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