If you’re expecting, you’re sure to have a mile-long checklist of things to do before your baby arrives. I know, I’ve been slowly but surely chipping away at my to-do list for the past several weeks.
The first trimester of pregnancy is full of anticipation and excitement and sharing the news with friends and loved ones. The second trimester is the honeymoon phase where symptoms are often at a low and energy is high enough to get lots of things done. The third trimester is all about surviving pregnancy discomfort and preparing every last detail for baby.
But somewhere in the mix, it’s important to pause and take a little time for yourself.
Is self-care on your list?
I’ve said before that I can be terrible when it comes to slowing down and self-care. It’s why I devote my birthday to doing things for myself.
There are a few things on my to-do list that are just as important as packing the hospital bag, and I thought I’d share them with you today.
5 Self-Care Items to Check off your List before Baby Arrives
Get a Pedicure
In one of my pregnancy books written by a midwife, I read that literally no one cares if you’ve shaved your legs before giving birth or if a woman in labor poos while pushing (it happens), but this particular nurse always noticed when the mom-to-be had freshly painted toenails. Not that it’s a must, but she pointed out it meant either the mom or someone who loves her cared enough to go the extra mile to make her feel special. At a time when it’s hard enough to put shoes on, let alone paint your own toenails, splurge a little and get yourself a nice pedicure with a foot massage.
Schedule a Prenatal Massage
Speaking of splurging, I realize this may or may not be in everyone’s budget, but a prenatal massage is definitely worth it. If you live in a state that allows it, find a spa or salon that offers a special pillow or table that allows you to lay face down. I scheduled a 90-minute prenatal massage on my birthday, and it was amazing. I felt almost like a normal person being able to lay face down without squashing anything (or anyone).
Get a Haircut
This is on my checklist, but part of me is wondering if I might want to wait until after baby to get my hair cut just so I can get out of the house for an hour. 🙂 Some healthcare providers even give a green light on having your hair colored later in your pregnancy as long as you check with your hairdresser to be sure the color is easy on the chemicals and the space is well ventilated.
Take a Warm Bath
As long as the water isn’t too hot, it’s perfectly safe to take a warm bath while pregnant. If you’re going to add bubble bath, bath salts, or a bath bomb, check the label first to make sure the ingredients are safe. A warm bath can do loads of good to relieve sore muscles and tension. Pregnancy is incredibly hard on the body, so it’s nice to sit in silence or while listening to soothing music and enjoy a warm bath.
If there was ever a time to have your cake and eat it too, now is the time. I’m not advocating to go overboard on the whole “eating for two” thing, but there’s a bit less guilt involved in overindulging during the last few weeks of pregnancy. Treat yourself to something you’ve been craving. On my birthday, I went to Starbucks and ordered the decaf version of my favorite drink. On our anniversary, I planned to share a dessert with my husband then, at the last minute told him to find his own dessert. 🙂 #truelove
I think most women tell themselves they’ll buckle down with diet and exercise once the baby arrives, so find something small and treat yourself before baby comes and avoid feeling one bit guilty about it.
Did I miss anything? What’s a self-care thing that’s always on your list? Pregnant or not, when was the last time you had a massage or treated yourself to something relaxing at the spa?