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While everyone talks about the glow that pregnancy gives you, it’s less common to talk about the daily struggle that many expecting mothers face—finding a productive morning routine. With the many tolling effects that pregnancy can have on a woman and her body, it's worth taking the time to acknowledge a few tips to help boost your energy when you wake up. Here are a few sure-fire ways to get your day started on the right foot, belly and all.
Get ready for the day the best you can
For many women, changing bodies and hormone levels can leave them with many mixed emotions and feelings of vulnerability. Unfortunately, that may mean getting ready for the day isn’t as easy as it used to be. So, be gentle with yourself and your emotional state when you wake up in the morning.
If you’re having a day where you don't seem to like the reflection in the mirror, be easy on yourself and opt for a more comfortable outfit to promote your emotional well-being. Investing in maternity basics, like the essentials box, is the answer for when you need your clothes to support you, instead of going against you. This effortless and relaxed style will grow with you through your pregnancy and many of the articles in the box, like the Bellaband, can help you gain the confidence to slip into some of your normal clothing items.
Get some new glasses
Have you noticed blurred vision since you’ve been pregnant? Don’t worry, you aren't going crazy. In fact, blurred vision during pregnancy can be a result of hormones, not only causing body parts like your ankles to swell, but your eyes as well. Similarly, pregnancy hormones have the ability to change corneal thickness and reduce tear production levels.
These types of changes can leave the eyes feeling irritated and even reduce your quality of eyesight. As these sudden changes make your eyes more sensitive, many contact-wearers may struggle to feel comfortable in their lenses. Consider buying new eyeglasses that suit your newfound vision changes and be sure to wear them first thing in the morning to give your eyes a chance to adjust after a long night’s sleep. Although these vision problems should ease once you’ve delivered the baby, many moms actually may find glasses as a stylish and convenient way to accessorize an outfit with minimal effort, especially when caring for a newborn!
Do a quick workout
If you’re looking to increase your energy levels, get better sleep, and reduce back pain and swelling all while getting toned, then a quick workout may be the right addition to your morning routine. Whether exercise was a part of your lifestyle before you got pregnant or your growing family inspired you to get more active, working out can help relieve some of the stress of carrying a baby.
For most, 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise will do the trick. Low-impact workouts like swimming or walking can help get the blood flowing while protecting you and your little one. It’s best to avoid lifting heavy weights or other strenuous activities, so it’s recommended to first consult with a doctor to ensure that exercising will not put you at any harm.
Practice positive affirmations
It’s often said that the morning sets the tone for the rest of the day. In that case, it’s a good idea to focus on mood-boosting practices that will help you feel happy throughout the day.
A great place to start is by saying positive pregnancy affirmations—such as “My baby feels my love” or “My baby and I are healthy and strong.” These types of affirmations can help reduce anxiety and stress that comes along with carrying a baby. Similarly, it sets the intention for the day that you are actively welcoming positive thoughts and feelings the minute you wake up. You can say them in the mirror or write them down in a journal, affirmations are personal so take some time to figure out what feels right for you.
Besides the morning sickness, mornings can become a beautiful time in your pregnancy if you follow a few of these tips to boost your routine. Remember, each day you spend having a good morning is another step closer to meeting your little one!