Pregnancy is a time where so many changes are happening to your body, all at once. And while many of them signal your baby growing (yay!), there are also a lot of unpleasant changes. For many moms-to-be, maintaining a positive body image during this time can be quite challenging. Today I am going to share with you some affirmations to help with body image during pregnancy!
If we are meeting for the first time - Hi! Welcome to Vibrant Mama Wellness! My name is Megan, and I am a pre and postnatal personal trainer. I am certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, with a specialization in pre+postnatal fitness through PROnatal fitness. I am a mom of 1, and became interested in pre + postnatal fitness as I was going through my own pregnancy journey!
(Disclaimer: I am not a doctor and this is not medical advice. This blog is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or condition. This blog post is based on my own research and experience - please consult a medical professional before starting or making any changes to your exercise program).
Here are 10 affirmations to help you on the hard days (and all days!) Write them down, print them out, and put them somewhere where you will see them every day!
My body is powerful
I am grateful to grow this life inside of me
My body knows exactly what to do to sustain mine and my babies life
My body is adapting every day to support my baby
I am proud of my strength
I welcome the changes in my body
My body and baby are healthy and strong
My body is protecting my baby and keeping us both safe
I trust my body and my instincts
I honor my body exactly how it is
Other things you can do if you’re having a hard time with your body changing are to develop a solid self care practice, have a really solid support system, and exercise!
Self care means doing things that make you feel good about yourself. These can be things like getting a prenatal massage, treating yourself to a pedicure, taking time alone to do the things you enjoy the most, and really just pampering yourself! You’d be surprised how much this can do for your mood!
Having a solid support system is so helpful, especially when negative feelings come up during pregnancy (which is inevitable). Between the hormones and the overwhelming impending responsibility, it can sometimes feel like so much to handle. Having a partner and a few trusted family members or friends can be so beneficial to have a safe space to vent. Another good idea is to look for a therapist that specializes in perinatal mood! They can give you coping strategies to better manage stress both during pregnancy and postpartum!
And lastly, exercise! Research has shown that working out effectively during pregnancy can not only improve body image, but it can also aid in a smoother labor and delivery process, as well as postpartum recovery. Working with someone who specializes in prenatal fitness can be a game changer for your fitness routine! Always make sure the exercises you are doing are safe for your body and pregnancy, and always check with your doctor before starting something new.
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Disclaimer: This blog does not serve as medical advice. Please consult your medical provider before starting a new fitness routine. This blog is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or condition.