So many things change when you’re having a baby – physically and mentally so much is turned upside down. It’s exciting, powerful and miraculous in a life-changing way but it’s also overwhelming, stressful, sometimes scary and — whether you’re a rookie or a seasoned pro — a brand-new experience that is 100% unique. And thanks to hormones on overdrive, pregnancy is literally ALL THE FEELS.
Establishing self-care rituals has been so important for me to stay present – and sane – while juggling pregnancy, work, parenting a toddler, my marriage, friends, church work, etc. Here are some of the things that I am doing to keep me and baby happy during this exciting season!
My husband is a smart man for many reasons, one reason being he is always quick to offer a massage at the end of the day. Also, for my birthday he gifted me a massage from one of my favorite spas that helped ease my achey back muscles and relaxed me for days after.
Set boundaries with my schedule
If there’s ever a time to learn when to say “no” it’s during pregnancy. I thrive on a jam-packed schedule and am a recovering people-pleaser so it’s so tempting for me to keep running at a crazy pace but that isn’t doable right now. I have found so much freedom – and rest – in learning to say yes to the things that energize and inspire me and no thanks to all the rest.
Sleep whenever I can
I have always been a fan of sleep but there’s a new level of tired when growing a human and trying to keep up with a very active toddler. Early in my pregnancy this looked like cat naps during the afternoon and lately I’ve skipped those in favor of an early bedtime.
Everybody everywhere says how important it is to keep active during pregnancy but let’s be real, some days the last thing I want to do is get up and get moving but I always find I feel better – and more energized – when I do. Thanks, endorphins! Long walks are my go-to but I’m also a big fan of at-home, prenatal online workouts. (some of my faves here, here, and here). Making laps around Target also count, FYI.
Write it out
Every morning I start my day in the Word and use Waiting in Wonder to guide my thoughts as I prepare to become a mama of two. Every evening I use this awesome five year motherhood journal gifted to me before Annie was born to record a few things I want to remember from that day, typically something silly Annie did or said, which is so fun to look back on later. Writing how I’m feeling just for me gives a sense of calm and helps me stay present in the best way.
What are some of your favorite self care rituals? While pregnant or not pregnant?