Pregnancy is one of the most imposing and most exciting times in life! Given how many changes are happening in a mom's world and to her system, it can be intimidating for moms to think of all the things she'll have to do before the baby arrives, or the million things that could go wrong. But, at the same time, expecting is an incredible experience that mom will want to soak up every minute of.
Therefore, moms definitely don’t want stress spoiling the pregnancy! But given how many emotions are flowing while pregnant, it can be difficult not to get overwhelmed with everything going on. That’s why it’s important to make sure mom is taking care of herself and addressing her needs so she can keep life as normal as possible during pregnancy.
We’ve rounded up the best tips and tricks for maintaining a normal routine during pregnancy, which will help mom keep her sanity and reduce the stress in her life. From telling others what she needs to making sure to acknowledge the hard work she's doing, there are tons of ways moms can make pregnancy a breeze. No two pregnancies are alike, but moms have to remember that they're in control of what stresses them out. Mom's got this!
20 Maintain an Everyday Routine
Just because you’re pregnant doesn’t mean everythinghas to change!
It’s important to stick to a normal routine during your pregnancy that makes you feel your best. Start off your mornings doing whatever it is you love- work out, read the paper, enjoy a tasty breakfast. You can modify things in order to suit you pregnancy, like switching coffee for tea or doing a less-exerting workout regimen.
Although a lot changes when you have a new baby, sticking to a familiar routine will help you feel grounded and give you some clarify amidst the chaos. Plus, it will teach you to stay calm and just keeping moving on. You got this, Mama!
19 Make Time To See Your Friends
Chances are, you’ll have less time than usual once you’re pregnant… and even less time when the baby gets here! But that doesn’t mean you need to completely sacrifice your social life.
It’s important to still see your friends regularly during pregnancy, so you can keep your sanity. Your friends are one of the most important support systems in your life, and they’re the people who’ll listen to you vent and help you de-stress. Plus, you’ll want to share all of your exciting milestones with them, like when the baby first kicks or your first ultrasound pic.
Your hang-outs don’t have to be elaborate! Simply getting coffee or going for a walk with a friend will make all the difference in your mental health.
18 Don’t Stop Working Out
If you’re the type of mom who loves hitting the gym, then don’t think you need to compromise that while expecting!
It’s still good for you to work out during pregnancy, as it will keep you both fit and work to improve your mental health. Many people find working out to be an outlet for stress, so it can be an important part of self-care during your pregnancy.
Just remember to check with your doctor to make sure your workout routine isn’t potentially harming your pregnancy. Some work-outs might be too physically exerting to safely do on the regular while expecting, so be ready to modify your work-out routine to comply to your Doctor’s orders. So long as you’re being safe and careful, there’s no reason you have to give up working out while pregnant.
17 Get Off Of Social Media
Social media isn’t always as wonderful as it sounds!
Aside from its obvious benefits, social media has also been known to increase anxiety and unhappiness. It’s easy to create the façade of a perfect life online, and can be tiring seeing everyone else appear so happy when it’s not the same IRL. You might begin comparing your life to others’, which never leads to anything healthy.
That’s why, during a time as stressful as pregnancy, it might be in your best interest to limit your time online. Be selective about what you post online, and steer clear of it if it’s stressing you out too much. You’ve got too many good things going on in real life to worry about the online world!
16 Be Selective With Who You Tell
Pregnancy is a very emotional time in your life! That’s why many moms are selective in who they tell, at least first.
We suggest telling only the closest people in your life at first, and then gradually spreading the news according to how comfortable you are with sharing. Things start to change when you begin telling more people your news. You’ll suddenly have more people giving you unsolicited advice, asking to touch your baby bump, and asking tons of personal questions you might not want to answer.
Hey, if Kylie can hide her pregnancy for a full nine months, then you have every right to keep your own pregnancy a secret for however long you want!
15 Don’t Begin Any Big Projects
You’d be surprised to know the amount of couples who decide to do home renos while pregnant!
Starting a big project during your pregnancy, especially one that might not be completed before the baby arrives, is a sure-fire way to increase your stress. That’s why huge projects should be avoided until after the baby gets here. Or else you could unnecessarily be adding stress to your life, which can threaten your pregnancy.
