Congratulations on your pregnancy! Being a new mom is exciting, but it can also be exhausting. Self-care is vitally important while pregnant, as is getting in some “me time” before alone time becomes a figment of your imagination. Take some time and discover the top three things to do for yourself while pregnant.
Working out can be intimidating while pregnant but experts say doing light exercises while pregnant can benefit you in many ways. Some recommended pregnancy exercises are yoga, Pilates, brisk walking, swimming, and stationary bikes. These workouts will help you reduce joint and back pain, sleep better at night, and may help lower your risk for gestational diabetes. According to Dr. Hollyn McCarty, MD, a Franciscan Physician Network obstetrician/gynecologist in Lafayette, Indiana says, “Exercise can, and should, be a part of pregnancy” and that “exercising within limits is beneficial to both baby and mom.” So, always speak to your OB/GYN for their opinion and an exercise plan safest for you and the baby.
Pre-Post-Natal Massages are great ways to get that much-needed self-care to relax and rejuvenate yourself before or after the little bundle of joy arrives. Pre-natal massages offer the reduction of back pain, neck and shoulder stiffness, sore feet, and swelling. Post-natal massages focus on the demands of being a new mother such as new tension, reduction of stress, and help to increase energy-energy that you are going to need during those late nights when the baby thinks keeping you up all night is the cool thing to do! Talk with your Health Care Provider before booking a pre- or post-natal massage. Massage Therapists should be certified in this specific type of massage, so confirm the massage types when scheduling. Talk to one of our Massage Therapists about the different techniques used during a Pre-Post-Natal Massage, or learn more about our massage offerings on our website.
Meditation is a wonderful way to focus on the mental health of your pregnancy. Keeping a good mental health regimen is especially important in the pre- and post-baby blues. According to kidshealth.org “Many moms feel anxious or depressed at some point in their pregnancy, and some may even need treatment for it. But a mental health problem doesn't have to be a problem for you or your baby. Get the help you need to feel better, and you'll be doing the best thing for you both.” You have permission to pause! Yoga is a great way to unwind after a hectic day. Check out the class schedule for our current yoga class times offered free to our members.
Being pregnant can be super exciting but that does not mean there aren’t some challenges that come with it. Allow yourself the time to recharge your batteries mentally and physically. Take a nap, go for a light walk, meditate, or just unplug from the world and breathe.
Our Thanks to Alex Montanez, Programs Specialist Chesterton, for writing this blog.