The Pleasures of Pregnancy

Pregnancy is not always the most pleasant time in a woman’s life, with the morning sickness, bloating and mood swings. That’s why it’s important to balance out these challenges with some of the more fun and productive things you can do while you’re expecting. Here’s how!

For yourself
It’s essential to find ways to relax and calm your mind and body while you’re pregnant. Be good to yourself; there are lots of ways to do so.

One of the most common ways to ease your mind and body is through breathing exercises. If you’ve done yoga, you’ll have some ready. If not, here’s what you need to do. Inhale deeply through your nose, and exhale through your mouth. Repeat it until you find yourself relaxing. This is especially helpful to get through those occasional bad moments that can strike without warning. 

Focus on making some scrapbooks. Scrapbooking is a great way to occupy your mind and feel good about things by reminiscing. Make a photo scrapbook in preparation of your baby’s arrival, or try creating one about your journey through pregnancy.

There are lots of exercise routines one can follow while pregnant. Exercise gives you an adrenaline rush, which boosts your mood. It’s important to find a workout regimen that suits you, and to exercise regularly. Consult a professional on the kind of routine that’s the best fit. Try something like yoga, or simple walking.

Pamper and indulge yourself. Don’t stop yourself from satisfying a craving once in a while, whether it’s sleeping a little longer or splurging on certain foods. Let yourself feel satiated. 

Make lists. It’s a great way to have something to look forward to when the baby arrives. Make a list of baby names, or a list of things you want to do with your baby. Since there are bound to be some things you’ll avoid during pregnancy, make a list of what you want to do or eat after your delivery. Plan the first holiday you want to take once your baby is born.

Connect with your baby
There are plenty of ways to connect with your child while he is still in the womb. Adding some of these activities to your routine can help the baby recognise and bond with you sooner.

The most common way to connect is by talking. Talking to your tummy can help establish a relationship with your unborn baby. The foetus can hear you. Later in your pregnancy, you will feel him respond to your voice. 

As strange as it sounds, reading to the foetus can help improve her vocabulary. Whether you read your own books or children’s rhymes, the foetus is believed to be absorbing and learning when you do this.
Sing or play music to your child. Music can be quite powerful, and has a big impact on everything. Singing or playing music to your unborn baby can help child development. In fact, the child moves within the womb according to the kind of music you play.

There aren’t many things more relaxing than a massage, and another way to bond with your baby is by massaging your baby bump. Now by massage, we mean rub. Simply rubbing your stretching belly can have a massaging, comforting effect on your baby. 

What fathers- and siblings-to-be can do to help
Pregnancy can be a tough time for a woman, so it’s important for those around her to be as considerate as possible to make the nine months as easy as pie. There are lots of things that husbands, children, and friends can do for their pregnant wives, mothers, and friends.

For some women, there’s just nothing like shopping! Take your pregnant wife/mum/friend out on a shopping spree so she can feel good about her growing body with some      old-fashioned retail therapy. 

Plan a short, easy, relaxing trip for all of you to take together. Choose a nearby holiday spot. You could also plan a fun picnic at a picturesque location, complete with a packed lunch and some fun games. 

Pregnant women may have image issues with their changing bodies. A great way to make her feel beautiful is to arrange a professional photo shoot so she can see just how wonderful she really looks. 

A great way for a spouse to make his pregnant wife feel better is to take her out for a romantic night in the town. Make her feel loved and appreciated by taking her to a special place for dinner, and let her know that she’s just as beautiful as ever (or even more so) when she’s carrying your child.

Take on some of her everyday chores and plan a fun day to escape from her routine and responsibilities. Give her some carefree time all to herself.

Brett Kiellerop once joked that “pregnancy seems designed to prepare you for life as a mother. You start making sacrifices nine months before the child is born, so by the time they put in an appearance, you are used to giving things up for them.” Consider the miracle that is pregnancy and the sacrifices it takes for a woman to make that life count. Give her the best nine months she can imagine!