There is a lot of information out there on self-care when you get stressed, overwhelmed, or depressed. However, what about pregnancy self care ideas when you have a bun in the oven? When you become pregnant, self-care is even more important because your stress levels affect both you and your baby. I’m entering my third trimester and will be honest with you. It’s not easy mentally or physically whatsoever.
As a full-time working mom to a wonderful 8 year-old daughter, it’s easy sometimes to skip self-care activities because life gets so darn busy. However, the physical and mental challenges of pregnancy has almost “forced” me to include more self-care in my life, for the sake of myself and my unborn child.
In this post, I share with you different ways on how to take care of yourself when you are pregnant. These pregnancy self care ideas have helped me cope with my own challenges in pregnancy.
I rarely hear about using acupuncture for pregnancy self care, which surprises me. There have been studies to show that acupuncture can help stabilize mood symptoms. When you become pregnant, it’s not uncommon to feel a wide range of emotions that fluctuate. I received acupuncture before pregnancy to help increase my energy levels and for back pain. However, after I got pregnant, I also received acupuncture to help relieve stress I was experiencing. I found that receiving acupuncture was extremely helpful for relieving stress while I was pregnant.
Imagine being in a quiet room with soothing music, surrounded by pillows, and getting massaged. Just writing and thinking about it gets me relaxed! A prenatal massage is a great way to relieve muscle aches common in pregnancy, but also a fantastic option for relaxation and stress relief. I had a prenatal massage recently and the relaxation I experienced set the peaceful tone for the rest of my day.
If you decide to get a prenatal massage, be sure your massage therapist is certified in providing prenatal massages for expecting moms.
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If your doctor has cleared you for exercise during pregnancy, I would highly recommend exercising on a regular basis. Exercise has health benefits for your body, but it’s also an effective way to relieve stress during pregnancy. Some of the exercises I found helpful included swimming, stationary bike riding, and working out on elliptical machines. I honestly feel better EVERY time after a workout.
Take walks during work breaks
If you’re pregnant and working part-time or full-time at a job, try going for a walk outside during your work breaks. This gives you an opportunity to relax, de-stress from your work duties, and breathe in some fresh air. I try to incorporate at least one walk during each work shift. It’s not always possible if I have back-to-back mandatory meetings. However, on most days, I am able to take a short walk outside, even if it’s just for 5 minutes.
Talk to a therapist
You will likely feel many different emotions throughout your pregnancy. If you find yourself feeling depressed, anxious, or stressed to a point that you feel it affects your quality of life or how you function, consider going to a therapist. Processing your feelings and discussing ways to cope can be a great option for you.
If you do not have a therapist already, check with your health insurance company on a list of available contracted therapists.
Clear out some clutter
A few weeks ago, I was looking at my home and felt anxiety just by looking at the piles of clutter that was starting to build up around me. I worked with my family on organizing things around us, which included throwing out and donating a lot of “stuff” that has collected in our home over time.
Once we completed different organization projects, our home looked sooooo much better. It was more organized, clean, spacious, and visually appealing. There was something about looking at and being surrounded in this new decluttered space that lifted away my anxiety. I felt more relaxed in my space.
If you find that you are surrounded my disorganization or clutter, get started on some organization projects around the house. Once you find yourself in a more organized and decluttered space, you may start to feel some stress relief.
Those are some of my pregnancy self-care ideas for pregnant mamas out there. If you’re pregnant and in need of some self-care or ways to de-stress, try some of my tips. I hope you’re able to find some relief. Have there been any self-care strategies you found helpful in your pregnancy? Share your experience in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you!
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