Caring for yourself properly during pregnancy gives you the physical, spiritual and emotional strength to care for yourself during labor and birth — which means bringing your baby into the world in the best, safest, and healthiest manner. This week, healthy lifestyle expert and women’s advocate, Anna Getty, provides a few tips and tricks for nurturing yourself during pregnancy, which will create a fulfilled, enlightened, powerful foundation for labor, birth and beyond!
One of the most important things anyone ever told me was to nurture myself during pregnancy — I did, and I’m so glad I listened. Rest and relaxation gave me the energy to move forward, to birth — and now, they give me the energy to parent. I see a lot of expecting moms who are overwhelmed and exhausted. It is crucial that we take care of ourselves — love, nurture and refuel ourselves — since running on empty during pregnancy leaves a woman less than equipped for childbirth. I napped regularly through my pregnancy — and up until recently, when my 4-year-old decided napping isn’t an option anymore!
Here are some additional tips for a nurturing pregnancy:
Resting doesn’t always mean “sleeping.” Light a few candles, turn on calming tunes and slip into a warm bath. Relax, take a moment, be grateful for this time (and your baby!), and breathe. If candles and soft music aren’t in the mix, it’s OK! The most important thing is to simply soak in serenity.
Incorporate massage. There is nothing like the hands of your partner rubbing your back, neck and feet, but if being massaged isn’t an option — massage yourself. When I was pregnant, I spent time before I went to bed rubbing sweet coconut cream into the souls of my feet. It’s truly revitalizing!
Get some fresh air — take a walk around the block. Do this every evening after dinner, letting the day unwind beneath your swelling feet. Reflect and let it all go. Post-birth, put your baby into a carrier and take longer walks, or hand baby off to your partner — and take ten minutes outside of the house for you … and only you.
Meditate — it’s not complicated, I promise! Simply close your eyes, slow down your breath, and focus on just being for a few minutes. Clearing your mind momentarily makes necessary mental space for focusing on you, your baby and your birth.
Love yourself as you love your baby! Creating pregnancy rituals will nurture, recharge and empower you for the important task ahead — birth. The things you do for yourself during pregnancy and birth will support you as you enter the next (amazing!) phase of your life, motherhood.
Anna has played many roles over the course of her remarkable life: Chef. Actress. Fashionista. Kundalini yoga teacher. Not to mention writer, holistic lifestyle expert and mother. But through it all, she has maintained a keen sense of self, a grounded perspective, and a passion for healthy living, spiritual fulfillment and respect for the environment that she wants to share with others. Anna has been featured on many TV shows, in many magazines, and written two books: “Anna Getty’s Easy Green Organic” and “I’m Dreaming of a Green Christmas,” both from Chronicle Books. Visit her at www.annagetty.com.