Prepare for Baby by Pampering Yourself: Creating a Relaxing Bedroom

Stress is a mum-to-be's worst enemy. Between all of the changes with your body, preparing for baby and getting ready for labour and parenting, all of these new responsibilities can really take a toll, leaving you frazzled.
Do all you can to channel your inner zen goddess by redecorating your bedroom to become an oasis of relaxation so you can get the rest you need to enjoy your pregnancy and nurture a healthy baby.

Furniture That's Chic & Smart

Home decor professionals at FresHome recommend you opt for furniture with clean lines to help create a minimalist, zen environment. Choose pieces with ample storage to keep your things smartly hidden out of sight. After all, a cluttered room makes for a cluttered mind. To create a sleek and polished space, find a bedroom set with a matching bed, dresser and bedside tables.

Choose Neutral Colours

Decorate with a soft, soothing palette of three to five main colours. Select mostly neutrals with a bold accent colour, such as an oceanic hue to evoke the relaxation of a sun-soaked holiday by the sea. Paint the walls in neutral white or ivory and top the bed with a crisp white duvet accented with pillows in your favourite accent colours.

Add Soft Lighting

Lighting can have a dramatic impact on your mood, so keep it soft instead of bright and harsh to help you relax throughout your pregnancy. Switch out the bulbs on your bedside lamps to lower wattage ones that produce softer yellow light instead of bright white light. Add a dimmer switch for overhead lighting as well as for your bedside lamps. Not only will it help you wind down and mellow out at the end of a long day, dimmers are also useful for middle of the night feedings and nappy changes once your baby arrives.

Safely Indulge in Aromatherapy

Invest in an essential oil diffuser to use throughout your pregnancy to help you relax and feel refreshed. Using a bit of water and a few drops of your favourite essential oils, these handy little vaporisers will leave your room smelling spa-like for hours. While ingesting or directly applying essential oils can be unsafe for mums-to-be, air-diffused oils are found to be helpful and perfectly safe. Choose lavender oil to help you sleep, ginger or mint for nausea and sandalwood for relaxation. Always choose 100 percent pure essential oils instead of oils with synthetic perfume additives.

Rest Up Amidst Plush Pillows

As a mum-to-be, even the simplest things, like laying down in bed, can become uncomfortable in the last months of your pregnancy. Whether you're experiencing heartburn, oedema, back pain or insomnia, a good stock of plush pillows can help you to get comfortable and finally get some sleep. Invest in a bed buddy pillow to minimize the number of pillows you need to use to get cosy. Many maternity shops also sell pillows specifically designed to fit the belly contours of pregnant mums, however these tend to be more expensive. Spend the extra money saved on a new layette for your little one.