Baby Nesting Pro Tip: Remember to Take Care of Yourself!
By Brandi Jeter Riley, Mama Knows It All
You would think that nine months of pregnancy would be enough to get everything ready to bring a new baby home. When you really break it down, though, three trimesters don’t provide a lot of time to get everything done. The first trimester is usually spent with mama wrapping her head around the fact that she's even pregnant in the first place.
Not much gets done in the second trimester because it seems to go by so fast. By the time the third trimester rolls around and you realize there's only three months left to prepare, you have to start prioritizing the things that are most important.
Don’t forget to:
Prepare for Pampering (Yourself!)
Since you won't have a lot of time to yourself, look for little ways to pamper yourself during the day. Stock up on products that do double duty to save you time. Quick tip: Don’t forgot to check your doctor about what products are best to use while pregnant! For example, give yourself – or ask your partner – for a quick shoulder massage using JOHNSON’S® Baby Oil so you can soothe and moisturize your skin while your baby naps. And even though you might have bought it for your baby's delicate skin, you can also use JOHNSON’S® HEAD-TO-TOE® Extra Moisturizing Baby Cream after a warm shower to keep your skin super soft and moisturized. Remember, it's always good to check with your doctor about product use when pregnant!
Stock Up on Snacks
When baby arrives, you’ll be hyper-focused on when he eats and how much. Your eating habits are just as important, Mama. Fill your fridge with easy to eat fruit like tangerines and apples, as well as finger food like baby carrots and sliced peppers. High protein snacks like hummus, cheese sticks, nuts, and jerky will keep you energized and filled up.
Comfort is Key
In order to take care of everything that you need to as a mom with a newborn, it’ll be important that you feel comfortable. You’d be surprised at how simple things like freshly washed, soft pajamas make a difference in how you feel. A foot rub with AVEENO® Skin Relief 24hr Moisturizing Lotion, and then putting on warm, fuzzy socks can make you feel like a new woman. Be sure to pick up herbal tea and sparkling water to help you stay calm and hydrated.
Setting up the baby's nursery, stocking up on diapers and wipes – anything that has to do with the baby is always going to come before mama's needs. That's just the way moms do things. We'll do anything for our little ones. After the baby is born, though, there are going to be things that we need. Taking time now to stock up on necessities for mama before being fully consumed with a sweet little newborn, will ensure that we don't have to rely on other people to pick up our favorite products.
When you're making your list of things to prepare for yourself during your third-trimester, remember that you might not be able to get out of the house for a while. Your body is going to be doing all sorts of weird and interesting things after giving birth, and it's important that you take care of yourself in order to be able to take care of your baby.
While you're out during the third-trimester prep, making sure the baby has what he/she needs, add a few things to the list for yourself as well. You won't have time to think about your needs once you bring baby home, so make plans ahead of time to take care of yourself. You deserve it, Mama!
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Brandi Jeter Riley is a paid spokesperson for the HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® Program.