Pregnancy and motherhood are part of one of the most amazing journeys in life. But amidst the excitement of growing a tiny human and anticipating the joys of motherhood, it's important not to forget about one very important person: you! Self-love should be your shield against the ever-present mummy guilt, the inevitable body changes, and the whirlwind of emotions that come with this incredible rollercoaster ride. So, let's dive into some strategies to keep you feeling fabulous throughout your pregnancy and beyond it.

First things first, body changes are inevitable. Let's talk about that growing bump. Embrace it, mumma! Your belly is a testament to the amazing work your body is doing. It's not just extra weight, it's a beautiful sign of life within you. Treat your bump like the precious cargo it is—talk to it, moisturize it, adorn it with cute maternity clothes, and flaunt it with pride. From swollen ankles to stretch marks, your body will feel like it's going through a massive transformation. But guess what? Every stretch mark tells a story—a story of growth, love, and sacrifice. Instead of fretting over them, wear them like badges of honour. Trust me; you're glowing!

Self-care is non-negotiable during pregnancy and post-partum. Carve out some "me time" amidst the chaos of preparing for the baby's arrival. Whether it's indulging in a massage, taking leisurely walks in nature, or simply curling up with a good book, prioritize activities that bring you joy and relaxation. Remember, a happy mumma equals a happy baby! These are our reading suggestions.

  •  The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth by Genevieve Howland
  • The Fourth Trimester by Kimberly Ann Johnson
  • The First Forty Days: The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother by Heng Ou, Amely Greeven and Marisa Belge
  • The First Forty Days: The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother by Angela Garbes

It's essential to surround yourself with a strong support system during this transformative time. Lean on your partner, family, and friends for emotional support and practical help. Don't be afraid to ask for assistance when you need it. You're not superwoman (well, maybe you are, but even superheroes need a break sometimes).

Self-love doesn't stop when your baby arrives, it evolves. As you navigate the challenges and joys of post-partum and motherhood, be gentle with yourself. You're doing an amazing job, even on the days when you feel like you're barely holding it together. Celebrate the small victories, like managing to shower or getting the baby to sleep, and forgive yourself for the inevitable mistakes. Finding time for self-care as a new mum can feel like an uphill battle, but it's more crucial than ever. Even if it's just stealing a few moments to sip a cup of tea or sneak in a quick nap while the baby sleeps, prioritize self-care whenever possible. Remember, you can't pour from an empty cup, so fill yours up whenever you get the chance.

Self-love during and after pregnancy is like the secret sauce that makes the journey of motherhood even more incredible. Embrace your bump, celebrate your body, prioritize self-care, lean on your support system, and let go of perfectionism. Remember, you are strong, resilient, and utterly amazing. So, go ahead, mumma, and give yourself a big hug because you deserve it!