Pregnancy is one of the most beautiful experiences that a woman can have. I am a mother of three and I have experienced all the different ups and downs that occurs. Being pregnant, especially if you still work, may cause you to forget about you. We are so concerned about what our baby needs before the bundle of joy even arrives, that we forget about our very own needs. Lol.
It is important for us as women and moms, especially during pregnancy, that we do not forget to take care of ourselves. We must remember that if our mind, body, and spirit are not equally balanced or in a good space, we cannot possibly care for others. This is something I learned the more I had kids. Self-care is a priority in a woman’s transition from pregnancy, postpartum, and motherhood.
So, I want to provide expecting moms with some self-care tips during pregnancy that will help you thrive, have less anxiety, and of course feel great!
Growing a baby can be very exhausting especially during the first trimester. So, it is vital that you get plenty of sleep at night so that your body can get the energy it needs. Once I stopped working and went on maternity leave, I used to take catnaps throughout the day. If someone was looking for me, they might find me wrapped up in a warm blanket on the couch, falling asleep to my music or favorite tv program.
Exercising regularly is the key to feeling better even on your most challenging days. Exercise releases endorphins which are the “feel-good hormone” that gives you a boost in energy. I enjoyed walking “Scooter, my dog. Low impact dance or exercise classes are also great. Let us not forget about yoga and swimming either.
§ Eat Well
Try to eat foods that have low sugar, especially when you are exhausted. A well-balanced diet will help give you the energy you need. During the first trimester it is important to snack frequently as this will help with nausea and vomiting. During my second pregnancy, I suffered from morning sickness morning, noon, and night. That was the worst. Eating small snacks throughout the day tended to help a little.
§ Take a Trip
Take a nice trip or go somewhere fun. You do not have to catch a plane or a train. I am sure there are close little quaint cities near you that you would enjoy visiting for hours or even a day. Doing things you enjoy will help you to breathe freely and have less stress and anxiety, which is key to a healthy pregnancy.
§ Pamper Time
Are you a massage person or mani pedi? If so, book that appointment and enjoy one. I loved prenatal massages and a good pedicure during all my pregnancies. It helped to relax me and relieved my stress. I felt great afterwards. Afterall, your body deserves to be pampered as you are carrying the most precious gift ever!
§ Nice Relaxing Bath
This is the greatest! There is nothing better than a soothing, warm bubble bath. I would go all out with this one. It would take me 15 minutes just to set the mood right with candles, music, oils and lotions, e-books, or a good podcast. A snack or two would not hurt either. Whatever you need to get the vibe and energy right for you.
§ TIME WITH SIGNIFICANT OTHER
Always find the time to enjoy some alone time with your spouse or partner before arrival of the baby. The oxytocin another “feel-good hormone” is important during pregnancy. My husband and I would make it a point to have a “date night” at least once a week. Make time before baby, because it is important to share these moments with each other as well as bond during the pregnancy.