Some women thrive in pregnancy, others find it tiring, and still others spend every day wondering how much longer the torture will last. No matter what your experience is, you can’t go wrong with taking some time for yourself before your life changes.
Sleep for Two
Every woman is different, but you’ll probably need to get more sleep each day. Try to get to bed earlier than normal to allow yourself enough time to fall asleep, or work an afternoon nap into your schedule. As your pregnancy progresses, you’ll find that sleeping on your side is the most comfortable (and best for baby). Invest in a body pillow to help support your belly.
Whether it’s taking a long bath or getting a prenatal massage, spend some time in the months before your baby arrives doing something nice for yourself. Have your haircut, plan a girls’ day to get manicures or pedicures, go on a shopping spree, and indulge a bit your food cravings. Your body is doing incredible things; celebrate yourself.
Find Quiet Time
With the hustle and bustle of baby showers, doctors’ appointments, and preparing for baby, the last few months sometimes feel too short and never-ending. Try to find a few moments each day to take a break from the world. Stay off social media, turn off the phone, and try to release the stress (good and bad) of your day.
To some degree, a healthy pregnancy is about filtering out the stress-inducing information that comes your way, and seeking out what makes you feel confident, comfortable, and empowered. No one is immune to worry, but anyone can choose to have a more positive mindset. I felt my best when I focused less on “what could happen,” and simply listened to my body. Your pregnant body is full of wisdom.
Trust your instincts; be you bravely,
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