How to relax when you're pregnant - tips by

When you’re pregnant, your body goes through so many changes that taking care of yourself physically, mentally and emotionally is incredibly important. You deserve to pamper yourself as much as you can!

Here are some helpful suggestions on how you can take great care of yourself during this special time.

1) Massage – Yes, it’s the most obvious one, but it’s so important, especially in the third trimester when your little one is getting really big. A great massage can alleviate aches and pains in your back, legs, feet or wherever you’re feeling tight. For safety reasons, make sure to find a masseuse who specializes in pregnancy massage.

2) Light Exercise – Before you do any type of exercise, make sure you get the okay from your doctor. Nice walks are a great way to get your body moving, can help reduce anxiety, and can aid in better sleep. Make sure to wear comfortable walking shoes with good support because as your bump gets bigger, your back will need all the support it can get carrying around the extra weight of your baby.

3) A Body Pillow – Oh how I loved my body pillow! It was especially helpful toward the end when I couldn’t get comfortable in bed. They’re worth every penny. Cuddle up to it through your entire pregnancy. You deserve it!!

4) Acupuncture – Acupuncture can also bring relief and a sense of calm to your body while pregnant, but again, be sure to find an acupuncturist who has experience working with pregnant women. I worked with one in my third trimester because the edema in my ankles and feet was really painful. (Not to mention I looked like I had clown feet!!) This helped me get through those final months of pregnancy.

5) Well-fitting bras – Let’s face it, our tummies and rear ends aren’t the only things getting bigger! It’s important to support your breasts as you go through your pregnancy. Once you grow out of your regular bras, it’s a good idea to get professionally fitted so you know your new size. You don’t have to spend a fortune, but find two comfy bras to wear throughout your pregnancy (even to sleep in if you need to) and then be prepared to get a few more in bigger sizes if you are going to breastfeed.

Finding a calm environment to relax when you're pregnant is important for your well being.

6) A Calm Environment– Find a special place in your home (maybe your nursery) where you can light a candle, sip some tea, and listen to some peaceful music. I did this in my daughter’s nursery, rocking in her rocker. I rubbed my hands on my belly, took deep breaths, and sometimes talked or sang to her. It was a wonderful way to relax myself and feel connected to my little love.

7) Prenatal yoga – This is a wonderful way for you to take care of yourself and meet other pregnant moms. Your body is changing so much and prenatal yoga can you through these changes and bring you peace of mind.

8) Indulge your cravings – You don’t want to go overboard and indulge every little craving you have, but you don’t want to be too strict either. Overall, it’s important to eat healthy, but it’s ok to indulge some of those wacky cravings, unless they are medically not good for you or your baby!

9) Prenatal Pilates – If yoga’s not your thing, you may enjoy prenatal Pilates. It is incredibly important your instructor has experience working with pregnant women to make sure you only do exercises that are okay for you. Pilates is a great way to keep up your strength and stretch out your body at the same time.

10) A Baby Moon – A great way to celebrate the coming arrival of your baby and to also celebrate your relationship pre-baby is to go on a baby moon. Make sure it’s a relaxing get away that doesn’t include a lot of strenuous activity. And of course check with your doctor about when and where it’s okay to travel. Make sure you can really relax and get lots of sleep!

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