Pregnancy is a time when your body is undergoing great physiological upheavals. The ups and downs in your hormonal levels can take your mood on a roller coaster ride as well.

At the same time, your mind is also ridden with many dichotomous feelings. On one hand, you are exhilarated and excited about the new baby that is going to enter your life. On the other, you might feel overwhelmed and anxious regarding the prospects and responsibilities of the future.

Add to that a swelling belly, and skin-related concerns that arise due to the hormonal disturbances, you may start feeling awkward or self-conscious about your body.

At such a time, feeling good about yourself can take real effort. Here are some simple hacks to uplift your mood and stay calm and happy during your days of pregnancy.

Eat Healthy

Since you're now literally eating for two, you'll need to consume 100-300 extra calories while you're pregnant. Make sure to have a balanced diet comprising of all food groups - cereals, pulses, fruits, vegetables, meats, and dairy. This will make sure that you meet all your nutrient requirements, keeping the mama and baby healthy. 

Stay Active

Not only does exercising keep you fit and healthy, but it also promotes the release of the hormones dopamine and serotonin. These chemicals play an important role in regulating our mood and promote feelings of happiness, wellbeing, and pleasure.

Indulge in Stress-relieving activities

Spend your time in activities that you enjoy and that have a positive impact on your psyche. Spend quality time with your friends as well as your partner. 
Single out some 'me time' as well, and spend some lovely moments listening to your favorite music or reading a fun, lighthearted book. Take care of your body with exercise and take out time to beautify yourself.
Look and Feel Good

You may have heard about the famed ‘pregnancy glow’ that most would- be- maternity mummas have. However, the riot of hormones inside your body may lead to your skin being excessively dry or oily. Discoloration, acne breakouts, and itchiness of the skin are also seen quite frequently during pregnancy. Give the tender care that your skin deserves during this time. Use a generous dose of moisturizer to hydrate your skin, washing your face with a gentle face wash twice a day does wonder to your face. It is a good idea to schedule a visit to your dermatologist to discuss any of these skin issues. 

Catch up on your sleep

A healthy sleep pattern goes a great way in helping you stay happy. While in the earlier months of pregnancy you might find that you are too tired and sleep a lot, this may change in the later trimesters, where you might have a hard time trying to sleep because you may feel bloated or heavy. Do check out MM's giant cotton Maternity Pillow, super soft and specially designed for the comfort and relaxation of pregnant women, so that you can catch up on your healthy dose of sleep.

Stay Fashionable

With your growing belly, you might be feeling self-conscious about your body. However, in reality, there is nothing to feel awkward about. Don't feel shy flaunting your unique fashion sense even while pregnant. 

The key is to dress fashionably, yet comfortably. Note that regular clothing is not built to accommodate your growing belly and keep you comfortable. Hence, you should wisely invest in maternity wear, which is specially designed to keep pregnant women in mind. The segment of pregnancy clothing is full of enticing choices. From causal maternity clothes to more formal attire, it has everything that you want.

 During pregnancy, you should say no to high heels. Instead, opt for low-heeled footwear that provides proper support. 

Maternity Mumma and You

At Maternity Mumma we have a whole lineup of casual maternity clothing to fit all your needs. Made from super-soft, comfy material, we have a veritable collection of special maternity dresses, high-waist maternity trousers, shirts, and skirts. In case you are a working woman, we also offer super elegant and smart pregnancy clothing for professionals.

Despite the emotional turmoil and mood swings, you may experience while pregnant, staying emotionally healthy is very important. Not only does your emotional and psychological status affect your own wellbeing, but it can also have a significant impact on your baby. Stress and anxiety can affect the physical and brain development of your baby, so it is important that you try your best to provide it a happy, calm environment.