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    16 Pregnancy Hacks That Are Sheer Genius

    Nine months never went by so fast.

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    1. If you have swollen pregnancy feet, soak them in tonic water.

    Cold or room-temperature tonic water reduces swelling in feet and ankles. The quinine reduces inflammation and the bubbles soothe sore feet.

    2. Make your own electrolyte solution freezie pops to help prevent nausea.

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    They will taste good and soothe your throat as well.

    3. Use a hair tie or rubber band as an expander for your jeans.

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    Loop the hair tie through the buttonhole and hook it onto the button. You can use this hack as a zipper extender, too.

    4. Use an inner tube if you want to sleep on your belly.

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    This hack will help relax your back and shoulders as well.

    5. Eat six dates a day to help induce natural labor.

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    Although this hasn’t been proven definitively to work, there have been studies that support the idea that eating six dates a day helps women go into labor spontaneously and have a shorter first phase.

    6. Use kinesio tape to relieve discomfort during your pregnancy.

    This tape helps lift the skin and promote better blood circulation. Check out Diary of a Fit Mommy for a breakdown of ways the sports tape can help with pain.

    7. Stick your bra in the freezer if you find yourself hot all the time.

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    This one is just so cool.

    8. If Tums aren't working, try drinking some apple cider vinegar to help reduce heartburn.

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    The acetic acid in apple cider vinegar actually has several health benefits.

    9. Relieve muscle cramps with some prenatal yoga.

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    Placing your legs against the wall helps drain your legs of extra fluid that could be causing cramps.

    10. Make your own belly band to cover up jeans that you can no longer button. It will also add length to your tops.

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    Follow this tutorial from A Beautiful Mess to make your own.

    11. Get yourself a grabber or a pair of tongs to help reach things.

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    It's just really handy when your pregnancy is exhausting you, TBH.

    12. Alleviate back pain with an exercise ball.

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    The exercise ball helps take pressure off your lower back and pelvis.

    13. Buy "bra-back extenders" and wear the bras you already own instead of buying maternity bras.

    The extenders add that extra room you need around your chest and are about a fourth of the price of buying a maternity bra.

    14. If you have cramps, try eating a banana or drinking some electrolyte water.

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    Low potassium and decreased levels of electrolytes can cause cramping.

    15. Use an ice pack strap to help hold up a heavy baby bump.

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    You can put it under your shirt and no one will even know!

    16. And, finally, use your bump as a table for your snacks.

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    Because of course.