How To Pamper Yourself While You Wait for Baby to Arrive
Pregnancy can be an empowering experience. It can also make you tired and sore, leaving you to count down the days until your due date arrives.
Don’t let your pregnancy get the best of you! You deserve to feel comfortable and beautiful at every stage of your pregnancy.
Here are a few ways to pamper yourself because you deserve it!
Care for Your Belly
Taking care of yourself while you’re pregnant means taking prenatal vitamins, but it should mean taking care of your belly too. Nourishing lotions can relax the skin on your stomach, especially during the winter months when dry skin can make you feel very stretched and taught. They also have the potential to ease the development of stretch marks. Not to mention, it’s a relaxing routine to rub lotion on your tummy every night before you go to bed!
Caring for your belly might mean wearing a belly belt to help take some of the pressure off. It also means eating good food!
Get a Pedicure
It’s normal for feet to swell during pregnancy. Your body produces about 50 percent more bodily fluids when developing a baby, which can lead to swelling. Getting a pedicure is one of the best things you can do when your feet are starting to feel uncomfortable.
It’s very relaxing to sit back and have your feet massaged, especially during the third trimester when swelling tends to be a bigger problem.
A pedicure can also make sure your feet look great when your belly is too big to give yourself a pedicure!
Buy Maternity Clothes That Make You Feel Good
Buying maternity clothes isn’t always a lot of fun. Not only are there not a lot of options in most stores, but you also don’t want to spend a fortune on a wardrobe that you’re only going to wear for a few months. The solution for most moms-to-be is to wear stretchy, oversized clothing, like leggings and T-shirts.
Although they are comfortable, they aren’t likely to make you feel good. You deserve to feel beautiful whether you’re hanging around the house or you’re going out to dinner, which means buying at least a few maternity clothing items that you love.
Find solace and take time to celebrate yourself
Escape for a few moments to the corner coffee shop and indulge in a hot chocolate or tea. Sit on the beach with your favorite book. Grab your iPod or an audiobook and go for a long nature walk. In the evening, take a candle lit bath. Feel free to treat yourself to something that makes you feel good, and is good for baby.
Rest as much as possible
The last month of pregnancy is often taxing: emotionally, mentally and physically. Take time to sit in a peaceful place and relax, releasing your concerns and focusing on the positives. When you can, close your eyes and give your body the much needed sleep it is craving at this time.
Pamper yourself with a prenatal massage at the spa
Many spas have packages specifically designed for expecting mothers. Pregnancy can cause major stress on the mind and body, and the better your body feels, the better your mindset and overall well-being.
Find a book that you’re excited to read
If you have trouble sleeping, you may enjoy picking up a good book to help you unwind. This is the perfect time to dive into a great book because once baby arrives, you may not get a chance to read.
Cherish every roll, turn, and kick your baby gives you
No matter how uncomfortable or painful it may be, it only lasts for a short time. Remind yourself that most of your pregnancy is behind you now, and soon you’ll have a new baby in your arms, and life will never be quite the same.
Allow others to help out and take care of you
Being pregnant doesn’t mean you are disabled or can’t take care of yourself, but you can still allow others to dote on you. Skip heavy, strenuous house chores or complicated dinners. Let your family and friends make you dinner, clean your house, or do your laundry. Pretty soon, you will be taking care of not only you, but another person around the clock, and it may be more difficult to get these things done.
Relieve aching feet with Epsom salts
Soaking your feet before bed every night with Epsom salt will help reduce swelling in your feet and ankles that may be causing you discomfort. Also, keep your feet elevated as much as possible to keep your blood flowing healthily.
Go for a swim
Swimming helps ease back aches or swelling feet. Staying active with light exercise will also help prepare you for labor and help you feel strong and empowered. Try treading water for a few minutes or leisurely swim a few laps.
Find nighttime comfort
Getting comfortable during pregnancy can be a real challenge, especially when trying to get a good night’s sleep. If you are having a hard time sleeping at night because you can’t get comfortable, try a full body pillow or a “pregnancy pillow.” They can help support your knees and belly when you lay on your side, allowing for a better night’s rest.
Do prenatal yoga
This is a great way to keep your body limber. It may also aid in childbirth, as some positions open the pelvic region, making it easier for you to open your birth canal. You can practice yoga at home or at a yoga studio. Just be sure you check with your doctor to make sure it is okay.
Get 3D or 4D pictures of your baby inside your womb
You can schedule an appointment to get a special ultrasound of your baby at a clinic that specializes in 3d and 4D ultrasounds. This can give you a glance at what your baby looks like, and how your baby is spending time in the womb. Taking this sneak peak at your baby may help relieve your anxiety as you wait for the big day.
Create a belly cast
Buy a body casting kit and apply a special paste to your belly to make a keepsake mold of your pregnant belly. It is a beautiful way to commemorate the final month, and growth, of your pregnancy.
Hire a professional photographer
Document your bump with beautiful pictures. You can take them on your own or with your family. You may not care about photos of your baby bump now, but you will appreciate them later on when you are no longer pregnant.
Write in a journal
Document your hopes and feelings at this stage of pregnancy. Eventually, you will forget the details of what you were feeling during this time. Later, when the baby arrives and things are much more hectic, you’ll be glad you that recorded how you felt.
Keep making plans
It is good for your physical and mental health to keep busy with things that do not cause you stress. Make plans with your friends and family, but not any that can’t be broken. Ask them to go on walks with you, or go grab some lunch. These are things that you may not have time for once your baby arrives.
Spend time with your significant other
Use this time to invest in your relationship before a time that may cause stress, or at a minimum will cause a great change in your life. You and your partner can go for a picnic, go to dinner, or rent a hotel room for a night. It is important to show each other attention now, before your attention will shift to your new baby.
Get any and all errands out of the way
Have the oil changed on the car, get your hair done. Shop for those baby items you have not yet purchased. Take care of any cleaning and organizing you have been putting off.
Prepare not only for the actual birth, but for the weeks after
Even though you feel uncomfortable now, there are many things that will be much harder to do once the baby is here. Either cook meals to be put in the freezer, or ask friends if they might be willing to help prepare food. The more prepared you are, the more you will feel free to relax.
Take advantage of doctor’s visits
During you last month of pregnancy, you will find yourself at your doctor’s office once a week or more. Use this time with the doctor to make sure all your questions are answered and that you feel prepared for the birth.
Finish getting the nursery ready
Once your baby comes, it will be difficult to tie up any loose ends in the nursery. Make sure diapers and wipes are in an accessible place and have the crib assembled. Prepare your nursery as if you had the baby at home today.
Pack your hospital bag
When the time for baby finally comes, you will want everything you’re bringing to the hospital ready to go. Pack an outfit and blanket for the new baby to wear home. Put some comfortable clothes in there for yourself along with toiletries like lotion, shampoo, and a toothbrush. Consider a soft headband to keep your hair out of your face during labor.