Surprising Pre-Pregnancy Advice From My MidwifeMichelle Horton
My midwife is the best kind of midwife. Extremely knowledgeable, comforting, and willing to sit and talk about any and all concerns.
So she really took the time to talk to me about what I was concerned about, and what I should be doing. I expected the typical “start a prenatal” and “track your ovulation” advice, but that’s not all she had to say.
In fact, I was pretty surprised at what her biggest advice was:
Find more “me” time — especially when it comes to my diet and exercise. We were talking about how different the second pregnancy is, now that my own needs have so drastically slipped down the priority list. I have a 3-year-old with a bottomless pit in his stomach, so I consciously save all of the healthy food for him. Yet if I’m planning on growing a human, I need to start tuning into what I need.
She was especially concerned with my abdominal muscles. According to her, my abdominal muscles will just keep getting weaker with each pregnancy — so if I want to keep them, I should strengthen my core now, before it’s too late. (Ah! Pressure!)
(She also recommended Vitamin E for my nipples, which have been weakened from exclusive pumping when my son was an infant. Did you even know that could happen?)
But even though she was stressing the importance of focusing on myself during this in-between phase, she admitted that she needs to take her own advice. (Sigh.) So here are my main “me-time” goals to get myself back in shape — physically and mentally — before I conceive:
- Drink 8 glasses of water every day. (EVERY DAY!)
- Cut out refined sugar.
- Share my fruit/veggie supply with my son. When he eats them, I’ll eat them.
- Strengthen my core with daily exercises.
- Carve out time for meditation every week.
How do you find more “me” time? Did you get back into shape in between your pregnancies? Any advice for me?
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