Pregnancy can be exhausting. It’s over nine months of endless changes, both physically and mentally. Not to mention just getting through everyday life, working and taking care of household responsibilities. For many, the last thing on their mind is taking time just for mom, but it’s extremely important to make sure you’re healthy for you and for your baby. Here are some ways South Lake OB/GYN Advanced Surgery encourages soon-to-be moms to practice self-care.
Get a Massage
This may not be in everyone’s comfort zone, but bringing in a masseuse could be just what you need to relieve any built-up tension or stress you are feeling. Studies have shown that massages can improve sleep and increase endorphins, and we know every bit of sleep is precious. The best part is you don’t even have to leave your home to get one if you don’t want to.
Like meditation, yoga helps you focus on your breathing and to be more mindful of your thoughts as you work on improving the strength and flexibility of your body. It’s a great stress reliever and ideal for everyone no matter their fitness level. There are many different styles to choose from and most studios offer prenatal yoga classes.
Have a Pamper Session
Condition your hair, put on your favorite face mask, and paint your nails. Do all the things that make you feel relaxed and beautiful. Once you’ve used a due date calculator and determined when your little bundle is coming it can be a non-stop process of thinking about things you have, things you might need, appointments, and more. This can lead to mom’s needs being put on the back burner, but remember to take time to do nice things for yourself.
Unplug for a Day
With technology constantly evolving, we are becoming more and more connected to others. Through our smartphones, tablets, even smartwatches, gadgets are taking over our lives. Can you remember the last time you had a conversation with someone without checking your phone or being distracted? Take one day a week to unplug and thoroughly enjoy life around you. You’ll find yourself being more engaged and more appreciative of the things in your life. A happy mom makes a happy baby.
At South Lake OB/GYN Advanced Surgery we recognize that each pregnancy is different. If you have a method of self-care you’d like to try but aren’t sure if it’s safe during pregnancy, don’t hesitate to contact your Orlando OB/GYN.