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Fab Tips for Late Pregnancy

Fab Tips for Late Pregnancy

Starting a family is one of the most amazing things a couple can go through together – but that doesn’t mean it’s all glam all the time.

Being so tired you have to sit down and so big you have trouble getting back up. Losing your phone ten times a day because baby brain is a very real thing. And trying to stay patient but really wanting your little bundle of joy to hurry up and finish baking so we can get to the fun stuff. In the late stages of pregnancy, it’s easy to feel less than fab.

With my due date quickly approaching (two weeks at writing!), I wanted to share a few tips that have helped me feel my best while I’m in the home stretch.

Be Kind to Your Skin

On top of eczema- and dermatitis-prone skin, I swear that this baby has sucked every bit of moisture out of me during this pregnancy. Avoiding steroidal creams or antibiotics to treat these conditions, I had a hard time finding a moisturizer that would last the whole day without flaking or going bone dry. So had to go low-tech. I turned to the tried and true coconut oil to keep my skin hydrated, and exfoliated regularly with an all-natural scrub that my mum showed me when I was a teenager:

Mix 1 c. salt and/or sugar (depending on how coarse you want your scrub to be) with 1 tbsp. organic raw honey and a few drops of your favorite natural oil essence (I love lavender and vanilla), and slowly add extra virgin olive oil until it reaches your desired consistency. Gently massage into your skin, rinse and feel fabulous.

Drink Lots of Water

Dehydration during pregnancy can lead to many complications like headache, nausea, cramping, edema and dizziness. That’s why I’ve made sure to drink at least two liters of water each day. Not only does it keep me hydrated, I feel more awake and my skin stays more elastic (which helps with stretch marks). For even more hydrating benefits, try a water with electrolytes and a high pH level (alkaline) – your body tends to be more acidic, so drinking alkaline water helps balance out your pH levels.

Boost Your Energy with Exercise

When you’re eight months pregnant, exercise is probably the last think you want to do, but your mind and body will thank you for it. You don’t have to go full boot camp, just go for a walk around the block or put on some fav tunes and do squats and lunges in the living room. It’ll give you a nice energy boost, combat the baby brain and your body will be in better place when you’re ready to shed that baby weight.

Pamper Yourself with a Massage

Whether you ask your partner for a favor or seek out a professional, massages are awesome for relieving those aching muscles. Just make sure that your masseuse is certified to do prenatal massage – there are a few trigger points in your ankles, lower back and shins, that when pressed, can throw you into early labor!

Every person is different so every pregnancy is different, and these were just a few tips that have helped me get through these last few months, but the bottom line is this: Ladies, it’s not selfish to make time for yourself. Obviously, you want to want to take care of yourself for your unborn baby’s sake – but it’s perfectly fine to take care of yourself because you’re worth it, too.

Photo Credit: Mikel Healey

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  1. Congratulations on your beautiful bundle!! Do you have any recommendations on “must have” items as a new mom for the baby? My daughter is pregnant with her first and I’d like ideas from a brand new mom. It’s been quite a few years since I’ve had to provide for a baby. Hope all is well in your household and that everyone is happy and healthy. Thank you Peta.

    Posted by: Veronique Wallender on February 8, 2017 at 1:27 pm
  2. Totally in support of your statement about staying hydrated – it is so important. However our bodies are actually pretty good at self-regulating our pH. Also, the body has a fairly narrow range that is considered normal as far as pH goes – normal is generally seen as 7.35 to 7.45. I’m saying all this just because I’m not sure that it is really necessary to look for an alkaline water source. As with most things, too much of something (in this case alkaline water) could have the potential to be a bad thing. Just some food for thought.

    Posted by: Jamie on February 2, 2017 at 9:50 pm
  3. Hi Peta! First you look gorg!
    Its funny what you mentioned the akalibe water. My Dr. has a machine in the office that goes thru this osmosis that makes the water PH Alkiline giving you the best water non acidic. Tell Maks to buy you one. Only $3,000. Lol
    My Dr. says come in any time to fill up.He had me like…Now, that’s one great Dr.!I’m really lovin’ the blogs.

    Posted by: Sheryl on February 2, 2017 at 4:24 pm
  4. Thank for showing we can do it all

    Posted by: Teresa A on February 2, 2017 at 4:17 pm
  5. Keeping healthy snacks (and some chocolate, because, lets be real here!) in my purse at all times was super important to fend off the crazy shaky hunger that could come at any moment!

    I also had terrible lower back pain so a rice pack was my friend. I agree that pampering is super important as well…even something simple like fresh new foundation or eye shadow made me feel loads better!

    Posted by: Cassie on February 2, 2017 at 3:07 pm
  6. Thanks for those tips, will definitely use them, 15 weeks pregnant now and it’s been very rough, trying to get back to my exercise routine, as I stopped for a while, because of being ill and unable to eat. Still struggling with drinking lots of water. Thanks, this encourages me.

    Posted by: Geraldine on February 2, 2017 at 3:03 pm
  7. Yes, you look so amazing! So anxious to see a photo of baby Shai… I’m sure he’s beautiful! Enjoy!

    Posted by: Diahann Cordova on February 1, 2017 at 4:28 pm
  8. Congrats! Read BabyWise…best way to get baby on schedule and leave time for date night and other good stuff to keep you sane.Enjoy!!

    Posted by: Marisa Morgan on February 1, 2017 at 7:46 pm
  9. You look so beautiful pregnant.. and your skin was so glowing..

    Posted by: Jessica on February 1, 2017 at 6:41 pm