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Taking Care of ME

Hello my dear reader, you can call me Multi-Tasking Mommy or MTM for short. I am a 32 year old woman, wife (to SciFi Dad) and mother. I enjoy blogging on my personal blogs (I have 3) and enjoy contributing to the internet community of parents. My daughter is almost 3 1/2 and I am pregnant with a boy, due on October 1st. I taught Kindergarten for 5 years prior to taking leave when I had my daughter and am extremely fortunate to continue being a stay at home mom (SAHM). I spend the majority of my free time on the computer, but I also love to bake, read, organize and do crafts. I used to love gardening, but since I’m pregnant this summer, I am not loving it to much–hopefully that will resume next growing season!

And now for my post:

When I first became a Mom, I received so much advice from others, it was overwhelming.
Some of the advice, I took and some of it I tossed into that section of my brain where things get lost (which these days, being pregnant is getting filled up quite quickly).

One of the pieces of advice that I listened to and have tried really hard to maintain is that as a Mom, it is so important to take care yourself–do things for yourself, pamper yourself, have “me time” regularly.

Lately, my favorite way of taking care of myself is by going for a monthly prenatal massage. It is something that I look forward to from the day after my last one. You don’t realize just how much your body is affected by pregnancy until you lie on a massage table and therapist “goes to town”. I find that massage helps you become more aware of your body and this is very important during pregnancy.

My usual routine is to get my back, neck and shoulders done. Since I’ve become pregnant, I added legs into the mix (to decrease swelling) and my sciatic nerve area as it has really been acting up.

I went for a massage this week and had to give up most of my “regular routine” so that my amazing therapist could address the important issues like my sciatic nerve (which has been flaring up every day now), my carpal tunnel in my arms and my leg cramps. She spent an entire hour on my arms and legs, I never knew there were so many spots to tend to in arms and legs alone.

I’m curious as to what other pregnant women feel is most important to them when pampering themselves? Please share!

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