It’s nearly that time of year again when you turn over a new leaf and start from scratch with New Year’s resolutions. Now, we know all the usual ones (eat better, spend less money, do more exercise), but if you’re a mum-to-be, there are a few other things you might want to consider adding to the list. Read on for our recommendations for New Year’s resolutions for mum-to-bes. Happy New Year!
New Year’s resolutions for mum-to-bes: Stock the freezer
Being a new mum is no small task and the last thing you want to be doing when you have a newborn baby to look after, is tending to meals. Therefore, take advantage of the nesting phase, and squirrel away some pre-cooked meals that can be heated up and served in those first few weeks after baby arrives. We suggest soups, stews, casseroles and pasta sauces, but if you’re planning to breastfeed, go easy on the spices as some research suggests that fiery flavours can give baby.
New Year’s resolutions for mum-to-bes: Pamper yourself
Once baby is here life will never be the same again, so pamper yourself while you can. Book in for a mani-pedi and have your hair done before D-Day. A postpartum body can feel as though it’s been in the wars and it’s heartening, amid all the aches and pains, to be able to look down at freshly painted, as well as having a bouncy barnet to swish about for those first few photos.
New Year’s resolutions for mum-to-bes: Book a pregnancy photoshoot
When you’re suffering with swollen ankles and a bad case of heartburn, the idea of striking a pose can seem rather unappealing. However, pregnancy is a special time if your life, and while you may not always feel it, you’ve probably never looked as vibrant or radiant as you do in the final months of pregnancy. Catch it on camera, so you have a beautiful memento of this magical time.
New Year’s resolutions for mum-to-bes: Clean your house
If you’re nesting, you might want to do this anyway, but if not, push the boat out and hire someone to come in and give the house a deep clean. In the throes of postpartum hormones, the last thing you want to see is dust on the bookshelves or cobwebs in the corner of the room.
New Year’s resolutions for mum-to-bes: Go on a babymoon
Like a honeymoon, a babymoon is a romantic retreat you enjoy with your significant other, before you both arrive on Planet Parenthood. While nine months may seem like a lifetime, it goes by in a flash and most airlines won’t allow you to travel in your final month, so it’s best to arrange this one sooner, rather than later.