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5 Ways to Prepare for Pregnancy

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You want to get pregnant and want your body, mind, and soul, to be in peak condition for it. That is understandable. Pregnancy is an important milestone in the life of any woman, bringing with it the promise of motherhood and the opportunity to prepare another human being to take advantage of all that life has to offer. The best thing to do for yourself is to prepare yourself for pregnancy so that, when it does come, you will be more than ready to face it. Here are five ways you can prepare yourself for the glorious experience that is motherhood.

1. Strengthen and Develop Your Pelvic Muscle

A mom anticipating her new child.

Pregnant women holding her tummy.

This is perhaps one of the most important things you can do for your body in preparation for pregnancy. Your pelvic muscles will be the most utilized part of both the pregnancy and the birth-giving process. As such it is important to get them ready for the job.
Start by performing pelvic floor contractions, also known as Kegels. These involve squeezing your sphincter muscles gently and will prevent leakages during pregnancy when you cough or sneeze. They will also reduce some of the pelvic pain many women tend to experience when they’re pregnant.
Unfortunately, many women do not perform Kegels the right way. Usually, it is because their muscles are just too tight. Under such circumstances, it’s better to relax these muscles before performing the exercise. Doing an improper set of Kegels can lead to worse conditions during pregnancy, such as low back pain, pelvic pain, and incontinence. Before you begin the Kegels, consult a physical therapist who specializes in women’s health.

2. Prepare for the Worst by Having a Last Will and Testament

A pregnancy is supposed to be a good thing, but we all know it can go south pretty fast. While it is not necessarily a good thing to think about, it is possible that a pregnancy might come with some complications that might be fatal. The best way to prepare for these is to make sure that your loved ones will be sorted in case you leave them.
The best way to prepare is to prepare a last will and testament. This is important, especially if you have other children and dependents as it will give you the opportunity to appoint a guardian for them in the event of your demise. There are lots of places you can learn about the process, such as https://meetfabric.com/blog/how-to-write-a-last-will-and-testament .

3. Learn to Breathe

How can you relax while pregnant.

Learning to relax and breathe while you are pregnant.

A proper breathing and relaxation technique will prepare both your mind and body for a healthy and smooth pregnancy. Always exhale properly before you begin any exercise and consult your physical therapist to help you learn some breathing techniques.

4. Have Good Posture

Why is it important to keep good posture while pregnant.

A pregnant women showing good posture.

Good posture has a positive effect beyond your pregnancy and can positively impact every single part of your body. Have your posture evaluated by a physical therapist and let them suggest exercises to strengthen your muscles. Healthy posture habits will help you handle the extra weight that comes from the baby during pregnancy.

5. Focus on Your Core in Preparation for the Baby Belly

A pregnant woman practicing a yoga pose.

When you’re pregnant, as your belly slowly grows, your abdominal muscles, the vertical ones on either side of your belly button, could potentially be forced apart like a zipper. If this happens to the extreme, you will suffer various injuries and both pelvic and back pain. To prevent it, perform some exercises as suggested by your physical therapist to prevent this from happening.

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