Being pregnant is supposed to be one of the most enjoyable times in your life. The promise of a new life, the hopes of what his or her future will bring, the excitement over which parent your baby will look like and what their personality will be like. Every part of it is exciting. But that doesn't mean that the pregnancy itself isn't difficult.
You know that it is hard to be pregnant. Between the weight gain, morning sickness, backaches, cravings and hormones, it is no wonder that you sometimes find yourself feeling less than your best. That's why it is so important for you to pamper and spoil yourself right now. Whether you realise it or not, your body is under a lot of stress about creating this new life. When you take the time to take care of yourself, you are relieving some of those emotional stressors and fears that naturally come with pregnancy.
Here's how to pamper yourself during pregnancy:
For starters, you should give yourself a nice, long, warm bath every night. Don't make it too hot of course, but you do want it to be warm enough that it is relaxing for you. This is much easier if you have a partner who is there to help you in and out of the tub.
Another easy way to relax is to take an hour to yourself every night. This can be spent reading, listening to music, or just taking a nap. What is important is that it is time that is just yours.
If you have other kids at home, have your partner take them for an hour every night so that you can have some you time.
You will be amazed at what a little private time can do for you and how refreshed you will be when your hour is up.
Before you go to sleep every night, have your husband take some lotion and give you a nice foot rub. Your feet take a lot of abuse during the day and happy feet are essential to a happy life. After all, there are pressure points in your feet that affect everything from your head to your sexual organs. It's no wonder a good foot massage can make your whole body feel relaxed.
But as far as feeling good, nothing beats the power of aromatherapy. Find a good scent that you like (the calming power of lavender for instance) and keep it with you at all times. Certain scents trigger our minds in different ways and allow us to feel a variety of different emotions. Once you find an aromatherapy scent that relaxes you it is also a good idea to pack it in your hospital bag so you can have that calming scent with you during labour and birth.
Remember, pregnancy can be hard but it doesn't have to be. Use these simple tips to pamper yourself and ease all your pregnancy discomforts.
About the Author:
Kelly Smith is a mommy to a beautiful baby girl and a personal trainer who is passionate about health and wellness. She has trained clients in the gym for over 7 years, and truly enjoys helping women lose weight, learn how to exercise properly, gain confidence, and transform their lives (and the lives of their family) for the better.