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Find the joy in celebrating your pregnancy journey

Sometimes when we get pregnant we forget to actually celebrate and honour the miracle that we are experiencing. When I was pregnant with Eve I was still working full-time and I didn’t want to be perceived as THAT pregnant lady. The one who only talked about her pregnancy, who complained or was always sick. We forget that whilst pregnancy is not an ‘illness’ it takes a massive toll on our body. Some of us are lucky enough to have pregnancies that pass easily, without much discomfort, while others suffer on a daily basis.

So instead of judging our journies and feeling like we need to just ‘keep calm and carry on’ let’s actually enjoy what we can and celebrate these momentary 9 months. Because let’s face it when bubs comes along life will be very different!

1. Take long baths with your bump

Soaking in the warm water not only soothes all those aches in your muscles that appear during pregnancy, but it also gives you some time to sit and reflect on the changes in your body. I always feel a little lighter in the water, though it can be difficult to get into a comfortable position. Sometimes I enjoy lowering the lights and playing some relaxation music, or even pregnancy meditations.

In the bath, I’ve discovered adding salts like dead sea salts or epsom salts help relax my muscles, combined with a good sprinkling of Sleep Oil my mind follows suit. If I’m feeling lavish some natural bubbles really make bathtime lavish.

Enjoying a natural bubble bath with my growing baby bump

2. Massage your growing Belly

Massage your growing bump with the Baby Lotion Bar

As your belly grows the skin will start to feel tight. Sometimes it will itch. All throughout pregnancy whether you feel that your skin needs it or not spending a few minutes massaging your belly really helps you to connect with baby. Give it your full intention and make it a few moments of mindfulness as you feel the shape of your belly. Over the weeks you will notice how it changes and how baby responds to this gentle touch.

You can use oils like coconut oil, olive oil or sweet almond oil. I prefer using the Baby Lotion Bar as I find the scent delicate and it sinks into my skin well, though still providing a rich layer of moisture.

3. Make a pregnancy diary

Once you have your darling bundle of joy your pregnancy journey will feel like a lifetime ago. Just jotting down a few words each day or week will help you remember how you were feeling at the time, what you were experiencing physically and maybe help you to express your fears and dreams for your baby.

Pregnancy can be an overwhelming time, with so many physical changes affecting our daily lives – no, you can’t wear 80% of your wardrobe anymore and you might just have to purchase larger knickers. Honour those thoughts and feelings is another way to celebrate your pregnancy. It’s also a wonderful memory to look back on with your child once they are older.

4. Enjoy your tea

Herbal teas can help in pregnancy with insomnia and indigestion

Heartburn, indigestion, nausea, insomnia, vitamin levels, anaemia and blood pressure. All these things affect our daily lives when pregnant. After the first 3 months of nausea, and developing insomnia I decided to invest in some specialist herbal teas, especially to replace the numerous cups of black tea I normally have when not pregnant. I treated myself to a tea just for me.

Every time I have a cup I acknowledge where I’m at in my pregnancy journey. And as I fight with indigestion and reflux I turn to Masala Chai. I love Jade Walker’s non caffeinated version, created by a naturopath.

5. Take LOTS of pictures

You probably don’t feel photogenic. Nor are you impressed with the size of your thighs right now, but believe me you need to take lots of photos. Your body changes so quickly and even your baby bump will change shape rapidly that if you blink you’ll miss it. Take as many photos as you can. In your finery, in the nude. One day you will be glad you took them.

If you have the budget I would also suggest you splash out on a professional pregnancy photo shoot. Be spoiled, feel your best and have some gorgeous prints to memorialise those few months you lovingly carried your child in your body. Alternatively, get yourself an app like CineMama to take pregnancy photos on a regular basis and watch that belly grow!

6. Cast your belly

Enlist a girlfriend to make a cast of your belly. I was gifted a Baby Made DIY Belly Casting Kit when I was pregnant with Eve and it was so much fun. It is also a lifelong keepsake of my pregnancy. I can see how my body changed, and it’s a physical reminder of the time Eve was growing inside me. It’s something I would love to hang on my wall in future…the question is what to paint on it?

Cast your pregnancy belly for a lifelong reminder of your pregnancy

7. Paint yourself

Whether it’s for your baby shower or blessing or just for a fun afternoon of photos get a Body Artist or super talented face painter to adorn your belly with body art. You can go for non-toxic face paints that wash off, or if you really trust your artist, organic Henna which will last for a few weeks. It’s such a fun way to decorate and celebrate your baby bump!

8. Have a Baby Shower/Blessing

Having a party with your besties is always a wonderful way to welcome this new era of your life. Having a baby shower is a fun traditional way of celebrating your impending arrival and a good opportunity for your friends to spoil you. I was lucky enough to have a number of generous gifts that helped us prepare for Eve’s arrival. From clothes and nappies to items like car mirrors and shades. It’s shame Honestly wasn’t around then as I would have gifted myself one of our gift packs for sure!

This time around I’m hoping to organise a Baby Blessing. I’ve already got most things I’ll need for baby but having all my girls around to wish me well and bring good vibes to the house is a gift in itself. There are so many exciting ways to celebrate the end of your pregnancy journey with your friends. Choose something that resonates with you. Remember they want only the best for you and to celebrate with you.

Baby Shower party cake, celebrate your baby with a baby shower or blessing

Even if you don’t find time to celebrate your pregnancy with these 8 suggestions, I hope you find your own way to honour the 9 months of carrying your child. They start off slowly but are ofetn gone before you know it. Nine months is nothing in the scheme of things and so if you feel like you need to devote some time to honouring these short months then do it!

Remember you are special and pregnancy is no ride in the park. So go on Mama treat yourself to some pregnancy celebrations!

Aromatherapy expert, scientist and mum, Adele, owner of Honestly Store


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