The early stages of pregnancy can feel quite overwhelming especially for first time mothers-to-be. There are so many things to think about involving the baby’s future and how your life will change once the baby comes, that it is easy to forget about some of the things you can do during your pregnancy to prepare for life afterwards. This is the most important time for you to take care of yourself properly and put your needs first as doing so will benefit both you and the baby. Here are a few tips on what you can do to take care of your body so that you and your baby stay happy and healthy.
Get Comfortable Clothing
You will want to plan ahead for how much your body will change during the pregnancy. Having specialised maternity wear will help you feel more comfortable and less restricted as your body is expanding and changing. Your only options aren’t just muumuus and free flowing flower-printed dresses; it is possible to get a regular pair of maternity jeans or slacks and pair it with a nice blouse or sweater. You can also find plenty of maternity swimwear for at the pool when you need to feel light and buoyant!
Pamper Your Skin
During your pregnancy, the expansion of your body puts a lot of stress on your skin. We have all heard of the dreaded stretch marks, but did you know you can prevent them from developing just by moisturizing your skin? There are plenty of products available especially for pregnant women that have ingredients that are proven to be safe for your developing baby.
As you get bigger, you may find it increasingly challenging just trying to get out of bed in the morning let alone to do some exercising. Just remember that staying active will benefit you both during the pregnancy and while giving birth and also helps to reduce your stress levels. There are many great pregnancy-specific exercises to do, so make sure you ask your doctor which ones will be the best for you.
Everyone will tell you that having a nutritious diet is super important during pregnancy, and they are right. Eating healthy will ensure that your baby has all the vitamins and minerals that it needs for development and really sets the stage for your child’s general health. You will also feel better during your pregnancy if you are eating the proper food. Find yourself a nutritionist that you like and have them help you come up with a pregnancy diet plan. Enlisting help will guarantee that you don’t miss anything important!
Save Your Back
Most women will complain about back pain at some point during pregnancy. You are carrying a lot of extra weight that is unevenly distributed on your body, so it makes sense that your back, hips and legs will have to compensate for it. Here is where it is good to take it easy and try to find some time to relax during the day. You might also want to develop a gentle stretching routine that you can start at the beginning of your pregnancy and feel the benefits of it when you get bigger. Try a pregnancy pillow for your belly, knees and neck so that there is no strain on your body while you sleep.