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5 Ways to Take Care of Yourself During Pregnancy

1. Take a prenatal yoga class regularly

Prenatal Yoga is one of the most beneficial types of exercise a woman could do during pregnancy. It can help reduce stress and improve sleep. Yoga during pregnancy can also decrease many of those less-than-favorable symptoms so many of us experience, such as nausea, low back pain, headaches, and even carpal tunnel! Studies have also shown a reduced risk of preterm labor.

Lucky for you, mama, we offer Prenatal Yoga classes six days a week! Renew Mama’s class is specifically designed to challenge and bring peace to you during this special time. Our comprehensive practice includes poses to help prepare the body for labor, to open the chest and to improve blood flow and oxygen to both mom and baby.

Personally, we think the best part of any Prenatal Yoga class is being a part of a community of other expectant mamas. Nothing beats connecting with other strong, amazing women who are on the path to motherhood right along with you.

2. Book a massage

Listen, EVERYONE should be getting more massages. It’s so good for your body! But pregnant women especially should take advantage of the benefits massage can give them.

One of the greatest benefits of massage is the reduction of stress hormones in the body, which can run rampant during pregnancy. A prenatal massage can help increase blood flow and flush toxins from your body.

Other benefits of massage during pregnancy include reduced back and joint pain, edema, muscle pain, and headaches. It can also help increase the quality of your sleep!

More than anything though, mama, you deserve an hour to yourself to rest and relax. What’s more relaxing than a massage especially with someone who understands what your body is going through. Book yours here.

3. See a chiropractor

Chiropractic care, specifically the Webster Technique, has been found to be effective in treating pelvic pain, sciatica, round ligament pain, mid back and neck pain, and headaches experienced due to the changes in posture during pregnancy.

By removing interference due to malposition of the pelvis, the baby carried within the mother’s womb is able to get into the best position possible for labor and delivery. Babies begin to get into position as early as 27-32 weeks of gestation, therefore, it is recommended that women begin treatment before this time to support this process.

We have an in-house chiropractor, FLOW Chiropractic, that we partner with. You will love Dr. Theresa Osmer!

A few other chiropractors in Grand Rapids that take great care of pregnant women are ChiroHealth Rockford and Rise Wellness Chiropractic. We can’t say enough good things about them both!

4. Drink Red Raspberry Leaf Tea

Red Raspberry Leaf Tea has been used for respiratory, digestive, and uterine health for basically forever!

The key “ingredient” to this tea is the alkaloid fragrine, which has been shown to help strengthen the uterus and pelvic area. It is also rich in vitamins C, E, A, a variety of B vitamins, magnesium, potassium, calcium, and phosphorus.

To learn more, read this amazing blog post by Mama Natural: The Truth About Red Raspberry Leaf Tea During Pregnancy. She really digs in and covers everything you need to know!

I love Red Raspberry Leaf Tea by Earth Mama Organics, Traditional Medicinals, and Pink Stork.

5. Learn to say “No.”

This is an important one, mama! So let’s say it again: Learn to say “no.”

As mothers – as women – we spend so much of our time caring for others and trying to do as much as we can. It’s important that we take time for ourselves.

This means learning to say no. After all, every “yes” is a “no” to everything else, right? Let’s learn to say no to the things that don’t serve or fuel us, say no to the things that take away from what lights our fire. If we want the time to do the things that matter, we have to say no to all the things that don’t.

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Example: say yes to fun adventures with family!
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