Valentine’s Day celebrates love, romance and is a day for pampering and appreciating each other. It is the perfect opportunity to take time out for you and your partner to indulge in some self-care and to celebrate the new person that is growing inside you. Feeling loved and cared for helps to create oxytocin, often called “the hormone of love”, and who doesn’t want a bit of that?!
Think you are too busy, stressed or it will cost too much? Here are some things you could plan to do together which suit different lifestyles and budgets when you are pregnant on Valentine’s Day:
- Take a romantic break for two. This could be a spontaneous getaway or meticulously planned as one of your last holidays as a twosome or before your family becomes bigger.
- Plan a trip to the theatre, comedy club or cinema, this can also be an excuse to dress up or treat yourself to a manicure or a new hairdo.
- Not able to get out or just fancy staying in? A romantic evening at home for two could be the answer. If you have other children or commitments, you can still plan some romance whilst staying in. Watch a film you both enjoy whilst eating your favourite takeaway in your pyjamas, or dress up, set the table and serve your favourite dishes washed down with a bottle of non-alcoholic wine or beer (there are a wide range in the supermarkets now).
- If you are able to splash out you could treat yourselves to a special meal for two at your favourite restaurant, just remember to book early so you don’t miss out.
- Plan a Mocktail evening. Non-alcoholic cocktails sound boring but there are some really tasty recipes available, you will be pleasantly surprised at just how delicious they can be!
- Go for a spa day together, there can be some great deals if you shop around. You can pick a treatment each or go for a massage together. Use the pool as swimming is good exercise and can help to relieve stress. A spa day can be the perfect day to help you both unwind and relax. Some spas have specially trained masseurs for massage therapies in pregnancy, so ask when you book.
- Have a pamper day at home. If it’s not possible to get away due to domestic or childcare commitments, plan a full day of treats for yourself and your partner, such as breakfast in bed, a lovely lunch or indulging in a romantic meal once you are both free in the evening.
- Bonding with your baby as a couple. Taking time out with your partner can help you both to bond with your baby bump. Try talking, singing and playing music, as many parents say once their baby is born, they recognise the songs and voices that were around them when they were in the womb. Using touch and massage on your baby bump can be soothing and relaxing, as well as helping to keep your growing bump well moisturised.
Happy Valentine's Day!