15 Ways To Enjoy Your Pregnancy More
15 Ways To Enjoy Your Pregnancy More
My twin loves are 4 years, 4 months, 2 weeks & 1 day old.
1) Pamper yourself a little
We all can’t afford Paris Hilton type pampering, but surely you can give yourself a little feel-good time. Perhaps a nice manicure, a massage, a new hairstyle to make you feel more sexy, as we all start feeling blah and just over-all unattractive during certain parts of pregnancy no matter what other people say or see. We don’t see ourselves as ‘glowing’. Perhaps a nice facial will change all of that.
R&R whenever you can get it, and some special mom-to-be time is an amazing therapy for the soon to be busy mama. Put on some lipstick and buy a sexier style maternity top because pregnancy IS beautiful on all women and all shapes and sizes. Show off those curves and rock it out mama.
2) Go shopping
Shopping has always helped my mood whether pregnant or not. Buy some stuff for your baby, and it will help you connect more with your pregnancy in awhole. Filling up the closet and drawers with cute outfits is really therapeutic in my opinion. Don’t go overboard because you can’t predict how long your newborn will be in certain sizes, but my point is have fun. If the budget is an issue, shop smart. There are always great steals and deals out there. Seek and ye shall find. Don’t forget to pick up a little something for yourself along the way.
3) Worry less
Worrying is something I spent a lifetime doing, and let me tell you it not only doesn’t change a darn thing but ruin experiences and wastes precious time in life. Also, 99% of the time at least the things we fear don’t even transpire. Just think about all of that precious time and energy wasted, especially during what should be very happy time like pregnancy. Relax and enjoy the ride. You can’t change any little bumps in the road should you have them, but odds are vastly in your favor for a wonderful outcome, so revel in the miracle that you and your partner have created.
4) Get moving & feel great
If you can, get up and get moving! If the weather is nice..even better. The fresh air really helps, and the exercise, no matter how much, even just walking is not only therapeutic for the mind, body and soul, but it helps with labor and delivery, it helps you get toned quicker after the birth, it helps your mood as it releases endorphins, and mood swings in a bored mama can be bad 😈 . Getting out and about really does help more than just the physical you but your mental state as well. Keep your preggo brain in check and get out there. Light exercise and walks in the sunshine do amazing things for the pregnant woman.
5) Put down the broom and let some things slide
You may have other children, spend more time with them for soon there will be a new addition and it changes their lives to. If it is your 1st baby do enjoy the calm before the storm. Just kidding, nothing is more special than your 1st child. It was the best feeling ever for me. Let your partner help you out and relax a bit. Not to the point where you get overly lazy. A bored preggo brain is not usually a happy one because we think too much as women as is, but just don’t overdo things trying to do it all and be perfect. You’ve got time for running around after the birth, and it is most important to bond with your baby both before birth and after.
6) Write about your pregnancy
I kept online pregnancy journals and saved them from my last 2 pregnancies. You can do it on paper, in a book, online, or in a notepad and print it out. It tells how you feel as you go along and all you experienced along the way. What baby name choices are on the table, what happened at your 20 week anatomy scan, the gender, people’s reactions to your pregnancy, how you told your partner, how you were feeling at week 12, week 28… you catch my drift.
Take belly pictures to. You may think you won’t want to look back on those, but when all is said and done, trust me.. you will! I also enjoyed writing poems to my unborn children. Maybe you could even start up a blog like this one. One day maybe even make a few bucks on the side from it. That doesn’t hurt, hey? Just document as much as you can. These are memories to last a lifetime!
7) Do special things to commemorate your pregnancy
I already mentioned scrapbooking and pregnancy journals, but also do a maternity cast of your belly when you get all large and in charge. I did one once. It was fun. You can hang it up on the wall, in the nursery, or just keep it somewhere you can look back on it. It is a fun thing to do. You may need two kits for twins. I would have :lol:. A maternity photo shoot is also a fun thing to do if you can afford it. I did mine at home with a camera, timer and a cheap backdrop. There are lots of fun ways to make your pregnancy memorable beyond pregnancy.
