Can I share something with you? As the New Year rolls in and 2015 begins, I want to remind you to take time for yourself. The excitement of a first time mom during her pregnancy can be contagious...and exhausting.
First Pregnancies are Special (Code for Quiet)
And not just because of the magic of growing a baby...with subsequent pregnancies you will get much, MUCH less downtime. Enjoy those quiet moments and nap chances when you are tired now! Spend quality time with your partner! Once your babe arrives, you will have an new normal that really may not leave a lot of downtime for the first few months (or years).
We tend to do things we practice really well, so why not practice self-care now? By the time baby comes along, you will be prepared to take time for self-care then...and believe me, you will need it!
Send Stress Packing
You cut back on coffee, say no to sushi and avoid deli meats, but what about stress? Are you jamming all the work you can in these last few months? Worried about all of the purchases you need for babe? Renovating the house to make the nursery perfect? STOP!
High stress can be dangerous for you and babe; take the time to relax and unwind. Take a long walk, visit your chiropractor (or massage therapist), relax in the bath, read your novel, practice yoga, meditate...whatever floats your boat and settles you down. Mindfullness (the practice of being aware of the present) has been a go-to for me in times of stress. Knowing how to de-stress yourself is powerful knowledge for you and your partner during pregnancy, in childbirth and postpartum. It will benefit you for years to come!
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Eat Well....For Real
As you are reading this and gagging...I'm serious. Eating can become a nightmare in the first few months. The better health you and your gut are in before pregnancy, the better off you may be during pregnancy. Choose real food and never be hungry! Almonds, hard boiled eggs, leafy greens, bone broth, lentils, fruit and vegetables. Keep track of what you are eating so you can see if there are any patterns to your ills. Our Birth Boot Camp Field Manuals come with Chow Charts to help you make sure you are getting enough protein and the rest of your nutrients.
So please, take some time for yourself and your partner. Be okay with resting. Your world is about to turn upside down in the most amazing way, so make sure you prepare by taking "me time". If you don't learn to do it now, you really won't take the time after baby comes. I beg you, start the self-care now!
Let's share...what is your favourite way to practice self-care?? Please leave a comment below with you best tip!
With love and light,