You sit and your feet swell. You stand and not only do your feet still swell, your back starts hurting as well. You lay down and your giant belly makes it impossible to turn over and your hips, which are now loose in the socket, start aching. Is it even possible to get comfortable while pregnant?
The First Trimester
Morning sickness is a lie. You either have it all day or not at all. If you don't have it at all, never tell anyone else – you'll just be jinxing yourself for later. There isn't much to do with the bloat except wear looser clothing. Keeping things away from your belly helps so go ahead and put away the tight jeans – you won't need them for awhile anyway. The sickness is a different matter.
If you simply feel nauseous, try to identify ways to soothe it. For some women, eating more can help. A belly with food in it helps keep the sickness away. For others, eating can bring on more nausea or even the dreaded vomiting, so you eat smaller portions. Sometimes there are magic foods like crackers or fruit that can help, but the only way to find what works for you is experimentation. Of course, if you are vomiting frequently, you need to visit with your doctor to find relief because you can get dehydrated and hurt yourself and the baby.
The Second Trimester
Enjoy your fun! Be aware though, that your body is still gearing up for delivering a baby. That means your ligaments might be loosening up and your joints might not be able to support heavy lifting. It's also common to get a bit of back pain from shifting your weight as your belly grows. Take it easy with the exercise and remember to stand up straight. This might also be a good time to give up high heels and find some nice supportive shoes (with room to grow) to help support the growing belly.
The Third Trimester
Second trimester clothes may not cut it in the third trimester. With huge bellies and even larger breasts, many pregnant women break down in the interest of comfort. Don't be afraid to buy bigger bras if you need them. You can use the extra support and things aren't getting smaller up to for awhile still.
Cute clothes may not stay up any longer, or if you, like most pregnant women, gain weight all over, you just don't fit in them anymore. Comfort is key. There is no shame in the full panel pants and loose fitting shirts. Get what will stay up and keep the belly covered. You will be uncomfortable enough without having to yank your pants up and your shirt down after every step you take. Early in the third trimester, buy big – you have no idea just how much belly you'll have to cover at the end.
The Last Six Weeks
You may start swelling, and there may not be much you can do about it. Some of the swelling is water, which may reduce if you limit salt and drink lots of extra water to flush it out. The swelling in your feet through, may actually be all of that extra blood in your body, so sit back and put your feet up every now and again to get circulation back up.
Overall, the best thing you can do to ease the aches and pains of the last few weeks is to relax and recline as much as possible. Put your feet up in your husband's recliner and don't be ashamed to wear what fits and is comfortable. There are plenty of cute flip flops out there that fit swelling (and sweating) feet, and your husband's shirts may offer more coverage than even the largest maternity shirt.
Spending time in the pool or in a warm (not hot!) bath might take some of the pressure off your joints and spine as well. Pillows are a pregnant woman's best friend and she should have several for her head, back, belly, and hips. You may even consider bringing those pillows with you to the hospital where hospital beds and of course labor will make the discomfort of pregnancy a pleasant memory.
Pillows, flip flops, giant clothes and water aside, the best way to feel comfortable during pregnancy is to rest and simply focus on the baby inside. Lay on your left side and count those kicks, but while you do, smile and remember that you are going to be a mommy soon, and all of your discomfort is providing the most comfortable place and best care a little one could hope to have.
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