One of the many things I am very grateful for during my pregnancy – aside from the fact that we were finally successful – is that I have no small children to look after. I see many people on their second (or more) pregnancies having to run around after toddlers. With my 10 year old daughter it seems to be the other way around, she regularly runs around and looks after me! On top of that, I freelance from home so I tend to benefit from a lie down either at lunchtime or in the afternoon. There are, of course, other ways to treat yourself a bit and here is my list of just 5 I am doing or have considered.
A Long, Relaxing Bath
One of the things I took for granted prior to my pregnancy was the ability to have a bath. When I had the embryo transfer, I was told by the clinic that I wasn’t to have a bath for at least the first 12 weeks, so I can remember the night before having a very long and lovely bath in our hotel room in Alicante (the bath there was amazing!). Our shower at home isn’t brilliant but it is usable and I have become used to it over the weeks. I have to admit to being a bit apprehensive about having bath when I was actually allowed! I think I can count on one hand the amount of times I have had one during my pregnancy – it doesn’t stop them being totally relaxing though.
There are a number of ways to ensure you can carry out a DIY pamper at home. If Grace and I are at home alone, we prepare our favourite food, put on a face mask and watch a film. I have bought some lovely pregnancy products from Mama Mio including a wonderful tummy butter which smells gorgeous. I have even looked into the potential of some self-tanning and was pleased to find that it is safe during pregnancy because they are dyes which stay on the surface of your skin. Ellisons.co.uk have some great professional home tanning kits – some at very reasonable prices. I have also just been sent some Solution for Stretch Marks and a Stretch Mark Defence lotion from Science of Skin which I am looking forward to putting to the test.
One of my favourite things over the last few weeks has been using my oil burner which I purchased from Amazon and the gorgeous smelling Pregnancy Care oil from Indigo Herbs. Containing oil of lavender, geranium and mandarin, I tend to have the burner on whilst I work and I find it totally relaxing and, as a result, it is easier to focus.
Book a Pregnancy Massage
Is is totally common during pregnancy to suffer from a number of aches and pains. One of the things that I seem to be suffering with this time around are sore and aching hips – especially at night. There are a number of different spas around the country who offer a specialist massage especially for pregnant ladies to help relieve tension and aid stress-relief. I think I am now talking myself into having one!
Hire a Cleaner and Gardener
One of the things Ross and I have talked about is the possibility of hiring a cleaner prior to the arrival of our baby. I am finding it increasingly difficult to bend down and clean in all the nooks and crannies and, with Ross away on business a lot, much of the cleaning is starting to lapse. As for our garden, well, lets just say that it’s a jungle out there!
Do you have any suggestions for making time for yourself during pregnancy?
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