[vc_row][vc_column][az_column_text]This January I think it’s a great time to make sure mums are not only thinking of their babies but also looking after themselves during and after pregnancy. I’ve collaborated with Carly from Yogabellies, Ros Miller a nutritionist and Kathryn, a first-time mum who has recently become a yoga instructor, to get their best advice on how to look after number one – you the mum.
Staying active is really important while you are pregnant. Low impact exercise such as walking swimming and pregnancy yoga is great for the body and mind. It can enhance your sleep, your physical stamina and help you prepare for labour.
When talking to Kathryn about exercise pre-pregnancy she was very active, doing HIIT classes a couple of lunchtimes a week; spinning; running on the days she worked from home and mountain biking with her husband at weekends. She was also completing a two – year yoga teacher training diploma and regularly attending yoga classes. Kathryn was a very active person.
When she found out she was pregnant, she stopped doing the intensive workouts, but carried on running, cycling and attending yoga classes (with her teachers’ knowledge and consent). However, as time went by, she found training more and more difficult. By her 6th month of pregnancy, she was just doing yoga and needed to modify most poses in her regular yoga classes. So she switched her advanced yoga and vinyasa flow yoga class for pregnancy yoga and pregnancy Pilates classes.
Kathryn attended Yogabellies’ classes with a local instructor Carly. Carly explained to me how pregnancy yoga would help to keep a mother’s body strong and healthy. Carly says, a lot of ladies join her prenatal yoga class for a number of reason, but ladies who have a strong fitness regime find it hard to give that up or to scale it back during pregnancy. Yoga is a lovely way to stay fit, healthy and strong in a way that is safe for mum and baby.
[/az_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][az_single_image image=”855″][az_single_image image=”856″][az_single_image image=”858″][az_single_image image=”859″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][az_column_text]We all know nutrition is very important during pregnancy, but I wanted to take this opportunity to talk to an expert. Ros Miller explained to me that we can get most of the vitamins and minerals we need during pregnancy by eating a healthy, balanced diet. This is with the exception of folic acid during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy and vitamin D during the winter months.
Approximately 300 extra calories are needed daily to maintain a healthy pregnancy. These calories should come from a balanced diet of protein, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, with sweets and fats, kept to a minimum. Long chain omega three fats are also important for the development of your baby’s eyes and brain. Ros said, a great way to keep levels topped up is by including 1-2 portions of oily fish in your diet per week, such as salmon mackerel or herring.
[/az_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][az_single_image image=”867″][az_single_image image=”866″][az_single_image image=”869″][az_single_image image=”863″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][az_column_text]We also need a bit of pampering us mums. A foot massage, pedicure or manicure are perfect ways to make sure we look and feel our best. Karen told me that a lot of mums to be also love a good prenatal massage or reflexology to help them to feel really chilled out and pampered. Kathryn also had a few acupuncture sessions (to help get her hormones ready for birth) and a pregnancy massage. She also ate a lot of chocolate, cheese and treated herself to nice toiletries (in the absence of being able to buy new clothes and shoes!).
Make sure you watch my social media this month to help-out with your pampering needs. One lucky mummy will be able to win a pregnancy massage with Bodyline. Keep your eyes peeled and be sure to answer the question correctly to be in with a chance to win this treat.
Another aspect, especially as mums reach the third trimester, is relaxation. We all live such busy lives, with work almost always taking a priority, that we rarely allow ourselves time to relax. Carly spoke to me about how wonderful it is to provide mums with the time and space to really listen to their bodies and tune in to what they need. This is a great time to relax and think only about themselves and their baby.
Sharing experiences is also an important part of what mums to be need during their pregnancy – especially if they don’t have friends in the same situation or at the same stage of life. Carly provides a lovely platform for ladies to come and ask questions, share knowledge, ideas and support each other. She is also offering all readers of my blog 15% off a block booking of 8 classes of Yogabellies, at either her Petersfield or Haslemere class. Just quote JenSin15.
I hope you all have a lovely January and make sure you capture this special time; you can’t get the moment you were carrying your child back. Once it’s gone, it’s gone.
Make sure you look after yourself and take on some of our handy tips.