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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.

Try Acupuncture
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.

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