From morning sickness to swollen feet and constipation, preparing for the ‘miracle of life’ can sometimes feel like a mighty ask. Your body is doing some amazing things to accommodate its new little guest, but as all mums know, it takes its toll.
Luckily, there are certain things you can do to amp up your comfort levels in a big way. Below, we’ve rounded up six of the best ways for expectant mums to feel as comfortable as possible during their nine month journey…
#1 Buy some belly butter
As your baby bump grows, the skin on your tummy will stretch and tighten, which combined with dry skin, can potentially become itchy or irritated. Avoid dry and itchy skin by applying a rich and nourishing belly butter like Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter or Wild Ferns Honey Babe Mummy’s Tummy Butter.
#2 Purchase a pregnancy pillow
Sleeping can be a tough slog when you’re pregnant (usually from about 20 weeks on). You know the drill: you wake up feeling nauseous, spend the whole day on your swollen feet and just can’t wait to drop your exhausted body into bed. But then, you get there and can’t find one comfortable position. Not one. Between your sore back and heavy belly, it can feel impossible. That’s why you need a pregnancy pillow. When you lie on your side, pregnancy pillows provide support for your hips and back so you can (finally) sleep soundly.
#3 Support your sensitive breasts
Not only do your boobs get bigger (and a whole lot heavier) during pregnancy, they also get more sensitive. It’s all part of your pregnancy hormones prepping your breasts for breastfeeding but, obviously, increased tenderness isn’t comfortable. That’s why a wireless bra with soft cups and wide straps will be your best friend throughout pregnancy. Just make sure it’s still supportive, you don’t want to have to deal with breast sagging or back and shoulder pain – you’ve got enough on your plate!
#4 Maternity jeans are a must-have
Every woman knows that frustrated can’t-find-anything-to-wear feeling. And the bigger your bump gets, the smaller your wardrobe becomes. The last thing you want to do is squeeze into something tight but you also don’t want to feel frumpy. The solution? Maternity clothes that are made to feel comfortableand look cute.
Get your hands on the Jeanswest Ulla Maternity Skinny ⅞ Jeans and thank us later. They’re a chic skinny leg style designed to flatter your figure. Plus, the elasticised tummy band supports and comforts your belly as it grows (and even after you’ve had the baby!). Sweating through a summer pregnancy? No need to stress, you can get maternity shorts too. The adjustable Jeanswest Emmy Maternity Hot Shorts in Ice Pink are a super-fun summer staple.
#5 Make time for a pregnancy massage
Your abdominal muscles, back, shoulders and neck can all have extra stress put on them during pregnancy and one way to alleviate the aches and pains is through pregnancy massage. Studies have shown that massages during pregnancy can be beneficial for the lymphatic system, stress hormones, muscles and blood flow. Just make sure you chat with your doctor first and go to a qualified therapist so they know where they should and shouldn’t target. beautyheaven loves endota spa Pregnancy Massage.
#6 Stock up on compression socks
Part of what helps your baby grow during pregnancy is a bunch of extra blood flowing through your body. Great for the baby! But not always great for you. The extra blood can result in swollen feet, ankles and varicose veins. So stock up on compression socks (the kind you’d wear on long haul flights) to relieve any swelling and pain.
Comfortable maternity jeans aren’t the only cute clothing pieces you’ll need during pregnancy. To check out the rest of the award-winning Jeanswest maternity clothing range, head to https://www.jeanswest.com.au/en-au/maternity
How did you stay comfortable during pregnancy? Have you tried any of the tricks above?