Being pregnant and expecting a child is one of the most exciting parts of any young woman’s life, but that does not mean that there are not some pretty big challenges along the way.
If it is your first time ever being pregnant, there are going to be a lot of physical and mental changes that you are going to experience along the way. For that exact reason, it is crucially important that you know some of the best ways to manage your pregnancy self care.
If you’re curious about some of the best ways to take care of your body during your pregnancy, keep reading!
Make sure to get some rest
Surely you know that growing a baby in your body takes up a lot of energy that your body is not used to tapping into. For that reason, you should feel free to take just as much rest as you feel like you have to. Especially as your birth date starts to get closer and closer. Ensure that you get plenty of sleep overnight and feel free to take a couple cat naps (15-20 minutes) per day if you feel like you need to.
Just like rest is important for you and you baby, so is staying healthy and active. Make sure that you are doing activities that are good for both the body and mind such as yoga, going on a light job, swimming, and more!
This should be a no-brainer, but it is so important that we are going to go over it anyway. The food and liquid that you put into your body is also going into your baby’s body, so eat well, drink lots of water and stay away from things that seem a little too indulgent or are otherwise unhealthy.
Find ways to reduce stress
We live in a stressful world and it can be easy to let the stress of the outside world impact the incredible world that is growing inside your womb. Put emphasis on maintaining a peaceful state of mind. Maybe pick up a light and pleasant book or start practicing meditation. Being as calm as possible throughout your pregnancy is a great way to ensure that you give birth to a happy and healthy baby.
Break out of the norm
It can be easy to get down on yourself during pregnancy. After all, your belly is getting bigger and bigger and you are finding it harder to do things that would otherwise be a piece of cake. That’s why breaking out of the normal routine of life and getting away for a week (or a week) can be really good for your mental state. Head to the mountains for some fresh air or to the ocean for some saltwater and Vitamin D.
Make sure that you and your spouse are staying intimate throughout your pregnancy. Snuggling is a great way to get the body to release serotonin and oxytocin and intimacy is a wonderful way to keep the relationship alive and thriving through this exciting time.