8 ways to look after yourself during pregnancy

You are probably focused on your growing baby, but it’s important to prioritise your own wellbeing when you’re pregnant.

Pregnancy is an exciting time and brings plenty of changes and challenges, both emotionally and physically.

You’re probably focused on your growing baby, but it’s important to prioritise your own wellbeing during this time.

Here are some ways to practice self-care during pregnancy:

  1. Get some rest

Growing a baby uses up a lot of energy.

Ensure you get plenty of sleep overnight. Take catnaps during the day if possible, even if you just rest your eyes for 15 minutes with your feet up.

  1. Move your body

While rest is important, regular exercise promotes the release of endorphins, your body’s feel-good hormone that boosts your mood.

Activities such as swimming, yoga, walking or low-impact aerobics are great ways to promote a healthy body and mind.

  1. Eat well

It’s temping to reach for the high-sugar foods, especially when you’re tired. A well-balanced diet of nutrient-dense foods staves off cravings and ups your energy.

  1. Reduce stress

We live in a high-paced world and stress can have a negative effect on your emotional wellbeing and your physical health. Try mindfulness, yoga, meditation and massage to bring your mind into a peaceful state so you can cope better with the busyness of daily life.

  1. Go somewhere

It might be the beach, the mountains, or sitting out in the sun and soaking up some vitamin D. Take yourself to a place where your mind and body can be still, allowing you to focus inward and breathe deeply.

  1. Pamper yourself

Love a good massage? Or is a pedicure your thing? Book yourself regular pamper sessions. Even a night in with a favourite face-mask is a lovely way to treat yourself.

  1. Soak it up

Run a warm, deep bath, add Epsom salts or your favourite bath bomb, and light some candles. To take your relaxation further, play some relaxing music.

  1. Snuggle up

Getting close to a loved one promotes oxytocin, another feel-good hormone important during labour and birth. Make time each day to get your quota of hugs and loving touch.

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Written by Sam McCulloch