12 indulgences that make pregnancy totally worth it

This whole pregnancy thing might not be so bad, after all.

pregnancy indulgences

It's conflicting. The excitement of bringing a new little bundle of joy into this world mingles with the dread of giving up so much during your pregnancy. Sure, you may sacrifice that mimosa with your Sunday brunch (and maybe even the espresso for dessert), but that doesn't mean you can't splurge during pregnancy. You are making a human being from scratch, after all.

These 12 splurges will keep you healthy and happy when the responsibilities of pregnancy start to weigh on you.

1. Flat shoes

I don't care what industry you are in. From CEO to fashion consultant, feel free to put down the high heels and back away slowly. When even your favorite Manolos start to hassle your sciatic nerve, it is okay to opt for a charmingly comfy pair of flats!

Ahhh….this whole pregnancy thing might not be so bad, after all…

2. Maternity clothes

I know, I know. You will only wear them for nine months. But really, how long do you usually wear clothes before moving on to something new, anyway? Plus, plenty of maternity clothes (and jammies) can also be used for nursing, too!

Justify a few new comfortable and eye-catching outfits by knowing that you will use them long after baby is born. You will love your growing belly even more when you feel and look your best. And that priceless boost of self-confidence may be all you need to get through the back pain, restless nights and 17 daily trips to the restroom.

3. Scrumptious salads

I'm not talking about kale and carrots with fat-free dressing on the side. I am talking about spinach, walnuts, almonds, dried cranberries, green apples, parmesan, any of your other go-to veggies and your favorite dressing.

Baby needs the nutrients and healthy fats found in these foods and, together, they make one heck of a tasty salad. A little fat in your salad will help you absorb more nutrients from the vegetables, anyway!

This is one splurge you definitely should not feel guilty about!

Need some inspiration? These 11 salads so tasty you'll forget they're healthy, too.

4. Sleep, sleep and more sleep

Sure, it may not be what it once was now that you have to sleep with a belly the size of a basketball every night. Whether it is on your side or... your other side, sleep is still sleep. Stock up now before your nights no longer belong to you. Enjoy lazy Saturdays and feel free to go to bed at 8 pm when you can't keep your eyes open any longer.

5. Flavored fruit water

During pregnancy, you will need to drink even more water than usual. Somewhere in the realm of 12 to 13 cups every day. Keep yourself motivated by squeezing a bit of flavor in, too! Try adding a little fresh lemon, lime or grapefruit juice to your water.

In addition to the zesty taste, the vitamins from the fruit will be a welcome addition to your daily diet.

6. Prenatal massage

Speaking of that annoying sciatic nerve, one of the most enjoyable pregnancy splurges is a prenatal massage. Just make sure to choose a spa with a pregnancy massage table, and therapists who are certified in prenatal massage.

Enjoy while you can, because it may be a while before you have the time to enjoy 60 minutes to yourself once baby arrives. Did I say 60 minutes? Better make it 90.

7. Mocktails

Looking for a tasty alternative to your former favorite libation? Try mixing up a faux version of your signature drink. You can even give the recipe a healthy spin if you are trying to squeeze in a few extra vitamins for the day.

I call my favorite mocktail a “dark and not-so-stormy." Combine lime juice, a tablespoon of blackstrap molasses, ginger beer and candied or fresh ginger for a refreshing boost. The limes are full of vitamin C and the molasses is a superfood, packed with iron, calcium, and potassium. Plus, the ginger is a tummy soother for that pesky morning sickness.

De. Lish.

8. A sexy bra

It won't be long into your pregnancy before you find yourself in need of a new bra or two. (Bonus points if they double as nursing bras.)

Regardless of your pre-baby bust size, be proud of your new curves up top. Look and feel your best with a bra that will make you do a double take the next time you look in the mirror.

You are gorgeous. Flaunt it.

9. Pedi pampering

When you can't reach your toes anymore and just want to get off your feet, opt for a pedicure. Better yet, remind your partner that you are housing their unborn babe and cash in your chips for a foot rub.

Have your partner massage up the leg to decrease swelling in your feet. If you are brave, have your partner paint your tootsies, too. (You won't be able to see their handiwork, anyway!)

10. A soothing stroll

Go for a relaxing walk whenever you have the chance. Walking is one of the best (and safest) physical activities for you and baby during pregnancy.

If you start to feel down about your new mama bod, physical activity can improve your mood through endorphins and can give you a boost in self-esteem when you can no longer see your poor puffy ankles. And remember, once baby arrives, you will understand what those newfound curves did—help create the most precious love of your life.

Pro tip: If your body is ready for baby, walking at the end of your pregnancy may help to induce labor. If you are desperate to get baby moving, get moving yourself!

