Pregnancy can be difficult. You have to deal with a million physical and emotional changes all coming at you at once. Forget about what you can't control (morning sickness, your widening hips, the urge to pee every five minutes) and focus on the little changes you can make to have the best pregnancy possible. Here are five ways to make sure you have the healthiest pregnancy you can, both physically and emotionally.
Self love. Now more than ever, be kind to yourself. It can be too easy to hate those stretch marks and extra pounds, but try to remember what is happening here. Your body is transforming and changing every day, because it is home to new life! That is so incredibly beautiful. What you are doing may be the most important thing you ever do. So treat yourself right. Love your extra weight. It's all for an amazing purpose and how incredible that your body is capable of this! Don't take it for granted. You are beautiful, you are strong and you are worthy of praise.
Remain calm. Stress is not good for the baby, and it isn't good for you either. It's also not good for anyone around you! So try to be calm and still and practice deep breathing if you're feeling extra overwhelmed. Talk to someone you love. Reach out to your support system, whether that be your significant other, your mom, a friend or a sister. Focus on the good and block out any negative factors, and you'll find more often than not that you feel grounded and positive!
Don't be afraid to seek others—it takes a village to raise a child, and that starts with conception!
Be active. Obviously you will need to modify some things the further you get into your pregnancy, but staying active is hugely important! You won't be able to do certain moves, your stamina will change and your reps will decrease, but just the simple act of getting up and moving each day will make you feel so much better! Even just a little bit each day makes a world of difference in overall mood and energy. There are so many great free videos online for working out while pregnant. Prenatal yoga is wonderful for breathing and will get you ready for labor. Just walking around the block with your husband, dreaming about your baby on the way is a great form of exercise. It doesn't have to be difficult. Make it fun! But I guarantee you will not regret it, especially once labor comes and once you start wanting to fit into those skinny jeans postpartum.
Seek support. Pregnancy can feel alienating at times. If possible, find a group of other women who are pregnant at the same time as you, or seek guidance from the women in your life who have been pregnant. Just knowing that what you're feeling is validated and knowing that you aren't alone can make a world of difference. Having someone that you can simply commiserate with and share your experience with is so valuable. Don't be afraid to seek others—it takes a village to raise a child, and that starts with conception!
Treat yourself. You are growing a person and you deserve to be pampered! Get a massage, go for a mani/pedi and eat those doughnuts you've been craving. You won't be pregnant forever, so take advantage of this time to live like the queen that you are.