Pregnancy places your body under extra pressure. It will cope much better if it’s in great shape before, during and after pregnancy. Here are some great top tips on how to get your body in shape, ready for those nine months growing your baby.
Get Your Pelvic Floor in Great Shape
Your pelvic floor is made up of the muscles that keep your bladder and bowel ‘under control’. Pregnancy – and birth – places your pelvic floor under pressure.
Doing your pelvic floor muscles before, during, and after pregnancy, will help to keep it in shape. Make sure you get started on them, if you don’t already do these important exercises.
Clean Up Your Diet
A gardener will ensure that the soil for their seedlings is full of all the nutrition they need to grow into strong plants – and you need to do the same with your body.
Take a hard look at your diet – and your lifestyle – what needs to change?
Increase Your Folic Acid Intake
Folic acid is critically important for any women both pre–pregnancy and during pregnancy.
It is a synthetic form of the vitamin B9 – known as, 'folate'. Folic acid helps to prevent neural tube defects (NTDs); as well as birth defects of the spinal cord, such as spina bifida. It is also beneficial for brain development in your growing foetus too.
Increase Your Fitness Levels
Just like cleaning up your diet, getting fit will help your body cope with all the changes that pregnancy brings.
Everyone knows that gentle exercise is important pre-pregnancy – however it is just as important during pregnancy and after you give birth.
Many women turn to exercises such as yoga; which they can continue throughout their pregnancy. Yoga also has proven effects to help the body cope with pregnancy and birth, both physically and emotionally.
Ditch Any Stress
Modern life is stressful. When stress is out of control, it has a profound and negative effect on your health, both physically and emotionally.
If you feel stressed, activities such as yoga, alongside meditation and massage can help. Being well rested and de–stressed is important, especially while you are trying to conceive.
Make Space in Your Life
When lives are too full, there is no room for anything new; no matter how much you may want it. For some people, having too much space can make them feel uneasy and anxious; thus they fill their lives with activities.
Being pregnant doesn’t mean stopping life and hibernating for nine months; but it does mean creating space to relax and enjoy being pregnant.
Visit Your GP
It is important to get a check-up – especially if you have any pre–existing medical conditions. As well as checking your blood pressure and weight, you may also want to check that your smear test is up to date.
If you think you may be at risk of carrying a sexually transmitted infection (STI), you can be checked for these too. Some STIs remain hidden for a long time; and so it may be that you don’t know you have one. Most STIs are easily treated – especially if they are diagnosed early.
There are many vices that can have a serious impact on the developing foetus – and smoking is one of them. It would be very hard to give up smoking during pregnancy; and so it is probably best to quit smoking before you become pregnant.
There are free cessation classes available from the NHS, so be sure to ask your doctor when you go for a check–up. Many of the nicotine replacement treatments are available on prescription too.
Visit Your Dentist
Chart Your Menstrual Cycle
It may seem complicated at first. When you stop taking contraception, your menstrual cycle may be slightly out of routine. By making a note of when your periods occur, you will have a better idea of when you are ovulating. This is usually mid–way between one period and the next. When you are ovulating is the opportune time to get pregnant.
Keeping a note of your cycle dates will also give you a more accurate estimated date for when the baby is due to arrive.
Taking time to get your body in great shape is no guarantee you will sail through pregnancy; but it will give your body every advantage to be able to cope physically – and emotionally – with the demands of pregnancy and birth.
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