Pregnancy isn’t an easy adventure for anyone. It’s beautiful, of course, but to call it easy would be far from the truth. The mother to be is sore, with her muscles and bones expanding and her body carefully growing what feels like a little alien in there! On top of that, there are the hormones, which make for not only unhappy mother to be, but a cautious father to be as well.
Hard as it may be, it’s still beautiful and important not to forget that. The best way to remember how beautiful pregnancy can be, is to really nurture the mother on a regular basis. And you better believe, a well nurtured pregnant woman is well worth the effort.
She will need a lot of sleep and if she doesn’t get it, you can bet on a difficult day for her. So respect her needs. She may need to sleep in or even go to bed early and rise early. Remember, it doesn’t have to make sense, it just has to be respected!
Get her a body pillow. These are wonderful additions to the bed as they support the hips, the belly, neck and back depending on how you use them. This will not only make for a better night sleep but also come in handy when the baby is born.
It’s vital that she stay hydrated both for herself and the growing child. If she is dehydrated, there won’t be enough embryonic fluid, which can lead to complications. If she can’t handle the taste of water, play with it. Add ice, lemon wedges or cucumber slices and a couple drops of stevia to sweeten it. Don’t be discouraged if she doesn’t like it. Remember, this is frustrating for her too.
Clothes that are comfortable are hard to find. So, first of all, make sure she has a few really good staples to choose from. Second, always make sure she knows she’s beautiful in them!
Don’t Take it Personally
As said earlier, her body is changing constantly and she has more hormones circulating through her than she knows what to do with. If she’s edgy, see how you can help but be sure to not take anything personally. Her feeling sick and uncomfortable is not your fault. But if you’re short tempered, defensive or aggressive, that will be your fault and not a smart move! Just be loving and patient. Be sure to invest time into yourself and remember that this too, shall pass.
Take her to the movies or stay home, just make sure to make watching funny films a norm. This will keep her distracted and boost her dopamine levels, helping her to have less stress and even better sleep!
Another dopamine releaser here, so don’t forget it. A few good tips on food are: 1. Make sure she’s eating every 2-3 hours, even if it’s just a little. This will avoid the blood sugar crash. 2. Invest in a greens powder supplement, as she can add this to juice or a smoothie for an added nutrition boost on the days she feels extra down or can’t stand the idea of food. 3. Don’t worry about her cravings. As long as she’s drinking a lot of water, taking her vitamins and not going overboard, it’s actually good to cater to her cravings a few times per week, especially with chocolate. Chocolate is a great dopamine releaser and will help keep her spirits high and happy.