How do I know what can prepare you for birth? Because I’ve been on both sides of the rail.
During my first pregnancy my second Dr. (which I later switched to my third) told me I had a polyp in my cervix and since I was bleeding, I should be on bed rest- and I was. For about 2 weeks. It was the WORST.
I experienced anxiety at high levels. Stopped exercising. Ate crap every day. Never stretched because I was afraid that something might happen to my baby. And of course, as a new mom it was understandable. I only meditated, spoke to my baby and stayed hydrated. Even with doing only half the work… it wasn’t a smooth pregnancy.
The second time around (currently pregnant) I have done all of these things as much as I can (because yes it becomes harder to find the time to do all of it once you have a little one running around) but I still find the time to do it.
I have been feeling fantastic (which would be an understatement) because I never thought I’d be able to feel this great despite the first weeks with nausea and exhaustion.
How am I able to feel great during this pregnancy and feel confident will help me and you prepare for labor? Here are my tips for you:
You don’t need to spend 30 minutes on a meditation. I’ve done 3-15 minutes but whatever you feel comfortable with and have the time for is what you need. Guided meditations are the best and they can be found on YouTube or apps.
2. Practice stretching
Stretching the pelvis and being on a squat position is amazing for your hips to start opening and preparing for labor. Try doing this for a few minutes as a daily routine and you will start to feel like your body is getting ready to deliver a baby in some months.
Any activity that will bring your heart rate up and that you enjoy doing. This is the whole point. Enjoy the kind of exercise you decide to do. Just try and move every day. You can even challenge yourself with some new exercises or classes that you can sign up to online or at your local gym.
Drink a lot of water. Stay away from soft drinks. Your body and your baby need water. Buy a large jug of water and take it with you wherever you go. Refill the moment you finish it. Maybe set an alarm every 30 minutes. Yes, you will pee a lot but that’s okay!
5. Eat whole, rich foods
Everyone says this because it’s true! Fill your body with food that makes you feel good. Food that gives you energy. You’ll be surprised in maybe not needing your dose of caffeine. Greens are my favorite to add to every meal if possible. Look up healthy desserts and make your own if you can – so much fun!
6. Speak to your baby
Play songs or sing to them. They can really hear you. Let your baby know that you are excited to see him. That he will come whenever he is ready and that you trust the process. Let him know he is safe to come when you come to term. Follow all of the above and you are already giving your baby the love and care that he needs from the womb.
Already on your third trimester and have not started with any of these? That’s okay! Wherever you are in your pregnancy know that these will benefit you at any point.
Good luck to you mama! These are some great ways to take care of yourself and your baby.