Looking after yourself during pregnancy
During pregnancy, it can be easy to get swept up in doing everything for your little one, all while forgetting to look after yourself. Yes, it is important that you keep your baby healthy, but this shouldn’t mean that all kinds of self-care should be left behind. Looking after yourself will put you in the best position to raise your baby and will keep you healthy, which will make for a much easier pregnancy. Here are our top self-care tips for looking after yourself during pregnancy.
Ask for help when you need it
Pregnancy will teach you that mothers are superheroes with hidden capes, but this does not mean that you’re in it alone. The best pregnancies are those that are supported by family and friends and you should not shy away from asking for help if you need it. No one will think any less of you if you ask a friend to run some errands or ask your partner to cook dinner. Pregnancy is tiring and the people around you will be happy to help!
The best kind of pregnancy care is the kind that involves manicures and face masks! Pampering yourself during pregnancy is a great way to relax your body and mind, which will have tremendous benefits on your overall health. You could try an at-home pamper session with facemasks and a bubble bath or maybe even take yourself to your nearest spa. You could also invite your friends to join you; a pamper day is a fun activity with friends that doesn’t involve alcohol!
Whilst it is completely okay to put your feet up and rest, many women find that keeping moderately active during pregnancy helps their mental health. Staying active does not mean intense weight lifting sessions at the gym, it could simply mean going for a stroll or taking a yoga class. You should always speak to your doctor or midwife about any exercise that you plan to do before starting it. Most light exercise is safe, but it’s always best to double-check! Exercise can help to release endorphins and alleviate stress, which is good for both mother and baby.
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