We constantly hear about how pregnancy is a magical time, a unique event where you get to experience miraculous changes within your body and soul. While this is most definitely true, it can be hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel among all the morning sickness and general crappy mood the pregnancy hormones are responsible for. The cliché pregnant woman crying then being ecstatically happy four minutes later scenario is not far off from the truth. Luckily, there are a few failsafe tricks you can do to boost your mood and beat those pregnancy blues.

Eat Some Chocolate
If carrying another human being inside you for nine months doesn’t justify having a little sugar, then what does? As long as everything is done in moderation, don’t worry about indulging from time to time in a little bit of chocolate. Some other foods that are rich in magnesium will also boost your mood, such as bananas, yoghurt, and berries.

Pamper Yourself
Whether it’s day at the spa, getting your nails done at home, or simply putting on your favourite outfit and going out to your favourite restaurant on your own, find your happy place and learn to de-stress by pampering yourself. This doesn’t have to be a one off thing. Just how you schedule in work chores, you should free some slots in your day for some ‘me time’.

Do an Act of Kindness
Sometimes there is nothing quite like helping someone in need out and expecting absolutely nothing in return. This can be something as small as holding the door open for a stranger or giving a complement to someone you love. Your day will automatically be brightened if you brighten someone else’s day. So go on and spread the love and positivity.

Pregnancy is not an excuse to be lazy. As soon as you get the ok from your doctor you should start exercising. This will make a huge difference to how you feel, but also has numberless benefits for both your health, and your little one’s health too. Just make sure you’re not overburdening your body and you are only doing pregnancy approved workouts.

If you are expecting, don’t be surprised if you become moody, experience changes in how you feel about yourself, become overly negative, have trouble sleeping or want to sleep more than usual. Your body is going through a major physiological change, and with that comes some negatives, but a lot more positives in the end. Knowing how to tackle the inevitable mood swings will really change how you feel about being pregnant.