Pregnancy is an intensely physical experience. I never felt more "in my body," for better and for worse, than I did when I was pregnant. But aside from the physicality (and sometimes, as a result of it) the mental toll pregnancy takes on a person can intense. It makes sense, right? Your brain chemistry is changing and you're faced with the knowledge that you're going to be responsible for a human for the rest of your life. In order to grapple with these physical and existential transformations, there are things I did for my mind when I was pregnant, every single day, because getting through pregnancy in one piece is going to take some work.
It's easy, it seems, for people to forget about your brain when you're pregnant. They're very focused on the changes a baby is bringing to your body and, in time, the rest of your life. But it's not like you stop being an intellectual creature when you decide to procreate. Just like your ever-expanding uterus (and its tiny resident), your brain needs dedicated care. And what that care looks like will depend on your particular constitution and, frankly, the day of the week. The constantly fluctuating pregnancy hormones really don't make this any easier, BTW.
Here are some of the things I did for my brain while I was gestating in order to keep everything as chill as possible: