Childbirth is the single most life-changing event you’re ever likely to experience. Your body changes, your priorities change and before you know it, you’re a mum and life is never going to be the same again. Pregnancy is an incubation period, not just for your baby, but also for you to grow as a mum. It’s an opportunity to prepare yourself, both emotionally and practically, for the weird and wonderful journey that is parenthood.
So, how do you go about making the most of your pregnancy to ensure as smooth a transition into parenthood as possible? Well, before you start worrying that you’ll have to take an undergraduate degree in pregnancy, worry not. You don’t have to read a single book, take a class or do any hard work. We were kind enough to do it all for you and bring you a step-by-step guide to make the most of your pregnancy.
You may think that this isn’t as easy as it sounds. Well, actually it is. Most stress during pregnancy (especially if it’s your first) is caused by fear of the unknown and feeling as though you’re unprepared. You can lessen this by getting the practicalities put in place as early as possible. Try and think ahead. What are you going to need? Stock up with baby formula, nappies and any other paraphernalia, if you think it’ll help you to relax in preparation for the big day. If you already know the sex of the baby, you can even invest in some luxury nursery furniture.
Learn to Relax
Pregnancy can be challenging for all sorts of reasons, which is why it’s essential to learn to relax. De-stressing is one thing, but if you don’t take some time out to let your mind and body relax, then there really is little point. If relaxing is something that you struggle with, there are several techniques you can try. Go online and start by learning some basic breathing techniques. It’s impossible to panic or even stress about anything when you’re breathing properly.
Taking an aromatherapy bubble bath is another idea. Light scented candles and fill your bath to the brim with bubbles to give you a sense of luxury. Then just allow all your worries and concerns to melt away. Many women also choose to listen to classical music during their pregnancies. Not only is this a great way to relax, some studies suggest it could actually help to stimulate your baby’s cognitive development.
Document and Share Your Experiences
If you do have any questions or worries, there are countless online forums where mums and mums-to-be can go to share their concerns. It’s a great way to ‘let off steam’ and it can be reassuring to talk to other women who are going through similar experiences. Some women also find it helpful to keep a journal or scrapbook of their memories and experiences.
Pregnancy is a magical time; it’s our first taste of that special and unique bond that can only be shared between a mother and her child. So, make sure that you do everything you can to savour every single second.