Hey Mamas, this one is for you! With a baby on the way, it seems like everyone wants to know all the details. But sometimes, all of those questions about the baby can become a little overwhelming… sometimes all of those questions can make you feel like all people care about is that baby inside you… sometimes all of those questions can start to turn into a negative thing. So, today we aren’t going to ask you questions about your baby… instead we’re going to give you some tips on how to still be whole, and valued, and loved in the midst of your pregnancy. Trust us when we say we haven’t forgotten about YOU!
#1: Take a Little Bit of Time to Walk It Off
Creating a routine of daily walks is one of the healthiest choices you can make during your pregnancy. Walking is not only good for you and your baby physically, but mentally it can help relieve a lot of stress and anxiety. Try going out for walks with your partner on a regular basis. It’s a great time way to help strengthen your bond pre-baby without the distraction of computer screens and cell phones. It’s like my mom always said when she kicked me and my siblings out the door to play each afternoon, “the fresh air never hurt anyone.”
#2: Ignore the White Noise
Now that you’re pregnant, it seems that everyone wants to share their story with you. And while hearing other people’s birthing experiences can be a positive thing, it can also lead to a lot of unnecessary anxiety and personal questions you aren’t ready to answer. So, mamas, ignore the white noise. When people start sharing the horror stories of their Aunt Sue’s next door neighbor, don’t be afraid to kind excuse yourself from the conversation. It’s okay to walk away from a conversation you aren’t comfortable having.
#3: Just Say “No”
I know, this is a tough one! We live in a society where we have been trained to say “yes” to everything! Plus, it’s hard saying “no” to activities and outings we would normally enjoy doing. But the reality is, if you aren’t feeling it, you don’t have to to do it. Now that you’re pregnant is incredibly important that you put your body first. Plus, it’s important that you learn to say no before your baby comes. Bottom line: don’t be afraid to tell someone “no”. Sometimes staying home for a night alone is just what you need to wake up feeling refreshed and ready for the next day!
#4: Sleep In
This one is a little harder than the rest, especially if you’ve already got little ones. But don’t be afraid to ask your partner if they’ll wake up early with the kiddos one morning. Let your body rise naturally to your own circadian clock. You’ll be surprised what even extra hour of sleep can do for your happiness!
#5: Go to the Farmers Market with Your Girlfriends
Visiting the Farmers Market has more value that you might imagine! First, it gives you the opportunity get out of your house and spend some quality time with friends before your baby comes. It also gives you the chance to stock up on healthy foods for the week! It might just be the perfect opportunity for you to pick up the ingredients for that smoothie you’ve been craving. So, clear your schedule and spend the morning wandering your town’s local Farmer’s Market.
#6:Look Through Your Old Photo Albums
Take an evening to browse through your and your partner’s old family photo albums. Make it a “date night IN” event! It will be fun to reflect on your own childhood and share stories with your partner. Plus, it let’s you daydream a bit about how cute your own little babe will be!
#7:Get an Adjustment
Okay, I know what you’re thinking, we have to say this one. But it’s true, Mamas! Stopping by the office on your way home from work will make a huge improvement on your attitude and how body feels. Don’t believe us? Then he sure to check out what Danielle said about her regular office visits during her first pregnancy.
More than anything else, Mamas, don’t be afraid to take care of yourself. You’re doing an amazing thing: carrying your little one. And we know it isn’t easy! Try to enjoy the ride along the way, it will be over before you know it!