Looking After Your Pregnant Body

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Pregnancy can be super exciting but if you haven't grown a tiny human before, you’re going to be thrown into the deep end and it’s going to take some time to get used to the changes. Pregnancy is fun, is magical and there are major adjustments to be had both emotionally and physically and you have to do all that you can to look after your body. 

There’s a baby growing, and you need to take the best care of yourself that you can, just as you would when the baby arrives. Getting in touch with a prenatal chiropractor can help if you are dealing with back pain, and speaking to a prenatal physio can help you with any tension or stretching you need. You have to identify the right services so that you can properly look after yourself in pregnancy and so here are the ways that you can do that below:

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  • Rest as much as you can. If this is your first baby, then you need to sit back and rest as much as you can so that your body can feel comfortable and good. Let’s be fair here, you’re literally growing eyelashes and toenails; that’s going to take a lot of energy. If you can’t manage a nap that’s fine but get to a position that’s comfortable and just relax. Taking yourself swimming or to a prenatal yoga class can help with this rest, too!

  • Don't forget to exercise. Off the back of the swimming and yoga comment above, keep your body and heart flowing! You need to exercise and feel good in your body and if you forget to exercise, you’re going to build up a lot of energy and you might find excessive weight gain the result. While weight gain in pregnancy is normal, it shouldn't be so excessive that you cannot keep on top of it. Of course, don't build a regime of high impact exercise if you’re not used to it, and seek to get some support from your doctor where you can ensure that you aren't doing anything too strenuous.

  • Practice as much self-care as you can. We’re not talking bubble baths here, because that’s not self-care, that's just hygiene and basics. However, you can practice self-care by getting the time to put your feet up, plan a babymoon and doing activities that you won’t necessarily get to do when the baby arrives. You have to get off on the right foot for postnatal care and that starts with creating habits that make you feel good from the get-go.

  • Eat well. Oh, that pregnancy is going to thrive if you’re eating foods that taste good, nourish your body and provide you with vitamins and protein that you need. You’re building a human, so you need energy, and you need to be healthy. Absolutely indulge in your cravings when needed but make sure that you have balance across the board. You will need to speak to your doctor about breastfeeding, if that’s the way you’re going!

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