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19 Hacks Every Pregnant Woman Needs To Know

...If you're pregnant. Or really full.

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1. Hair ties are your pants' new best friend.

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Get longer-term use out of the jeans you already own by looping a hair tie or rubber band through the buttonhole and hooking it onto the button. Works great as a zipper extender, too.

2. DIY a belly band out of a tank top to add extra length to your tops without piling on the sweaty layers.

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Follow this tutorial from A Beautiful Mess to DIY your own. Or you could just go for it with the maternity pants early to get the most bang for your buck. They really are super comfy.

7. Some states will issue you a temporary disabled parking placard.

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You'll need a doctor's note, which usually won't come until late in your pregnancy, but it's helpful when walking long stretches becomes painful.

12. Keep a list handy so when someone says "Is there anything I can do for you?" you can respond with a confident "yes!"

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There are tons of things you'll want to have in order before the baby is born. Accept help wherever it is offered. Even if the answer is pre-stocking diapers or having some diaper balm in the house so you're not running to the drugstore at 3 a.m. with a crying baby, you'll be glad you said yes.

14. Buy some comfy, up-sized joggers at the beginning of your pregnancy that will double as transition clothes when the baby is born.

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You'll "transition" into maternity clothes just like you'll "transition" out of them. Using the same clothes for both will save you money.

This pair is just one of many from Asos.

16. There's a lot of extra blood flow to your lady areas during this time, so it's a good idea to use a little numbing spray before you go for a wax.

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Not that you have to wax, ever. But I can tell you from experience it's nice not to have to deal with hair if you're all stitched up from front to back. ;)

17. While you're at the drugstore, get yourself some Cal-Mag.

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Cal-Mag is kind of your new best friend. Some mamas say it can calm leg cramps, aid with sleeplessness, help in prevention of preeclampsia, and even keep you a little calmer.