Pregnancy is a wonderful time filled with many expectations and bodily changes. For some women pregnancy can be a relatively easy time but for others it can present some challenges. We are all different but what can help are the preparations you take before falling pregnant. This alone can make a major difference to your pregnancy and growing baby. It is normal to experience a few minor or major changes and issues throughout your different stages of pregnancy and this is why choosing a specialist who works in this field is imperative.
Whilst working with your GP, Midwives, Obstetrician or Doula is imperative during your pregnancy, there are many other specialised professionals who can support you. Look for pregnancy specialist in areas of; Yoga, Pilates, Acupuncture, Naturopathy, Chiropractic and Massage. These holistic therapists can help support you throughout your pregnancy, prepare you for your labour and guide you through post-natal self-care and baby support.
Remember Pregnancy is a time to Nurture and Embrace! Whilst you want to look after you and your growing baby know you can use this time to also embrace some amazing pregnancy exercises and techniques which in turn will assist your labour.
Every woman’s body is different; therefore, the ability of exercise options will also be different from one woman to the next.
Having a healthy balanced diet will assist in your baby’s development, your growing body and how much energy you have throughout the day. Meditation is another practice that you and your partner can do together to keep a balanced mental and emotional state during this life changing experience. Meditation or mindfulness practice will also help you prepare for labour.
It is important for women to acknowledge that pregnancy and birth does not need to be feared or scary. Know your body, communicate with your specialists, research and ask questions about your pregnancy and labour. Be informed and know your options and choices, without over-whelming yourself. As you become more connected and informed you will make the right choices for you, your baby and your family.
Most importantly take time to slow down and connect with your growing baby. The more connection you both have the smoother your transition in to mother-hood will be.
Written by: Tenille Samuelson
Tenille is a qualified Yoga and Pilates Instructor. Over the past 10 years Tenille has operated her own Pilates and Wellness studio with a passion for women’s health. Providing guidance to many women through fertility, pregnancy (pre and post-natal) and supporting women after traumatic birth experiences.