Updated: Aug 30, 2020
It's been a ride and what a ride it has been! I have learned more in the past 9 months than I thought was possible. I have a lot of takeaways but the biggest is how to be a better human. To take care of me because intern I am taking care of someone else (inside). Just days away from baby Popso's big debut, I wanted to share what's been helpful in all trimesters but especially in the 3rd and how I've stayed grounded (most of the the time).
This list is NOT just for pregnant people (I just happen to be pregnant) but for anyone who is trying to live a more intentional, grounded life.
1) Self Care: Whether it be a bath, quiet time spent in the backyard, time spent with close friends or family, or with a good book, I feel the most sane and grounded when I make time to do good for me. Mama Note: When you care for you, you care for the baby. Rest when you need to. Give yourself permission to take time out of each day specifically for self care.
2) Hydration: Starting the day with water and then moving onto caffeine has made a big difference in my energy, hydration and overall mood. When I start with coffee, I notice I usually won't have water until the coffee is gone which could be anywhere from 20 minutes to a couple hours. If I'm really on my game, I'll juice a lemon to add to my water or add some Calm Magnesium Powder. Mama Note: The more hydrated we are, the more fluids are in the amniotic sack. More fluid in the sack = healthier living space for the baby.
3) Vibrant Food: Although I've been honoring my body's wants and needs (and it's need for more), my day is far more productive and my mood & state of being is elevated when I make it a point to eat colorful, real food throughout the day. Mama Note: baby is growing and developing and is using every bit of nutrition we consume in that process. Baby can get a lot more from a nourishing, balanced meal than fast or processed foods.
4) Sleep. Although sleep has been difficult in this last trimester, I notice when I make it a point to intentionally get into bed at a decent time and do my evening rituals (read, do my evening essential oils regimen & put lotion on my belly), my sleep is better & so is the following day. Mama Note: Sleep keeps us level headed and clear minded. Decent sleep creates less chances of hormonal freakouts which means less stress on the baby (we dictate their environment). Also, people who do not get enough sleep consume over 370 more calories than people that do.