Exercise Regular exercise must be a vital part of your health routine (unless prescribed otherwise by your doctor). Studies show that daily exercises done during the first trimester reduce complications from arising later on in the pregnancy. Exercising increases circulation, improves posture and firms muscles. Exercises that are advisable include walking, swimming, gentle yoga stretches, weight-bearing exercises, pilates and low impact aerobic. The most important thing to remember, enjoy whatever exercise regime you choose. Pregnancy is a time to be filled with positivity and joy. If a workout sounds tiresome and boring take a dance lesson or a walk in nature instead. Do listen to your body and do not overdo activities. Balance with enough pampered rest.
Rest, relax and sleep
For a mother-to-be, resting consciously sometimes can be hard, with all the excitement, anxiety and things-to-do lists! However building 'me-times' during the day is pivotal to your health. It is one of the four pillars of health according to Ayurveda. (ahar (food intake) achar (lifestyle, routine) vihar (relaxation, recreation) and vichar (thoughts/belief). Schedule a few 'quiet-moment' times during the day; even if it is just to put your feet up, close your eyes and listen to some soothing music. Use these moments to ask yourself how you are feeling emotionally and physically, and listen to the answers. Some 'down time' in the evening before bedtime works wonders in lulling you into a sound restorative night's sleep. Pregnancy is a time when you should take complete care of yourself and your growing baby. With positive thoughts and the right approaches to your pregnancy, you can boost your chances of having a problem-free pregnancy and a healthy baby!
By Priti Mehta
(Founder- Omved Pure Natural living)