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Incorporating Everyday Wellness Practices into Your Daily Pregnancy Rhythms

Jan 22, 2024
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Mama, as you navigate the ebbs and flows of pregnancy, it is essential to find harmony in your daily routines that not only caters to your changing body but also nurtures your spirit.

This guide will walk you through practical and seamless ways to infuse wellness into every aspect of your day by providing tips on how to make your morning mindful with meditation, nourishing your body with nutritious superfoods, prenatal exercises you can do, how you can unwind in the evening, and ways that you can embrace the outdoors.   

At Stork Helpers, we embrace every step of your pregnancy and want to help you nourish your body by developing daily pregnancy rhythms.

If you are seeking a community of people that will encourage you during this journey, click here to learn more about what we do at Stork Helpers! 


Make your Morning Mindful 


Mama, we recommend you start your day by synchronizing with nature's pulse. We will show you how a few minutes of morning meditation can set a calm tone for the day ahead. 

Morning meditation during your pregnancy, even for only a few minutes, can be incredibly beneficial and set a positive tone for the rest of your day. Pregnancy can bring about a range of emotions and physical changes, making it essential for you to prioritize your mental and emotional well-being.

Engaging in morning meditation will allow you to start your day with a sense of calm and tranquility. It provides a space to connect with your body, baby, and breath. This deliberate act of mindfulness reduces stress and anxiety, which are common during pregnancy. By grounding yourself in the present moment, you can cultivate a sense of gratitude and appreciation for the journey you are on. 

Morning meditation also supports a positive mindset throughout the day. It gives you quiet time to set intentions for the day ahead, fostering a sense of purpose and motivation. By starting the day with a clear and focused mind, you are more likely to approach any challenges or discomforts you may encounter throughout the day with resilience and patience. 

Additionally, morning meditation can have physical benefits. It promotes deep relaxation and can help alleviate any pregnancy-related discomforts you may have, such as back pain, insomnia, and nausea. By taking the time to focus on your breathing and release tension from your body, you can enhance your overall well-being and promote a healthier pregnancy. 


Nourish your Body with Nutritious Superfoods 


During pregnancy, we realize that eating the right amount of food and knowing what foods you can eat can be tricky, especially when there are certain foods that you cannot eat. Trying to find a balance is the best thing that you can to do to provide your body with the right nutrients to support the growth and development of your baby. Including superfoods in daily meals can help meet these nutritional needs.

If you have questions about eating and drinking during pregnancy, click here for more information! We want to help you figure out what works best for you and your food preferences to support a healthy pregnancy.  

Here are some superfoods that you should eat, along with simple recipes and tips to include them in your diet: 

  1. Spinach: Packed with iron, folate, and fiber, spinach can be added to salads, smoothies, or even omelets. Make a simple spinach and chicken stir-fry by sautéing spinach leaves, diced chicken breast, garlic, and a splash of soy sauce.

  2. Greek Yogurt: High in protein, calcium, and probiotics, Greek yogurt can be consumed on its own or used as a substitute for sour cream or mayonnaise. Whip up a quick and easy Greek yogurt bowl by combining it with fresh berries, honey, and granola.

  3. Avocado: Rich in healthy fats, potassium, and folate, avocados can be sliced and added to sandwiches, salads, or enjoyed as guacamole. Make a refreshing avocado smoothie by blending half an avocado, frozen fruits like berries or mangoes, almond milk, and a drizzle of honey.

  4. Quinoa: Packed with protein, fiber, and essential minerals, quinoa can be cooked and enjoyed as a side dish, added to salads, or used as a base for stir-fries or grain bowls. Prepare a hearty quinoa salad by mixing cooked quinoa, diced veggies, and a simple lemon vinaigrette.

  5. Lentils: High in protein, fiber, and iron, lentils can be included in soups, stews, or used as a protein-packed addition to salads. Make a comforting lentil soup by simmering lentils with vegetables, spices, and vegetable broth. 

Remember to always consult with your healthcare provider or nutritionist for personalized dietary advice during pregnancy. By incorporating these superfoods into your meals, you can nourish your body and support the healthy development of your baby. 


Consider Gentle Movements with Prenatal Exercise 


Mama, pregnancy is a time when your body goes through numerous changes.  When your energy feels like it is running low, know that you are not alone in this feeling. It is quite common to notice drastic changes in your energy levels during this time.

To try to help combat these changes, we recommend using gentle movements through prenatal exercises that can give both you and your baby a flow of energy and strength, without exerting undue stress on your body.

One of the most beneficial exercises during pregnancy is walking. It is a low-impact activity that can easily be incorporated into your daily routine. A brisk walk of 30 minutes can help increase circulation, reduce swelling, and boost energy levels.

