Pregnancy is one of the most beautiful experiences of life, but that doesn’t mean the journey is an easy one. We’ve heard all the common issues that women deal with — cramps, heartburn, difficulty sleeping, swollen feet… the list goes on and on. And these symptoms can affect any woman, including your favorite celebrities. While pregnant celebs might have more resources to make their experience easier (like taking luxurious babymoons), they often utilize the same hacks and tips to make pregnancy go more smoothly. We’ve rounded up some unique pregnancy hacks to help alleviate the most common symptoms and situations.
Pregnancy tips and hacks
Sometimes you just need a good old-fashioned life hack to handle some of the difficulties of pregnancy. These tried-and-true hacks from everyday moms and celebrity mothers are sure to help you get through some of the challenges.
1. Try motion sickness bands for another nausea hack
Morning sickness (which can actually occur any time of the day) is one of the most common symptoms of pregnancy. Many celebrity mamas have been open about their struggles with morning sickness — some of them more serious than others. During her first pregnancy, Kate Middleton was actually hospitalized for hyperemesis gravidarum, or severe morning sickness. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to help alleviate the feeling of nausea. Ginger candies are known to help, and Tia Mowry actually wore motion sickness bands to help with hers!
2. Hair ties to extend zippers
To get the most out of your current wardrobe before shelling out for maternity clothes, try using a hair tie to extend your pant zippers and buttons. Loop a hair tie through the buttonhole and hook the other end onto the actual button. This will give you a few more inches of room before you have to swap for maternity clothing, and save you some money too.
3. Tongs in the shower
Your kitchen utensils can be useful in other rooms too! If you drop something in the shower like a loofah or bottle of shampoo, it can be difficult to lean down and pick it up with your gorgeous growing belly in the way. Keeping a pair of tongs in the shower (or any type of grabbing device) can help you pick up those items without worrying about falling over.
4. You can still eat deli meats
There are many do’s and don’ts to keep track of during your pregnancy. One of the most common concerns for women is what they are able to eat, and what they should avoid. Deli meats is one type of food that doctors typically recommend avoiding due to concerns of the bacteria listeria potentially being present. Kristin Cavallari shared a great hack so pregnant women can still eat deli meats — if you microwave it for about 30 seconds, it will kill any bacteria so you can safely enjoy a sandwich.
5. Calcium and magnesium are your best friend
Over the course of your pregnancy, your doctor will surely recommend a variety of supplements and vitamins to help keep you in the best possible health. Two minerals that you should consider taking are calcium and magnesium, which you can find together in one dietary supplement Cal-Mag. Some have said that it helps reduce leg cramps, aids with sleeplessness, and can also help your babies bones grow stronger.
6. Carry a pregnancy survival kit
We all know that cravings can strike at any moment while you’re pregnant. Similar to how you may prepare a hospital bag before you go into labor, creating a pregnancy survival kit ensures you’re prepared at any time. In a small toiletry bag, pack snacks (and lots of chocolate), tissues, panty liners, antacid tablets — anything you may need at a moment’s notice. Keep the kit in your car or purse so it’s always nearby!
7. Caffeine can actually help common symptoms
While health practitioners may advise to avoid or limit your caffeine intake, some data actually shows that caffeine can be beneficial. When Katherine Heigl was pregnant, she was suffering from sinus issues, headaches and the common swollen feet. Because caffeine can reduce inflammation and help with water retention, her OB/GYN recommended a cup of coffee in the morning to alleviate the symptoms she was experiencing. It worked, and her baby boy was born perfectly healthy.
8. Prenatal yoga can help with nausea
Gwyneth Paltrow was one of the first celebrities to popularize prenatal yoga during her pregnancy with her first child. Many models also opt for yoga throughout their pregnancy, including Gisele and Miranda Kerr. Eva Longoria was candid throughout her pregnancy about how uncomfortable she felt at times, but continued her yoga practice to help alleviate some of that discomfort. However, it is important to check with your doctor how much physical activity is safe for your during pregnancy, as it varies for everyone.
9.Sports tape to alleviate pain
Kinesiology tape is an elastic therapeutic tape that athletes commonly use to treat, recover and prevent injuries. It also promotes better blood circulation, and can even help train your body into posture correction. With the discomfort and pain that often occurs with pregnancy, sports tape can help alleviate those symptoms for some much-needed relief. It’s recommended that a trainer or physical therapist helps you with the tape the first time.
10. Try different oils for more comfort
Celebrities swear by the benefits of various oils throughout pregnancy to help reduce the appearance of stretch marks — coconut oil is especially effective. However, oils can help alleviate other pregnancy symptoms and discomfort. Jessica Alba would rely on lavender oils to help with stress, and Miranda Kerr used rosehip oil from her KORA beauty line to prevent stretch marks. Plus, rosehip oil is full of antioxidants and essential fatty acids to keep your skin healthier overall.
What is a babymoon?
Even with all the hacks in the world, sometimes what you really need is a relaxing break away from all of life’s stressors. A babymoon is a relaxing getaway that parents-to-be take before they welcome their new bundle of joy into the world. This trip is the perfect way to enjoy some alone time with your partner (or friends, or whoever you want to join you!) and indulge in yourselves.
Celebrities’ babymoon destinations
From tropical sanctuaries to bustling cities, these stars indulged in getaways before celebrating the new motherhood chapter of their lives. Not only are these trips an opportunity to relax and enjoy the company of their partners and friends, it is also a chance for these mamas-to-be to get away from the paparazzi and relish in their pregnancy privately.
Khloe Kardashian, Japan
It might not be the location that immediately comes to mind when you think of a relaxing trip, but Khloe Kardashian jetted off to Japan with her sisters Kim and Kourtney before the arrival of her baby girl. While she received some backlash for traveling when eight months pregnant, Khloe’s cultural tour of Kyoto included tours of bamboo groves and indulging in her main pregnancy craving of noodles.
Kate Hudson, Italy
Kate Hudson and boyfriend Danny Fujikawa enjoyed a romantic getaway to Italy before the birth of their daughter Rani Rose. The two spent the summer of 2018 blissfully traveling Europe without work commitments, giving them plenty of time to unplug and spend quality time alone together (though Kate’s mother Goldie Hawn did join them in Greece!).
Olivia Wilde, Hawaii
Before the birth of her second child, Olivia Wilde along with longtime partner Jason Sudeikis and their son Otis headed to Maui for a few days of fun in the sun. Olivia posted on her Instagram of herself enjoying a luxurious outdoor bath during the trip — what could be more relaxing than that?
Beyonce, Bora Bora
It comes as no surprise that Queen Bey went all-out for her babymoon before giving birth to twins Rumi and Sir Carter. To make the trip even more special, Beyonce and Jay-Z used it as an opportunity to celebrate their anniversary. The Carters spent five luxurious days on a secluded island in Bora Bora, relaxing and taking in quiet time.