Love Your Body

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For most of my childhood and young adult years I felt ashamed about my body and wished parts of it were different. I was constantly comparing myself to others and It wasn’t till I started taking care of myself by eating ‘good for my bod’ foods & exercising in ways I enjoyed that I really learned to love my body.

You can learn how to love your body by acknowledging the things that make you feel grateful for it.  For example, Ive recently been in awe of the miracle behind pregnancy, childbirth and the ability to nourish and feed my newborn. I not only feel grateful for my body right now but that feeling translates into respect and makes me want to take best care of myself too.

I know pregnancy & childbirth is an extreme example but you can find simple, everyday reasons to be grateful too like;
-being able to enjoy a walk on a beautiful day
-being able to embrace & hug a loved one
-being able to enjoy & digest delicious foods
-recovering from a recent illness or surgery
-being able to run around with your kids
It’s all about not taking our bodies for granted & realizing a deep rooted gratefulness for what they do for us. So count the reasons you’re grateful for your bod today and dont trash talk it to yourself or to others. Instead, be kind. The more you do this the sooner it’ll become habit & before you know it you’ll learn to love & respect your amazing, one of a kind body.

Sleep Well Prego!

 

 

So Hubby may be annoyed that there’s ahem, a ‘third person’ in your bed putting space between you and him but he’ll have to get over it for the next several months because if you’re at the point in your pregnancy where you need to sleep on your side then doing it with a body pillow is the only way to rest peacefully!
A body pillow does cover a lot of bases and some women find that its the only support they need while side sleeping during their pregnancy but I like to rest on a neck countering pillow and I like to use mid spine support too.
The body pillow helps keep shoulders and hips aligned while side sleeping and the neck pillow helps keep the cervical spine in line too.  There are many mid spine support pillows out there but I made mine by rolling up a bath mat and securing it with rubber bands.  It works fabulously!  I also love sleeping with my baobeimaternity support band on because it gives me the gentle support my abdominal muscles while I sleep.  You may not realize this but when we sleep the abdominal muscles completely relax which can stretch the muscles overtime so gentle support while sleeping is a good idea.
If you’re not using support pillows, or if you’re not using the right kind of support pillows, you may wake up feeling achy and groggy due to misaligned joints which cause poor blood flow and you may be having incomplete sleep cycles due to discomfort.  Really consider making some of the changes I suggest in this post because sleep is the most precious form of fuel for us and for baby right now!  So lets use all the tools we have to get the quality rest tonight.  Sleep Tight Pregos!

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