Pregnancy is a time filled with many joys, hopes and discoveries, as well as uncertainties and worries. Make a special effort every day of your pregnancy to take care of your physical, mental and emotional health. The following ideas may be helpful as you try to stay positive and relaxed throughout the ups and downs of your pregnancy.
Work on developing mental discipline. Take each day at a time and try not to worry about next week, next month, your delivery or upcoming motherhood. Think of your pregnancy as a nine month marathon. You need to do healthy little acts every day to help you recharge, relax and stay focused on your nine-month journey.
Exercise as often as you can. Exercise is excellent for your physical and mental health. Try to complete thirty to forty-five minutes of exercise every day. Devote time to both low-impact cardiovascular exercise, such as swimming, water aerobics, walking and bicycling, and strength training exercise, like yoga or Pilates. Make sure that you drink plenty of water throughout your workout. Always begin with a warm-up and finish with a cool-down. Exercise is a powerful tool in combating both depression and anxiety.
Develop a more flexible day-to-day routine. Prepare yourself ahead of time for the unpredictable schedule that comes along with having a baby. Your life is going to change significantly, so savor each day of your pregnancy. Allow yourself the freedom to nap in the morning or afternoon if you feel tired, but avoid napping after 4:00pm so that you can sleep properly at night. Try to eat six mini-meals throughout the day instead of the traditional three meals. Eat healthy food when you feel hungry.
Invest time every day in nurturing your spirit.
a) Spend time reading a quality fiction or non-fiction book.
b) Spend quiet time praying or meditating.
c) Invest time in listening to relaxing classical or folk music.
Tie up loose ends at work. Set manageable professional goals that you wish to accomplish before your baby is born. Develop better organizational skills at work and at home. Learn how to prioritize your tasks.
Invest in several reputable pregnancy guidebooks. Spend some time each day reading about an aspect of pregnancy. Ideally read with your husband or share what you learn with him.
Let go of your expectations and pre-conceived notions attached to being pregnant and becoming a mother. Avoid comparing yourself to other women and other mothers in particular. Try to think positively.
Enjoy shopping for maternity clothes. Find clothes that flatter your changing figure and make you feel good about yourself.
Have fun shopping for your baby’s nursery. Keep the environment in mind and try to make eco-friendly choices when it comes to decorating your nursery and purchasing baby furniture.
Keep a special pregnancy journal. Consider starting a pregnancy/ motherhood blog. Document your feelings, collect photos of your growing body, your baby’s nursery, and photos from your baby shower. Journal or blog about the physical and emotional changes that you are enduring to help you deal with the joys and challenges of your pregnancy.