21 Fun Hobbies To Try When You’re Pregnant

by Harriet Fairbairn

Pregnancy can be wonderful, strange, and overwhelming at times. Once you see those little lines on the pregnancy test your life changes forever!

Whether you’re a first-time mum or someone who has done this pregnancy thing a few times, it’s nice to have some time to yourself before your little bundle of joy arrives.

Let’s face it there are enough things you can’t do whilst pregnant and that can get boring fast!

I’m currently pregnant and a sucker for a new hobby. I’m always looking for something new to try!

I’ve been thinking about fun hobbies to try when pregnant while I have a bit of free time and some ME time!

I hope you find something on the list to help entertain, relax or amuse you over the coming months.

So let’s begin…

21 Fun Hobbies To Try Whilst Pregnant

1. Have A Pamper Session

pamper session pregnancy hobbies

If you’re anything like me you might be feeling a bit unsure about your ever-changing body. There’s a lot going on and hormones all over the place!

So taking some time out for yourself might be just what the doctor ordered.

You might not be able to fit into your favorite outfit right now but who cares?

Hop (or ease gently) into a big bubble bath, put some comfy pj’s on, and do something for yourself. Maybe give your lovely pregnancy nails a paint or try relaxing with a facemask and a movie of your choice.

If pampering at home isn’t quite what you’re looking for, try a spa day away with some friends or your partner, have a lovely massage, and enjoy!

2. Meditation

So I’m very new to meditation and have only started to do it more whilst I’ve been pregnant. But this is a great way to take some time out for yourself and switch off from life.

I am already a mum so things can be quite hectic in the house sometimes, so going into a quiet room and being alone (even for a short time) can really help me recharge and stop stressing about the little things.

I would recommend it if you’re a particularly anxious person or have a busy lifestyle.

There are so many books, youtube videos, and meditation music out there so give it a go!

3. Reading

I’ve always thought you’re a reader or you’re not but I don’t actually think that’s true!

If you are reading something you’re truly interested in then you will grow to love reading.

If you haven’t yet, give it a try!

I love to read books but I also absolutely love a home and interiors magazine. It doesn’t matter what interests you there’s something out there for everyone!

4. Drawing

A few years ago adult coloring was the new big hobby to take up but I think drawing is making a comeback.

I have recently taken up drawing and enjoy doing it on the iPad. You can download procreate or any other drawing app and away you go.

It’s fun trying out all the different paintbrushes on offer and experimenting with different drawing techniques. You don’t have to be an artist or have an iPad, it’s just nice to have a doodle sometimes, and can be fun looking at your finished creations.

Why not draw something to hang in the baby’s bedroom?

5. Knitting/ Crochet

knitting pregnancy hobby

This is a hobby that can be very rewarding when you have finished with your project and also cheap to take up.

There are loads of youtube tutorials teaching you how to do both and if you keep looking you will find a tutor that suits you.

I’m left-handed and there are even videos to help you learn that way.

How rewarding will it be to make something yourself for your baby, whether it’s a blanket or a tiny cardigan!

6. Photography

Photography is one of the things to do on my list of fun hobbies to try when you’re pregnant.

Photography can be a great hobby to try, especially in a time when we all have cameras in our pockets.

This can be a great opportunity to get creative and get out in the world to take that perfect picture.

There are so many different cameras and styles of photography to learn about and try to really get into it.

You might save money on that newborn photoshoot by taking those precious pictures yourself.

7. Spending Time With Your Children

Sometimes being pregnant takes it out of you and if you have other children it can make you feel guilty for not being present 100% of the time.

Let’s face it even when we’re not pregnant we can be guilty of being occupied with everyday stresses.

Instead of looking for something new to do, why not enjoy some family time.

Your child may appreciate you joining them in their online games or dusting off the board games and taking some time out.

Even sitting and enjoying a family-friendly movie and eating your body weight in chocolate can be a precious moment and may not be able to be a regular thing once the baby arrives.

8. Exercise

Ok, for some this is not a hobby and when you’re pregnant you don’t really want to be running half a marathon every week!

The exercise I’m talking about is getting out there and getting your body moving.

You can go for a lovely country walk or take a stroll down the beach.

You can also try out pregnancy yoga.

Yoga can be very rewarding and after your body feels great!

There are many ways you can have a yoga session at home if you prefer or you can find a class in your local area and meet some ‘mum to be’ friends.

9. Cooking

cooking is a fun thing to do when pregnant

Cooking can be so enjoyable and it can be so fun looking for new recipes to try.

Let’s face it, pregnancy is a perfect excuse to stuff your face so why not do it with delicious new food?!

Since I’ve been pregnant I’ve been more and more interested in a plant-based diet. (I’m not massively into eating meat anyway and only do once or twice a week.)

