Loving Your Body

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A changing body is a necessary part of pregnancy. While some women relish the experience, many women may see a change in their body image during pregnancy. In some cases, that changing image may not be entirely positive. There are some things you need to keep in mind if you want to maintain a healthy body image during pregnancy:





  • Remember that it’s not all about you. Your body is doing what it needs to for someone else. Someone you haven’t even met yet. It’s going through all of those changes so you can bring a new life into the world. How could you not love your body when it’s giving you a baby?
  • Get some exercise. Exercise during pregnancy helps in so many ways. It can help with morning sickness. It will help you be better prepared for delivery. It will help with postpartum weight loss. Exercise means that you’ll be the healthiest you can be, and that your body will be much better prepared to recover after you give birth. Exercise also releases endorphins, which will help you feel better about your body
  • Eat right. You’re not eating for two in terms of volume or calories. You’re eating for two in terms of composition. Eating a balanced diet and getting enough of those important vitamins and nutrients will not only help your body, it will help your baby be healthier as well.
  • Pamper yourself. Have a makeover, or get a massage. If all else fails, go shopping and find the most attractive maternity outfit you can find. Avoid the temptation to go through those nine months in sweats and t-shirts.
  • Surround yourself with positivity. Pregnancy is one of those times that most women are especially vulnerable to negativity, particularly negative self-talk. Try to limit your time with those negative influences, and go out of your way to find people who can support you.
  • Be realistic. Understand that it will take time for your body to snap into place after your baby is born, and that this is normal and natural. The fact of the matter is it’s all worth it, even if you struggle with body image for a while.


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