I’ve been pregnant for all of 18 weeks now and I get all sorts of tips and advice from women almost everyday. Some I will actually incorporate and others…..I’m not so sure about yet.
Here are the top three tips I have heard so far:
1. Let’s talk about SEX.
Okay, so I was told by more than one person to keep your sex life up all 9 months. Yes, all nine! It may involve some improvising towards the latter months but, I was told it will be well worth it. Some people think it helps prevent tearing during delivery by keeping blood fully circulating to those tissues down there making them would be more resilient and more elastic. I suppose it couldn’t hurt to try it out!
2. Stay as calm and stress-free as much as possible.
Everything you feel, your baby feels!
Now this one is probably the one I’ve heard the most from women, specifically older women like my grandmothers. They have all said your baby feeds off of your energy so, it is so important that you try to stay as calm as possible during this time. For anyone, stress management should be a part of their daily lifestyle but, especially for those of us carrying and nurturing a new life.
With hormonal changes, morning sickness, a growing to-do list, and the regular, day-to-day life responsibilities, this is something I struggled with a lot (and still deal with) in the very beginning of my pregnancy. I am much more aware of my emotions now though and I am constantly finding new ways of getting things done while still making sure to take care of myself and my baby emotionally and physically.
I’ve read this countless times and heard from other women just how important exercising while pregnant is. Long before getting pregnant, I always said that I would workout throughout my pregnancy. That was before I knew that I would be one of the lucky ones to have extreme all-day nausea, vomiting, and unable to eat hardly anything so mustering up the energy to go workout was not about to happen.
I am 17 weeks pregnant now and feeling slightly better some days so I’ve started to doing some walking on the treadmill, light weight training videos, and great pregnancy workout videos I have seen online like those from knockedupfitness.com. I’m easing my way up to 20 minutes a day, three days a week.
Staying physically active can help to keep your body toned, give you more energy (pregnancy fatigue is real!), make your labor and delivery easier, and help you get that “snapback” after baby is born. Of course, you should always, always, ALWAYS check with your doctor first before exercising while pregnant because every woman’s situation is different and may call for certain precautions.
Moms, what is some advice you would give on pregnancy?