I have spent hours on Instagram looking up different recipes to try and have loved eating more fruits and vegetables…..perfect for the baby also!

Why not try baking and make a beautiful cake?

You could have a go at making your own gender reveal cupcakes!

10. Upcycle

Upcycling can be so rewarding and fun to do!

I love looking for old unloved furniture and turning it into something beautiful.

Looking on Instagram and Pinterest can give you lots of inspiration!

Once you’ve upcycled something you will have something you truly love in your home and you’ll feel proud of yourself!

Why not challenge yourself and find something to restore for the baby’s room?

You could try painting an old piece of furniture to give it a new life or why not try decoupage?

It’s a relaxing hobby to take up, doesn’t take a lot of effort, and has great results.

11. Go On A Babymoon

I love the idea of a babymoon!

It’s basically a holiday you go on before having your baby. It’s a great opportunity to relax by the pool or have an adventure without a pushchair in tow!

If you’re planning on flying somewhere make sure you plan the trip before it’s too late for you to fly and you’re able to enjoy your break away without feeling gross, sick, and tired.

12. Listen To A Podcast

If you’ve never listened to a podcast before you’re missing out!

There are so many to choose from and can keep you entertained for hours!

Whether you want to listen to a mummy podcast or something completely unrelated. You can pop in your headphones and relax on the sofa or go for a walk and have a listen.

13. Soap Making

soap making pregnancy hobby

This is another hobby I have tried and I loved it.

I made so much soap I had a year’s supply so had to calm it down!

It’s so easy to do with many soap-making kits out there or you can browse Pinterest for some fun soap-making recipes.

I loved making natural soaps with dried flowers and essential oils.

I even love browsing the different types you can make on Instagram. You could make a batch of soap and give them out to your loved ones as a special gift.

14. Gardening

If you’re creative and enjoy making things look pretty then gardening can be a great hobby to try.

It can be fun giving your garden a makeover!

You could even upcycle some garden furniture, just make sure you use the correct paint for outside and don’t overdo it!

15. Journaling

Writing down all your thoughts and feelings can be an excellent way to release anything that’s on your mind.

I know from experience that when you’re pregnant sometimes you just feel rubbish and don’t even know why?!

Or you feel really happy and positive and want to write it down as a memory.

Another idea could be to write down your pregnancy journey for your child to read in the future.

I think this is a great idea as they might appreciate reading about the beginning of their life and how much you already loved them before they even entered the world.

16. Candle Making

This is something I’ve always wanted to try but haven’t got round to doing yet.

I can spend so much time looking online at different types of candles you can make and I love seeing what other people have made.

You can buy candle making kits or do a little research on what you need to make a candle.

I always find these kind of crafts so rewarding and love seeing the finished product.

17. Learn A Language

woman learning a language as a hobby whilst pregnant

This is a great time to take on learning a new language.

It’ll be a perfect distraction from your morning sickness and swollen ankles.

Obviously, you won’t be able to be fluent by the time the baby comes but you can make a start!

Think how amazing it’ll be when you can teach your child another language, children are like sponges and it’s the perfect time to teach them when they’re young.

18. Collect Sea Glass

Anyone who knows me well will know this is one of my favorite things to do!

I love trying out different and new beaches to see what I can find, it can be fun hunting around!

I literally have a sea glass collection and love going back and looking at them, thinking about the different places I’ve been to find that particular piece.

Sea glass is great to use in different crafty projects or just looks pretty in a decorative jar.

19. Jewelery Making

Jewelry making can be such a fun hobby to do whilst you’re pregnant.

Whether you make it out of cotton cord and beads, polymer clay, or even my fav sea glass!

It can be a great hobby to help you relax as you can be focused on the task at hand and can sit in a comfy chair whilst you work your magic.

20. Go To The Movies

It’s the perfect time to squeeze a few date nights in before it’s baby time!!

Obviously, a crazy night on the town is out of the question but going for a delicious meal and catching a great movie can be just as fun… if not more!

I love the fact that when you’re pregnant you can get away with eating what you want (obviously in moderation) and you don’t need to feel too guilty about eating all the popcorn at the cinema….it’s “for the baby”…..

21. Spend Time With Friends

spend time with friends

There’s nothing better than spending time with your best friends sitting and chatting about rubbish and eating some tasty food.

I try and see my group of friends at least a few times a month for a good gossip and a catch up.

It’s a perfect way to relax, get things off your chest and have a laugh.

When the baby arrives you’ll obviously be able to do this still but you may be slightly distracted!

Use your pregnancy to be social and have fun but if you get too tired and want to go home you have a perfect excuse to leave and snuggle into bed.

I hope something on this list has piqued your interest and you’ll have fun trying something new out whilst waiting for the big day!

I’m keeping busy during my pregnancy and the time is flying by!

Best of luck with your new found hobby!

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