“Everything grows rounder and wider and weirder, and I sit here in the middle of it all and wonder who in the world you will turn out to be.” -Carrie Fisher
If you’ve felt this way too, it is safe to say that pregnancy changes a number a woman’s body. It is natural to feel quite uncomfortable about the changes occurring to your body and daily routine.
Yes, there’s the bloating, backaches, constipation and bouts of insomnia! This can affect the way you see yourself.
Negative thoughts shouldn’t take away from the magic of this journey. You have the power to choose how you want to enjoy your pregnancy.
Here are a few tips to get you started!
1. Is Your Clothing Comfortable?
One way to love your body is to love how you dress! This is the time to try out different designs and patterns that catch your eye.
Generally speaking, one of the most frustrating feelings when shopping for clothing is when you find a great outfit and it doesn’t fit right. Don’t fret. This period is all about comfort first!
You want to be able to move around freely and stretch often. Start with your inner garments.
During pregnancy and nursing, breasts become much heavier and sensitive. Your body goes through hormonal fluctuations, weight gain, rib cage expansion and milk production in mammary glands late into the pregnancy.
This is why you need a comfortable maternity bra.
Consider getting a new bra when:
- Your bra becomes uncomfortably tight
- You get short of breath often
- Underwire bras become uncomfortable
- When your bra straps or bands leave indentations
- When your breasts spill over the cups
The changes vary so it is important to buy a new bra with your proper measurements. New Bloom has a variety of comfortable maternity bra options for you.
Have you ever wondered if you should be wearing a bra to bed?
When preparing to deal with your closet for the next nine months, don’t be afraid to source an entirely new wardrobe or piece together items you already own. You can reinvent yourself with the number of items you can wear into your pregnancy.
What do you make of sneakers paired with dungarees? What about skirts higher up on your waist with tucked in t-shirts? Don’t be in a hurry to toss out your boots and scarves.
Adding on accessories can shift your outfit from boring to stunning and ready to go.
Don’t believe this? Try a pair of hoop earrings. You can be wearing sweatpants and an oversize sweater. Once you add hoops and put your hair up, you give the impression that you had a plan to leave home all along.
Keep in mind that your body changes every month and you may need to keep buying a few items of clothing to keep up. This is why comfortable leggings and stretchy undies are a must-have item.
Just remember to have fun! This is your chance to break all the supposed fashion rules and look great in the process.
2. Do You Have a Self-Care Routine?
You can start every day with positive affirmations. Pick a mantra, a quote, anything that works for you. It could be something simple. Such as reminding yourself you are beautiful.
This will help you set your attitude for the day, so why not start on a high note? Spend time with yourself by doing things that make you happy.
If that means taking a little more time to get ready and fix your make-up then so be it. Run a bath and light your favorite scented candles. Curl up on the sofa with a good book or movie to watch.
Self-care is not only about your body, but your mental state. Do you love to paint, garden, sing, or cook? Most of these activities can help you express your creative side and are therapeutic.
This turns mundane tasks into pleasurable experiences. You can read more about how cleaning clutter can clear your mind.
3. Connect With Your Body
Before engaging in strenuous activities, you need to get the go-ahead from your medical practitioner. Now might not be the best time to go bungee jumping or deep-sea diving, but you can still enjoy various fitness activities.
Here are a few off-limit exercises to steer clear of during pregnancy.
That said exercise is a great way to ease discomfort and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
If you are new at this, you can start working out slowly. Even 30 minutes a day can suffice. This is because being fit does not equate to using state of the art equipment or intense workout sessions.
Always remember to listen to your body and not overdo it. Exercising during this period is only meant to help you maintain your fitness levels- not increase it.
If you want to build and maintain your muscles, strength workouts are a great choice. Here are some examples.
This requires you to get down on your hands and knees. Your wrists should be directly under your shoulders. Your knees must not touch the ground as you straighten your legs behind you.
This forms a straight line as you ensure to keep your back arched and your tummy from sagging to the ground.
You can hold this pose for 1-2 breaths all the way to 5. It is a good way to strengthen your back, arms, and core.
Yoga is ideal for relaxation, focus, deep breathing, and flexibility. Yoga helps you listen to your body. This does not mean you simply walk into any yoga class.
There are classes specifically suited for pregnant women. You could also ask your yoga instructor to modify the poses for you.
Avoid backbends, headstands, and handstands due to potential blood pressure issues.
This is a great way to start out your exercises. It is a form of meditation that focuses on slow movements. Tai Chi is a gentle form of martial arts and can be combined with deep breathing techniques.
Tai Chi can:
- Improve your balance
- Improve or correct your body posture
- Assist your labor due through breathing techniques
- Enhance your mental state through meditation
This one seems quite obvious. It is a great way to keep fit at no cost. You can keep walking for the whole nine months if your body allows it. This is a comfortable place to start out if you are not used to exercising.
You can get the seamless belly band which helps elevate your belly. It also takes the pressure off your bladder, meaning you can walk around longer.
As you exercise you need to ensure you are comfortable in your outfit. Consider full length or cropped maternity leggings that provide a mild compression fit. Pair them with a shirt or athletic top and you are good to go!
There are moments your body feels heavy and even walking around can be bothersome. You could try swimming! It is an easy way to boost your heart rate. And no pressure will fall on your ligaments and joints.
Go out and meet other mums-to-be in aqua pre-natal classes. This is a fun way to interact with others who can understand your journey.
Remember: stay hydrated! Drink water before, during and after your workouts. Talk about whatever issues you are facing during your pregnancy.
Take time to care for yourself and create art. Listen to your body as much as possible because YOU are the one going through changes.
Most of all, love this experience with all its highs and lows.
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