Looking After Yourself when Pregnant
Pregnant women are usually under a large amount of physical and mental stress as they are preparing for the birth of their child. The changes that occur in a woman’s body in pregnancy can affect her energy levels, dietary patterns and mood. Women need to take care of themselves for their own fitness and well-being when pregnant, and that of their unborn child. Here are some tips on how to do that:
Take breaks during the day to put your feet up. The changes in hormones and extra weight being carried around by the body can cause the circulation to slow in the legs and feet. This can cause swelling that can be uncomfortable and unhealthy. Take some time to put your feet up and encourage circulation to flow in the lower legs by doing ankle exercises. You may want to wear supportive socks to help reduce the level of achy legs and encourage proper blood flow in the extremities.
Eating well is very important, and most women know that. There will be times when you need a quick pick me up snack because of cravings. A healthy snack which is appealing to your tastes is the best choice at that time. Keep a variety of healthy snacks with you as you travel away from your home. You may want to have natural protein or shakes that you can just add water too in a travel safe cup. Dried fruit and nuts are always a good choice when looking for condensed food. Carry teas with you that are helpful in the event that you experience nausea or digestive problems. Teas such as ginger, peppermint, and camomile are helpful for this.
Exercise before, during and after birth is important to the health of yourself and you baby. Your delivery will likely be easier and recovery shorter if your body is in good shape. By joining an exercise class that teaches expectant mothers how to exercise properly is good for learning about the safest and most effective movements to prepare the body for pregnancy.
Take time out to spend with your friends. You will likely be very busy in the months leading up to the birth of the baby, but even busier after. The stress and anxiety of a baby coming can sometimes feel overwhelming. Spending time with your friends will allow your mind to focus on other things. This is important for you to feel mentally at ease and to not let the process of an upcoming birth consume your regular life entirely.
Learn to say no when you need to. Pregnant women need more rest and often do not give themselves the rest that they need. Decide what your priorities are and what you are able to do. Make a list for yourself and post this somewhere where you will see it. Either do what is on the list, delegate the task to someone else, or forget about doing it. Save yourself the time and stress of overcommitting to a schedule that is unhealthy.