Hormones, fatigue, nausea and changes to your body. The joys of pregnancy! These added stressors and challenges make self-care even more important during the long nine months.
Here’s our top 5 ways to practise self-care during this exciting (and sometimes taxing) time.As always, this information is meant only as general suggestions and is not specific advice. For medical advice, see your healthcare professional.
Keep up your much needed energy supplies by making sure you are getting enough z’s. Trust us when we say that you will thank yourself for it once bub arrives and you are feeding around the clock. To help you get a great night’s sleep:
You don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars at a day spa to enjoy a bit of pampering. There’s lots of pampering you can do for yourself without even having to leave home. Taking time to relax can help you to feel calm and ready to face a busy week with your bump.
It’s doesn’t take rocket science to see the link between exercise and improvement in your mental health. If you’ve been active before your pregnancy then there is no reason not to continue enjoying your exercise. If you are new to exercise, double check with your doctor to ensure you start slowly and safely. Here’s some exercise options that are popular with pregnant women.
One thing is for sure, once bub arrives, your relationship is never quite the same again. Schedule in some time now to enjoy each other’s company or, better yet, take off for a baby moon before your new addition joins you.
Grab your diary and start blocking out some time specifically for self-care. It’s a good habit to start during pregnancy as this skill will serve you well once you become a mum and you need regular time out!
There are two types of women in the world: those who pack their hospital bags at 20 weeks ‘because time flies’ and those who pack it in between contractions – also ‘because time flies’. No matter which camp you fall into (and we love you all here at Maze), there are certain things you’ll need for your trip to the maternity ward. I’ve popped together the ultimate hospital bag checklist, so you don’t even have to think about it – just pack the stuff and get on your way when the time comes. Check it out…
You probably won’t notice you’ve stopped doing this, but now you’re a mum, looking after yourself is still super important. Maybe even more important than it used to be way back in the day when you had the time and inclination to do it. While your focus might be getting pulled in a million different directions, the truth remains: you’re still here, you still matter and your health and wellbeing is a priority. So many of us mums get sucked down a rabbit hole of self-neglect so deep it can literally take years to clamber back out. Add to that those of us with multiple kids, jobs, partners and even friendships that need attention – where is the headspace left for us? I have to admit it, there was a year or so there, where I just completely forgot to look after myself. Like, at all. It’s an easy habit to slip into.
Self care for new mums is so essential, especially when it means setting up good habits for the long term. So how do we do it? How do we get ouroxygen masks on first?