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Pregnancy Workout? Motherhood is physically challenging. There’s no way you can appreciate the challenges of being pregnant and giving birth until you are there and doing it yourself. This continues well after delivery, you can have discomfort for a while after you have given birth. Because we can’t fully anticipate the changes we will undergo, its important to gain control of the things we can anticipate. This is where a Pregnancy Workout can help. When we say Pregnancy Workout, we mean practicing the physical motions of...

Acupressure is an ancient Chinese practice which focuses on various points on the body as energy centres. It follows one of the main principles of chinese medicine, focusing on the flow of ‘qi’ energy throughout the body, attributing most health complications to disruptions in qi. Focused acupressure whilst pregnant can improve a woman’s physical and mental health and contribute to a better overall well-being. Because it is not a intrusive practice, many women take advantage of acupressure whilst they are expecting...

Though there is no special pregnancy yoga, there are classes catered to pregnant women. At a high level, yoga is a collection of posturing and stretches that focuses simultaneously on balancing your breathing, and your mind. Pregnancy yoga classes are generally referred to as prenatal yoga, and focus on very simple postures that will not cause you serious discomfort. Never push yourself too hard during pregnancy yoga, and if you need a break take it immediately. It may pay to have a healthy snack and water on hand to keep yourself hydrated...

Whilst regular adult women require around 18mg of iron per day, you will require about 27mg as part of a pregnancy diet. That is, your bodies need for iron on a pregnancy diet will go up by about a half. The best source of iron you will find is red meat. Whilst some organ meats contain good amounts of iron, they are not really that safe to consume whilst you are pregnant. You can also get good amounts of iron from green fibrous vegetables, legumes such as lentils, kidney beans, and chickpeas. There is also a range of iron supplements,...

One of the most common things you will hear about during your pregnancy diet is Folate. Folate is a part of the B vitamin group. For one, taking adequate Folate lowers the risk that there are no defects in your neural tube which is responsible for the development of your babies’ brain, spine and surrounding supports. Taking adequate folate also helps to avoid your baby developing spina bifida. The recommended dose of folate for a normal adult woman is around 400 micrograms (mcg). This goes up to about 600mcg for expectant and...

Whilst you are pregnant most sources of stress will be exacerbated. Travelling can be stressful in an of itself so it only stands to reason that when you travel pregnant it’s even tougher. Ultimately, the best guidance you can take here is to reduce travel as much as possible, don’t plan to go anywhere from the time you have conceived right up until several months after you have gotten used to caring for the new arrival. Obviously the above is not always going to be practical, so if you have to travel pregnant, whether its...

The most common change you will notice is the development of stretch marks around your lower stomach. This is a natural reaction to your uterus expanding in order to accommodate the new baby. What you may not know is that external changes in your body during pregnancy can go far beyond simply stretch marks. Some pregnant women can also develop chloasma, which is involves dark patches developing on the face. The higher release of certain hormones in your body is basically altering the pigmentation in your facial skin. Because these hormones...

A baby shower isn’t just a chance to officially recognise and triumph in the fact that you are bringing a life into the world, but also an opportunity to catch up with those friends that may have fallen along the wayside as you had less energy and time to socialise. You can enjoy some naughty food, activities, stories and enjoy a day or night that is devoted to you. Understand that you will probably get emotional at your baby shower. Anything can trigger this from a friend saying a few words about you, to just getting caught up...

Since we’ve had this continuous theme of pregnancy fitness, that is exercise and pregnancy flowing the past few days, lets talk specifically about how running and other forms of fitness interact with pregnancy. Typically if you were a medium distance runner prior to your pregnancy, you can continue that level of training, though likely going a low slower whilst you are pregnant. This pregnancy fitness regime can continue until your body, specifically your uterus and pelvic section get too burdened by this level of activity. This...

You are well aware that as you become a few weeks pregnant and progress through the trimesters there will be changes to your body. Some of us are ok with these changes for the short term, some of us do not look forward to them at all. You need to remember that you’re bringing a new life into the world, looking good will have to take a 9 month break. That’s all it really is. Psychologically, one of the best tools to feel comfortable while you become more and more weeks pregnant is to engage in light exercise. Avoid being stuck...

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