pregnant womanFrom the moment you realize you're expecting, you end up having super baby brain. I'm currently 5 months pregnant and know the symptoms well. You create long checklists to make sure you have everything in order for after the baby's arrival. Not to mention, your calendar is filled with doctor and sonogram appointments. With the little spare time that you do have, it's important to use it wisely and put yourself first. These tips have helped make my pregnancy more peaceful and enjoyable. I hope they do the same for you! 

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Snap plenty of baby bump selfies 1

Snap plenty of baby bump selfies

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Your pregnancy will go by faster than you think. Cherish the beautiful process by taking photos of your growing baby bump every month. By the end, the photo album will remind you of the mom-to-be memories that will last a lifetime. 

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Snag your free breast pump 2

Snag your free breast pump

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That's right! Thanks to President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, most pregnant moms qualify for a free hospital-grade breast pump. Simply answer a few online questions to see if you qualify. 

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Enjoy plenty of reading time 3

Enjoy plenty of reading time

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Once the baby comes, you won't have much time to indulge in endless hours of reading your favorite books and magazines. Enjoy reading stories that have nothing to do with pregnancy. Disconnecting from your "to do" mentality will make it more pleasurable. 

Pack your hospital bag 4

Pack your hospital bag

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You may not be going on vacation, but you still need a hospital bag for your post-delivery stay. You want to pack enough for three days just to be safe. Some items include breastfeeding bras, pajama pants and a baby blanket. Make sure you read a check list to make sure all of your items are covered. 

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Do prenatal yoga 5

Do prenatal yoga

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The soothing exercise has great mental and physical benefits. Prenatal yoga is a great way to stay in shape during your pregnancy, tone your muscles and focus on peace of mind. 

Spend quality time with friends 6

Spend quality time with friends

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After the first few months, you won't have much time for socializing with your close girlfriends. Make sure to catch up and enjoy quality time before your baby arrives. 

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Enjoy romantic alone time with your partner 7

Enjoy romantic alone time with your partner

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Bonding with your partner during your pregnancy will strengthen your bond even more. Creating life together will make you feel closer than ever. You want to make sure you cherish that alone time together before you welcome your bundle of joy. 

Sleep and relax! 8

Sleep and relax!

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Take a break from your check list and make sure to rest, relax and sleep! Take all of the naps your heart desires. You'll be missing that time once your baby arrives!

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Take a day off 9

Take a day off

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Sometimes you need to slow down and take a day for yourself. Don't feel guilty about it. There's nothing more therapeutic that having a full day of nothing to do. 

Visit your pediatrician 10

Visit your pediatrician

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You will have to visit a pediatrician just a few days after giving birth. You want to make sure you pick the right doctor for you and your baby. Visit their office hours and chat with them before your first official visit. 

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Pamper yourself 11

Pamper yourself

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Hit up the spa, go get a massage, manicure and pedicure. You deserve it! Taking that relaxing time for yourself will help boost your mood and leave you feeling like a new woman. Who doesn't love that? 

Get your baby room ready 12

Get your baby room ready

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You want to make sure you have your baby room or essential baby area in order before giving birth. Settle all of the items you receive from your baby shower so you're less stressed and can enjoy your peaceful space with your little one.