In your third trimester, the glow and joy of pregnancy that you have heard about is often replaced by darker and gloomier emotion. Your graceful movements are replaced by a penguin’s waddle. And let us not talk about bladder and bowel problems, sleeping discomforts and hormones that play havoc with your emotions.
All this is enough to rattle your self-esteem. We understand that the changes are sometimes overwhelming for you to accept. But you are the superwoman nourishing a new life inside you and you can tackle this- with a few tips from our end.
- Accept the change: Remember that your body is adjusting to the demands of a growing baby. There is nothing fat and disgusting about your body. Stay focused on the important job your body is doing, not how it looks in the mirror.
- Keep Busy: Continue to work till you can. At work, you have less chance to worry about your body. Your work gives you satisfaction and a sense of identity. Otherwise, take up a hobby. Do something you like and enjoy.
- Stay positive: Steer clear of influences and people that are negative, critical and judgmental.
- Eat healthy: Weight gain is important during pregnancy. But gaining appropriate weight is the key. Eat smart and be healthy. Avoid fat, oily, spicy foods. They weigh you down and play havoc with your digestion.
- Exercise: Exercise brings oxygen into the body and elevates your spirits. It makes you feel lighter and relieves stress. It helps with good sleep and fresher, happier you in the morning.
- Control ailments: You might suffer from problems like gestational diabetes. It might make you feel as if you have no control over your body. This makes for low self-esteem. Take the bull by its horns. Keep the ailment in control with strict measures. Nothing messes with your body.
- Pamper yourself: Be self-nurturing. Have some oil massages. Get a facial, manicure and pedicure done. Wear makeup. Pregnancy is not an excuse to look shabby. It is the time to glow.
- Enlist support: Yes your lows are hormonal. But it still helps to talk to someone about it. Whether it is your partner, parents or friends talk to them about your anxieties. You could go through self-doubts about your capabilities as a mother. It helps to hear that it is a normal emotion that your friends have gone through. Explain to your partner about how you feel about the body changes. This can help you bond better.
- Be aware: You are also to get a lot of unsolicited advice and narrations from various quarters. Even if they are well meaning, each woman’s body is unique and your pregnancy, labour and birthing experience may be nothing like theirs. If they do manage to create doubts, clear it with your doctor.
You are on the threshold of a wonderful event in your life. And your baby has chosen you to be their mother.