Congratulations, mama, you are more than halfway through this pregnancy! You’ve so got this. Your baby’s eyes are beginning to open, and you may even feel it kick! Between picking nursery paint colors and planning your baby shower, here are some tips to keep in mind as you continue this beautiful journey.
1. Get Some Sleep
Take every chance you can to catch up on your rest. Not only is your baby growing more rapidly at this point, but your body is also working extra hard to keep up with the increasing weight. Give yourself a break, and be sure to take naps if you need to.
2. Take Time for Yourself
In just a few months, you’ll be a mom, and while parenting is a fulfilling and beautiful thing, you may not have many opportunities for alone time. Take yourself out for a date, go for a prenatal massage or get your nails done. You’ll be glad you did once the baby arrives!
3. Find Exercises for Back Pain
All that extra weight is changing how your body handles pressure, and you may experience back pain around this point in your pregnancy. Find resources online that can help you cope with back pain. If the sensations become too severe, always be sure to check with your doctor.
4. Practice Mindfulness
Having a baby is exciting and possibly scary, too. Many women experience anxiety during pregnancy, and all this time, thinking about the future can make you feel ungrounded. Remember to take time to pause, take a deep breath, and focus on the present moment.
5. Go for a Walk
Walking is not only great exercise, it can also boost your mood and help prepare your body for labor. Aim for walking about thirty minutes a day, depending on your energy levels. Weather dependent, getting some fresh air is always a good idea!
6. Do Prenatal Yoga
If you find yourself experiencing more aches and pains at this point in pregnancy, you may want to explore alternative forms of exercise such as yoga. Search for prenatal yoga classes offered in your area, or find an online resource that you enjoy.
7. Eat Nutrient-Dense Food
You’ve probably heard that eating healthy is important through your entire pregnancy, but think of it as something that not only nourishes your baby, it helps you out too! Eating nutrient-dense food may curb some of the symptoms you may be dealing with, such as light-headedness or swelling. As always, if your symptoms seem abnormal, be sure to check with your doctor first.
8. Drink More Water
Digestive issues tend to creep up during this stage in pregnancy, so eating fiber-rich foods and getting plenty of fluids can help. Staying hydrated can also help with energy levels, as you may be experiencing fatigue at this point.
9. Clean Your Teeth
One of the unfortunate side effects of pregnancy is often poor oral health. Especially for women who deal with severe nausea and vomiting throughout their pregnancy, the chance of getting cavities and other oral infections increases. Try to see your dentist at least once during your pregnancy, and make sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day.
10. Stretch Your Wrists
Many women today find themselves sitting at desks all day long, with their hands typing on a keyboard. Under normal circumstances, your muscles might be used to this, but at six months pregnant, you are at risk for developing carpal tunnel syndrome. Help prevent this by stretching your wrists consistently, and taking frequent breaks between typing.