You’re pregnant and everyone tells you to pamper yourself and relax. Everyone knows about mani-pedis and massages. Let’s explore some other options!
Going to a prenatal certified chiropractor is a good way to relax your whole body and reduce spinal nerve stress. Back and hip pain can be relieved and your pelvis can be opened for the baby’s head to engage in the birth canal. Changes in your posture and exaggerated spinal curvature can be corrected. You’ll be more comfortable and able to relax if your body isn’t hurting. Always consult your provider, since chiropractic isn’t recommended for women with vaginal bleeding, placenta previa or abruption, ectopic pregnancies, or pregnancy induced hypertension.
Take a 5-10 minute timeout for a meditation or positive affirmation. Breathe in and out while paying close attention to your breaths and your body. Practice consciously relaxing each of your muscles individually. The Calm App is free and has some guided meditations if you need a starting point.
A prenatal yoga class is also a good way to relax your body while preparing it for birth. Stretching, breathing, and changing positions can help position the baby’s head in the birth canal. Your pelvis and pelvic muscles will be prepared for the delivery. The instructor will also teach you meditations and guided imagery that you can use at home or on the go.
Have a dance party! Turn your favorite music up loud and grab your favorite person. Dance to move your body and sing to exercise your lungs. Let out all of the stresses of the day and energize yourself!
Go to a park with a friend. Grab some food and find a picnic table to eat and chat. Then, take a walk in nature. Actively notice your surroundings and immerse yourself in the experience. Stop and smell the flowers as they say!
Always consult your provider before starting any type of exercise/movement regimen to find out what level of activity is best for you and your baby.
You got this Mama!