20 Often Overlooked Healthy Tips During Pregnancy
BY JEN AMBROSE
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A big hello to our newest mama on the block!
First off, huge congrats on that bun in the oven!
Navigating the world of pregnancy can sometimes feel like trying to put together IKEA furniture. All those parts! And where does this go? But guess what? Every mom’s been there. And guess what else? We’ve got some trusty tips up our sleeve to help you cruise through these nine months.
So, grab a (decaf) coffee or a soothing herbal tea, and let's dive into some super-duper, ultra-awesome "healthy tips during pregnancy" that you haven't read about a bazillion times already.
The Do's and Don'ts: Healthy Tips During Pregnancy You Must Know
1. Sing to Your Baby Bump
Now, before you look at me like I've lost my marbles, hear me out. Singing to your baby not only helps you bond but can also be super relaxing. Plus, it doesn’t matter if you sound like Beyoncé or more like a squeaky toy. Your baby just loves to hear mama’s voice. And if you’re not feeling that brave? Just hum or talk about your day. Your voice will become their favorite lullaby!
2. Be a DIY Diva
The pregnancy glow is real! But sometimes, so are the random pimples, and the dry skin, and... you get the drift. Instead of grabbing products with a gazillion chemicals, why not whip up a natural face mask with stuff in your kitchen? Like, oatmeal and honey or mashed bananas and yogurt. Bonus: If you end up tasting a bit, it’s 100% edible!
3. Laughter is the Best Medicine
We've all had those days. You know, when you've worn two different shoes to work, or forgotten where you put the car keys (hint: fridge... don't ask). Instead of beating yourself up about it, have a giggle! Watch a funny movie, read a light-hearted book, or just laugh about the silly things. They say a baby feels mama’s emotions, so why not share a chuckle or two?
4. Dance Like Nobody’s Watching
Because honestly, nobody probably is. Unless you've got a sneaky pet who's judging your moves. But hey, a little boogie can lift your mood, keep you fit, and let you bond with your baby. And if you’re in the mood for slow dances, just sway gently. Your baby will enjoy the rhythmic motion.
5. Stay Hydrated, the Fancy Way
Water is super essential during pregnancy, but sometimes it can get, well... boring. So, jazz it up! Add a slice of lemon, cucumber, or even a dash of fruit juice. If you feel super fancy, pop in a fun straw or a cute umbrella. Cheers, mama!
6. Love Letters to Baby
Every week, write a little note to your baby. Talk about your hopes, dreams, or even the crazy craving you had at 2 AM (pickles and ice cream, anyone?). Not only is it therapeutic for you, but it’ll also be a beautiful keepsake for them when they’re older.
7. Make Time for Me-Time
Take some time out for yourself. Whether it's a relaxing bath with some gentle music, a trip to the bookstore, or just 10 minutes of meditative breathing – do what makes your soul happy. Baby will feel it too!
8. Get Crafty
Ever wanted to take up knitting or painting? Now’s the time! Create something beautiful for your baby, and while you're at it, those creative vibes are a great way to de-stress.
9. Talk It Out
Got worries? Talk to fellow mamas, join a support group, or even chat with your partner. Sometimes, just putting words to your feelings can lighten the load.
10. Go Shoe Shopping!
Hold on! Before you think I'm leading you astray, did you know your feet can change size during pregnancy? Sometimes they might swell, or even grow a size! So, it’s the perfect excuse (like you needed one) to grab a pair that’s comfy and cute.
11. Spice It Up...With Pillows!
Sleeping can get, well, a little tricky with a growing belly. Suddenly, your favorite sleeping position feels like you're trying to fit a square peg in a round hole. But here’s where pillows become your best buddies. Prop one between your legs, another behind your back, and maybe even one under that lovely bump. Trust me, you’ll feel like you’re floating on a cloud. And hey, bonus? They don’t snore!
I've got to rave about the Momcozy Pregnancy Pillow! Unlike stacking random bed pillows, this U-shaped full-body pillow provides targeted support exactly where we need it during pregnancy. Plus, it's 57 inches of pure comfort, and with a removable cover, it's super easy to clean. Give it a try; your bump (and back) will thank you!
12. Explore the Great Outdoors
Sunshine, fresh air, and the gentle rustle of leaves. Nature is nature's way of saying, "Hey mama, relax a bit!" Take a gentle walk in the park, have a mini picnic or simply enjoy the view from your balcony or backyard. The vitamin D will do wonders for your mood, and the gentle exercise is great for you and the baby.
13. Channel Your Inner Chef
Crazy cravings? Instead of hitting up the drive-thru, try making a healthier homemade version. You'd be amazed at how tasty a homemade burger can be with fresh ingredients. Plus, cooking can be therapeutic. And hey, if you end up with peanut butter, pickles, and potato chip sandwiches – rock on, mama! At least they're made with love.
14. Stay Curious
There are so many things happening in your body, and while it's a familiar journey for many, it's still uniquely yours. Read up, watch documentaries, or attend prenatal classes. Stay informed, stay empowered!
15. Stretch it Out
Gentle stretches can be fantastic during pregnancy. Not only does it help with those pesky aches and pains, but it can also help you relax and connect with your body. Consider trying prenatal yoga – just make sure you have an instructor who knows the dos and don'ts for expecting mamas.
16. Have a Date Night
With the baby coming, things are about to get a bit hectic. Take some time out with your partner. Go watch that movie, have dinner at your favorite restaurant, or just cuddle up at home. Remember, it's the little moments that count.
17. Dress the Part
Who says maternity wear has to be boring? Find clothes that make you feel beautiful, comfortable, and confident. Whether it's a flowy dress, comfy leggings, or that cute top, wear what makes you smile.
18. Document the Journey
Take photos of your growing belly, jot down thoughts in a journal, or make a scrapbook. It's a special time, and you'll cherish these memories for years to come.
19. Be Kind to Yourself
There will be days when you feel on top of the world and others when getting out of bed feels like a task. It's okay. Take things at your own pace, and remember, you're doing the best you can.
20. Listen to Those Old Wives' Tales – Just for Fun!
From predicting the baby's gender based on how you're carrying to guessing the due date by the phase of the moon, these tales can be a hoot. While they might not be scientifically accurate, they sure make for entertaining baby shower talk!
Alrighty, future rockstar mom! That’s the latest scoop from one mama to another. Through all the ups, downs, and roundabouts, remember that this journey, with all its quirks, is incredibly special. Enjoy every heartbeat, every kick, and every craving.
And hey, if all else fails, and you find yourself sobbing because they ran out of your favorite ice cream flavor, know this: you're not alone. And spoiler alert? You're going to rock this whole mom thing!
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