4 Ways to Cope With A Changing Body Through Pregnancy

by | Mar 13, 2024

When you’re going to have a baby, you’re going to grow, it’s simply inevitable. Some women seem to grow faster and bigger than others, some stay pretty petit until they’re nearly ready to pop. It’s going to be an upsetting experience seeing your body expanding and clothes starting to get tighter by the day.
So what can you do about it?
1. Embrace it 💁🏻‍♀️
Pregnancy is a special thing and the start of a wonderful journey. Don’t fight it, because you can’t do anything about it. Stressing won’t make your body change any less.
2. Exercise 🏋🏻‍♀️
Exercising through pregnancy can be beneficial. There are guidelines about how to reduce intensity as the weeks go on and what exercises are safe to do. Getting ahead of the game with pelvic floor and core building exercises will likely reduce your post natal recovery time. However, the main benefit of the exercise will probably be a mental one. Whether it be a gentle walk, pilates, a low intensity gym session or a swim, you’ll definitely feel better after you do it.
3. Talk to others who have been through it 🫶🏻
Asking someone for a few comforting words, a bit of advice or simply sharing fears and experiences can be highly beneficial and comforting. Knowing you aren’t alone can make all the difference.
4. Eat well 🥦🍳
Filling your body full of good stuff and lots of nutrients will also be physically and mentally beneficial. You do not need to eat for 2, this myth is nonsense and certainly won’t help prevent gaining excess body fat through your pregnancy. A couple of hundred calories extra in the latter stages would be closer to the mark.
In conclusion, it can be a massive struggle, there’s no doubt about it. But an hour or two in the gym, time spent preparing food, being sociable, being mindful and trying to stay positive might be the difference between 9 months of torture or doing your best to enjoy the process and preparing yourself for getting back to your pre baby body in the months after your new addition comes along!