When you're pregnant, it's only natural that your waking moments (and maybe your dreams, too!) are consumed by thoughts of your baby. In fact, one might wager that from the moment you knew, or even suspected, that you were pregnant, you have thought of little else besides your baby!
Sometimes, when you get so caught up in nurturing this new life, you may forget to take care of yourself. With all the feelings of excitement, anxiety, and nervousness about prenatal tests and the birth itself, it is no wonder that you may have become your own lowest priority.
The following tips come recommended by mothers who wish they had remembered to always put themselves, if not first, then a close second.
- Soak in a warm, soothing bath. A bath can help wash away the stress of the day. Try a bubble bath or choose essential oils such as sandalwood, lavender, and ylang ylang, which are safe to use during pregnancy and will help ease stress. Consult your healthcare practitioner for additional information concerning which aromatherapy oils are approved for use during your pregnancy.
- Try meditation. Practice meditation, or just take a short break for yourself. Turn on your favorite music, put up your feet, and then sit back and enjoy.
- Indulge in your favorite hobby or pastime. Spend time doing things you enjoy, whether it's reading a book, writing letters, journaling in a pregnancy diary, or simply doing nothing—a foreign concept in these busy days!