Growing a tiny human can be exciting and exhausting! As a mom-to-be, you’ve probably noticed many physical changes, but have you considered mental changes as well?
You may feel more stressed or anxious.
It can be super easy to overlook how important it is to take care of yourself during this exciting time. However, when you are in a healthy space both physically and mentally, you will be in a much better place to care for your baby when the time comes.
Here are a few tips for self–care during pregnancy.
- STAY HYDRATED
Drink lots of water! Even if you feel like your bladder is being kicked on a daily basis, the more water you drink – the better! This is especially true if you are in a dry climate.
Dehydration causes mental fatigue and unnecessary tension on your muscles so have regular drinks throughout the day.
Always keep a bottle of cold water with you and take regular sips. You may also find that this helps with nausea.
- GET PLENTY OF SLEEP
Even though finding a great position to sleep in may be difficult with your growing belly, try to get as much rest as you can.
There is no harm in taking a nap during the day if you need to. Pregnancy can be tiring and a couple of hours of sleep in the afternoon will help to recharge your batteries.
Pregnancy pillows will be your best friend during this time.
- EAT WELL
Your body needs to be properly fueled to provide you and your baby with all the necessary nutrients during pregnancy. Of course, you should be taking your prenatal vitamins daily. But that doesn’t mean you should ignore what you’re eating!
Aim to get in lots of fruits and veggies every day, as well as calcium-rich dairy products, iron-rich meats, and whole grains. You won’t be perfect every day, but eating healthy as a general rule during pregnancy will leave you feeling better, knowing you’re doing what you can to help the baby grow.
- BE CREATIVE
Caring for your mind involves finding outlets for your creativity. We all have it inside of us somewhere. It’s just a matter of discovering the ways you enjoy being creative, and how you can express yourself.
You might love creating your recipes, doing crafty projects, or playing an instrument. Maybe you love drawing or want to try out pregnancy journaling.
- EXPERIENCE NATURE
If you’re looking to truly take care of yourself during pregnancy, remember to take some time to unplug and get out in nature.
Take a walk outside, maybe in the woods, through a field, or even in a park. Connect with the beauty of nature around you. Appreciate it. Allow it to calm you and center you. You’ll be amazed at how refreshed you feel after taking in the perfection and tranquility of nature.
Even if it’s just a walk or doing some basic cleaning at home, it’s important to get yourself moving every day during pregnancy. This self-care element will help you to keep up some of that muscle tone that will come in handy during delivery. It’ll also help you to feel better about yourself and avoid too much weight gain.
- EXERCISE REGULARLY
Engaging in regular physical activity can help reduce your risk of complications during pregnancy. It can also help to ease any aches and pains you may have especially in your back. Try to get at least 30 minutes of exercise each day and avoid sitting for more than 45 minutes.
Making time for you and your health during this time will help you during the 4th trimester and beyond!