Pregnancy isn’t always a picnic, especially if you’re in your third trimester and are starting to feel like you’re going to be sporting a baby bump for what seems like the rest of your life. With pregnancy symptoms and childbirth on your mind, it may be hard to relax and have fun. So how can you have a good time on Valentine’s Day if your feet hurt, your back aches, and you’re feeling more like a whale than a woman? Whether you’re single or in a relationship, here’s a list of some fun things to do this Valentine’s Day that’ll make you feel good.
If you’re into cooking (or going out to eat) now’s the perfect time to indulge. While healthy foods should always be your first choice and it’s important to stick to your doctor’s recommendations when it comes to eating extra calories during pregnancy, there’s nothing wrong with treating yourself on Valentine’s Day. Cook up a gourmet dish for each meal or go out for your favorite foods. Your stomach and your partner will appreciate the extra love!
If you haven’t been feeling great about yourself lately, it’s time to change that by treating yourself to a little TLC. Even if you don’t have a hot date to go to later, book a manicure, pedicure, facial, haircut, or massage. Try something new with your appearance or just have a professional give you a blowout or makeup application for a fresh take on your usual style. You’ll feel like a million bucks, which will boost your confidence and make your Valentine’s Day a lot sexier.
Need an outfit for a date with your partner? Go out shopping for a maternity dress that makes you feel good. You might want to go early in the day, when you’re less likely to be tired and your feet aren’t as swollen. Find something that flatters your baby bump and embraces all of your new curves – especially your breasts!
Feel like documenting your pregnancy so you can revisit the memories for years to come? Why not use Valentine’s Day as an excuse to get your maternity photos done? Whether you get them done professionally or have a friend or family member use his or her decent camera, get dolled up and strike a pose with your bump.
Not feeling up to anything that would require wearing something nicer than sweatpants? No problem. Stay at home, get your favorite takeout meal, and put on Netflix. It could be one of your old favorites, a compromise between you and your partner, or a Valentine’s Day-appropriate rom-com that’ll leave you reaching for a box of tissues despite the happy ending.
Nothing’s more fun than seeing a performance live. You could head to see a new play in town, catch your favorite musician, or just head to a coffee shop to see local bands play. Just make sure that wherever you go, there’s somewhere to sit. You don’t want to be stuck standing up at a concert that’s standing room only.
Discovering something new with your partner can get the sparks flying. Stroll through an art gallery opening, go dancing (bring comfy shoes!), or book a hotel in the next city over. Have a professional chef cook in your kitchen for just the two of you, book a couple’s massage – the options are endless!
What’s Valentine’s Day without romance? If you have a significant other, now’s the time to break out all the stops in the bedroom. Go all out: Get some sexy maternity lingerie to show off your new assets, light a few candles, put on some music and make the bed with your softest sheets. There’s no such thing as going over the top on this holiday.
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