Thursday, 22 May 2014

10 Ways to Pamper Yourself During Pregnancy

Show your feet some love. Your tootsies are taking a lot of abuse these days — for one thing, they're supporting your increasing poundage and there's a good chance they're swollen from an increase in fluids. To the rescue: a warm soak, either in the tub or in a foot bath (a layer of smooth stones on the bottom feels amazing on sore soles). Then anoint those puppies with a rich slather of lotion and prop them up for a well-earned rest.

Drink from a fancy glass. Whether your drink of choice these days is cranberry juice or pomegranate seltzer, any drink tastes better served in an elegant glass. So on a particularly rough day, take the extra minute to dust off a wine, champagne, or martini glass and fill it with ice and your favourite quencher.

Eat decadent. A cheesy slice of pizza? Fries? Cake? Dig in. As long as you're maintaining a healthy diet most of the time, it's okay to indulge a craving every once in a while. But do so without guilt or don't do it at all.

Spa yourself. With your body somewhat out of control during pregnancy, it'll do your psyche a world of good to get a grip on grooming. Grab a mani-pedi when you can, especially during the last few months when you can't touch (or even see) your toes.

Enjoy a massage. Prenatal massage will reduce tiredness and relieve pregnancy aches, particularly backache and shoulder tension. A licensed therapist specializing in maternal massage can help relieve these conditions, allowing you to relax and enjoy your pregnancy.

Wear something absolutely pretty. Been living in your partner's sweatpants and button-downs? That outfit might be comfy, but it sure won't help you channel your inner goddess.

Have fun accessorizing.  Accessorize like there's no tomorrow and it will seem as if you're wearing lots of new outfits, rather than rotating a precious few. For example, nothing cheers up a girl like a statement necklace, an arm-full of bangles, or a great new bag.

Read for fun, not facts. Like any good mommy-to-be, you want all the info you can get: But don't overdo it by spending every free moment boning up on pregnancy books and blogs. Take a break. Instead, pick up a novel or magazine that's just plain fun.

Make it a movie night. As a veteran mom I will tell you: Once the baby comes, it's a lot harder to do nights out. So take advantage of your freedom while you've got it —grab your partner and take in a flick and dinner.

Plan a picnic. A wonderful way to enjoy a beautiful day and spend time with your friends and family, a picnic is an especially good idea if you have other children, as it will keep them entertained and allow them to expend their natural energy! You’ll all benefit from the fresh air and enjoy the break in your usual routine.

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