With so many of my friends having babies now I often get asked how I had such a great pregnancy. I was one of the lucky ones who did not have morning sickness, but I also enjoyed my pregnancy as well. (Well maybe at the end I was serving my little one with an eviction notice LOL) Below is a list of things I did, people I saw, and activities I partook in. I stayed active throughout my entire pregnancy, which made for a speedy and much easier recovery!
- First and foremost water, water, water… I drank a LOT of water, about 80-100 ounces per day. Not only does it help with preventing dehydration, but also swelling. It also helps keep the amniotic fluids up as well especially in the last trimester.
- Pre-natal Yoga: I started taking prenatal yoga when I was 11 weeks pregnant and went all the way to the end. (I still continue my yoga practice today) It helped me keep my joints moving and my body limber, as well as support my changing body. If you live in Broward County I went to Yoga Fairy, which I HIGHLY recommend!
- About half way through my pregnancy, and even now, I saw a chiropractor at least once a week. I truly believe that between this and the yoga that is why I never had any sciatic problems and minimal back aches and leg pains. Dr. Tokar is who I saw and still see to this day. I absolutely love her!
- Being pregnant can be scary, but giving birth (especially the first time) can be even scarier. There are lots of unknowns not only for you but for your partner as well. Having a doula by your side can help easy these worries and help you through your pregnancy and on delivery day and beyond. Whatever your pregnancy and delivery path may be they’re there to be both you and your partner’s biggest champion! Dawna Doula was mine, I really think the world of her. She’s still a part of our families life to this day!
- Walking: As I mentioned staying active throughout your pregnancy is so important. My husband and I went for regular walks. We actually were walking to the grocery store from our house for some exercise the day I picked up my pregnancy test and found out we were pregnant!
- Treat yourself to a prenatal massage every so often. It helps with those aching muscles and most importantly relax. Giving yourself the treat of a 60-90 minute massage will make your whole day! Christina with Hands of Transformation has magical hands that will practically put you to sleep (something you will miss later on!)
- Post Baby: All of the above! Plus I suggest looking into placenta encapsulations and/or tincture drops. “Giving…placenta to a new mother following birth has become standard protocol among a growing number of midwives in the United States. By nourishing the blood and fluids, endocrine glands and organs, Placenta will …reduce or stop postpartum bleeding, speed up recovery, boost energy and relieve postpartum blues.” Homes, Peter. 1993. Jade Remedies, Snow Lotus Press, 352. (Resource: Placenta Wise)
I hope some of these tips, tricks, and resources help you out as well. Here’s to a happy, healthy pregnancy!