Plus, tons of big projects (like home renos) require physical efforts that expecting mamas may not be able to give at the moment. When in doubt, just wait to do the project later.
14 Don’t Alter Your Sleep Schedule
Any medical professional will tell you how important having a regular sleep schedule is, especially if you’re expecting!
That’s why it’s important to try and not disrupt your sleeping patterns, or else it could have negative effects on your physical and mental health. While pregnant, try going to sleep and waking up at the same times you usually do. If you’re feeling tired during the day, take a quick power nap, or try to wake yourself up with natural remedies, like tea.
Not only will this help you stick to your normal routine and thus keep you less stressed, but it will also make it easier to wake up and sleep at a certain time, even when you have a newborn at home (which will make catching up on sleep easier).
13 Remove Yourself From Stressful Situations
Just like stress isn’t good for you in general, it certainly isn’t good for you while expecting. In order to have a drama-free pregnancy, it’s important that you remove yourself from any stressful situations as early as possible.
This can mean many things! Make sure you’re not surrounding yourself with people who bring a negative energy into your life, or spoil your pregnancy excitement. Go on maternity leave as early as possible if your job is seriously stressing you out, or putting a huge physical toll on you.
And, of course, communicate your needs to those around you (especially your partner) so they can be aware of how to keep your stress levels down.
12 Don’t Quit Working Just Yet
Many expectant moms feel pressured to go on maternity leave as soon as possible, thanks to unfair society’s expectations.
But going on maternity leave before you’re emotionally ready can do more harm than good! Your career is a big part of you, and it’s not so easy to simply leave it, even for only a few months. Don’t let anyone else dictate when or if you take maternity leave. Make sure you’re the one calling the shots, and doing what’s in your best interest. You can still work while pregnant!
But, of course, always listen to your doctor’s recommendations. If they say it’s time to take a break from work, then take their advice seriously.
11 Continue To Do The Things You Love
Since you’ll be having less and less free time the farther your pregnancy gets, you might think that you have to give up the things you enjoy doing in your spare time. Wrong!
It’s important for mom to continue to do things for herself that she loves. Don’t stop going to Yoga classes or going out for lunch with friends. Don’t give up on your hobbies, like painting or writing. And don’t feel like you need to entirely sacrifice your career if you don’t want to.
Just because you’re pregnant doesn’t mean your identity goes away. Make sure you’re finding at least a little bit of time to focus on you and do the things you love. Or else, it’s going to catch up to you.
10 Don’t Stop Shopping For You
When you’re pregnant, chances are you’ve begun only shopping for your baby, and no one else. But it’s important to remember to treat yourself every now and then- after all, you’re the one doing the physical labour!
Amidst your purchases for baby, make sure to reward yourself. Buy yourself some cute new maternity clothes, or an outfit you can’t wait to fit into post-baby. Get yourself something nice for the house, or take yourself out for coffee or a sweet treat. The point is not to neglect yourself during this high-stress time.
Plus, you can totally use this as an excuse to get matching baby-and-mommy outfits. How cute would that be?
9 Enjoy A Staycation
Especially in the later trimesters, travelling isn’t always a good idea when you’re pregnant. Morning sickness might prevent you from enjoying the trip, you may not be able to participate in all the activities you want, and unforeseen pregnancy complications can quickly spoil things (and potentially harm your pregnancy!).
That’s why we recommend enjoying a Staycation- taking a little vacation in your own town! Rent an Airbnb or hotel room for a night or two to get a break from your own home. Search what tourist activities are near you to enjoy, or hit up a trendy restaurant.
It can be easy to be a tourist in your own hometown, and it’s a much better option when you’re expecting versus travelling abroad!
8 Do Regular Check-Ups With Your Doctor
A part of making sure everything is smooth sailing with your pregnancy is having open communication with your doctor!
Ensuring that you’re going for regular check-ups and sharing any concerns or questions you have is key. Your doctor will be able to make sure that everything is going normal, and can reassure many of your worries. They’ll also have recommendations if you’re struggling with anything from anxiety to extreme morning sickness.
