Regardless of whether your pregnancy was smooth sailing or years in the making, there’s one thing all pregnant moms share in common – aches, pains, and sleepless nights. Eating right and getting plenty are both important to a happy, healthy pregnancy, there’s one other factor you may discount – pampering yourself! You and your body are doing a wonderful thing, and you both deserve to indulge in a treat now and then! The following are some of our favourite, safe ways to pamper yourself during your pregnancy.
Book A Prenatal Massage
Treating yourself to a massage is one of the most pampering and relaxing things you can do for yourself, even under normal circumstances, and a definite must for pregnant moms not used to carrying around the extra pounds. A prenatal massage can help alleviate aches and pains in your back, legs and feet, or if your muscles are just feeling a bit tight. Prenatal massage can also improve circulation and oxygenation, reduce swelling and help you sleep better. It’s important, however, that you find a masseuse who specializes in pregnancy massage, and you should check with your health care provider before booking your first session.
An integral part of naturopathic medicine practises, acupuncture can bring a sense of relief and calm to your tired, achy body while pregnant. Widely prescribed as a helpful addition during fertility treatments, it may help relieve some symptoms during pregnancy as well, as it has been shown to help improve feelings of overall wellness.
Cuddle A Full Body Pillow
Many pregnant women find that getting comfortable enough to get a good night’s sleep can be a real challenge, as your standard positions may no longer apply. Splurge on a full body pillow that will provide the extra support you need for your knees, back and belly.
Upgrade Your Lingerie
One of the first changes a woman notices during pregnancy is in her breasts – they can become heavier and more sensitive. Once you grow out of your normal cup size, consider going for a professional bra fitting to find a bra that will fit more comfortably. Opt for two bras that you can wear throughout your pregnancy (don’t worry, they’re not all utilitarian), and be prepared to get a few more in bigger sizes if you are planning on breastfeeding, as well as more comfortable fabric bras that can be worn overnight.
Create A Serene Space
From hormones and new feelings about becoming a mother, you’ll find your mind racing these days. Find a quiet place in your home where you can light a candle, enjoy a tea, listen to music or read a book (for fun, not facts!). Take deep breaths and practice meditation or mindfulness techniques – you’ll need these soon enough!
Practice Prenatal Yoga
Moms, even moms-to-be, tend to forget the importance of taking care of themselves – body and soul. Prenatal yoga is an excellent way to help reconnect with yourself while getting gentle exercise and meeting other pregnant moms.
Take A “Babymoon”
After these 9 months have passed your life – and your vacations – will never be the same again! So before your due date (and most doctors would recommend before 36 weeks, especially when if planning to travel by plane) schedule a getaway with your partner to give yourself the chance to spend some quality time together, stress free, before your duo becomes a trio.