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…
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?
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
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.
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,
This is one splurge you definitely should not feel guilty about!
Sleep, sleep, and more sleep.
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 8pm when you can’t keep your
eyes open any longer.
Flavored fruit water.
pregnancy, you will need to drink even more water than usual. Somewhere in the
realm of 12-13 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
In addition to the zesty taste, the vitamins from the fruit will be
a welcome addition to your daily diet.
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.
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.
See also: It’s good for you.
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
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.
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, happy, and sane when the responsibilities of
pregnancy start to weigh on you.
A sexy bra.
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
You are gorgeous. Flaunt it.
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.
you can’t reach your toes anymore and just want to get off your feet, opt for a
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!)
A soothing stroll.
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.
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!
A helping hand.
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.
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.