This is a guest post by Tayla Chenelle. Find more info about her below.
Pregnancy is such a beautiful time in a mother’s life, but it can also be very hard and take a huge toll on you.
We spend so much time worrying about our little baking baby, but never really indulge in our own self-care during pregnancy.
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I can be honest here and say that I was one of those mommies.
See, my first pregnancy unfortunately ended in miscarriage. So I was automatically on the defensive for the entire first trimester and part of the second (You can read about my miscarriage experience here).
In short, I was extremely nervous and anxious about being pregnant a second time, which made it hard to think of my self care habits.
As I’ve learned, indulging in self-care during pregnancy should be a tip-top priority. After all, you’re the only one carrying your little bean, so if you’re not feeling your best, it can affect them too.
Self-care can be a wide-range of things, but the bottom line is this:
Take care of yourself first, so that you can take care of your baby.
Even though there will be days you simply don’t feel like it. I get it 100%.
I like to think of it this way: motherhood begins the moment you find out you’re pregnant.
With that, I’ve included some of the ways in which you can take care of yourself during your pregnancy because your precious baby is depending on it.
Self-Care During Pregnancy: Tips + Ideas
Purchase Adult Coloring Books
One of my co-workers gifted me an absolutely beautiful coloring book for Christmas and I love it!
For me, coloring just takes me back to when life was “simple”, AKA my childhood. I was instantly relaxed and remember coloring for hours on end during my pregnancy.
This is literally one of my favorite pastimes, no matter the circumstance.
When I’m feeling down, I gravitate towards books that make me feel happy or ones that remind me of a certain time in my life that I loved.
For me, being active during my pregnancy was super hard.
I opted for yoga or taking walks if the weather permitted.
This helped me to clear my mind, be able to sort out my emotions, and organize my thoughts because the pregnancy brain was real!
When you look good, you feel good! So, go get your nails done, hair done, massage, retail therapy, ANYTHING. The point is to make yourself feel as comfortable (and beautiful) as possible.
Binge on a New Series Movies
As you’ve probably picked up on by now, I’m a very nostalgic person.
Once I’m hooked on a show or movie, I can watch them over and over and over again.
The Baby Sitters Club just premiered on Netflix and I’ve already finished the series, and gearing up to watch it again! I read and reread all the original books in my younger days so just imagine my excitement in watching it!
Food makes everyone happy, so pig out! Yes, I know. You want to be healthy for the baby, and I’m not saying make it a regular thing.
But I am saying that it is okay to eat what you crave oh so much, simply because it’s a part of taking care of yourself!
One of the best ways to get your feelings out is to write them!
Pregnancy warrants a bunch of emotions and it can be frustrating trying to figure them all out.
Keeping a cute journal or an app on your phone will help with keeping your emotions in check!
Related: Journaling Prompts for Self Care
Sometimes, its okay to just sit and do nothing.
Prop yourself up on some pillows, sit outside or in the bathtub to sit and reflect.
Allow your body to relax and recharge.
Pregnancy is hard and your body has been working major OT, so you certainly deserve to take a load off for a bit. Plus, it’s good for you and baby.
Other Pregnancy Self-Care Tips
Being an expecting mother is a rollercoaster of emotions, physical aches, pains and so so much pressure–try to take it easy on yourself.
Trust me, I know you’re super amped up to prepare for the baby and you’re working so hard to make this as perfect as possible for them.
But, the point of self-care is to do exactly what you want to do, so don’t put a lot of thought into this. If preparing for the baby brings you peace and comfort, then it can be included in your self-care routine.
If you’re feeling stressed out and overwhelmed with specific things or people, it’s perfectly okay to remove yourself from the equation.
Don’t worry, it’s only temporary. Just take a deep breath and collect yourself.
When I was pregnant, I remember simply not wanting to be bothered at times, and my people respected that. The mood swings of pregnancy can have you feeling super needy, then super uncomfortable and distant.
Listen to your body and do your thing, mama.
You got this!
Hey there, I’m Tayla Chenelle–a first-time millennial mom from Cleveland, Ohio! I began my lifestyle and motherhood blog in September 2019, where I share my experiences, tips, and tricks on balancing motherhood and womanhood. Establishing a lifestyle I love in the midst of being a busy mom is super important to me, and my goal is to help or inspire others in the process! Let’s do this!