Expecting a baby is one of the most exciting things that can happen in a woman’s life, but let’s face it: pregnancy can also bring about a host of aches and discomfort throughout every stage of the process. According to a study, two in three women experience sore muscles and lower back pain while they’re pregnant, while three in four women cope with insomnia during late pregnancy. To have a happy and healthy pregnancy, it’s important to find ways to relieve general discomfort and get enough sleep, and one way to do that is by changing your environment so that it suits your needs. By making your living space more functional and comfortable, you can enjoy all nine months of your pregnancy and look forward to the new addition to your family. Here are a few home makeover hacks for a happier and more comfortable pregnancy.
A Safer and More Functional Kitchen
This year, more people have started to adapt their homes to accommodate living in a stay at home world. Not only are homeowners creating beautiful home offices and carving out private spaces in their homes, but they’re also revamping their kitchens as they’re spending more time making meals instead of dining out. If you’re expecting a baby, having a well-designed and properly organised kitchen can make meal prep easier and safer for you, so while you’re in the early days of your pregnancy, relocate often-used kitchen tools and ingredients so they’re in an easy to reach spot. This way, you won’t have to step on a stool to get items or go to another area in your cooking space while you’re making meals. If you’re used to eating or preparing meals at the counter or kitchen island, replace your bar stool with a comfortable chair, or place a small café or folding table somewhere in the kitchen. Add a chair to this setup, and use it as your new meal prep or snack area.
Create a Restful Bedroom
Creating a soothing and restful environment is the key to getting better sleep while you’re pregnant. Invest in comfortable sheets, warm blankets, and a body pillow to make your bed more comfortable. Next, take anything out of the bedroom that is likely to distract you and prevent you from falling asleep, such as paperwork or electronics. Block out the harsh rays of the sun by installing blackout curtains, and if you like listening to music before bedtime, download soothing songs to lull you to sleep. Lastly, place a washable, non-skid rug or carpet on the floor to keep your toes warm and to absorb sound. Now you have a calm and beautiful space that’s conducive to restful sleep.
Don’t Forget the Bathroom
Pregnancy means that you’ll have to use the bathroom more often than you did before, so take some time to make it as nice and comfortable as possible. Replace worn out toilet seats with new ones, and place a pregnancy kit on the counter. Your kit should include antacids for the inevitable heartburn, mints, and your vitamins so you’ll be reminded to take them every day. Put down non-slip mats to prevent any accidents in the bathroom, and replace your bar soap with liquid soap so you don’t have to bend down to retrieve it if you accidentally drop it while showering. Consider having a shower seat installed too to reduce the chances of slipping while in the shower.
Making your home safer and more comfortable for your pregnancy is one of the best ways to stay healthy and happy while you’re expecting. Try these tips to makeover your home and enjoy all the stages of your pregnancy in comfort.
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Sara is now a freelance writer who pens pieces on parenting, and lifestyle but prior to this she worked as an holistic therapist and took a keen interest in diet and fitness. She lives with her partner and their daughter and a menagerie of pets