They say that a new experiences stretches the mind into a new dimension, I believe this to be very true.
Of all the experiences I’ve been through at my young age, I would have to say pregnancy is probably the most incredible experience any woman can go through. Nurturing yourself as your little one grows inch by inch everyday within you is beyond a miracle to me.
Yes, every woman was built for this phenomenal experience but it still is unique to each and every woman. Some women spend 9 months suffering with sickness and others pace through the 9 months as radiant beams of sunshine.. all you can do is pray for a smooth journey and delivery.
As I’ve been through this experience myself, I can say first-hand that it’s one that requires a lot of mental strength more than anything else. There are many times where you’d want to just give in and give up but the key is to remember a healthy body breeds a healthy baby. People would tell me ‘eat eat eat, eat what you want you’re pregnant’ but unfortunately they are lacking the knowledge since its not about quantity rather the quality of foods.
Since I enjoy eating healthy on a regular basis, this wasn’t so challenging for me.. yet I can understand how it could be for others. Pregnancy is actually the most critical time where it is essential to nourish your body with healthy food in order to ensure your baby is getting quality vitamins and minerals to support his or her growth.. it is not infact an excuse to eat junk.
Another point which I personally found beneficial to my experience was exercise. Being pregnant, you are coping with all kinds of physiological changes as your body is gearing up to make and grow your little angel. These changes include, fatigue, water retention, pressure to organs and joints, release of the hormone Elastin – which supports a pregnant woman’s body in being flexible allowing her skin to stretch. All these matters are almost normal to every pregnant woman.. now logically speaking if a pregnant woman wants to go by her day feeling energetic, relieve water retention, strengthen muscles and joints and allow for a consistent weight gain, it is recommended to exercise. Most pregnant women might fear to do so as they may feel it may harm the baby.. but in fact you would be doing more harm being immobile which would slow down blood flow and also might make you feel down which could then have psychological impact.
Exercise is recommended for a healthy lifestyle; so, is not pregnancy the most important time for a woman to be on top of her health ? .. I believe so. Safe exercising like swimming, aqua aerobics, walking on the beach, Physique 57 and yoga were all part of my regimen through out my pregnancy and I would happily recommend it to every pregnant woman who wants to take care of her health and body during this stressful time.
Determination is the only key you need. There are days where I personally would have rather stayed in bed but then I would think of the lovely energetic instructors at Physique 57 who have kept me motivated and supported me throughout my pregnancy.. their skillful knowledge allowed for me to feel comfortable every step of the way. Just thinking of the wonderful post workout feel and rush of endorphins would keep me going back for more.. high intensity and low impact exercises were my safest bet. Being a personal trainer as well has allowed for my greater awareness in understanding what’s right for my body.. and I would be happy to advise any woman who needs help or assistance during this critical time.
Now here’s for my final personal review.. Be happy. As simple as it may sound as essential it really is. Yes, there are women who get pregnant everyday and probably 80% of them find it a challenge in one way or another.. so the most important thing to remember is the end result. At the end of the day you want a happy and healthy baby.. what will you do to help that happen ? What is in your hands today that can assist in that ? What is it that really matters to you .. the chocolate cake or the dark chocolate filled with antioxidants and healthier properties for you and your baby ? These are all questions women need to ask themselves.. Women need to be more mindful and less emotional when it comes to pressuring times.
This is what helped me.. and I’m happy to say that I am now 4 months post-baby and feel better than ever before having lost more weight than I was before I got pregnant. Yes you can lose weight from breastfeeding and running around caring for your little one and squeezing in a 30 minute workout.. all of which I have done. However the greatest tip I can offer is.. take care of what you can while you can.. don’t wait for the pregnancy to be over to lose the weight. Health after all is a lifestyle and should be reflected in your everyday life.. so remember this mantra and remember that health truly is wealth.
It all starts with a healthy mind, which nourishes a healthy body that can in turn nourish and build a healthy baby..
These are my happy little healthy thoughts.. dedicated to all women whom I hope I can inspire.. pregnancy is a beautiful journey where women shouldn’t shy away from cause they are worried about their bodies.
Take care of your body every day and it will take care of you.
Noura G xx