Pregnancy brings many changes in a woman’s body, life and home environment and many pregnant women tend to put the baby’s preparation first and forget themselves. However, it’s important to care for your changing body and practise self-care during pregnancy.
Here are 8 ways to show yourself a little self-care during pregnancy:
1. Get Moving And Exercise
Having an exercise routine that works for you is great and helps you strengthen your body and prepare you for the actual birth. However, exercise routines should be safe for pregnant women. If you can, take a dedicated class for pregnant women and seek advice from your gynaecologist.
You can also explore yoga for pregnant women.
2. Take Time To Rest and Relax
You may notice that little chores and tasks leave you feeling tired, not to mention doctor’s appointments, tending to your home, family and friends. Simple routines such as scheduling a nap, taking time to journal your pregnancy experience and watching a few episodes of your favourite show will help you get some much-needed downtime.
3. Take Your Vitamins and Dietary Supplements
When you’re pregnant, you’ll need more vitamins than normal. Adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet will give you and your baby the nutrients you need. Moreover, dietary supplements made for pregnant women like folic acid are extremely important.
Consult your doctor on the nutrients you need to supplement based on your body’s needs and pregnancy journey for a healthy and successful pregnancy.
4. Practise Positive Self Talk
Pregnancy brings a lot of changes not to mention worries women have, on whether they’ll be a good parent if they’re doing something wrong, and other degrading thoughts that can make them question their pregnancy journey and their choices.
Practise positive self-talk. You’re on the right path, and you’ll have a successful pregnancy. Take care of your mind and your body.
Not only does it connect you with your baby, but it also keeps your skin soft and supple. Your skin is stretching to accommodate the growing baby, so a little oil goes a long way where stretch marks and dryness are likely to occur.
6. Create a Calming Music Playlist
A calming music playlist will help you fight worries, anxieties and might prove helpful during labour as you go through contractions.
7. Organize Your Baby’s Nursery
It will help you relax the mind, visualize your baby’s face and help you prepare for the baby’s coming. It will help ease your worrying and anxiety and help you take stock of what you have and don’t have.
8. Get Plenty Of Sleep
Being pregnant can be exhausting especially in the third trimester. Swollen legs, back pain and other body changes can take a toll on you. Get plenty of sleep, schedule naps and try to relax as much as possible.
In case you have trouble sleeping at night, invest in a good pillow for added comfort.
We hope you have a successful pregnancy and that you find ways to relax, unwind and take care of yourself.