Confidence while Pregnant
What sparked this post was being almost 35 weeks pregnant, and emotions. Feeling good about where I am in my life and pregnancy but also feeling completely different than my first. I recently had a maternity photo shoot. I won it on a social media post, and totally was so critical of myself. Of course sharing it with some friends and family before I was able to sit and process the shoot and look at my body.
Second pregnancy, meant for me bigger faster and chasing after a toddler. Trying so hard to continue a normal schedule and exercise and take care of my pregnant body and my family. This time I knew from the beginning it was going to be a little more challenging than the first. I knew one thing for sure I needed to stay positive and confident. Pregnancy makes me have a higher self esteem, but then my emotions try to knock me down. How? I have been asking myself for 8 months. I know that every pregnancy is different but it is so important for us too mentally and physically take care of our mind and bodies as best as we can.
I wanted to share with you some ways that helped me through the last 8 months. I'm not saying it was 100% great the entire time, I am definitely slowing down and realize I need to rest and recover from this point on but anything I can share to help I will. Being pregnant is amazing, we are growing a human! We are strong and beautiful woman, and need all the support we can get.
Try creating visions in your mind of holding your baby, snuggles, kisses, and smiles. A positive mind waits for happiness, and you can transform your energy to reality.
Connect with your body
Exercise was a huge help for me. I was able to Crossfit and Yoga during pregnancy and it has been amazing. Moving, sweating, having body awareness is a great way to connect. Also, meditation. Even if you only have 5 minutes, start your activity with intention. It helps you stay focussed!
This can be as little as a group text with your friends. To as big as mom groups. Having support can help reduce your stress level and let you know someone else is with you.
Sleep and Nutrition
Trust me, I know cravings. It's so important to eat healthy, and give your body what it needs during this time. Snacking on fruits and veggies is always the better option. Keep the sugar to a minimum. (This time I was pregnant for Christmas) I ate cookies for breakfast, but cleaned it back up come January. Sleep, thank goodness I have not had a problem in that department. Having the right set up (pillows, essential oils) can help get rid of tension and keep you as comfy as possible. If you can, take a nap. You don't have to say yes to every social gathering.
Something that was a lot harder in the winter than my sundress and sandal dress code with Eleanor. Try to look cute, get dressed when you go out. Do your hair, put that extra makeup on, and don't give up!
Lastly I want to share my maternity photos with you. These photos made me realize that it's amazing my body can grow a human. The style of these photos may not be "me" but I wanted to feel uncomfortable. I wanted to see myself as beautiful, sexy, and strong. This was a great experience. I have been working so hard at physically keeping my body in shape while pregnant and this was a great mental exercise.