You don’t have to be a hermit just because certain activities are no longer an option when you’re pregnant. You can have fun, improve your health for yourself and your baby, and still enjoying the outdoors no matter when your baby is due.
- go briskly walking or hiking
- enjoy swimming
- meditative yoga and stretching
When you enjoy these activities on a regular basis, not only will your health improve, but you’ll be amazed at how simple they are and how they’ll reduce any kind of pain you may be having.
Outdoor Activities Are Great For The Mind
When I was a few weeks away from giving birth to my first son, I went to an outdoor arts festival. My mother-in-law at the time was very worried for me because of the heart. My face was red, I looked dehydrated, and sweat was pouring.
But I had an umbrella, I kept drinking enough water, and I still strolled around to enjoy the festival. I had no idea how “bad” I looked because I felt just fine. I was glad I had gone because I felt much better than I would have had I stayed home and just sat on the couch all day.
Walking or Hiking
You’ve been told how important walking is. But I want you to take it up a notch. If you’re moving your body with more muscle use and an increased heart rate, you’re strengthening everything while reducing pain.
Hike gentle trails that will still give you some exercise without trying too hard. Take in the scenery and enjoy the sunshine that will reduce your anxiety. Be sure to wear good shoes that support your feet well, and cool clothing that won’t chafe.
Your body is constantly moving in order to grow and birth your baby. When you’re moving as much as possible in natural ways, you’re creating the space for your body to do exactly what it needs to do best.
You may not feel glamorous to don a swim suit and take a plunge. But your body will thank you. Getting in the water takes almost all of the weight and stress off of your body. Then you can relax more, rest, and allow your tissues to calm down for a short period of time.
If you can get one of those blow up air beds with the hole in the middle, you can lay there and allow the water to support your belly entirely. Be sure to swim so that the muscles in your limbs can do the work for a change, instead of your back and core that’s likely sore.
Meditative Yoga & Stretching
Doing yoga outdoors where you can get in tune with nature has far more benefits and rewards than just on your living room floor. You can turn it into a meditative session where you can work on your relaxation techniques, and ease any fears or anxieties that are affecting you.
Not only will you strengthen your body in a gentle way, your flexibility will increase. This is excellent to ensure enough space is created with your tissues when the baby is born–a far easier delivery when you’re flexible.
Keep Enjoying The Outdoors When You’re Pregnant
You can still get outside, enjoy some physical activity, and not hurt yourself when you’re pregnant. Disbelieve those that say you need to stay home and rest, because that will weaken your body and increase toxic emotions. So do simple things like:
- walking or hiking
- meditative yoga and stretching
An added benefit is that your baby will be gaining all the same benefits as you. Would you want your baby sitting around all day without stimulation? I didn’t think so. Get up, get out, and go enjoy!