Are you feeling tired? Overwhelmed?
Day-to-day life does that, but being pregnant can make it harder.
Morning sickness, fatigue, surging hormones, acne, and so on make it hard to put on a happy face.
You want to be excited and to take good care of yourself for your baby’s sake.
That’s why I have some ideas for you to help yourself perk up.
Lots of articles will tell you that you need to drink more water, eat healthier food, take your vitamins, etc.
You know these things, and you’re probably doing them already.
But have you thought about making yourself more comfortable?
Every pregnant woman I’ve known has back pain.
Plus, their feet swell.
The solution is straightforward.
Right now, you don’t need to be bending over to tie laces.
You want comfy, slip-on shoes with excellent support.
If they fit in with the dress code, all the better.
There are all sorts of pregnancy shoes available these days. Dress shoes, gym shoes, work shoes, you name it.
Trust me; it’s well worth the investment. Your back and feet will thank you.
Get a facial
If pregnancy acne makes it hard to look in the mirror, go get a facial.
Let the pros cleanse, purify, massage, and moisturize your skin.
Also, learn about safe, non-toxic options to manage pimples while you’re pregnant.
Although you won’t be able to use some acne medications, all is not lost.
The simple act of cleansing and hydrating your skin is a step in the right direction.
Get a mani-pedi
Some beauty bloggers would tell you to try a new hairstyle.
I’m not going to go there for one simple reason.
If you end up hating it, you’re stuck with it until it grows out, and that only makes life more stressful.
Instead, get your nails done.
There are several non-toxic, pregnancy-safe polishes on the market.
Moreover, there are non-hazardous nail polish removers, too.
If you aren’t pleased with your new look, you can erase it in minutes.
Sometimes life seems like the same-old, same-old.
Routine can be a drag.
Mix it up a little. Distract yourself with something new.
No matter what kind of budget you’re on, there’s something new you can try.
And it doesn’t have to focus on motherhood or babies, either.
Go for walks in a park you never visited. Do you see any new plants or animals?
Start watching a new series in a category you’d normally avoid. It may help if it makes you laugh.
Ask a friend to teach you a new skill. What about pottery or playing the ukulele?
New things take your mind off old worries.
Misery loves company. It’s true.
It’s also nice to find out you’re not the only one with a certain challenge.
Join a local parents’ group. See how other expectant mothers are coming along.
Also, take a look at your current relationships.
Is there anything that you could do to improve them?
The more support you have, the better off you’ll be.
We always have challenges. But if our support system is strong, the burden is lighter.
I don’t know about you, but it’s hard for me to relax when things are pending.
It might help you perk up if you’re on top of the situation.
List what you need to do to prepare for the baby.
Do you have all the contact information for essential people?
Will you have all the necessary stuff on hand for after the birth?
Don’t be afraid to request help. Be specific if you get asked about shower gifts.
I know it may be challenging to rest well right now.
But if you can get plenty of sleep, I promise it will help you feel better.
Don’t we all have a better attitude after a good night’s rest?
Check out pregnancy pillows and mattress toppers to ease the strain on your back and hips.
Wear earplugs and an eye mask to shut out interruptions.
And if you don’t drink liquids for a couple of hours before bedtime, you might not have to pee as much.
In conclusion, I wish you all the best, now and in the future.