It may come as no surprise that life changes once a baby is born. You will have a new light in your life that you will spend much of your time with. With this in mind, in this article, we look at how personal time is an important activity for women prior to becoming pregnant.
The reality for most women is that when you become a mum you will have less time for yourself. Even though you may expect a lack of sleep and shortened downtimes, seeing your baby develop every day is worth it. It pays, however, to be prepared.
Here are some ways to get ready:
- Take time for yourself to just relax. Does staying home with a movie on and your favourite snack in hand sounds like the perfect way to spend a Saturday? Then do it. Let go of the guilt and embrace this time for yourself.
- Throw yourself an at-home spa retreat. Imagine filling the bath and lighting it with tea candles, getting a special face mask, body scrubs and a good book and some music.
- Reflect on all the aspects of your life that you are grateful for and embrace them often. This mental practice can get you both excited and calm, and it is a great habit to build to use when life gets busier with bub.
- Sleep in a little longer. If you have the luxury of hitting that snooze button, do it. Your own sleep is arguably the biggest sacrifice new mums make. It is worth it, but it is normal and understandable to miss it. So sleep in now.
Personal time will take on an entirely new definition when your baby arrives. If you can prioritise yourself before the due date, do so. You should not feel guilty about self-indulgence now while you can, you are about to begin the life-long wonderful journey of love and sacrifice that is giving your child priority.
Written by Chelsea D.
Chelsea is a mum of one and pregnant with another. She writes about pregnancy, parenting, and body positivity.
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