8 ) Indulge in some of your pregnancy cravings
(Not sushi and wine though. That will have to wait.)
Do allow yourself some naughty indulgences. You don’t want to really eat for two or more per se, but pregnancy wouldn’t be pregnancy if you didn’t allow yourself to succumb to some of your greatest yearnings and cravings.
9) Google less
I’m telling you back in ’95 & ’96 I had no computer, so no Internet. Those were super happy-go-lucky pregnancies. Every little pinch we feel we Google now. 101 things come up in a search to cause us worry when it’s usually gas or a growing pain. Nothing at all to fret about. But oh how we do in this day and age. We turn to Dr. Google before our real doctor which is wrong, wrong, wrong.
Back in my day we had books on our baby’s development like What to Expect When You Are Expecting, etc etc. Those kept me educated, and I didn’t lose my mind as I did in latter pregnancies. Give up the Google, and do something productive like creating a memory book for your baby-to-be.
10) Get your sleep
Enjoy your sleep, savor it. It will be gone for awhile, but you’ll get it back eventually. It all works out, but one thing I do while pregnant is appreciate those 8 hours or more I won’t be getting for awhile to come.
11) Relax and watch some pregnancy and motherhood shows & movies
Watch some Lifetime and pregnancy movies. I used to indulge in all of the pregnancy shows like Special Delivery, Maternity Ward, Birthday, etc. I think me and my husband have as much knowledge about pregnancy than the doctors do by now, but I’m not sure if Oprah took over that network and they are totally not on any longer. However, movies like Knocked Up, Father of the Bride part 2, 9 months, Baby Mama, etc. etc. are really fun to watch while you are pregnant yourself.
12) Invest in your night-time comfort with a full-body pregnancy pillow
Definitely, DEFINITELY get yourself a pregnancy body pillow for those heavier pregnancy months. It is worth its weight in gold. Honestly, I started pretty early. It kept me more comfy overall at night. I had the Snoogle at first, but with the twins I upgraded to a Today’s Mom pillow that is just the best thing since sliced bread. Maybe even chocolate. (Yeah, it’s that good 😎 .) You will thank me, and you may even use it after pregnancy, or to help you feed the baby. I found my husband asleep on mine many a time. DO buy one!
It’s amazing I promise! A great deal here to!
13) Go for a 3D/4D ultrasound
With my daughter it was simply a luxury, and some of the best money I could ever have spent. It was magical! With the twins, it was not just an experience I wanted, but it was an experience that I needed. Being pregnant with twins felt surreal. I was in need of this to connect more with the babies and to help me bond. Get rid of some of that twin shock I was still in. It’s a wonderful experience I would recommend to every mom-to-be out there.
14) Make up your baby registry and think about your shower
Some say to wait until the anatomy scan (18-20 wks.), but I just couldn’t do it. Again, I was looking for fun ways to connect with my babies, but also, baby showers are just so darned fun, and so is thinking about one and putting things on your baby registry. Despite the fact that you can now easily do these things online, I found it most fun to go in store and register and scan the items. It was very exciting this way. You can add and/or subtract things online, but go in-store for the full baby shower experience. It is one of the highlights of pregnancy!
15) Make some preggo friends online
I’m talking message boards, Facebook groups. Start bonding with women who are in your shoes and understand everything you are feeling and going through while you are going through it. We had due date clubs, and I made countless friends online that I did not have a one of here at home ‘in person’. It was an immense support system for me, and I highly recommend it to all pregnant women. It can become addictive even.
Your partner may be there for you, and he will try to understand your plight, but he will never fully ‘get it’. There are thousands of terrific groups out there to join. Find your fave or faves and stick with them for the duration. You’ll love it!
Enjoy friends, and a happy pregnancy to all!