When a woman becomes a mother, her life is no longer her own. In fact, this starts at the time of conception. Everything an expecting mother eats, drinks, and does, directly affects their growing baby. Expecting mothers go through physical, mental, and emotional changes throughout their 40 weeks of pregnancy and long after. Taking care of yourself as an expecting mother is the first step in providing a healthy life for your baby. But because mothers are naturally selfless, it’s sometimes difficult to put themselves first. Self-care during pregnancy is important for both mental and physical stability. Here are three easy ways to do it:
Exercise might be the farthest thing from an expecting mother’s mind, especially when their baby bump is growing and simply moving around proves challenging. But that’s what makes exercise during pregnancy so important. The more active a woman is during her pregnancy, the easier she’ll return to life as normal following the birth of their baby.
The average woman gains between 20 and 30 pounds during pregnancy. This is based on a woman of average weight prior to conception. Underweight females should gain slightly more and overweight females should gain slightly less. Besides maintaining a healthy weight, exercise helps elevate your mood (combating those crazy pregnancy hormones), reduces aches and pains, and promotes a healthy heart. Yoga, light walking, and water aerobics are great, low-impact exercise for expecting mothers.
2. Eat Healthy (most of the time)
Adopting a healthy, well-balanced diet is another key to having a healthy, active pregnancy. While there are certain foods to avoid during pregnancy, others are actually encouraged. Foods like berries, avocados, eggs, sweet potatoes, lean meats, and plenty of water all provide ample nutrients for both mommy and baby. Foods to avoid include fish high in mercury, sliced deli meat, and alcohol.
But what happens when those crazy pregnancy cravings strike? It’s okay to indulge in whatever your pregnant bod is craving. Just do so in moderation. That means having a small bowl of ice cream after dinner instead of eating out of the carton. Have a couple of slices of pizza, not the entire pie. Pregnancy isn’t an excuse to eat everything in sight. But don’t deny yourself either.
3. Take a Break
From the moment a woman finds out she’s pregnant, it’s go time. From designing the nursery and sanitizing bottles to assembling cribs and strollers, expecting mothers are perpetually busy. While this is a good, natural part of pregnancy, it’s also important not to overexert yourself. Too much time on your feet can lead to swelling and low back pain. Chiropractors and massage therapists can offer relief for these symptoms. Mind Body Spine offers at home exercises that may relieve pressure, as well. Don’t be afraid to ask for help or take a break once in a while. It’s important to listen to your body. Pushing too hard during pregnancy isn’t healthy for you or your baby. There are probably plenty of family and friends around offering assistance, so don’t be afraid to take them up on it!
No one can fully prepare themselves for pregnancy. And no two women will have the same journey. But maintaining a healthy body and mind throughout, will make the experience that much better and more enjoyable. Ask for help, rest when needed, and nourish your mind and body to give your little one a healthy jump on life!
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