Let me be straight with you. Pregnancy isn’t glamorous 100% of the time. During your nine-month gestational journey, you’re likely to have days where you’re more than ready to be done. I know that I definitely felt this way when I was pregnant with Graci last year!
Pregnancy is a marathon, not a sprint. That means you’ll likely need a way to get through those rough patches. Here are some of the ways that I made pregnancy more enjoyable (and most of them are inexpensive or free)!
Make-Up & Hair
I’m not someone who wears a lot of make-up everyday and my hair is generally in a bun of sorts. In fact, I go completely without make-up on a lot of days. But, when I’m having a particularly low pregnancy day, I’ve found that putting a little extra effort into my appearance gives me a little confidence bump that improves my whole day. I equate this to the theory of “fake it till you make it”. I fake that I feel better with adding some make-up and doing my hair, and pretty soon, my mood actually matches.
Soak Your Toes
When you’re pregnant, simple everyday tasks can wear you out and your feet often feel like they’ve walked a million miles, even if they haven’t. One of the easiest (and best feeling) pampering things you can do for yourself while pregnant is to soak your feet. You don’t need to buy a fancy foot spa. In fact, all you need to have is a bowl or bucket big enough to get your toes in. Put some warm or cold water (depending on the time of year and how your feet feel) and soak away! Just don’t forget to grab a towel before submerging your toes.
Splurge On Maternity Underwear (Seriously!)
You wouldn’t think that underwear for pregnant woman would exist, but it sure does, and it is absolutely amazing. “Normal” underwear isn’t made to contend with your growing baby bump, but maternity underwear is. And it is so comfortable. Yes, this sounds crazy, but try it. You’ll understand.
Shave Your Legs
If you’re like me, shaving my legs hasn’t been the highest priority on my to-do list since getting pregnant, having morning sickness and growing a huge baby bump. However, since I’m only 24 weeks preggo at this point, I can still technically get the job done and I have found that taking a few extra minutes to do this has made me feel pampered. Bonus? Your significant other will probably appreciate the gesture, too.
Add Fruit To Your Water
While you are pregnant, you’re supposed to be drinking tons of water. For me, I have actually really craved water, so it hasn’t been so bad. On days that I need a little more self-care and pampering, however, I like to add a little lemon juice or frozen fruit to my water to give it a little extra zing. If you toss some frozen berries in your water, it looks GORGEOUS and makes you feel less bad about missing out on all those fancy cocktails you can’t drink at the moment.
Take A Nap
Don’t feel guilty if you need to take a nap. Growing a tiny human being is a ton of work for our bodies and if anyone deserves to take a nap, you do! So, get comfy, crawl into bed and snooze away! If you’re worried about time, set a timer on your phone and worry no more!
Get Starbucks (Just Get Something Without Caffeine)
This one goes back to feeling like you’re missing out on your pre-pregnancy habits. Just because there are regulations surrounding how much caffeine you should ingest during pregnancy doesn’t mean that Starbucks is completely off limits. If you’re having a low day, you may want to consider stopping by Starbucks and picking up a fancy drink sans caffeine. If Starbucks isn’t your jam, you can apply this tip to any beverage stop!
I hope these tips will be useful to helping you get through your pregnancy with a little more bounce in your step. Have you had a baby? What were your favorite ways to pamper yourself during your pregnancy? I want to hear from you below!