“Carrying a baby is the most rewarding experience a woman can enjoy.” – Jayne Mansfield.
Pregnancy, indeed, is one of the most beautiful journeys of a woman’s life. A rollercoaster of emotions spread across a span of nine months, while pregnancy is physically and emotionally draining on many levels, the happiness that comes with the birth of a child makes every single moment of the journey worth it.
For a pregnant woman, not only is this journey about giving birth to a baby, but it is also a journey about the birth of a mother, a journey of endurance, a journey of hope and a journey of strength.
Pregnancy is never really easy. While the hormonal flux during the journey comes with its share of tough phases and changes for the expectant mother – physically, mentally, and emotionally, on the other hand, it also brings in a rush of emotions.
There are a host of things that a mother-to-be loves to do during pregnancy to make the entire journey smoother and enjoyable and also divert her mind from the growing body.
Let’s take a sneak-peek at the 10 things that an expectant mother loves to do during her pregnancy.
- A Relaxing Prenatal Massage
A prenatal massage is undoubtedly therapeutic. Truly, nothing is as relaxing and engaging as a good prenatal massage. It works amazingly well to stimulate blood circulation, loosen all those stiff muscles and also treat pregnancy-related symptoms like backaches, stiff necks, leg cramps, headaches and even swelling.
It surely is a great way to give the body and the mind a much needed break.
- Pamper Me
Probably the one period wherein, the mother-to-be loves and wants to be pampered is during the journey of pregnancy. Be it a warm bath, a spa, a massage, a pedicure, having a date night or a movie night, being pampered and cared for goes a long way in providing emotional security to the expectant mother.
- Time for Self-Care
As a woman, most of the time, this takes a back seat. But pregnancy is the right time to throw in lots of self care to rejuvenate and also to create an internal environment conducive for the baby to grow. Eat right, take plenty of rest, get moving and above all, stay positive and happy throughout.
- The Magic of Therapy
Some fun activities like talking to the belly, reading a favourite book, watching a favourite movie, playing soothing music or even gardening can be extremely relaxing and can stimulate all those feel-good hormones in the body.
- It’s Story Time!
It is an enjoyable activity for the expecting mother to read out short stories to the baby, even before its arrival. This helps the mother-to-be to connect with the baby at a deeper level and also acts as therapy.
In fact, the couple could do this together, thereby strengthening the family bond.
- The Babymoon Bliss
A babymoon is a lot in vogue these days for it is very similar to a honeymoon for the couple, prior to the arrival of the baby.
Planned majorly around the second trimester, babymoon is ideal for the expectant mother to relax and indulge in fun activities, bring in fun and excitement during pregnancy and also for the couple to spend some quality time together.
- The Quintessential Maternity Shoots
Couple maternity shoots have started to be extremely popular among expecting couples as they capture the pregnancy period beautifully, leaving behind a treasure trove of memories to look back at after the arrival of the baby.
Think of a beautiful flowy gown, a stylish hairdo and the cute baby bump – it would indeed be picture perfect!
- Time for Some Mother-Daughter Bonding
The most assuring moments during pregnancy are the ones spent with your mother. After all, every woman would want to be cared for with love during the most beautiful journey of her life and who better to do that than one’s mother.
- Mission Nursery
This has to be another activity that mothers-to-be would love to do during pregnancy. Curating the nursery all by oneself to welcome the little one is something extremely enjoyable for the expectant mother.
- Shop till you Pop!
The changing body would surely need a new wardrobe and so pregnancy shopping is probably one of the most fun and endearing aspects of the journey. While maternity wear has now picked up lots of stylish and chic clothing for the mother-to-be, it is also a treat to the eyes to shop for tiny outfits and onesies to prepare for the arrival of the baby.
All said and done, pregnancy is an extremely fulfilling journey and it is important for the expectant mother to engage in activities she likes doing during this phase, to keep her feel-good hormones in place throughout. Happy pregnancy!