The journey to motherhood begins well before welcoming your baby. And whether it’s your first or third child, the road to giving birth is never the same. So, support (emotional, physical, and educational) and self-care can be essential to calming nerves and enhancing your comfort. To help new moms have a happy and healthy pregnancy, our friends at The Chalkboard along with holistic doula Erica Chidi share their five tips for maintaining balance, finding flow, and loving your body and baby.
5 Tips to Stay Balanced During Pregnancy
Slow down. During pregnancy it can be hard to take it easy, especially with work and social commitments. There is always something to do. But I encourage my clients to take the leap and have a few unscheduled weekends. Sleep in, have friends come to you and try and sneak in a nap or two. Your body is working hard growing your babe, so it’s important to replenish your energy stalls.
Movement. Moderate exercise at least three times per week will help settle and clear your mind and create more energy. Take advantage of the warm summer months and try swimming. This low-impact activity can help you feel weightless, despite the weight of your growing belly. It also improves circulation, increases muscle tone and strength, and builds endurance, which are important for an easeful labor.
Flower essences. Flower essences are fantastic during pregnancy because they are gentle and safe in their action. They work on equalizing vibrations in the body and can help create more balance. White chestnut is great for insomnia or excessive worry during pregnancy and borage can help uplift spirits especially if you’re prone to depression, or if surrounding circumstances of the pregnancy are challenging.
Keep reading at The Chalkboard to learn Erica’s last two tips for a truly peaceful pregnancy…