From lap swimming to leg rubs, here are 15 ways to boost your mood.
It wasn’t until I was pregnant that I craved lying on my stomach more than anything. Lucky to be living in Venice, Calif., I was able to . . .
1. Go to the beach.
2. Dig a hole in the sand.
3. Put my belly in the hole, and . . .
4. Luxuriously stretch my back. Ah....
Whether it’s burying your belly at the beach or indulging in some strange snacks, every pregnant woman deserves a good pick-me-up.
Read on for our favorite 15:
1. “When I was pregnant with my first daughter, Beatrice, I felt very large and important. I believed I had to eat for all of England! So my favorite thing to do to cure the doldrums was snack on my favorite treat, mayonnaise sandwiches, or my second-favorite treat, mackerel sandwiches. Yum.”
—Sarah “Fergie” Ferguson, Duchess of York, mother of two
2. “Take a look at photos of yourself as a baby with your mother. Then imagine yourself, your partner and your new baby in the physical setting you love most. Finally imagine your perfect, beautiful, healthy baby being born.”
—Aline Zoldbrod, Ph.D., psychologist specializing in women’s reproductive issues, mother of two, Lexington, Mass.
3. “Whip up a green drink in the blender. My favorite: cherry juice mixed with spinach or alfalfa sprouts and brewer’s yeast. It’s rich in the B vitamins that help reduce stress and increase energy.”
—Leslie Stewart, certified nurse/midwife, mother of one,
Studio City, Calif.
4. “Swim. Use a kick board if you want and between laps, float on your back. Floating is suddenly very easy when you’re pregnant. Outdoors is best: You can look for the blue, blue sky and the tops of the palm trees and imagine you are in Hawaii. It’s relaxing to swim and feel so blissfully weightless.”
—Carol Impara, R.D., mother of one, Pasadena, Calif.
5. “Run . . . and if you can’t run, walk! I ran about three miles a day until my fifth month, when it got to be too cumbersome. Then I switched to taking nice, brisk walks and riding my stationary bike. Both activities refreshed me, and I continued walking right up until the day I gave birth to my daughter, Kady.”
—Michele Granger, U.S. Olympic softball player who pitched the gold medal-winning game while she was two-and-a-half-months pregnant, mother of one, Kensington, Calif.