You’ve made it! After months of waiting, it’s finally time to take your maternity leave. Following a busy pregnancy, it can be difficult to know how to occupy your time once you have more of it.
Fortunately, there is plenty to do! The key is to have fun activities with your baby once she arrives. These activities will help you forget for a while the stress that comes with the endless demands of carrying for a newborn and will significantly improve your mood
In this article, we’ll explore five of the best fun activities you can enjoy during your maternity leave.
Catch up with friends
Before your beautiful baby makes her debut appearance, make sure to spend some time socializing with your friends. This will help you relax and retain your sense of identity, which is very beneficial for your mood and general well-being.
As the saying goes, a problem shared is a problem halved. If you are having worries about the end of your pregnancy, childbirth, or motherhood, take the opportunity to share these thoughts with your friends. They will be able to provide useful advice, or simply act as a soundboard to support you through the first stages of becoming a mother.
Take a trip to the salon or spa
You’ve certainly earned the right to spoil yourself! Take a trip to a relaxing spa for some soothing treatments, and enjoy the comfort of a tranquil environment. Many spas offer specific post pregnancy massages, which can help your body recover from the strenuous effort of birth.
You may also wish to drop into the salon for a manicure, pedicure, or hair treatment. A small and simple treat can do wonders for your mood at a time when you may feel exhausted from the hours you spent carrying for your baby.
Attend a mom and baby group
Once your baby has arrived, there are lots of wonderful activities for you both to enjoy! Your local mom and baby group can provide an excellent opportunity to socialize with other people who understand the realities of parenting. It may also help you to connect with your local community, which can be difficult when you’re busy with work and the demands of everyday life.
In addition, there are usually fabulous activities for children, giving them the opportunity for guided sensory play and early socialization. This pays dividends as they grow up!
Catch a film at a special mom and baby screening
Many cinemas now offer special screenings for parents and babies. It’s a safe and welcoming environment to enjoy movies without having to worry about being a nuisance to other people. Everyone is in the same situation, so it’s very supportive! Even if you don’t get to see much of the movie, it’s another opportunity to socialise with folks who share the same experience.
Go swimming with your baby
Another wonderful activity to enjoy with your baby is swimming. Most pools set aside sessions specifically for parents and babies. It’s a relaxing experience for you, and very helpful for your baby. Introducing your child to water at an early age helps to build her confidence, which will generally make it easier to teach her to swim later on. It also provides you with an opportunity to relieve stress and enjoy some gentle exercise. A win-win!