Bump Slump. That’s what I’m calling the pregnancy blues.
Don’t get me wrong, bringing life into this world is fantastic. Andrew and I are definitely excited. But there’s a point in (at least my) pregnancy that I felt like I had hit a wall. Bump slump.
In the first trimester, my body didn’t really have any major changes. Nothing super noticeable. A little bit of weight gain, so I had to cut out certain pairs of jeans, but for the majority clothing wasn’t an issue. Then I hit 5 months. And I POPPED. Suddenly, I have one pair of jeans that fit me, and none of my shirts want to be long enough to cover my bum while wearing leggings. None of my bras fit me, I tire of wearing leggings, and all I want to wear is track pants.
Even doing small things now is getting to be more effort. Bending over – not impossible but requires some thought. Getting up off anything softer than a chair requires thought. So when I get comfortable, I’m there for the long haul. Comfy, but not that great for feeling good about myself and my changing body.
So what’s a pregnant mama to do about bump slump? Here are my 5 things to get me out of any kind of slump:
- Nails – Nothing makes you feel instantly better or like a new person than getting your nails done. You can do them at home, or go full out and do them. I feel that once it gets a little bit warmer, I’m going to be going out and getting pedicures more often, as I won’t be able to see my feet (or bend over) pretty soon.
- Hair – So, you don’t have to be quite as drastic as I am with the hair changes, but even just getting a quick trim can make such a difference! Having someone else look after you is always the best. I’ve never done this, but I think even just getting a blow-out would be a fantastic way to feel like a normal part of society again!
- Take a bath – And actually take your time with it! Throw a bomb or bath salts in, dim the lights, light some candles, put on some calming music (if that’s what you’re into), and bring a book. Just chill out, and relax. When you get out, take your time with self care afterwards too! Put on a nice scented lotion, apply a face mask, give yourself that time to have an at home spa day. If you’re anything like me, I shower in under 15 minutes and then I’m running out the door.
- Go on a date night – Now that you’re all pretty, might as well grab your partner and hit the town right? Get dolled up, get out of the house, and spend some quality time with your SO before baby comes.
- Massage – And if all else fails, go for a massage. My body is carrying a lot of weight now, and I get tired and stiff a lot easier. Especially in my lower back and legs. They’re quite sensitive! Andrew’s been amazing about rubbing my back when I need or ask him too, but it’s not quite the same as professional. Just find a place that’s ok for pregnant ladies!
What do you like to do for some self love, pregnant or not? Let me know!