1. Embrace movement. This means exercise. Whether you train regularly or you’re on a current hiatus from fitness, you need to get moving now. If you’re a professional athlete or CrossFitter, you currently demand a lot of your body and your body is used to the high intensity and volume. Therefore, I would recommend modifying certain movements, throwing around a little less weight, and supplementing your weeks with a yoga class. If you’re more of the yoga and pilates type, I would also recommend a few movement modifications and add in a long walk or hike once a week. If you don’t exercise, there is no better time than now to get off the couch. I’m not saying go out an join a CrossFit gym or sign up for the next Rock-n-Roll Marathon, but definitely start some prenatal yoga, walk at night, and/or find a trainer that specializes in pregnancy that tailor a program for you. The more fit you are the more fit you newborn will be. Listen to your body and take breaks when needed.
2. Take care of your body. Get chiropractic care and massage regularly. You body is undergoing a lot of changes. You’re ligaments are becoming lax so to allow for growth in the pelvis. Chiropractic is a safe and effective way to deal with musculoskeletal pain related to pregnancy and to get the body aligned and prepared for birth. Don’t hesitate to email me with any questions, comments, or concerns.
3. Eat healthy. Just because you are pregnant does not give you a free pass to eat whatever you want. There is no better time to clean up your diet than now. Stick to clean, real foods. Eat meats, fish, vegetables, fruits, and nuts. Your baby is developing food habits via you and what you do. Avoid grains and processed sugars as they inflame everything from your gut to your vaginal tissue. Women that eat clean are less likely to experience morning sickness and less likely to experience vaginal tearing. That’s a win.
4. Become educated. Embrace these nine months as preparation time in becoming a parent. There are numerous childbirth educators today that make the birth preparation process fun and exciting. Childbirth education classes offer you knowledge, options, and allow you to meet other couples experiencing similar things as you and your partner. For example, Los Angeles is home to BiniBirth and Austin plays host to Get Babied. Regardless of where you live, chances are there are resources nearby.
5. Find a doula. It doesn’t matter if you are using a midwife or obgyn, the best thing a mom-to-be can do for themselves is get a doula. Search out the perfect doula for you and your partner. Someone you connect energies with and can trust. Having a great doula is like having an excellent accountant or wedding planner or housekeeper. They take the pressure off so you can enjoy the process.