Recently, I talked about how my anxiety is getting ahead of me during this pregnancy sometimes, even though I’m on top of my medication. I gave a few ways how I personally begin to de-stress. I feel that it is very important to take notice of when life seems to get the better of you, especially when you are pregnant. That is something I didn’t really do, notice, or understand with my first pregnancy (of course, I was teaching a new subject at a new school with a 50 minute commute and didn’t really even have time to think!). This pregnancy, I’m trying to pay more attention to my own needs and self-care, and thankfully, I have a wonderful husband who has completely supported me in doing so.
Get Enough Sleep
There is a special time after your kids go to bed–you and your spouse’s “happy hour.” However, it’s important to listen to your body and get enough sleep at night. I try to go to bed round 10 pm because I’m usually up (because of either my husband or my 2 year old) by 6:30 am. Also, take naps when you can. Last pregnancy, I didn’t have any kids, but I didn’t have any opportunity to nap until dinner time…which meant that sometimes I napped past dinner and got up at 8 pm starving! This time, I take a nap with my son if I’m feeling exhausted. Or, I’ll plop him down in front of the TV while I close my eyes for 20-30 minutes.
Get Clothes That Fit
Last pregnancy, I didn’t gain a lot of weight. But, I still stretched out my shirts a bit. I mainly got maternity slacks and wore a ton of maxi dresses and skirts while I taught. Which meant, this time round, I didn’t have a lot of leisure maternity clothes. I didn’t want to spend a lot of money since we had just paid for a move, but I was tired of either feeling slouchy in my husband’s tees or showing every line and bulge with shirts that weren’t maternity. I finally convinced myself it was ok to spend money on maternity clothing. Thank goodness for Old Navy and Target having cute, inexpensive maternity wear! I didn’t know you could be this comfortable while pregnant, and I am so grateful that I spent the money to do so. It definitely has helped me to feel more confident!
Be Healthy, But Spoil Yourself Sometimes
Last pregnancy, we ate out a lot and didn’t have a ton of real meals for dinner. I was getting home at around 4:45 pm and my husband after that. Neither of us really felt like cooking. I ate like crap, and although I didn’t gain a lot of weight, it was definitely hard to recover after giving birth. This time round, I am trying to eat healthier and exercise. I pay attention to my body and don’t over do it while exercising. I actually use this awesome low-intensity HIIT home workout app three times a week. Go on walks. Rhys and I take the stroller out on mornings sometimes (when it’s not an oven down here in Texas!). We also go to the mall and take laps in the AC. Thankfully, my cravings have also been a bit healthier: salad, fresh food, sandwiches, etc. But, it’s also ok to spoil yourself sometimes. Every now and then, I have a Pepsi and make some dessert.
Get Away For a Night
There have been two times this pregnancy that I have just been overwhelmed with life, with relationships, with stress, with motherhood. It has ended in full-blown panic attacks and lashing out. My wonderful husband told me to go out to dinner and spend a night at the Marriott hotel. It was exactly what I needed! Some solitary, quiet hours to just relax and catch up on life. Oh, and I slept in past 9 AM both times!
Do What Needs to Get Done
A lot of people think that self-care is all about self-indulgence or spoiling yourself. Not always. Sometimes, the best way to care for yourself is to eliminate stress of procrastination. Get your to-do list done. Be productive. Clean up. Take small steps in doing so, and take numerous breaks, but don’t put things off. You’ll feel a lot more relaxed and happy.
No matter what religion you proscribe to, pay attention to it during your pregnancy. It can be a lot of comfort to yourself. Read scriptures, meditate, pray, attend church.
Care About Your Looks
Take a shower! A full shower! Wash your hair, shave your legs and armpits, brush your teeth, actually do your hair, and put on at least some makeup. Your confidence levels and self-esteem will raise dramatically if you do. Use nice products. You don’t have to get top of the line brand name makeup or hair care products, but be willing to spend more than a few dollars on them. A shampoo that I’ve recently started liking is this Winter Blend Shampoo from Maple Holistics.
Maple Holistics is a natural and holistic beauty product company. All their products are made in the USA, all natural, cruelty free, sulfate free, and safe for color. Their Winter Blend Shampoo is great for the winter time because it takes care of your wear during harsh weather that would break it or cause it to frizz. It is a mint blend and includes wild mint, bergamot mint, spearmint, peppermint, eucalyptus mint, and jojoba oil. I absolutely loved the scent of it while using it–it permeated the entire shower and really helped to relax me. It works perfectly with the Winter Blend Conditioner!
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How do you self-care while pregnant?