Pregnancy can be a challenge and only those that have experienced it can truly understand. It requires sacrifice, pushed limits, and can make you feel more uncomfortable than you’ve ever felt in your life. That being said, it’s absolutely magical too. Far too often we focus on the aches, pains, and inconveniences of being pregnant and fail to take advantage of the parts that are just plain fun. Here are six ways mums can make the most out of their bump.
Try Some Tasty Treats
During your second and third trimesters, you’re supposed to eat between 300 and 500 extra calories to keep yourself and bump happy and healthy. These bonus calories should, of course, be relatively healthy, but there are still plenty of tasty, yet nutritious snacks you could enjoy.
Always Look Your Best
Wearing leggings and oversized tees for tees for weeks on end but try a little retail therapy and invest in a few maternity outfits that look great, make you feel good, and grow with your baby. For some additional pampering, you could take the weight off your swollen feet for a while and have a pedicure.
Take Plenty Of Pictures
Make sure you snap some pictures of your ever-changing belly. You could do this yourself regularly to create a photo book or book in for a maternity photo shoot. Whatever you decide to do, you’ll have lots of fun with it and create a memento that you can look back on for years to come.
Go On A Date
Soon enough, you and your partner are going to be knee deep in nappies and feeling exhausted, so you should use the limited time you have left alone together and go on a date or two. This gives you the opportunity to talk honestly about your fears and hopes for the future, which will help to reassure you both and strengthen your bond as a couple.
Enjoy Your Baby Shower
If there’s anything in the world that excuses a party, it’s the birth of a new life. Because of this, you must make sure you have a baby shower. You can host this yourself, but many mums have a friend or their mother organise it for them. However you play it, it’s sure to be a magical event. To take the celebrations one step further, you could plan a creative gender reveal.
Attend A Birthing Class
The mere thought of labour itself is enough to send most first-time mums into a panic. However, instead of avoiding the subject entirely, you should learn as much about the process as you can by attending a birthing class. By adding a tour of the maternity ward and a newborn care class, you can ease your worries massively and give yourself bundles of confidence.
Pregnancy can be as fun as you make it, so follow the advice above to make the most out of yours.