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!