The most important things to remember are:
4. Exercise Routine.
Get one set up. I know the first trimester you can feel so weak and tired that you can barely get out of bed. Yes, rest is your number one priority, but staying active is really important as well. Even if you can get an invigorating stretch or yoga in on the tired days that’s good. Exercise and stretching are key to an easier, faster, and less painful birth. Think of giving birth as like training for a marathon. If you wait till the day of to go through it, its doubtful it will go well. Having “trained” for it will do a world of wonders for you. And if all else fails, go on a long, nice walk.
“There are some data to show that higher chronic stressors in women and poor coping skills to deal with those stressors may be associated with lower birth weight and with delivering earlier,” says Ann Borders, MD, an OB/GYN in the obstetrics and gynecology department, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, at Evanston Hospital, NorthShore University HealthSystem.
“Chronic stress may also contribute to subtle differences in brain development that might lead to behavioral issues as the baby grows”, she adds.
There are also been studies that show if mother has had high cortisol levels due to stress, it can be passed down to her baby. This will cause a more stressful and anxious baby. So try and find time to take a breather and relax. This also includes the people around you. Let your husband do the dishes and clean the bathroom this week. Go curl up on the couch and read a book for a hour. Visualize the ideal birth for you or a place that makes you feel relaxed. What does it smell like? Look like? etc. Pregnancy yoga can be a great way to de-stress as well. Meditation, or quietly talking to your baby are all great ways to stay less stressed.
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I hope these five tips can help you start your new exciting pregnancy off in the right direction. I would love to hear any questions you have or tips you have learned from your pregnancy.