Pregnancy can be a very stressful time, both physically and emotionally. Your body and your life is going through drastic changes- this is super exciting, but can also be a source of anxiety and discomfort. It is incredibly important to be in a peaceful, happy, and healthy state during this time in your life. You might be thinking “easier said than done”, but following these steps will make living well a breeze!
A healthy lifestyle starts from within. Obviously eating nutritiously during pregnancy is the best way to stay in shape, and make sure your baby is getting everything that he or she needs, but did you know that what you eat has a huge effect on your mood? It’s true what they say- you are what you eat. So, if you eat greasy fried food, you will feel gross and slow. If you eat lean foods that are high in vitamins and minerals, you’ll feel fresh and energetic, which is how you want to feel when you are pregnant!
You’ve probably been told a million times that you should be exercising during your pregnancy. Not only does it keep you healthy and helps you keep your figure, but exercise has been proven to be a natural mood increaser. When you work out, your body excretes endorphins which make you happier, more awake, and less stressed out,
Sleeping can be extremely difficult when you are pregnant- and if there were ever a time when sleep was important, this is it! The best position to sleep with while you are pregnant is on your side- for women who are already side-sleepers, this isn’t a great adjustment. For those who are used to sleeping on their stomachs or backs however, changing your sleep position can seem like an impossible task! Many women swear by a body pillow or a special long C-shaped pillow to help them stay comfortable sleeping on their side while they are pregnant. With your changing body and hormones, you may need a little extra help relaxing in order to sleep. Investing in a sound machine, drinking herbal tea before bed, taking a warm bath, and spraying your room and sheets with a lavender fragrance are all helpful and safe ways to unwind before bed.
Take Care of Yourself
During your pregnancy, it is easy to get distracted by all of the things going on in your life, and everything you need to prepare for. You might be forgetting to take some time for yourself to relax and not worry about anyone or anything except for yourself. Designate time each day to listen to music, read a book, or do anything peaceful that you enjoy that takes your mind off everything for a while. Make sure you are getting enough sleep; take naps if you have to, but not for so long that you wake up feeling groggy. Allow other people to treat you- don’t be too proud to let a partner, family member, or friend help you with errands or treat you extra specially- you deserve it, and they want to help. Take a spa day to yourself- many spas offer maternity massages that are relaxing and decadent, but completely safe and healthy for your pregnancy.