Pregnancy is mind boggling. There is no other way to put it. It’s as though your belly becomes a magnet for crazy people and even crazier advice. Every woman, man and their dog feel the need to give you random wisdom, tell horror stories or discuss bizarre old wives tales. Perhaps all of the experiences were true for them, but you are not them. You are you and that happens to be a beautiful lioness perfectly in tune with your own body. So when people begin rambling about a friend of a friend who (blah blah blah)…. just do as I’ve done so far: smile politely, nod and then do what suits you. (Or perhaps you’d rather unleash those preggy hormones and open a can of whoop-ass to scare them away!?) This also goes for the tips I’m about to impart below. I’ve found them helpful (I’m seven months pregnant right now), but take from it what you want. The more you go with the flow, the more enjoyable your baby-baking experience will be.
4 fit body wisdoms I’ve learned during my pregnancy so far:
Pregnancy is not an illness
It’s beautiful and natural. Unless under doctors orders you to rest up, don’t suddenly turn into a couch potato. If you remain fit and active you have a much greater chance of a smooth pregnancy and birth experience. But listen to your body of course.
Spend more time and energy focusing on your health and wellbeing rather than baby room decor
Your baby doesn’t care what sort of funky decal you stick on the wall, it only needs your love. So instead of running around like a headless chicken sorting out all of those superficial things, get the basics and use your pregnancy as a time to put yourself first and nurture body and mind.
Keep crap to a minimum (food, that is)
It may be hard when cravings hit but try to stick to the old adage of everything in moderation. The more you can nourish yourself and baby the better off you will both be. If you take it easy on sugar, caffeine and artificial food then throughout pregnancy you will feel lighter, have more energy and it’ll be easier for your body to bounce back afterwards. Some studies also say that cutting out refined sugar, gluten and keeping your body free of toxins make the muscles and ligaments around your uterus and pelvis more supple to make birthing easier and reduce chance of tearing. (Which sounds good to any pregnant woman!)
This has been the most valuable tip I’ve learned. As you get bigger and bigger it’s best to focus on stretching instead of too much toning and tightening. Pregnancy is a time to be flexible and soft not rigid and tense. There are heaps of strange demands placed on your body so a regular prenatal yoga practice or daily stretching will significantly help ease and aches and pains or water retention.