Self-care is the ultimate act of self-love. When you take time out of your busy schedule to take good care of yourself, you’re sending a message to your brain and to the people around you that you matter. This is an especially important habit to get into as you’re pregnant because you’ll soon have a little one to care for. Finding a spare moment for yourself to breathe and engage in pleasurable activities becomes even more crucial for physical and mental health.
Here are 8 ways to pamper yourself when you’re pregnant:
Rest when you feel tired.
Sleep is restorative. It’s a necessary part of healing. You’re going to experience many interruptions throughout the night once your infant is born. That’s why it’s so important to take naps whenever you can get them. The world won’t think less of you for taking time out for some necessary self-care. When you feel well-rested, you’re capable of doing so much more!
Do things that bring you immense joy.
Taking time out of your busy schedule to do the things that make you happy is a great habit to get into. It’s something that you’ll do regularly with your child once he or she is old enough to do things outside the home. Go for a walk, enjoy your favorite pregnancy-safe herbal tea, visit a used bookstore or go shopping for antiques. Whatever it is that brings you joy, make sure to do it and do it often.
Get a massage.
A professional that specializes in pregnancy massages is ideal as you don’t want the masseuse to hurt you or your baby. Prenatal massage has its benefits. It is known to reduce headaches, muscle tension, fatigue, backaches, swelling, and edema. If you need an excuse to relax, you’ll find it on the massage table.
Disconnect from technology and spend time in nature.
Go on a media blackout. Turn off your phone. Step away from your computer. Spend some one-on-one time with nature. Take your shoes off if you can and feel the grass beneath your feet. Known as “grounding,” it has a positive effect on your body and mind.
Give your feet an all-star treatment.
Soak your tired feet. Get a pedicure by someone who can reach your toes! You’ll feel like a million bucks after giving your feet some TLC.
Wear clothing that makes you feel beautiful.
Express yourself through color, pattern, and texture. Choose pregnancy clothing that shows off your bump and makes you feel good about yourself.
Accessorize like a professional.
Just like your wardrobe, your accessories say a lot about you. Have fun matching jewelry, scarves, hats, shoes, and purses with your clothing. You’ll make a bold statement whenever you step out the door and into the public.
Journal your thoughts, feelings, and experiences with your pregnancy.
You’ll be left with a valuable keepsake that you can one day share with your child if you choose to do so. Include photos, artwork, poems, articles, and your own thoughts on being pregnant.
There are many ways to pamper yourself when you’re pregnant. It’s important to come up with a self-care routine that you can manage even after you’ve had your baby. By making yourself a priority, you’re better equipped to help others, including your infant, because you’ll be at the height of good health and happiness.