Self-care during pregnancy is essential. I’m currently 24 weeks pregnant and in the “sweet spot” of pregnancy. I’m past the not-so-fun first trimester that was filled with never-ending nausea and fatigue, and not quite to the third trimester, which I hear is not so comfortable either as baby grows bigger and the fatigue often returns. During the second trimester, I’ve been making it more of a priority to make time for “me” as we get closer and closer to meeting baby Anderson in October.

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I’m a huge advocate for self-care, but pregnancy brings a much deeper need for it as it brings about so much change both mentally and physically.

Today I want to share five of my favorite ways to practice self-care during pregnancy, in hopes that this post will inspire expecting mommas to make time for themselves during this season of change. 

1. Listen to an audio book.

I’ve always been a multi-tasker. I have the hardest time sitting still and focusing on just one thing for a period of time. So why has it taken me so long to realize how much I would love listening to audio books while I drive, walk, or do laundry? Lately I’ve been obsessing over organizing and decluttering to make room for baby Anderson in our home, so I’ve adopted a much more minimalistic approach to things and have been selling and getting rid of stuff like a crazy person. (Maybe I’m nesting?) I’ve just started listening to The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo after hearing so much about it online and I’ve found it to be really helpful so far in deciding what to keep and what to get rid of.

2. Try out a new face mask.

Face masks are one of the best ways to de-stress and pamper yourself. I felt like I’ve just about tried them all until I came across Borbón’s N° 01 Revitalising Facial Mask. What drew me to this product was that it’s actually an exfoliator, a toner, and a moisture masque all in one. Oh, and it smells like the best chocolately coffee concoction ever. I use this mask about twice weekly in the morning, and you should too, because it will seriously pep you up and give you an energized boost to start the day. This mask can be found on Musely.com, which is an online curated green marketplace, meaning that any product you buy from them is wholesome, natural, and eco-conscious. Which is great because like most pregnant women, I’ve been super picky with what I put on my skin.

3. Have an at-home pregnancy yoga or gentle cardio session.

One of the best ways I’ve found to help keep my energy up and keep away some of the discomforts of pregnancy is by doing a gentle  workout every day.  It gives me a little boost without taking too much energy. Even if you feel ridiculous doing it, I promise it will help!

A few of my current favorites:

Barefoot & Pregnant Pilates Dance Workout  |  6 Minute Pregnancy Workout  |  Prenatal Yoga- Poses for All Trimesters

4. Track your pregnancy through journaling.

I found this pregnancy planner several weeks ago at Michael’s Craft Store and instantly wished I had this from the start of my pregnancy! It organizes everything by trimesters, has monthly and weekly overviews, and places to track things such as taking your daily prenatal vitamins, cravings, moods, and more. Every week it gives you a little overview of how your baby is growing. This week baby Anderson is 12 inches, about 1 ½ pounds, and is roughly the size of an eggplant! I’m a huge to-do list person, so the check lists and note space is greatly appreciated. Between the places to put ultrasound photos to the cute little stickers for organization, I couldn’t ask for more!

5. Treat yourself to some cute pregnancy clothes.

Sure, you can wear your husbands big t-shirts with your leggings, but treating yourself to some cute maternity outfits will really help your self-esteem. Once I started growing out of my pre-pregnancy clothes, I found myself in a bit of a mental slump. It wasn’t until I finally decided to treat myself to some cute pregnancy outfits that I started really embracing my changing body.

My all-time favorite place to get maternity clothes? Pink Blush. They have regular clothes, maternity, and plus-size maternity clothes on their site, and everything is so cute. They are by far the trendiest and most “normal” looking maternity clothes I’ve found so far. I got several tops, a couple pairs of maternity jeans (which are the best thing ever, by the way), and a lightweight floral kimono. Since maternity clothes can be a little pricey and won’t be worn for too long, I tried to get everything in a similar color palette so that everything would coordinate together. (Stay tuned for a blog post!)

Don’t forget to take care of yourself, mommas! How do you make time for yourself during pregnancy? Share with me down below!

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