Self-Care During Pregnancy
YOU are important!
Most expectant mamas spend their pregnancy focusing on preparing for the precious baby’s arrival; and while that is important, it is just as important to not overlook YOU!
Self care during pregnancy is a must for you as you prepare for the birth of your child. Here are a few self-care tips we think will help you while you are expecting your baby:
Begin and continue with your monthly/weekly OB appointments and prenatal care (including prenatal vitamins)
Develop a healthy, hearty, nutritious eating plan. Balance your diet and get those “healthy” calories you and the baby need! Don’t pig out on junk food because you are “eating for two”
Exercise. Light impact walks or pregnancy yoga. A quiet walk will help you mentally prepare for baby.
*consult your doctor for appropriate exercising*
Rest. It’s ok to take a nap during the day and be intentional about getting a good night’s rest every night.
Daily prayer, devotion or meditation time.
Journaling. Record your pregnancy journey-feelings, physical changes, baby’s movements, foods you grave, fun ways you prepare for baby. (Your child will enjoy hearing those stories as they grow. Plus “pregnancy brain” is a real thing. Having this record will help you in remembering your journey).
It’s ok to say “no”, especially if you are tired. Don’t feel like you have to function at the same level you did before you got pregnant.
Rely on the FOB (Father of the Baby) for support and encouragement. Express your needs (he may not know). I’m sure he wants to help you as much as he can. Plus, this helps him to feel a little bit more connected to the baby.
Pamper Yourself. Indulge in a pregnancy massage, warm bath, facials, etc. Turn on some quiet music, light a candle and just relax.
Be Yourself! You be you. Be the mom you were created to be. You’ve got this!
Bottom line, you are important. Don’t feel guilty for taking regular time for yourself. Your baby will thank you, your family and friends will thank you and YOU will thank you!
Written by Karmen Stamps, Executive Director of Pregnancy Resource.
Karmen is a mom of a beautiful 13 year old daughter. She wishes she had taken more time for herself during her pregnancy. But, she does not regret those late afternoon naps she took every day.