I know there are a few pregnant mama’s out there (congrats!) so I wanted to repost my top 10 ways to have a good pregnancy. This was originally posted in December when I was 7 months pregnant!
1. Listen To Your Body.
You can interpret this however you want. No one knows yourself better than you do. If it’s telling you something- listen!
2. Pamper Yourself
( I’m embarrassed to admit that I don’t follow this, although I wish I would!) Your body is doing an amazing thing; growing your child. Take time to yourself to get a massage, get your nails done, get a new hair cut, or whatever else you enjoy. You deserve it!
3. Connect With Your Baby
Not only will this help your pregnancy feel more “real” but it will help create the start of a special bond. Write letters to your baby, sing to him, read to him- find something that works for you.
I know this might seem like that last thing you want to do when you’re exhausted, sore, and feeling huge but taking just 30 minutes a day to get some exercise will really increase your energy level and make you feel better. It’s a natural mood booster!
5. Don’t Worry ( Too Much)
Take it from me, worrying doesn’t help anything. There are millions of things to worry about when you’re pregnant but it doesn’t do any good. Be smart, listen to your body and do what you feel is right. That’s all you can do.
6. Wear Comfortable Clothes
Find clothes that make you feel good and are comfortable. I wear many of the same clothes over and over again and I don’t care. They’re comfortable and they make me feel good and that’s really all I care about!
7. Don’t Take Everyone’s Advice
This goes back to listening to your body and don’t worry too much. People will always be there to tell you their opinions about how your should be doing something. You might get comments from family and friends (and strangers too!) about what is right, what is wrong, what is healthy or unhealthy, how you should give birth, how you should raise your kids, ect but you have to learn to ignore some (most) of it. You’ll go crazy if you don’t!
Do yoga, get a massage, take a warm bath, read a good book, write, do what you find relaxing. Shut the door and get some much need relaxation.
9. Take Pictures
You think you don’t want to remember what you look like or how big your stomach has got, but what if , 5 years down the road, you do?! Just because you take a picture doesn’t mean you have to enlarge it and put it in a gold studded frame in your living room. Take many pictures of your growing belly and other pregnancy related things that are going on during this time and put them away for later when you wonder, ” gosh, how big did I get?!”
10. Enjoy It!
You have the privilege and the blessing of carrying your sweet child. It is a long 9 months but it’s also so very very short. Enjoy this time and this miracle of a blessing.