Even the healthiest people need to be always managing and improving their wellness. It doesn’t come easy, and it takes deliberate effort and a willingness to put yourself first. However, when you fall pregnant, you no longer have only yourself to consider.
The better you feel, the more energy you’ll have to put toward keeping you and your baby healthy. When creating life, you need to make sure you’re creating the healthiest baby possible, and the best way to do that is by ensuring your own wellness is looked after. See how to be constantly improving your wellbeing.
Find a Job that’s Well-Suited for You and Your Future
You spend a lot of time at your job, so it only makes sense that you’d want it to be a career you feel passionate about. However, you need to consider your job and how it may impact your baby-to-be. For example, do you work with dangerous chemicals? If so, you’ll need to reconsider this and look for a safer work environment; you’ll maintain better health and won’t need to deal with added stress that comes from an unfit environment.
You may not need to give up your job entirely; in fact, by speaking to your employer, they may be happy to position you elsewhere for the time being. Once you’ve delivered your baby, you could then return to your original post. If you don’t ask, you don’t know. Take fate into your own hands.
Make Time for Daily Exercise
Exercise is important and necessary to incorporate into your daily schedule. Your mood will improve, you’ll get in better shape, and you’ll have a positive way to diffuse some of your stress. Use your free time to hit the gym or your lunch hour to go for a long walk. Being in nature and the fresh air is guaranteed to lift your spirits. You need to keep yourself at a healthy weight, and with the added food cravings and need to eat for two, trying to keep the extra pounds off can be difficult – this is especially true when you’re 12 weeks pregnant.
Express Your Feelings
Be careful not to bottle up your emotions and feelings. You do not want to cause any additional stress, so if something is adding extra pressure or causing you upset, address the situation and find a solution. This can be as easy as telling your partner to clean up the house more frequently, to telling your mother that you’re scared of giving birth. If you do not express your feelings, finding an answer to your problems can take longer and be sometimes impossible. Express your feelings in a manner that’s well-received by others and lets you get whatever’s bothering you off of your chest.
Manage Your Thoughts
Racing thoughts aren’t easy to deal with on a daily basis. That’s why it’s important to pay attention to what’s going on in your mind at all times. Use meditation and breathing techniques in your downtime to manage thoughts and not let them get out of control. Be aware of what’s going on in your head and create positive outlets that allow you to release any tension that builds up over time. Listen to music and open up to those who you trust to allow yourself a chance to unwind and slow racing thoughts.
Surround Yourself with Positive People
Positivity is contagious, so make it a habit to surround yourself with positive people. Leave negativity behind and don’t make any room for it in your life, and especially your child’s life. Find people who are encouraging and uplifting to be around. Even if you’re not the most positive person at first, just being around those who are will help you become more like that too. Make new friends if you have to and switch jobs if it’s not an environment that’s optimistic. Each move in the right direction is going to change your mood and allow you to be your best self so that you can be the best mother possible.
Focus on What You can Change
Now’s the time to stop focusing on what you can’t change and put your energy into what you do have control over. You have the power to create an environment and attitude that helps you raise a beautiful baby who will thrive and prosper. Move houses, find a better job, get the baby’s room ready and even start putting money away for a college fund. These are just a few areas of your life that you can happily adjust and change for the better. Complaining and whining about what’s unchangeable will only zap your energy and keep you nervous about the big change.