Self-care for moms to be
Congrats, you are pregnant! These coming months are going to be like a rollercoaster for you. At times it might feel as if there is simply not time enough to prepare for the arrival of your little one. However, in these crucial times it is so important that you don’t forget “yourself”. Before you start furnishing the baby room, you need to make sure that ‘’you’’ are your number one priority and take good care of yourself. In this blog we will provide you with the best tips and tricks to make the journey of your pregnancy run smoothly!
Growing a baby requires lots of energy. So taking lots of rest while being pregnant is really important. Remember that you are not only responsible for yourself anymore but also for the precious little one inside you. One of the symptoms of pregnancy is feeling tired all the time and you can completely blame your hormones for this. So, during this time sleep is very tempting to you. That’s why now is the time to take sleep seriously! The best way is to sleep overnight but your body does not always allow this. In that case, still try to take naps during the day if possible or at least sit with your legs up and eyes closed for stimulation of the blood flow as your blood pressure and sugar will be low during the first trimester. Don’t worry, this will only be during your first trimester. When your second trimester starts, you will feel that you are getting your energy back.
As important as taking rest is, it is equally crucial to also exercise and move your body. By doing so your body will release the hormones endorphins which will make you feel good and enhance your mood. In fact, the more active you are, the more easy your body will find it to adjust to physical pregnancy changes such as weight gain and changing shapes. Not only that, it will also be easier to get back in shape after your delivery. However, don’t feel insecure about your physical appearance after you have given birth. It is absolutely okay to have put on weight and feel absolutely different, I mean you just put a human on earth and those extra kilos can look super gorgeous!
However, don’t tire yourself and try to keep up with your pregnancy process. It is absolutely normal to slow down as you come further in your pregnancy. There are multiple sports such as yoga and aerobics that have a positive impact on your health and mind. Nowadays there are also special group lessons for pregnant woman only. Have a look at those as they will be especially based on pregnancy exercises. You will also get to know other pregnant woman with whom you can relate.
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We know that during your pregnancy you will have several mood swings where you will feel like going crazy if you don’t get what you want to eat. However, it is super important that you keep eating nutritious food throughout your pregnancy. This contributes to further brain development and also the growth of the baby. It is not only beneficial for your baby but also for you as nutritious food helps to reduce risks and symptoms such as vomiting, cravings and nauseousness. Check out some wonderful healthy recipes.
Relax your mind
We live in a busy world where stress is a common thing. In this coming period you might feel stressed about the changes that are taking place in your life right now however, try not to do this as it can have an unpleasant effect on your physical and mental health. Take a warm deep bath surrounded by candles and get that peace. Try to divert your mind by meditating and also don’t be afraid to speak about it with someone like your partner or midwife. You might have questions and doubts on what you can expect, don’t walk around overthinking and relieve your heart. Also, keep yourself distracted by preparing for the arrival of your little one.
We know that you might feel exhausted at times and don’t feel like leaving the house at all, but still take a moment to go out. It can be just for a walk or sit in the sun but once in a while you need to get out and get some fresh air. Go to a place where your mind gets peace and energy.
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It’s high time to get that massage, facial, manicure and pedicure. This period of time is all about you! So why not pamper yourself? You really need to relax these coming months and be extra nice to yourself. There are special pre-natal massages that is focussed on soothing sore and achy muscles before your baby arrives. It is completely safe for you and your little one as an experienced therapist will perform this massage. All and all, if you keep prioritizing yourself and baby during this amazing time, everything will be fine!