It’s so important to take good care of yourself while you’re pregnant, it’s what is best for you and baby. These are the best pregnancy self-care tips!
Pregnancy Self-Care Tips You Must Try Today
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Finding out you’re pregnant can bring out so many emotions, such as joy, excitement, and fear. When I was pregnant, I got so much advice on what to do and not do during my pregnancy. I received a ton of tips and advice on what I should be eating, how much I should be exercising, and how often I should be visiting the doctor. I also got some pregnancy self-care tips, which I discuss in this post. These tips helped me relax and manage stress during my pregnancy.
What is self-care? Self-care is an activity you do to nourish your emotional and well-being. Pregnancy self-care is especially important during these 9 months since you’re caring for two people – you and your precious unborn baby.
Pregnancy Self-Care Tips
Epsom Salt Bath
During my second and third trimesters, I had a lot of muscle aches. Someone recommended I take an Epsom salt bath to help relieve some of the aches. Indeed, the baths helped reduce my body aches, but they also helped me to relax. Check with your doctor first to make sure it’s okay for you to do Epsom salt baths.
I poured about 1-2 cups of Epsom salts in a tub of warm water. Then, I let my body soak in the tub for about 20 minutes. You can use plain Epsom salts or scented Epsom salts if you desire. For me, I preferred lavender-scented Epsom salts.
You know what I got in my second trimester that felt like heaven? It was a prenatal massage! This was probably my favorite pregnancy self-care tip. I love getting massages when I get stressed or my muscles start to ache because they’re extremely relaxing and soothing. It’s an instant de-stressor for me. I also got massages before my pregnancy, but prenatal massages had some differences. One of the main differences is that you don’t lie on your stomach in a prenatal massage. My massage mostly consisted of me lying on the side. I also had a lot of supporting pillows. If your doctor gives you the thumbs up, I highly recommend doing a prenatal massage.
I never knew about the “pregnancy pillow” until someone recommended it to me. This was something I absolutely needed for pregnancy self-care! Once I started to get big, I couldn’t quite find any comfortable position in the bed. Once I got a pregnancy pillow, I was able to relax a little bit better and get more comfortable. When you create your baby essentials list or registry list, consider adding a pregnancy pillow.
Listening to music can be a great pregnancy self-care strategy to help reduce stress, relax and get in touch with your feelings. There are several ways you can add music to your routine or day:
- While you exercise
- During a car/train ride
- At Mealtime
I found writing in a journal extremely helpful in pregnancy self-care. Journal writing is a powerful stress management tool that can help clarify your thoughts and feelings. It can also reduce stress. It’s important to remember that journaling is not homework or a work project. Don’t worry about grammar, spelling, and foul language. Free your mind.
Examples of questions and prompts for journaling during your pregnancy:
- Are you scared of anything?
- What are you most excited about?
- What are you looking forward to the most?
- If you could have 3 things today, what would they be and why?
Pregnancy comes with its challenges, but there are always ways to manage them. Use some of these pregnancy self-care tips today to help you along your journey.
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Joyce Felix is a mom blogger that writes about parenting, motherhood, finances, food, and pregnancy. She can be found at her blog on Celebrate Moms Forever.