Today, I am 21.9 weeks pregnant, and feeling the most energetic I’ve felt in a looooong time.
Lately I’ve been focusing on allowing myself to rest when needed and overall just exemplifying some good ole’ self love.
My go-go mentality has taken a much needed back seat now that I am expecting baby number 2. Society puts a lot of value on ambition, and it has been quite the journey for me learning to, well…relax.
Pregnancy is a powerful time of transformation for a woman. It is a time to look inward, fulfill your needs, and be a bit selfish. THE most important things are when a woman is expecting 1) the growing baby and 2) mom. And I’m proud to say that I have learned the value of saying “no” during this pregnancy. People pleasing is no longer an automatic response from me. I only say “yes” to things out of love, not obligation or guilt.
Below, check out a short list of must haves for pregnancy. This is the list I’ve utilized for this pregnancy. It’s made all the positive difference physically and emotionally, and I wanted to share it with you.
5 Must Haves for Pregnancy
1) A great prenatal
I love New Chapter’s Perfect Prenatal because I don’t have to eat before taking it, it’s probiotic, non-gmo, and is an actual food made of organic vegetables and herbs. When I found out I was pregnant, I had no doubt in my mind that these were the multivitamins I wanted to take.
2) A pregnancy journal
Pregnancy brings up all sort of repressed issues and emotions–things we may have subconsciously tried to stuff under the rug. What has really helped me stay sane and mentally healthy is writing in my journal–daily. I’ve found that releasing thoughts on to paper has miraculous effects on the psyche.
3) Cute and Comfy Maternity Clothes
With my first pregnancy, I was completely unprepared with how to dress my bump. This time around, I realize you can be both comfortable and fashionable. I love the dresses from Figure 8 Maternity. Anything I order from home, throw on, and feel cute is a winner to me!
4) Support System
Having women to talk to (whom I trust) has been oh so needed during this pregnancy. Yes, it is helpful to write things out in your journal, but sometimes you need to rally your sisterhood for support and love. My husband is great, but there is no substitute for divine feminine wisdom.
5) Time to Nurture YOU
This one is essential and often overlooked. Taking time to do the things that make me smile does wonders for my pregnancy and mood. I know that the happier I feel, the more benefits go to my growing baby girl. So, I exercise outdoors, I make nourishing meals, and spend time with those whom make me smile.
How do you take care of yourself during pregnancy? And if you’re no longer pregnant, how did you take care of yourself while you were expecting?
Remember, we can’t be the best moms or wives we can be if our own cup is empty, so to speak. Take care of you first, and your whole family will reap those benefits, not just you!