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Maintaining Your Health as Best Possible While Pregnant

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When you become pregnant, you tend to have one thing at the forefront of your mind – your baby’s health and wellbeing. You’ll do everything that you can to make sure that they can develop the best that they can. We avoid certain foods that aren’t good for them while they’re growing inside us. We have regular check ups with our doctors. We might even avoid certain beauty products. But it’s also extremely important that you maintain your own health and wellbeing while you’re pregnant – for both your own and your baby’s sake. Here are a few tips that can help you to achieve this!

Report Issues or Concerns to Your Doctor

Your body is going to change drastically when you have a baby. Some of these changes may be uncomfortable or bother you. If you are experiencing any changes that are uncomfortable, make sure to check in with your doctor. They’ll be able to tell you whether the changes are usual and expected or not. If they’re a problem, they can offer treatment. If not, they can offer solutions that will lessen symptoms and help you to get on with day to day life more easily. There are countless things that people experience, from cramp to restless leg syndrome. You’ll find that this website explains restless leg syndrome and is a good place to start if you’re experiencing this particular issue!

Maintaining Good Posture

We don’t tend to focus on our posture as part and parcel of day to day life. But during pregnancy, this really is an area that you should begin to assess and work on. The vast majority of people’s posture is changed when carrying a child. After all, you’ll be carrying a relatively heavy load on your front at all times. Your centre of balance is likely to have to shift and increased pressure and weight will become placed on your back. It’s not all too surprising that a lot of us will begin to slouch and lean forwards or backward excessively to ease the weight. The following tips should help you maintain a better posture, helping your back.

When You Are Standing:

  • Keep your head up straight
  • Tuck your chin in
  • Center your head
  • Pull your shoulder blades back and push your chest forwards
  • Don’t lock your knees
  • Tuck your buttocks in
  • Try not to tilt your pelvis forward or backward
  • Balance your weight evenly over both of your feet
  • Avoid standing for long periods of time

When You Are Sitting:

  • Place your buttocks towards the back of your chair
  • Keep your back straight
  • Make use of a pregnancy pillow at the lumbar of your back

Maintaining a Gentle Exercise Regime

Of course, you probably aren’t going to have exercise at the forefront of your mind while you’re pregnant. But you should try to maintain a gentle exercise routine as recommended by your doctor. Avoid gym machinery or vigorous exercise. You should also avoid types of exercise that could result in you tripping or falling. Yoga is a good place to start and many studios hold specific pregnancy yoga classes. Yoga helps you to focus on your breathing technique, which can also come in useful during birth. It will also teach you mindfulness, which can help you to alleviate stress in your day to day life.  Another form of exercise that can prove productive and useful is gentle squatting and pelvic tilts. Use a soft gym mat while you are carrying these exercises out.

These are just a few pieces of advice that can make all the difference when you’re pregnant. You’ll feel all the better for following them!

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