Taking Time Out and Having a Relaxed Pregnancy
Being pregnant is hard work, so taking time for yourself is really important. It’s too easy to let your pregnancy take over your whole life. But you’re still you. Taking some time to just be you is proven to lead to a more comfortable pregnancy, easier labor and childbirth, and a decreased risk of postnatal depression. Read on for our ten best pregnancy relaxation tips and techniques.
Ten Tips for a More Relaxed Pregnancy
So, how do you steal that precious “me time”? Well, that’s up to you – there are thousands of different ways you can chill. But, if you’re just not sure what to do with yourself, here are ten pregnancy relaxation suggestions to get you started:
1. Take a walk in the fresh air with your partner
Hold hands. Talk about your plans for the future. Laugh out loud. The fresh air will also have pregnancy relaxation benefits and help you sleep better. It’s a win-win situation!
2. Sign up for Pregnancy Yoga classes
Yoga during pregnancy is proven to be an effective relaxation therapy. You’ll get your blood flowing, stretch tired muscles, and learn relaxing breathing and pregnancy meditation techniques.
3. Curl up with your favorite magazine or book
Preferably not one about pregnancy or parenting! The world keeps turning, even when you’re pregnant. Although, if you just can’t keep your mind off it and want to learn more about all things pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting, check out our Parent’s Bookshelf for some great book recommendations to download.
4. Call your best friend (or your mom) and have a nice long catch up
Your pregnancy and preparing to be a mom might have been taking over your life a little lately. When did you last have a really good gossip with your best girlfriend? Or your mom for that matter? Get on the phone or arrange a coffee date. You’ll feel a million times better!
5. Put on your favorite relaxing music playlist
And take a warm bath. Or just lie on the couch and zone out. You could even download some pregnancy meditation music and zone out to that.
6. Do something creative
Why not draw a picture or write a letter to your new baby? Or do some knitting, crochet, or even origami. We hear adult coloring for mindfulness is huge right now. Creative pursuits are one of the best body and mind relaxation techniques.
7. Book in for a massage or reflexology session with your favorite therapist
It’s probably been quite a while since you splashed out and pampered yourself. Why not do it now? You might not have the time (or the cash!) once you’re a mom.
8. Take an afternoon nap
Because, really soon, you won’t have much time for napping!
9. Go out on a “date night” with your partner
Make the most of being child free for a little longer and go on a romantic date somewhere nice.
10. Grab a blanket and keep the sofa company with a good movie
A cheaper alternative to 9 – because it’s the quality time that counts!
Have You Got Any Tips for Pregnancy Relaxation? If So, We’d Love to Hear Them!
All of these tips seem so simple. But they’ll do you, your partner, and your baby, the world of good. If you’ve got suggestions for taking time out during pregnancy, drop a comment below or send a private message through our contact us page. Sharing is caring!
What’s making it hard for you to relax during pregnancy?
It’s all very well for me to tell you that you need to relax. But, with all of the changes you’re going through and the plans you’re making, it can be easier said than done. Perhaps you need to look for the root cause. The following posts look at some of the things that can make relaxation during pregnancy difficult and offer some solutions that might work for you:
- Your Relationship and pregnancy
- Coping with Stress (anxiety) and pregnancy
- Pregnancy mood swings – causes, solutions, and warning signs.
Learn More about Pregnancy and Birth:
Take some time to bond with your baby while he or she is in the womb. This in itself can be one of the best relaxation exercises for pregnancy because it’s a quiet, peaceful time. It also reminds you what pregnancy’s all about – the journey towards having your own beautiful baby.
- Unusual Pregnancy Symptoms – What’s Normal and What’s Not?
If you’re in a state of high anxiety during your pregnancy, every symptom can feel like a crisis. Take a moment to read about which symptoms are perfectly normal (even if they’re a little uncomfortable) and which are signs you should call your doctor.
- Prenatal Classes – Choosing the Right Style for You and Your Family
Many childbirth classes teach relaxation for pregnancy. You’ll learn what symptoms to expect, which takes away anxiety and breathing techniques which help to relax Baby and yourself.