Another exercise that can be slotted into your schedule is swimming. Swimming not only provides an excellent cardiovascular workout, but it also helps relieve back pain and reduces joint swelling. Additionally, the buoyancy of water offers a feeling of weightlessness, which can be a welcome relief for you. 

Prenatal yoga is another gentle and effective exercise option. Yoga helps improve flexibility, strengthens muscles, and promotes relaxation through breathing techniques. Several poses in prenatal yoga specifically target the pelvic region and help prepare the body for childbirth. 

You can also consider incorporating light strength training exercises into your routine. This can include using resistance bands or light dumbbells to engage various muscle groups. Strength training helps maintain muscle tone and can alleviate pregnancy-related discomforts.

Overall, it is essential for you to listen to your body and consult with your healthcare provider before starting any exercise program. If you want to learn more about prenatal care, click here!  


How to Unwind in the Evening 


Hormonal changes, discomfort, and anxiety can make it challenging for you to unwind in the evening. If you can, try to end your day on a serene note by using natural sleep aids and creating a restful environment that will ensure you get the restorative rest you need.

In addition, talk to your partner about how they can help you figure out what is best for you. It can take some time to find out what works for you in your daily rhythm of life during this journey.

Here are some tips for natural sleep aids and creating a restful environment: 

  1. Stick to a Routine: Establishing a consistent sleep schedule helps regulate your body's internal clock and signals relaxation cues for better sleep. We realize that sticking to a regular schedule is difficult when your hormones are fluctuating. Even if your sleep schedule is not perfectly consistent, it is still better than a very irregular schedule. 

  2. Relaxation Techniques: Engage in relaxation activities like deep breathing, gentle stretching, or prenatal yoga to calm the mind and body before sleep. Meditation can also help reduce stress and anxiety. Ask your partner if they can help you with some of these activities. It is an opportunity to have quality time and build intimacy.

  3. Create a Comfortable Sleep Environment: Ensure that your bedroom is cool, dark, and quiet. Invest in a supportive pregnancy pillow, which can alleviate discomfort and provide better sleep posture. 

  4. Limit Electronic Devices: Avoid using smartphones, tablets, or laptops before bedtime, as they emit blue light that disrupts melatonin production. We suggest that you opt for reading a book or listening to soothing music instead. Or you can spend some time re-capping your day with your partner to get on the same page before bedtime.

  5. Herbal Remedies: Consult with a healthcare provider, but some natural sleep aids safe for pregnancy include chamomile tea, lavender essential oil (for aromatherapy), or natural sleep supplements like magnesium or valerian root.

  6. Monitor Fluid Intake: Restricting fluids to a few hours before bedtime can prevent frequent bathroom trips during the night. 

Remember, staying well rested can help you cope better with the physical and emotional demands during your pregnancy.  


How to Embrace Nature  


Embracing the outdoors and bringing nature into your home during pregnancy is beneficial for your well-being and creates a soothing harmonious ambiance for your growing baby. 

Here is how you can embrace nature and bring it into your home for a continuous loop of rejuvenation. 

First, incorporating natural elements into your home environment is important. Adding house plants, such as peace lilies or spider plants, not only purifies the air but also brings a touch of greenery indoors. Additionally, natural sunlight is essential for you as it boosts vitamin D levels and can enhance your mood. Positioning furniture near windows and opting for sheer curtains allows for maximum sunlight exposure. 

Furthermore, creating a relaxation corner inspired by nature is a wonderful way to unwind. Placing a comfortable chair or cushion by a scenic window view or wall mural depicting a serene landscape can provide a daily escape. Engaging in activities like reading, journaling, or practicing prenatal yoga in this space promotes inner calmness and connection with nature.

Another way to embrace nature is to surround yourself with natural sounds. Playing soothing nature sound recordings, such as gentle waves, chirping birds, or flowing water, can create a tranquil atmosphere. This auditory connection with nature promotes relaxation, reduces stress, and aids in better sleep, reminiscing of a peaceful outdoor setting.

The ability to embrace nature will positively impact your physical and mental well-being, fostering a serene and peaceful environment for you and your baby. 


Everyday Wellness with Stork Helpers 


 Mama, we hope that you feel encouraged and inspired to embrace wellness as second nature during your journey to motherhood!

Stork Helpers is your trusted doula service in Cincinnati and Dayton, here to provide expectant Cincinnati moms with holistic prenatal care. With a deep understanding of the importance of nurturing the mind, body, and baby during pregnancy, Tamara and Skylar at Stork Helpers take a comprehensive approach to prenatal care. 

Always listening, never judging, Stork Helpers will make a difference for your prenatal needs! Click here to start a conversation with Tamara and Skylar now!  

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