I’m one of those women who’s lucky enough to not suffer too terribly from pregnancy symptoms. No morning sickness, my boobs don’t get massive, and I don’t really have an aversions or cravings to speak of.
But the symptom that I do get? Intense emotional craziness. I’m just super on-edge and overly-sensitive. My poor husband.
Lately, I’ve been in quite the funk, but I’ve found some things that help boost my mood… pregnancy “funk busters” if you will.
Do you have any you’d add to the list?
1. Cute shoes 1 of 7I realize that this isn't super deep or anything, but when I'm feeling bummed about nothing fitting right, thanks to my ever-expanding middle (and let's face it... my face and arms, too), a new pair of cute shoes certainly doesn't hurt matters. I recently got these sparkly ones from Old Navy and they definitely made me feel fun and fancy.
Purchase for $26.94 from Old Navy
2. Pregnancy Shapewear 2 of 7OK, things are about to get real up in here... second-time pregnancy bellies just aren't as cute as the first time around. Or maybe I'm just projecting? Either way, my belly hasn't had that cute, round look this time around and it's got me a little bit bummed. Yes, I realize there are more important things in the world to worry about than a droop belly, but I'm pregnant and hyper emotional, so cut me some slack. I really think some pregnancy shape wear might cheer me up.Purchase for $68.00 from Blanqi
3. Work out! 3 of 7
"Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don't shoot their husbands." That Elle Woods was so wise. Even though I usually feel exhausted and not motivated to actually get up and go work out during this stage of life, I always feel so much better after I do. I've been doing Barre3 and it's amazing--so great for pregnancy and beyond.
4. Mani pedi 4 of 7
Of course I'd prefer to go out and actually have someone else do my nails for me, but even just taken the time to do my nails at home is a boost to my pregnancy morale. I've been dying to try out this color from Essie.
Purchase for $8.50 from Essie
5. Girl’s Night 5 of 7
Sure, girl's nights don't involve cocktails anymore, but there are some pretty great mocktails out there--or, better yet, this amazing ginger brew (over which I am heartbroken, since Trader Joe's has sold out of it, but I digress...). Just get out. A change of scenery is great for helping you break out of a funk.
6. Fuel up 6 of 7
Hormones are crazy during pregnancy, let's just be frank about that. But, there are ways to combat the hormonal ups and downs, naturally (at least, somewhat naturally). Smoothies are a great way to get in good nutrition without gagging on your veggies (am I projecting again?) and good nutrition will always help you feel your best. There are even recipes out there for PMS and stress-busting smoothies like this one that I'm pretty sure couldn't hurt when it comes to those pregnancy symptoms!
7. Get your hair done 7 of 7
Getting a hair cut, color or even just a blow out is a simple way to boost your mood. Feeling pretty on the outside can help you feel better on the inside. Maybe that seems shallow, but it definitely helps me.
Lauren Hartmann is the founder of The Little Things We Do, a blog about life and adventures in Portland Oregon. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram or catch up on all of her posts here on Babble.