminate/reduce nausea and those sea-sickness feelings. I have worn these a lot, and I can’t tell you how much these bands have helped me. They are an inexpensive and natural, non-medicated way to help with nausea. You can also use them in the car if you are prone to car sickness, planes or boats.
One lovely symptom many people experience during pregnancy and postpartum is urinary incontinence. This is normal, and I don’t think enough people are discussing this symptom. The urinary incontinence has been a lot worse this pregnancy than my first pregnancy. My pelvic floor is not as strong as it was during my first pregnancy. I have an appointment booked with a pelvic floor physiotherapist as I cannot recommend going to see one enough. It helped so much during and after my first pregnancy and I plan to do the same with this pregnancy.
During my first pregnancy, I wore disposable underwear postpartum and had that extra layer of protection while my body was going through big changes and healing from birth. It allowed me to take care of the newborn without worrying about unexpected leaks. These will definitely be packed in my hospital bag.
I deal with restless legs during pregnancy or achy legs at night. I have found that using a magnesium balm or spray has helped soothe my legs and calmed that throbbing feeling. It’s almost the same as taking an Epsom salt bath but much more convenient. I use this everything single night, and if I don’t, I immediately realize I have forgotten. It works, and it’s one of my must-have items while pregnant.
Even if you don’t want to (or can’t) workout while pregnant, stretching is something most people can do safely in some form. Obviously, if you have any issues, please check with your healthcare provider before starting any stretches or new exercises. Doing daily stretches has helped me mentally and physically, it has helped me with managing my migraines. You can find a lot of free resources online that are geared towards all levels. I really enjoy using yoga blocks, foam rollers and yoga boasters (If you don’t have one, you can roll up a blanket or a pillow). There are a lot of things you can do at home and for free without purchasing the accessories.
Regardless of your diet, ensuring you get enough protein is important. My stomach won’t settle at the end of the day unless I’ve had enough protein. If I don’t get enough protein during the day, I find that I become so nauseous. Eating foods like Greek yogurt, boiled eggs, and lupini beans has been a great source of protein.
I fill my tumbler up with ice and add an electrolyte packet (just a little bit, not the whole packet) and water. I will drink this drink throughout the day or right after a sweaty workout to rehydrate. I’ve noticed that If I drink my ice-cold water when I start to get nauseous, the nauseous starts to subside a bit. I’ve also found it helpful with any dizzy spells caused by low blood pressure during pregnancy and making it easier to drink water all day long.
I didn’t know about ginger capsules during my first pregnancy, but I started using them before I became pregnant for the second time. I started using them for headaches and menstrual symptoms and fell in love with how they worked. During my pregnancy, these have been a great natural remedy for headaches, nausea, and vomiting.) Using ginger capsules with some ice on my head has really helped with my pregnancy migraines that have popped up here and there.
When you’re pregnant, all you want and need is really good sleep. You can only sleep on your side, and I find myself switching back and forth all night. Once you start sleeping with a pillow between your knees, you won’t go back (I promise). Since I’ve started to sleep with a pillow between my legs, I’ve had fewer aches and pains. This is a free thing you can do to help improve your alignment and quality of sleep throughout the night, whether you are pregnant or not.
This is something that I started doing this winter religiously. I started to do this during the colder seasons because I learned the benefits and how it can help reduce colds and flus/help hydrate your skin. When you’re pregnant, you’re prone to pregnancy congestion. If I don’t have my humidifier on throughout the night while I’m sleeping, I will wake up with my sinuses so dry and congested. Get yourself a humidifier and notice the difference for yourself.
This wraps up all of my pregnancy must-haves, hacks and faves! I hope that this was helpful for you and provided some ideas for natural remedies and products to make pregnancy easier. If you have any suggestions for pregnancy must-haves, leave a comment below and let me know!
If you’re looking for more pregnancy content, check out my blog, The Ultimate Pregnancy Night Time Routine and Hospital Bag Checklist: What To Pack Plus Free Download