Being pregnant can be both exciting and confusing, especially the first time.
As an expectant mum you are trying your best to do everything you can to benefit your own health and that of your unborn baby. There are many decisions to be made during this period and the more informed you are, the better choices you can make. The bottom line is that you choose the options and health care providers with whom you feel comfortable. This short article addresses some health tips for you to consider during your pregnancy.
What can you do to look after yourself during pregnancy?
Exercising on a regular basis, if possible, is vital. Walking and swimming are good and any non-impact aerobic exercise. If all is going well in your pregnancy, walking every day for 30 minutes is a simple and easy start to getting “birthfit”.
Also, some stretching exercises. I am a big advocate of yoga. There are many many yoga classes for expectant mums all around Dublin city. Before you attempt any classes always inform the instructor that you are pregnant and if you have any additional issues. They can then guide you in the best way possible.
Stress should be kept to a minimum.
Practise regularly whatever helps you unwind. For some, it is a walk in fresh air, some listen to music, others meditate.
Also, regular rest breaks and sleep are vital. In the early stages of pregnancy, lie on your back with knees bent and feet up. In later stages, lying on your side is best. A pillow between your knees or beneath your tummy to support the weight of your beautiful bump may provide comfort in the hips or low back.
The thought of carrying an increasing weight around for nine months, concerns about delivery and then raising a child is daunting for many expectant mums. Choose the options and care-givers with whom you feel safe and comfortable.
If something is not feeling quite right, pay attention.
Every woman is different and every pregnancy is different.
Pay close attention to how you feel and what your body is telling you. Listen to your intuition and use sound judgement.
If despite your best efforts, you are struggling with stiffness, aches and pains, consider gentle hands-on therapy at Natural Back Health to bring about recovery and healing. The treatment style is safe and non-invasive, supporting your recovery and allowing you to experience a happier, healthier pregnancy.
… couldn’t have got by my weeks in pregnancy if it wasn’t for this amazing lady felt comfortable all the time… saw Treasa all during and up to a few weeks before my lil lady arrived
Ann Buckley – November 2019
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“Your Body, Your Baby: Enjoy a Healthy, Natural Pregnancy”
I offer a presentation that touches upon some of the health issues that arise during pregnancy and how to naturally support and nourish your body and baby. I will be sharing some of my most valuable tips and suggestions for minimising back pain, headaches, pelvic pain and discomfort and how to support a healthy pregnancy and labour. The next presentation is planned for November 2021. Find details of upcoming events here.
Check out this video on why a strong and flexible pelvic floor is important in pregnancy.
I have a whole health and body philosophy to my treatments. My plan of care generally includes tailored advice on stress management, nutrition, exercise, sleep and in-house gentle, safe manual therapy.
Hopefully you find the general information in this blog informative and helpful, however it is not intended to replace medical advice and should not be used as such.
If you have any further questions on this topic or wish to book a consultation, contact the clinic today on 087 1815007 or here.