The maternal instinct is even stronger when you’re pregnant, so you’re likely to find yourself putting the needs of others before your own. Although it’s often habitual, you need to start caring for yourself regularly so you’ll be in even better condition to do so for others once your baby has arrived.

Self-care is anything but selfish. It’s the best gift you can give yourself because it gives you permission to look after yourself as well as others. If you’re not in good health and good spirits, you’ll find caring for the people in your life difficult.

Here are some things you can do to pamper your pregnant self:

  • Show your feet some love. Invest in a foot spa and soak your feet in Epsom salts whenever they feel tired or sore. Apply lotion and prop your feet up because you deserve some downtime before the baby arrives.
  • Make it a spa day. Get a manicure or pedicure and a massage. Remember how good it feels to physically take care of yourself. Bask in the feeling that you’re doing what you need to do to take better care of others. When you’re healthy, happy, and stress-free, you’re pleasant to be around and make better judgments concerning the people you love most.
  • Fill your room with your favorite scents and enjoy how relaxing aromatherapy can be. If you have a diffuser, use it to warm the oils and add a beautiful fragrance to your home. Some great scents to try include lavender, vanilla, and sweet orange.
  • Wear something pretty. It’s easy to understand why you sacrifice style for comfort when pregnant. That doesn’t mean you can’t wear something nice, though. Put on an outfit that makes you feel like a million bucks. Pay attention to color and choose accessories that express who you are as a woman and a mother.