Five Easy Ways to Pamper Yourself During Pregnancy


Five Easy Ways to Pamper Yourself During Pregnancy

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You don’t need a partner to be pampered!

Pregnancy can take a physical toll on your body, from morning sickness, aching feet, a sore back, acne, and water retention, to your little one kicking away at you from the inside. You also may be worried about the upcoming birth and your new life as a Solo Mom. Beneath your outer glow, you may be craving some rest and relaxation to help soothe yourself and put your Solo Mom mind at ease. Here are five fabulous ways to pamper yourself without a partner and put some pep in your step:

Pregnancy can take a physical toll on your body: morning sickness, aching feet, a sore back, acne, water retention, and your little one kicking away at you from the inside. You also may be worried about the upcoming birth and your new life as a Solo Mom. Beneath your outer glow, you may be craving some rest and relaxation to help soothe yourself and put your Solo Mom mind at ease. Here are five fabulous ways to pamper yourself without a partner and put some pep in your step:

Pregnancy can take a physical toll on your body, from morning sickness, aching feet, a sore back, acne, and water retention, to your little one kicking away at you from the inside. You also may be worried about the upcoming birth and your new life as a Solo Mom. Beneath your outer glow, you may be craving some rest and relaxation to help soothe yourself and put your Solo Mom mind at ease. Here are five fabulous ways to pamper yourself without a partner and put some pep in your step:

1. Get some flowers. It’s amazing what a little bit of color mixed with some nature can do for your mood. Treat yourself to some fun blooms the next time you head out the door to run errands. Better yet, go find them out in nature, and enjoy the day picking wildflowers. Bring your spoils home, whether they came from a store or a field, and place them in your favorite vase. Make sure to put them in a place where you spend a lot of time so you can soak up their beauty. Your smile will say it all.

If you want to take it a step further, sign up for an ikebana class. Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arranging. The Japanese word ike means alive or arrange; bana means flower. The art form came from using flowers as offerings in Buddhist temples during the seventh century but wasn’t formalized until the 15th or 16th century. Now, ikebana is seen as a spiritual and decorative process. It is used as a way to develop a closeness with what is natural and merge the outside world with the indoors. If you are interested in taking classes, visit Ikebana International for information about classes in your area.

2. Treat yourself to new lingerie. Ladies, your belly is growing, and you may not be able to see your feet anymore. It’s time for some new underwear. Who says a pregnant Solo Mom can’t rock some new knickers—and sexy ones at that? Go have some fun. Head to your favorite store, and buy yourself something pretty. You can justify the shopping because you probably noticed your bras don’t fit anymore and your old undies may just not be doing the job. When shopping for new bras, plan to go up another cup size when your baby arrives to accommodate your breasts’ increased milk production. Buy what you need now, and wait to buy nursing bras till after your baby is one week old.

Not a lot of time to shop in stores? Take a look at You! Lingerie for sexy and comfortable maternity styles. I still wear the online retailer’s nursing bras and even walked in one of its fashion shows in New York City. Because the lingerie is all online, you don’t even need to leave the house or get out of your bed.

The bottom line is to have fun, and enjoy your pregnant body. Be fierce and bold, and know that under your maternity clothes you are all diva.

3. Take yourself on a date. Who says you need to have a partner to go on a date? Make a reservation, and take yourself out to your favorite restaurant. Order your favorite mocktail, and indulge in some gastronomic pleasures. After your meal, go to a movie or listen to some live music. You will always remember this night. It will be a new and exciting way to get to know your own city, and you will be feeling empowered. If you are interested in trying out a new place or fare, look for an upcoming restaurant week in your area. There will be plenty of options with multicourse menus to try.

Tight on cash or feeling like a night at home? Head to your favorite online recipe resource, and cook or bake your way to a delicious meal. If you are new to cooking or need some advice, I recommend Epicurious for its user-friendly site and great reviews.

4. Sleep. It may not spring to mind as a likely choice, but sleep is something you will crave and cherish soon after the baby arrives. Take a nap during the middle of the day. Go to bed a few hours earlier at night. Draw yourself a bath, add some candlelight, and unwind from your day. Enjoy your restful night or daytime rest, and wake up more refreshed and relaxed. Feeling restless and can’t sleep at night? A lavender sleep pillow and some aromatherapy will help you fall into a deep sleep after your soothing bath.

5. Exercise. With all your body aches, you probably don’t feel like doing too much moving, but in actuality, it helps ease the discomfort and will keep you in good shape for your delivery. If your doctor approves, head to a prenatal yoga class or go to a local pool for some swimming. The water takes all the pressure off of your joints and allows you freedom of movement. You will feel free and easy after your classes and also know you are doing something good for you and your baby. Check out your local YMCA, gym, and yoga studios for more information about prenatal classes in your area.

What do you do to pamper yourself during your pregnancy? While you are preparing for your little one to arrive, read “Getting Through Pregnancy Without a Partner” by ESME’s Stephanie Land. Her story will fill you with courage and with hope for your new future as a Solo Mom.


Rebecca Cherry is an accomplished musician, writer, and creative seeker. She is enjoying her new role as a Solo Mom to her baby girl. You can follow her on Twitter at @CherryRebecca and Facebook at Rebecca Cherry.

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