Isn’t it SO difficult to enjoy yourself sometimes when you’re pregnant? The aches, the pains, the discomforts, and everything in between life can truly deprive you of life’s little joys. So I reached out for some inspiration on this topic just for you!
Today, you get to hear from Amber Richcreek, a dear mother over at ThePlayfulLearner. She has a great perspective on finding the enjoyable moments you can create during pregnancy. Enjoy!
5 Ways To Stay Playful During Pregnancy
If you’re pregnant right now, you’re probably thinking that I’m a crazy person who’s never been pregnant. Sure, live playfully when you’re pregnant. When your feet are swollen and your back is aching and the kid is kicking your bladder and making you pee yourself.
Oh, mamas, I hear you! I gained 50 pounds with my son and had serious sciatic back pain. (The kind where it pinches a nerve and pain shoots from your lower back, down your hip and leg to your foot. The kind you can’t really do anything about except have the baby.) I spent several days on bed rest, feeling sorry for myself and making my husband bring me more ice cream and heating pads.
I’m not going to be one of those obnoxious people that tell you what a beautiful, glowing, magical time it is being pregnant. (Or, maybe it is for you. But it’s not for most mothers who I know.) What I do want to encourage, though, is playful living. You’re still alive, and your baby can feel your emotions.
What I do want to encourage, though, is playful living. You’re still alive, and your baby can feel your emotions.
Play In The Water
You know what’s not fun? Feeling like a beached whale. Whales belong in the water. Even if you’re not a swimmer, just get in a body of water. Trust me. It makes your heavy belly feel almost weightless and releases tension. It’s also a great low-impact workout if you’re into that kind of thing.
Swimming was a lifesaver for me. As I mentioned earlier I gained 50 pounds and had intense back pain. But luckily for me, we lived walking distance to a public pool. I looked at their public swim schedule, avoided the times when teens got in free (I don’t need a headache on top of all of this) and went as often as possible. I already felt as big as a whale; I may as well release some of the tension and feel almost weightless.
Play With Your Pre-Baby Family
If this is your first pregnancy, enjoy your spouse’s company. If it’s your second, third, etc, enjoy your family before this new beautiful addition. Play with your family in whatever way works for you.
For my husband and I, we did this with staying up late playing video games and watching “one more episode” on Netflix. When the second child comes along, we may be using that pre-baby-#2 time to dote on our son, read as many books as he wants, or take him to the park.
Play With The Baby
Sing him songs, poke his little butt and read them books. Talk to your baby, even if it looks like you’re talking to yourself.
I loved prenatal yoga during pregnancy. Different poses would get him into different positions himself and I like to think he enjoyed it.
Play With Your Food
Your appetite may be a bit off during pregnancy, so experiment if you can stomach it. Try out some new recipes, or try mixing weird ingredients. I never understood that “pickle ice cream” pregnancy joke, but if you’re craving it, go for it! Why not?
Also, studies have shown that babies can taste what we’re eating in the amniotic fluid. So I’d like to think that eating a varied diet during pregnancy would give the baby a refined palate. (In reality, I’m sure my son will only want to eat goldfish crackers and bananas when he’s a toddler but let me kid myself for a little while on this one.)
Have A Sense Of Humor About It
I know we don’t want to feel like the butt of jokes, but, we kind of are. Pregnant bellies are beautiful, but they’re also kind of funny. Wear those silly pregnancy shirts, it makes people smile, and with the right attitude, it can make you smile too.
It stinks and it’s embarrassing to fart or pee yourself at unfortunate moments, but when you’re faced with those “it’s either laugh or cry” moment, choose laughter! It makes life, and pregnancy, a lot more enjoyable.
I know now that I’ll definitely be taking some time in the water during my next pregnancy. You’d think I would have since I was pregnant mostly in the summer. 🙂 Maybe I just was too self-conscious to take the plunge.
What are the ways you find joy and stay playful while you’re pregnant? Let us know!