It’s inevitable—your body is going to change during pregnancy. Here are some tips for embracing those changes.
Pregnancy is an exciting time of promise and change. Some of those changes will affect your body. Rather than worrying about these changes, here are a few tips to embrace them and show your body extra love throughout your pregnancy.
Prepare for Every Stage
One of the things that makes pregnancy body changes distressing at times is the element of surprise. There are changes that most women are prepared for, such as an expanded belly and swollen feet, but some women are caught off guard by things like changes in hair texture, swollen hands and voice cracking. Do your best to learn as much as you can about possible body changes so that you aren’t surprised. Even if you know a change will take place, many women are caught off guard by how quickly certain things happen, so just knowing what the possibilities are, and understanding that these changes won’t necessarily happen slowly, can remove a great deal of the associated stress.
Care for Your Skin
One of the biggest concerns many pregnant women have is skin stretching. As your baby grows, your skin is pulled tight on your belly, and sometimes on your hips and thighs as well. Stretch marks are perfectly normal and will likely lighten up over time, but you may be able to reduce the appearance by using a good moisturizer to soften the skin and increase elasticity. A formula containing Vitamin E will also help reduce scarring.
Try a Prenatal Massage
Sometimes pregnancy can bring on aches and pains, especially toward the end as your baby is growing bigger. Treat yourself to a prenatal massage to soothe pains and enjoy a little relaxation.
Don’t Feel Guilty About Self-Care
Eating healthy foods and resting are important when you’re pregnant, but many pregnant women, especially those who have children already, put these considerations on the back burner as they tend to other things in their life—work, children, and social obligations. It’s easy to think that in a jam-packed schedule, the first and most logical thing to go should be a nap—after all, how are you supposed to get anything done if you’re sleeping?
As noble as this may seem, avoiding rest and time to yourself is counterproductive, especially when you’re pregnant. You’ll only burn out, and then you really need some rest. Don’t feel guilty about putting other things aside to allow you to rest, relax and rejuvenate. Your body is working really hard right now and needs that downtime in order to maintain energy.
Embrace and Celebrate the Changes
The best way to celebrate your body throughout your pregnancy is to fully embrace it! Change can be scary, so it can be tempting to resist the changes your body is going through. However, these changes are something that all mothers go through, and are representative of the happiest time in your life, so don’t be afraid to celebrate your new body!