Let’s face it. Pregnancy isn’t always a picnic. For some women, pregnancy is a time to glow and enjoy the attention of friends and family. For others, it’s an uncomfortable trial to endure. Every woman’s experience of pregnancy is different, and each pregnancy is different for the same mother! No matter how little or how much you enjoy pregnancy, here are a few tips on:
How to Enjoy Your Pregnancy More
Pregnancy is nothing if not a time of dramatic changes in your body. Staying physically comfortable becomes a full time job. Here are some ideas.
• Use a large, whole body pillow when sleeping (on your side), this will help you sleep more comfortably at night.
• Treat yourself to a prenatal massage. This isn’t just a luxury, it’s great for your health and for baby’s.
• Prop your feet up, helping to avoid swollen feet and varicose veins. Try to do so for at least 20 minutes, twice a day.
• Get in the pool to relieve pressure and pain, weightlessness feels amazing when you’re heavily pregnant, and it’s great exercise.
Take care of your health
It’s not just you in your body anymore. Everything you do affects baby as well. What’s good for your health is good for baby, so do make time for good self care.
• Prenatal yoga, pilates and walking are ideal for pregnancy. This type of gentle exercise will lead to an easier birth and postpartum recovery, as well as a healthier baby.
• Nutritious food will give you more energy, eat plenty of protein, fresh fruits and vegetables, meats and nuts. Avoid junk food, it will lead to excessive weight gain. Although in your first trimester you have my permission to eat anything you can keep down, even if it’s fast food burritos!
• Take naps, making a new human being is hard work. You’re working even when you’re at rest. A daily nap is not an indulgence for a pregnant woman, it’s a right.
• Take daily walks. Walking will improve your energy levels and help you avoid back pain and soreness that so often comes along with pregnancy.
Love your changing body
You may feel frumpy, but most people agree that pregnant women are beautiful. Enjoy your glow and don’t worry about your weight right now. Love your body and accept your new curves.
• Accept compliments. Smile and don’t deflect when people compliment you.
• Take photos of your new belly. If belly shots aren’t your thing, keep them to yourself or remain fully clothes. Document what’s happening with your baby in the womb.
• Dress in beautiful clothes. Invest in a nice maternity wardrobe. To save money, shop at consignment stores or on eBay, or borrow from friends who have recently delivered.
• Enjoy your glowing skin and healthy hair. Splurge on a great cut, your hair will never be thicker or grow faster.
Life will get even busier after baby arrives, so take advantage of your nine month long wait.
Take time for
• Romantic times with partner. Connect with your husband and talk about parenting, your dreams for your child, or just each other while you have the time.
• Have fun with friends. It helps pass the time especially in those final long weeks to have fun with your girlfriends. Just don’t let anyone regale you with labor horror stories. Keep it positive. Start creating a “tribe” now for breastfeeding success.
• Go shopping for fun prenatal and baby items. Start an online registry so your out of town friends and relatives can see what you need for baby.
• Do activities that you enjoy (now that you don’t have a newborn to care for). Browse museums, read parenting and baby care books, go to the movies. Attend a series of breastfeeding classes, preferably a La Leche League meeting, in order to learn about breastfeeding and hear from moms who have been there, done that.
Once baby arrives pregnancy will seem like a distant memory and you’ll be busy falling in love with your new little one!