Let’s face it. Not every pregnancy is full of smiles and glowing skin. For some moms, there’s the nausea, food and smell aversions, exhaustion, aching muscles, and bed rest for high risk pregnancies.
But despite the drawbacks, few moms regret experiencing this journey of growth and power.
Pregnancy can be a life changing, special time no matter how many children you have. After experiencing this four times, I want to offer some ideas on making the best of this season in your life.
- Prenatal massages are so relaxing and help soothe those aching muscles.
- Keep up with your favorite beauty treatments, whether it’s getting a haircut, getting waxed, and/or maintaining your manicure.
- Moisturize your stretching skin. I prefer slathering mango butter all over my skin, but especially over the belly bump, lower back, and anywhere else that feels itchy.
- Don’t forget to embrace the thick, glossy hair, glowing skin, and soft curves. This means dressing in clothing that showcases your bump and makes you feel confident. Your waist may be thickening, but no one will notice when their eyes are glued to your shiny hair, healthy skin, and contagious joy.
Hire a professional photographer for a maternity shoot. You are a gorgeous, magical creature because there’s life growing inside of you. Show off what you’ve got–you’ll never regret those photos. I wish I had done this for all my pregnancies, rather than the last two.
Get comfortable maternity clothes that make you feel put together. If you don’t want to purchase a new wardrobe, I recommend buying essentials from H&M, a couple of dresses and jeans from A Pea in the Pod or Motherhood Maternity, and you can always rent the rest from Le Tote. That’s what I did, and I loved having these options. Oh, and if you need affordable workout pants, I love the active ones from the Ingrid & Isabel line at Target.
I know most people think that pregnancy is the time when you can eat whatever you want without consequences, but that’s not true. Gaining too much weight will put more strain on your body. Plus, getting rid of it after the baby is born will be tough as well. I had to learn this lesson the hard way.
I’ve always been thin, and I bought into the belief that I could eat whatever I wanted during my pregnancy. I gave into my cravings of Belgian waffles topped with strawberries more times than I could count. My poor husband wanted to make me happy, so our late night runs to IHOP resulted in me gaining forty pounds. This number isn’t so bad, but you should’ve seen how swollen I got. I cringe when I see old pictures of me from this time because that’s not what I wanted to look like.
I also didn’t drink enough water or do much more than walk around at work. So all the bad food and lack of activity was a recipe for disaster.
Thankfully, for my second and third pregnancy I did much better. I ate better, drank lots of fluids, and I incorporated yoga with the walking. I thought that I had cracked the code because I felt energetic until the third trimester, and my recovery went well.
Now that I’m pregnant with my fourth child I have to say that what I’m doing now is even better than my previous pregnancies. The only difference this time around is that I continued lifting weights throughout my pregnancy, although I modified the exercises and frequency of the workouts as the pregnancy progressed.
I’m convinced that lifting has contributed to my energy levels, upbeat mood, and preventing the sciatic pain and digestive issues I usually have during pregnancy.
You don’t have to start picking up weights during your pregnancy if you weren’t lifting before, but I recommend staying active and healthy.
Take Progress Pictures
I almost forgot to mention this little gem. Yes, take photos as your body changes. You’ll be amazed at how quickly these changes take place.
If you’re ready to get on board with getting healthy in mind and body, whether you’re pregnant or not, sign up here for my free 30 day healthy living/ life balance challenge starting in August. It’s the perfect time for a new start!
Until next time,