Trust us, you’ll feel ten times better knowing that you’ve got a good relationship with your doctor, even if it just takes a burden off of your shoulder. Better safe than sorry!
7 Take Care Of Your Feelings
We’ve already mentioned that pregnancy is a highly emotional time. From all the changes happening in your life to the slew of pregnancy emotions screwing with you, your feelings might be all over the place- and that’s totally okay!
The most important thing is to make sure you’re taking care of your feelings. Be aware of how your mood is, and if it seems like it’s changing too quickly. Express any concerns with your partner or even your doctor, especially if you’ve had a history with mental health. And, of course, rely on family and friends for support in this trying time.
Especially after the baby arrives, be vigilante to make sure you’re feeling alright. Post-partum depression can sneak up on even the cheeriest of moms, so make sure you’re taking care of yourself, too.
6 Don’t Make A Big Move
If you just found out you’re pregnant, your first thought might be ‘How are we going to fit anymore people into this house?’ Your current home may be too small to fit the growing needs of your family, but that doesn’t mean you should move ASAP.
Moving during pregnancy puts a ton of unneeded stress on mom, which can pose a threat to the pregnancy. Not to mention, moving requires a lot of physical effort, from packing everything up to moving boxes, which someone who’s pregnant should not be doing. And, it’s not like hiring movers to do the job is any less stressful- just more expensive.
We recommend waiting to move until after the baby gets here if that’s an option. Or else, at least try to do it as stress-free as possible.
5 Make Your Home Comfy and Warm
They say most expectant mothers start nesting the closer they get to their due date- and it’s sooo true!
Making your home feel more welcoming and inviting will help you feel more prepared for this new chapter in your life. Start off by adding cozy accents to your home if you haven’t already, like pillows and blankets. Then start baby-fying your home by getting all the essentials for your little one, like toys, clothes, and diapers.
Getting your home ready will make you feel more excited and in control of the events happening in your life. It’s like decorating for Christmas, only better!
4 Communicate Your Needs
It would be great if everyone could read minds and tell exactly what you need. But, since no once can, it’s up to you to let those around you know what you need from them.
Considering how stressful pregnancy can be, don’t be afraid to speak out if you’re feeling over-stressed or overwhelmed. Your friends and family want to help you during this exciting time, so let them know what they can do to reduce your stress load.
Or, if someone is doing something that annoys or bothers you, let them know. It’ll only make you feel more agitated if they continue.
3 Don’t Drastically Change What You Eat
When you’re pregnant, you’re probably getting cravings for all sorts of random food you’d never eat on the regular. Though we’re not suggesting you deny your cravings, it’s also important not to drastically change your diet.
Switching up what you eat during pregnancy can lead to dietary problems that will cause you trouble down the road. It can cause your body both indirect and direct stress, especially if you’re obsessing over what you eat to an unhealthy extent. If you’re not consulting a nutritionist while changing your diet, you might be missing valuable vitamins and minerals that your growing baby needs.
When in doubt, always consult your doctor!
2 Treat Yo’ Self
Hear us when we say that being pregnant is hard work!
Not as many people realize the physical and emotional toll carrying another human can be. Both your body and your world are changing rapidly everyday and without your control. You’re likely feeling moodier, uncomfortable, or just downright sick.
Rather than waiting for others to acknowledge what a good job you’re doing weathering the storm, treat yourself instead! Take yourself out for some retail therapy or a yummy snack. When you’re pregnant, you deserve the world to be handed to you on a golden platter, so don’t be afraid to treat yourself as such.
1 Gets Lots of Rest and Relaxation
The best thing you can do during your pregnancy is to relax!
Obviously, you won’t be able to rest for the entirety of your pregnancy, since its’ not that easy to just ignore our everyday responsibilities. But you should be trying to give yourself as much downtime as possible.
Set side time during the evenings or even mornings to give yourself some ‘me-time.’ Do an at-home spa day or curl up on the couch with some Netflix. Pregnancy is likely making you fee more tired during the day, so treat yourself to a nap or at least lounge a bit on the couch. Don’t push yourself too hard!