11. A helping hand

It's true what they say. It really does take two, baby! Before you clean your cat's litter box, lift anything outside your comfort zone or decide to paint baby's nursery, just remember… your body is already doing so much.

Take any opportunity you can to enlist the help of family, friends or your partner.

12. Dark chocolate

You may not be able to pair it with a red wine or your favorite soft cheese, but trust me, dark chocolate can hold its own! A few pieces here and there can boost your brain's serotonin, leaving you in a better mood.

Plus, dark chocolate is packed with antioxidants and may even reduce high blood pressure. An ounce a day is the recommended serving for offering just enough of the good stuff, without too much caffeine.

You may forego many of your favorite things during pregnancy, but none of it will compare to the amount of love you feel for your unborn babe as soon as you see those two little pink lines. Here are some of our favorite indulgent products to help you enjoy your pregnancy to the fullest.

Non-alcoholic refresher

non alcoholic refresher

We cannot get enough of this naturally flavored, alcohol-free beverage. With a delightful combination of sweetness, bitterness and spice, you'll hardly remember that it's virgin.


Pregnancy pillow

pregnancy side pillow

Pregnancy and sleep can go together, with the help of this OB/GYN created side sleep pillow. You can adjust it to fit your growing belly as you need to, and you'll love the softness and natural fit to your body. Sweet dreams, mama.


Belly oil duo

belly oil

Your belly with love being lathered in these gorgeous oils from Esker. Made of organic and non-toxic ingredients, these will quickly become part of your mama self-care ritual.


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These are only the vitamins I give my children and here's why

It's hard to say who loves these more—my kids or me.

When I became a mama five years ago, I didn't put too much thought into whether my son was getting the right vitamins and minerals. From breastfeeding to steaming and pureeing his first bites of solid food, I was confident I was giving him everything to support his growth and development.

But then the toddler years—and the suddenly picky palate that accompanied them—came along. Between that challenge and two additional children in the mix… well, I knew my oldest son's eating plan was falling short in some vitamin and mineral categories.

I also knew how quickly he was growing, so I wanted to make sure he was getting the nutrients he needed (even on those days when he said "no, thank you" to any veggie I offered).

So when I discovered the new line of children's supplements from Nature's Way®, it felt like a serious weight off my chest. Thanks to supplements that support my children's musculoskeletal growth, their brain function, their immune systems, their eyes and more, I'm taken back to that simpler time when I was so confident my kids' vitamin needs were met.*

It wasn't just the variety of supplements offered by Nature's Way that won me over: As a vegetarian mama, I'm the picky one in the family when it comes to scanning labels and making sure they meet our standards. The trick is that most gummy vitamins are made with gelatin, which is not vegetarian friendly.

But just like the other offerings from Nature's Way that I've already come to know and love, the children's supplement line is held to a high standard. That means there's no high-fructose corn syrup, gelatin or common allergens to be found in the supplements. The best part? My two oldest kids ensure we never miss their daily vitamins—they are so in love with the gummy flavors, which include tropical fruit punch, lemonade and wild berry.

Nature's Way Kids Mulitvitamin

Meanwhile, my pharmacist husband has different criteria when evaluating supplements, especially when it comes to those for our kids. He appreciates the variety of options from Nature's Way, which gives us the ability to rotate the vitamins based on our kids' daily needs. By keeping various children's supplements from Nature's Way on hand, I can customize a regimen to suit my kids' individual requirements.

Of course, high-quality products often come at a higher price point. But (to my immense gratitude!) that isn't the case with Nature's Way, which retails for a competitive value when compared to the other items on the shelf.

Like all mamas, my chief concern is supporting my children's health in any way I can. While I see evidence of their growth every time I pack away clothes they've outgrown, I know there is much more growth that doesn't meet the eye. That's why, for my oldest son, I like stacking the Brain Builder gummy with the Growing Bones & Muscles gummy and the Happy & Healthy Multi. My 3-year-old also enjoys getting her own mix to include the Healthy Eyes gummy. And both of my older kids are quick to request the Tummy Soothe tablet when something isn't sitting right in their stomachs.* And I'll admit it: I've tried it myself and the berry blast flavor really is tasty!

Although my current phase of motherhood may not be as "simple" as it once was, there is so much to appreciate about it—like watching my kids play and sing and create with their incredible imaginations. Along the way, I've eased up on some of my need for control, but it does help to have this range of supplements in my motherhood tool kit. So while I may not be able to convince my son to try kale, having the Nature's Way supplements on hand means I do know he's right on track.*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

This article was sponsored by Nature's Way. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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