Pregnancy is such a blessing. I know it is something that you should never take for granted, however, it can also be really tough. It can often feel like a bit of a taboo area of discussion to say that pregnancy isn’t always a bed of roses. While every pregnant lady is super grateful to be going through the incredible journey, it is also ok to admit that you might not necessarily be enjoying every aspect of pregnancy.
The hormones are a nightmare, the motions can send you over the edge. The tiredness and fatigue can be a real killer and the aches and pains you can feel are somewhat confusing, not to mention how uncomfortable you might feel. Not all days will be bad, and some days you may have that amazing pregnancy glow we all read about. But if you are finding that pregnancy is a little testing then rest assured and feel comforted in the knowledge that you are not alone. I wanted to share with you some of the ways that you can feel your best when pregnant. I hope they help you to feel your best at what can be a rollercoaster ride of nine months.
Changing your hairstyle
First of all, one of the easiest ways to add a bit of glam to your look or to feel like a new woman is to spend time and invest in your hair. It maybe that you love your hairstyle currently and you just want to show some love to your locks. Pregnancy won’t always give you that thick glossy hair, and so you may want to treat yourself to a hair mask or treatment to breath new life into it. If you fancy a change completely, especially if you find that the pregnancy hormones have made your hair thick and unmanageable, then a new hairstyle could be in order. You might want to look on therighthairstyles.com for some inspiration on different hairstyles that will work for thicker locks. A simple trip to the hairdressers can make you feel amazing, not to mention some time where you can sit and relax and read a magazine. What is not to love?
Looking after your skin
Maybe your skin isn’t as good as it could be. Again pregnancy can affect people in different ways. Some will find that there skin is amazing and not spotty, whereas others will find that acne will hit them due to the surge of hormones rushing around your body. If your skin is causing you to feel a little down, then take action and work on a new skincare routine. Trying out more natural products like aloe vera is great for the skin, and it could really help you to get that pregnancy glow you have been after. Your skin is one of the first signs that you may be a little run down, so don’t ignore it and start taking care of yourself. You deserve it.
Taking time out for yourself
Another thing you can do is start taking some time out for yourself. A bit of self-care and gratitude can go a long way to help lift your mood. Why not indulge in a bath this evening, or even take time to write in your journal or that new baby diary you have invested in? Time out for yourself could be in the form of meditation and positive thinking, where you really start to focus on your thoughts and how you are feeling. The difference a few minutes a day for yourself can make can ultimately change your whole day. Why not try it and see for yourself?
Enjoying antenatal classes
Now is the time to start enjoying impending motherhood and a great way to start bonding with your unborn baby is to attend antenatal classes. Of course, there are some of the classes you can take that can help prepare you for birth. They discuss your methods of labour and what is available to you but there are also other classes you could enjoy that are far less about the impending birth and more about you and your little one. Many antenatal classes available could include swimming classes or pregnancy yoga. Your local area may have some great classes available and it could even give you the chance to make some new friends with mums to be.
Investing in some new maternity wear
Often we don’t feel our best because we don’t look our best, and so it is worth spending some time to feel comfortable and look good at the same time. Maternity wear has come a real long way, and the fact that you can enjoy comfortable maternity jeans and beautiful looking tops while pregnant is a real confidence booster for many mums out there. If you are worried about spending too much just invest in some key pieces that could be rotated into different outfits.
Taking some light exercise
Exercise may be the last thing on your mind right now, and who can blame you? Often you can be worn out just walking up the stairs when pregnant. But light activity and exercise can be really good for you and you still get that benefit of those endorphins rushing around your body and making you feel fabulous. Websites like fitpregnancy.com have some great suggestions. Light exercise may include a swim or even a walk in the fresh air. Plus the positive effect it can have on your mindset is not to be underestimated.
Taking time out to snooze
Finally, if pregnancy isn’t an excuse for an afternoon nap then I don’t know what is. Getting some extra shut eye in now is really advisable. There will come a time when your little one arrives where you will be so grateful that you enjoyed those extra moments sleeping and relaxing, because the chances are our little one won’t be letting you get much of it for a while.
I hope that these tips help you to start feeling your best through your pregnancy journey.