One of the difficulties I’ve had recently in writing posts is what to write about! I don’t want to inundate with you every kind of maternity fashion statement, but at the same time, that’s about all I got on the sartorial front! So while I’m loving all my stylish maternity work clothes (that are great for pretty much every occasion), I also want to write about things we can all relate to.
So today’s roundup of tips is actually a group of practices I’ve really stepped up during my pregnancy. They aren’t new to my routines, just amplified. And they’re certainly practices I hope to continue with just as much gusto – when needed – post-baby! Rather than helping you relieve the stresses in your life, these tips actually help you relieve the signs of stress!
Relieving Signs of Stress
So, what do I mean relieving the signs of stress? Well, at the moment these are summed up with stretching, swelling, and stretch marks! Pretty lame, right? While the need for each of these has become more prevalent during my pregnancy, the fixes for them are all things I do normally. And I can’t tell you how amazingly helpful each one of these is. So I encourage you to try one or all of these signs of stress relieving fixes..
So, first is how important stretching has become. I shared in my how to relax before bed post that I have a nightly stretching routine. I’ve added a few stretches to that routine to help with pregnancy related tightness. I’ve also, however, added stretching as part of my workout routine. My “workouts” are incredibly low key these days, but at least one day per week, I try to have a workout that’s just 20-30 minutes of stretching.
That seems a little excessive perhaps. But it isn’t. We carry a lot of stress (physical, emotional, and mental) in our bodies. By helping to loosen that tension, we’re helping out every aspect of our being.
And last week not only did my nurses tell me they were impressed that I was still tying my shoes (slowly and with effort, but still), my husband told me that he was impressed with my mobility so far along. I’m not anything magical, but prioritizing stretching has helped me in so, so many ways!
Ok. So. Swelling is just part of the game at this point. I can’t wear my wedding or engagement ring anymore, my face starts to look poofy easily, and then my ankles and feet expand effortlessly these days. My two fixes?
First, my face. I’ve talked occasionally about my rose quartz face roller. It has become my best friend once again. I keep my roller in the freezer. Every morning after I wash and moisturize my face, I roll my face with the frigid roller. The outward movement from the center of your face helps drain lymphatic fluid. The cold quartz minimizes the swelling. It’s a godsend!
Second, my feet. I’m fully embracing the putting my feet up thing. I don’t mean throwing them up on the couch or atop some pillows. I mean laying on the floor with my feet on the couch or laying on the couch with my feet over the back of the couch.
One to two times per week, I can tell my feet need some love. So I spend 20-30 minutes with them up. Then my feet feel as though they’re good to go another few days.
So this is a pregnancy-specific concern, but my solution isn’t! I’ve been trying to be so good about warding off stretch marks, that I have put on lotion from my toes to my neck (and arms) just about every single day since I was about 18 weeks along. I obviously used lotion beforehand, but I might not do it everyday or I might not do it all over. It’s been a good therapy and great for my skin to be so diligent about it. And so far, stretch marks haven’t been a problem. I still, obviously, have time, but I’m happy to be doing well at this point.
And if you’re wondering about preventing stretch marks, I tried a few products and ultimately landed on the Palmer’s Stretch mark Massage Lotion. I like the consistency, the ease of finding it, and the low cost. It doesn’t have that pungent cocoa butter smell either. It’s pretty low key!!