DURING YOUR PREGNANCY
OKAY, so you’re pregnant. You have that elusive glow and you’re excited about the various changes your body will go through. Yes, pregnancy is most certainly a time to celebrate and be cheerful, but it’s not always the case, at least not for everyone. For some, the changes pregnancy brings might not exactly be as exciting as first imagined— you’ve notice that your breasts have changed; they’ve become heavier and tender and the areola has started to darken; you run to the bathroom frequently as the hormonal changes make the bladder relax. Pregnancy hormones make you nauseous and you’re throwing up all day. As you approach your third trimester, your back may start hurting due to the extra weight in your abdomen; you may experience cramps in your legs and additionally feel bloated all the time as the uterus presses against the stomach. Stop, take a deep breath and don’t overthink it. After all, you’re soon going to be a mother and you’ll realise that all the discomfort in the world was worth the wait when you finally hold your baby in your arms. For everything else, here’s what you can do to make pregnancy a more enjoyable experience: PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR BODY: If you feel tired, just rest. Delegate the household chores and take the time to put your feet up and unwind. GET A MASSAGE: There’s nothing like a good relaxing massage. Yes massages are allowed during pregnancy and all you need is a masseuse who is experienced with pregnancy massages. Just make sure you stay away from the uterine pressure points as this can cause the pre-term contractions, and stick to the regular oils and lotions and avoid the fancy aromatherapy versions. GET IN A WORKOUT: Believe it or not, exercise can help you relax. Engaging in a mild short exercise routine can actually perk up those hormones and make you feel energetic, and helps you to sleep better at night. LEARN HOW TO MEDITATE: When we say meditate we do not mean hours and hours of shutting the world out. Even a few minutes can work wonders. Experts suggest that a few minutes of focused deep breathing with your eyes closed can actually help you to relax and feel rejuvenated. SOCIALISE AND OPEN UP: Even though you may not be up for it, dressing up and feeling pretty is a great way to liven you up. Enjoy a few ‘adult’ moments, away from baby talk and nursery themes. Discuss what you are feeling with a loved one to feel more comfortable and relaxed. Remember, pregnancy can be a very special time, if you know how to turn things around. Besides, making sure that you feel positive is going to help your baby have a more positive environment in the womb as well.