Pregnancy is an amazing thing. You’re literally growing another human being inside of you! This tiny entity will soon develop and become a baby that you will nurture and care for. It’s a miracle, but it’s important to remember that your body is now two.
Your body is under pressure to thrive and survive for two people, not just one. This is all the while you’re maintaining your normal day to day life. You’re continuing to pay the utilities, cook, clean, work and do everything you have done. There’s one thing you’re missing: taking the time to realize the huge thing you’re doing.
That’s why it’s important to look after yourself during your pregnancy, so read about 5 of the best prenatal activities to keep you healthy.
Exercising while pregnant can become increasingly difficult as your bump expands and your energy depletes. Towards the third trimester, there are often some aches and pains attached to your pregnancy. Sore and swollen feet, backaches, aches in your hips. The list can seem endless! Walking, standing, sitting down, getting back up: they all become increasingly difficult.
That’s where swimming comes in!
Swimming is a fantastic way to keep healthy and active while removing the pressure from your knees and ankles. Swimming and being in water makes you feel weightless. It does also give you a bit of a workout.
Swimming laps is a full body workout that’s good for cardio and muscles. It’s a great way to exercise, without an emphasis on weight-bearing and can also relieve tension in the muscles. A lot of communities will have a pool with a small entry fee, and it also gives you a chance to get a cute swimsuit!
Yoga is a big deal at the moment: everyone seems to be doing it, and there are so many different types of classes available. It’s an activity that can be hugely relaxing, while also working out the different muscle groups. It’s a workout for mind and body, and there are yoga studios popping up everywhere!
When you’re pregnant, you might think that yoga is beyond the realms of your physical capabilities, but in fact, there are specific prenatal yoga practices! Prenatal yoga is can be a hugely beneficial activity, due to its combination of meditation and exercise.
Prenatal yoga isn’t entirely different from regular yoga, but it’s more often taught by a specially trained yogi. There are certain things that pregnant women shouldn’t do, but there are a number of benefits of prenatal yoga.
Practicing yoga throughout your pregnancy can improve your sleep, reduce stress and increase the strength and flexibility of the muscles needed during labor! It can also relieve headaches, lower back pain, nausea and shortness of breath.
Be sure to check with your medical practitioner before you embark on a prenatal yoga class, to make sure it’s okay for you. If you have any injuries or symptoms, share them and your limitations with your yoga instructor, too.
Who doesn’t love splurging on the most relaxing of luxuries: a massage. Getting a massage is a wonderfully relaxing experience, but one which also has health benefits. The Yinova Center in New York City offers prenatal massage by their specially trained massage therapists.
It must be remembered that pregnancy is a special time, and your body is going through huge changes. So, while you may think you can just get a regular massage, it’s integral that you tell your massage therapist that you’re pregnant, before making your appointment.
Prenatal massage is specially designed for pregnant women and is carried out by massage therapists who are familiar with the intricacies of the pregnant body. Each trimester of your pregnancy is different, and there are areas of your body that will need a bit more TLC than others. Your massage therapist will need to know all these things to ensure they give you a safe, relaxing and beneficial prenatal massage.
During your third trimester, and perhaps your second, you’re probably going to struggle to see your toes. If you can’t see them, there’s probably a high chance that you can’t reach them, either! That’s why getting a pedicure is a great thing to do when you’re pregnant!
We put a lot of pressure on our feet every day. They literally carry the weight of our entire body – and our bumps – around everywhere. When we’re walking and standing we’re putting the so much strain on our feet, so it’s important we take care of them.
Pedicures are a relatively inexpensive treat that can make us feel like a million dollars. So, it might be winter and you’re not going to have your toes on display, but who cares? There’s something particularly nice about having well-pampered feet.
There is also the added benefit of reducing swelling and increasing blood circulation in your feet during a pedicure. Many pedicures come with a foot massage, which feels like heaven when you’re tired, stressed and aching.
Check out the salons near you, get yourself a pedicure (and maybe a manicure, too).
Pregnancy is a very special thing, but it can put stress on your body, particularly your feet and lower back. It can also be a time of stress as you try to get ready to welcome your bundle of joy into your life. That’s why self-care is important: by looking after your physical and mental health, you could reduce the stress of labor.
Prenatal yoga, massage, swimming, and trips to the nail salon are well worth it. Go on and treat yourself; you deserve it!