5 Ways to Look and Feel Your Best During Pregnancy
Whether you’ve been planning this pregnancy for years, or you’ve found yourself expecting quite unexpectedly, by now you’ve come to the realization that your priorities have shifted. Instead of caring for yourself only, you now have a little growing life that comes first.
However, just because your baby comes first, it doesn’t mean that you come in last. Caring for yourself is just as important as caring for your baby. By adopting the following five suggestions, you’ll look and, more importantly, feel your best throughout your pregnancy.
Purchase maternity clothes
Many women try to make their current wardrobe work for them as long as possible, and then only buy a couple of maternity items that they then wear over and over.
While it may feel like a waste to purchase clothing that you’ll only wear during your pregnancy, it’s important to remind yourself that you deserve to look and feel like yourself during this time.
The transition to becoming a mom can be scary – particularly if you feel like you’re giving up your identity. Head out to the store and browse the rack of maternity dresses for date night. You deserve it!
Engage in modified movement
Getting back into exercise is difficult at the best of times, but even more so if you’re experiencing morning sickness and all the other unpleasant physical symptoms of pregnancy.
While pregnancy may not be the right time to get into the best shape of your life, pushing yourself to engage in some sort of movement each day will benefit both your physical and mental health, as well as the health of the baby.
Even if you just go for a thirty-minute walk each day, you’ll reap the benefits of exercise. Just make sure to modify your intensity and avoid pushing yourself too hard or lying on your stomach and back during strength-based workouts.
Go for prenatal massages
If you’ve always wanted to go for regular massages but found yourself to be rather indulgent for even considering such a notion, now is your opportunity to act on it without guilt.
Prenatal massages can help with pregnancy-related pain, soreness, and swelling. It can also help you sleep better at night.
Avoid online research
If you’re a new mom, you may feel the need to browse Google, YouTube, and social media for all the pregnancy and motherhood tips you can get your hands on.
It is highly recommended that you avoid doing too much research. Stick to talking with medical professionals when seeking information, as the internet can be a toxic place for mothers. Opinion on the ‘right’ way to mother a child differs from person to person, and reading too much of this material can put your mental health at risk.
Use stress-management resources
When you begin to feel overwhelmed, make time to use a stress-management resource that works for you. If you don’t know what that is, now is a great time to explore options. Resources may include journaling, venting to close and respected friends and family, having a bath or going to the spa, watching your favorite television show, or reading a good book.
While pregnancy is an exciting time, it can also be a stressful time. Recognize when you need time to unwind and act on it.