There is often a perception that self-care needs to be well planned and this big thing. But in fact, it doesn’t at all. Self-care is about doing something for you, something that brings a bit of joy into your day. I am a big believer in self-care not only because of my personal journey with mental health, but also seeing others around me not putting themselves first. I’ve battled depression twice in my life, the first time as a young adult, and second was postnatal depression after my son was born. I learnt the hard way the result of not looking after myself.
Pregnancy can be challenging in itself, body changes, the planning for baby’s arrival, adjustments at home, and the financial side of things. All of which can create stress and anxiety to the process. Add to that, soon you will have a newborn in your arms, less sleep and a different kind of pressure you have not experienced before. Self-care doesn’t need to be extravagant, expensive or take hours and hours. It can be a simple thing that brings you joy, a smile to your face, something that ‘fills your cup’. By doing self-care regularly you will feel mentally stronger in the lead up to baby’s arrival, and lack of sleep!
This is my 2nd pregnancy, so the following suggestions for selfcare are great for both first time, and consecutive pregnancies with kids already in the home. Here are some things I do to practice self-care:
- A relaxing bath with epsom salts. Remember to keep the temperature safe for you and bubs so your blood pressure doesn’t drop too much, but make it nice and warm to soothe your soul. Light a candle, grab a book, or just enjoy the silence! Epsom salts are great for supporting muscle relaxation and releasing toxins from your body naturally. You can also use them for foot spas for swollen feet/ankles! I like to enjoy a foot spa in the evenings after my son has gone to bed.
I hope the above suggestions are helpful and give you some inspiration to give it a go yourself. Remember, looking after you is just as important as looking after baby when they arrive x
Written by Natalie Robinson
Natalie lives in Auckland with her husband Chris, son Archer and their two dogs. Plus can’t forget baby girl who is on the way! As a mental and disability advocate, Natalie loves to share what Mum life is really like, and is an open book on her account @mrsrobinsonnz over on Instagram.