If you’re a pregnant woman, then your days are probably filled with worry and anxiety. You’re constantly worrying about how the baby is doing, what’s happening inside you, and what life will be like after childbirth. It can all feel overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be.
Here are some activities that any pregnant woman can do to make her day as relaxing as possible:
Get a Pedicure and Manicure
A great way to treat yourself is getting a pedicure and manicure. Go out with your partner, friend, or family member for an hour of pampering at the spa! You’ll come back feeling refreshed and ready to take on whatever life throws at you next. If it’s too expensive to go by yourself (or with someone else), then try doing these activities when you have some time off work so that money isn’t as much of an issue.
Go For a Walk
There’s nothing quite like going for a walk in nature to clear your head. This is not only an activity that you can do when the weather is nice but even on a cold day or in winter, there are still plenty of green spaces where you live. If it starts raining, find a coffee shop and sit outside with your partner or friend while enjoying some snacks! You’ll come back from this outing refreshed, and ready to take on anything life throws at you next.
Do Some Yoga
Yoga is an excellent way for pregnant ladies to exercise without stress on their bodies or the baby. It’s also a fantastic way of relaxing! You can do it in your own home, which means that there are no expensive classes involved either. Just turn on some calming music (you might want to try chanting) and focus solely on yourself as you flow through each yoga pose one by one.
If you’re not sure where to start, watch some YouTube videos until you find something that works well with your needs and abilities. Also, look into prenatal yoga – many people swear it because they find it so calming.
Watch TV Shows And Eat In Bed
Who says that you can’t watch TV and eat in bed? If your feet are hurting or your back is killing you, then it’s okay to relax a little bit. Everyone deserves to not have anything on their mind for at least an hour, right? Throw some snacks and drinks beside the bed (just make sure they aren’t too messy!). There’s nothing quite like watching a funny show or movie to make you laugh out loud.
Opt for shows that make you laugh as this is a great way of letting go of the stresses and tensions from your day at work, as well as helping you relax muscles that might be sore (like those in your neck). If it’s not TV shows that make you laugh, then opt for movies instead – comedy shows are always good! If your feet are hurting or your back is killing you, then it’s okay to relax a little bit.
Get a Professional Massage
One of the best ways to relax is by getting a massage. If you feel all of your muscles are so tense that they might explode, this will help immensely! Professional massages can be expensive, but there’s nothing quite like being able to let go and not having any worries for an hour or two. Just make sure that if it makes you uncomfortable in any way, tell them beforehand so they have time to adjust their technique accordingly before moving on with other activities on this list. You can visit a trusted wellness center such as Mums N Bumps for a professional pregnancy massage.
Read a Fascinating Book or Magazine Article
Reading is one of the most underrated activities, but it can be such a great way to unwind after a long day at work or with your kids. The best part about reading on a screen nowadays is that there are so many free online options from websites and apps on our phones and tablets, which means no money is needed! Whether you want something light and fun like Teen Vogue, Us Weekly, People Magazine, etc. Or if you prefer more serious topics, opt for Time magazine or some novels by Jodi Picoult!
Go Out to Eat Somewhere Fancy
It doesn’t have to be just dinner. Breakfast, lunch, or dessert all count too! Being pregnant gives us an excuse (and reason) to splurge every once in a while and treat ourselves to something nice. You can find restaurants that cater specifically to pregnant women or just ones where you know they’ll be able to make your food the way you want it without any problems.
Take an Evening Bath With Candles and Music
If all of this sounds like too much work, then take a relaxing bath in the comfort of your own home instead! Make sure that there are no disturbances (kids, phones) when trying to relax so turn off anything around you that might cause stress before getting into the tub filled with warm water and plenty of bubbles for ultimate relaxation. Light some candles (and incense if needed), play soft melodies and pour yourself a glass of wine (if you aren’t driving!) until everything melts away from today’s troubles.
Take a Long Nap
If none of these activities work for you, then just take a nap. It doesn’t matter what time it is either – if your body tells you that you need to sleep, listen to it. You’ll wake up revitalized and ready to get back into whatever it was before. Most pregnant women need their sleep more than ever before. But there are some days when you just can’t seem to fall asleep or get comfortable, no matter how hard you try.
This is where taking a long nap comes in! Make sure that it’s after lunchtime so that it doesn’t interfere with your nighttime sleeping, but an hour power nap will help re-energize your body and mind for the rest of the day ahead.
Find time for all of these activities and more by taking a day off from work, putting the kids in childcare, and just enjoying yourself with no stress at all! You deserve it after everything you’ve been through, and the best part about all of these things is that they’re free. Let go of everything that might be dragging you down so that you can truly enjoy your life as it is right now without any additional pressures weighing you down.