Although pregnancy is amazing, that doesn’t always mean people feel fantastic. In fact, many people suffer from excessive vomiting, exhaustion, high or low blood pressure – and everyday life doesn’t stop. Being extra kind to yourself and your body while you are doing these amazing things.
Growing a baby or babies is demanding work. Many people don’t drink enough water in everyday life. This bad habit carries on into pregnancy. A lack of water can mean you’ll feel Braxton Hicks more often, or that you feel sick more often. If you suffer from extreme sickness, keeping water down can be challenging. So sipping small amounts throughout the day will be your best option.
If you have the opportunity to sleep or at the very least lay down and rest, then do so. Rise as late as you can in the morning, and head to be as early as you can in the evening. Because much of the time in the later weeks of pregnancy, it can feel like you aren’t getting any rest at all, it is important to catch as much shut-eye as you can.
Pregnant feet suddenly have to carry much more weight. Not only that, but they are prone to swelling up on the best of days. If you can find the time to book yourself in for a professional massage, then do so. If not, then simply soaking your feet in some warm bubbly water will do wonders. If your partner or a friend is willing to give your feet a rub, then excellent! You do have to be careful with reflexology, but a gentle massage can be enjoyable.
One of the things that people regret the most is that they don’t have enough pictures of themselves while they are pregnant. Somewhere during the later months, when you have a beautiful bump is the perfect time to book in with a photographer like Michael Kormos, who has a lot of experience with maternity photoshoots. It can be challenging to feel confident when you are pregnant due to how the body changes and a photoshoot where you are the star of the show can be the remedy to that.
The energy used to grow a baby is a lot. And often, you might find yourself reaching for quick snacks and sugary foods to compensate. And while you should be able to enjoy your food and eat what you like, nourishing your body is essential. Eating protein and energy-rich foods like broccoli, spinach, and a lot of fruit will mean you are getting all of the vitamins you need to feel great. Of course, you should still take the vitamins that you are given by your physician.
Sometimes you have to say no. If you are used to being busy, helping lots of people and a lot of lifting and carrying. Or even just being invited out for coffee and you don’t have the physical or mental energy for it, one of the biggest things you can do is say no.