Exhilarating. Pivotal. Breath Taking. Finding out that you are expecting is one of the most indescribable moments of your life. Welcome to the most rewarding and inspiring shift you will ever experience.
Alongside the news quickly comes what feels like a tsunami of physical, mental and emotional changes - for both men and woman alike. Yes boys, listen up, because this applies to you too! After all it takes two and we’re all in this together. Every woman experiences change at different times and in varying degrees of intensity. Why? Your body undergoes a major hormonal and physical shift.
There is so much that you can do for your pregnancy that is over the moon amazing. Sometimes you just need a little help to push you in the right direction or a little more knowledge to support you.
Nausea, Headaches, Fatigue Oh My!
These are the oh so lovely gifts we receive in the first few months (unfortunately longer for some). As a result of our bodies beginning to produce A LOT more estrogen and progesterone during pregnancy this is what you can hold responsible for your less then desired symptoms. To help relieve these symptoms as much possible, check out some of your options below
Eat organic, clean and hormone free/antibiotic free foods! Many pesticides, herbicides and chemically added hormones are carcinogenic, artificial hormone replicators and negatively affects child development. The more we expose ourselves to foods containing these poor farming practices, the worse our symptoms typical are.
Clean up your household and personal care items**. Generic cleaners, deodorants, perfumes etc. all contain xenoestrogens which are MAJOR hormone disrupters. The more chemicals and unnatural products you expose yourself to, exposes your baby as well.
Eating, breathing or absorbing are all ways of possible exposure. Beware of companies who claim to ‘use natural ingredients' as they are often deceiving you into believing it’s a totally clean product.
As our bellies expand to the ever growing home for our little one, we want this skin to be as hydrated and flexible as possible. One of the things I swear by are oil blends that are clean, breathable and safe! Our skin absorbs everything we put on it meaning we should be extra cautious as to what we use.
Use products that contain ingredients that you can read and understand. There should be no fillers or preservatives that don’t come from naturals sources in your creams ** Note: Some natural companies use the latin names for ingredients so if you are uncertain google it for an English name. Example: Persea Gratissima = Avocado Oil
Look for ingredients such as (but not limited to): Rosehip seed oil, argan oil, borage seed oil, olive oil, neroli oil, tamanu oil, jojoba oil, evening primrose oil, avocado oil, essential oils, witch hazel, aloe vera, tocopherol (vitamin E oil). These are nutrient rich ingredients aiding in healing the skin as you grow.
Cravings & Hunger
Food can be the hardest thing to control when you are expecting. I had the best intentions to be the healthiest baby making machine there ever was when I first found out I was expecting, but this concept quickly changed. For the first time ever I had to go 100% vegetarian because my body began to reject meat in the first trimester. Other clients I have, had food aversions similar to myself but also experienced the inability to each raw vegetables, massive carb cravings and nausea to the point of not being able to eat, just to name a few. After fatigue sets in your motivation for making complex healthy meals isn’t always at its peak so try a couple of the ideas below to help keep you on the right track. After all, an increased appetite is your bodies way of telling you that it needs more nourishment to build your little one. Making a human isn’t easy and your body needs a lot of resources (aka nutrients) to do so.
Increase your consumption of vegetables, protein, healthy fats, complex carbohydrates and fruit – this is your nutritional foundation. However, you should also be EQUALLY avoiding processed, prepared, high sugar and fast foods. If you stick to these rules you will be getting a lot of what you need through your diet
Always have back up snacks – you never know where you will be when hunger hits so always be prepared. This will help prevent you from stopping at fast food joints and making poor decisions in a state of hanger
Meal prep when ever you get the motivation … no seriously, go to town when your in the mood making lots of soups, stews and baked goods (paleo style). These can all be frozen and pulled out when you are not in the mood to do a-n-y-thing.
Stop worrying if you have cheat foods! Step 1 DO NOT BEAT YOURSELF UP! Step 2 Its still ok to treat yourself.
Little bias here, but get a nutritionist! Having healthier comfort foods, ensuring you are getting the right nutrition and helping to decipher what the right supplements are is what I do! Health starts outside the womb for creating the healthiest life for both you and babe.
There are TONS of supplements, beyond a prenatal, that are safe during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Lots of companies provide products that can be used for sleeping, colds, digestive upset, constipation, nausea etc. When I got crazy leg cramps and charley horses in the middle of the night I used magnesium and tissue salts that made the world of difference. I also found that these two products helped with anxiety, sleeping and my bowels. *Please know that not all natural supplements or herbals are safe during pregnancy. It is best to ensure you are working with a registered practitioner to determine what can and cannot be used*.
Back, Groin & Pelvic Pain
Seek out alternative therapies! This was honestly a huge relief not to mention it feels like you're getting pampered. As your uterus expands it slowly begins to move your organs out of their usual place to make room for your baby. As your baby grows they begin to move around a lot more causing nerve pain, back pain, breathing troubles etc. Research the following techniques to see what will work best for you!
Massage therapy – Can I get an amen?!
Chiropractic – Saved my poor sore pelvis and hips plus see comment above.
Osteopathy – Manual manipulation will allow for the changes your experiencing internally
Acupuncture – Marvelous for back pain, nerve pain and helped to drain my congested sinuses when I had a killer cold.
Exercise – There are lots of ways to incorporate different types of safe physical activity geared to your body during every step of the way. This will also help to keep your muscular strength up and aid in labour and postpartum recovery.
Yoga – Did you know that there are movements specific for momma-to-be’s? Helpful in mobility, alleviating pain and meeting other mom’s :)
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