If you're pregnant. Read this
Posted by PR Neom
Just like some of you asked for tips for keeping calm and positive, how to juggle it all (whilst homeschooling and WFH), some of you mums-to-be also asked for support.
So we enlisted our ambassador Nutritional Therapist and Personal Trainer, Georgia Lennard who had twins this month, to give you some support, advice and tips.
If you’re growing a human within the eye of the Covid storm, I’m right here beside you. You may have found yourself panicking about catching the virus or even just having to go into the hospital. This is a normal reaction during an uncertain time. Allow these thoughts to come up but then turn your attention to trusting that you and your baby will still be looked after with the utmost care.
The most important thing for you to focus on right now (as ever) is keeping stress to a minimum. Here’s what you can do to achieve a calm state for you and your baby:
Being overtly positive. Hey, if anyone should take advantage of being on lockdown it’s pregnant women or Mums with brand new babes. The 3rd and 4th trimesters are a sort of lockdown anyway, am I right? At least now you don’t have to feel bad about it (or worry about the eager family members who want to come round the same day you give birth). Remember, just like with each stage your baby will go through as he/she grows up, this is not forever. This too shall pass.
Find rituals and routines that help you feel centred. I’ve been relying on my NEOM products more than ever with this pregnancy. Every evening I light my Happiness candle and read some of my hypnobirthing book, chat with my hubby or order that umpteenth baby gadget online.
Have a long hot shower or bath every night before bed. Lather up your hands with your favourite body wash (mine is De-Stress) and practice your breathing (in through your nose for 4, out through your lips for 6 might be all you can manage with a bub pushing up on your diaphragm but it is still a powerful relaxation, especially with your favourite scent to breathe in)
Be sure to move your body everyday to keep muscles from tightening up and aches and pains to a minimum. Your body is working hard to hold everything together and it needs some attention each day, even if only for 20 minutes. Always do a dynamic stretch as you warm up focusing on tight areas and then move on to working on key muscles to support your back and bump.
Take advantage of the freedom we have to get outside everyday and enjoy a walk in nature somewhere. Breathe and take it all in.
Enjoy trying out new recipes, baking or getting organised with meals you can batch cook and freeze so that you can focus on your angel when he/she arrives.
Take extra time to make your birth playlists (one calm and one upbeat). I’ve been listening to spa music playlists at night while catching up on reading.
See if you can get hold of lots of fresh fruit and veg (frozen is great too) and you can whip up nourishing smoothies or soups if you’re finding it difficult to know what to eat.
Spend extra time oiling up that gorgeous miracle bump, taking bump progress pics, talking to your baby and being present within each phase of your pregnancy as you look forward to meeting your babe. So often this gets rushed or pushed aside within a busy life! I have been praying or meditating while sitting with my bump and connecting with my babies - it has given me the gift of time to be truly grateful and present for the gift I have been given.
If you already have a child / children, savour the extra time with them reading books, cuddling or playing before the new arrival.
This may seem like a crazy, difficult time for us all but the key is to let go of perfectionism and enjoy the positive sides of being at home. Suddenly you have the time you never had to sort the house out as a team with your partner - something truly special as you get ready for your child to join you.
This is a time to truly surrender, relax and let go. There are so many lessons wrapped up within the situation in which we find ourselves that apply to pregnancy, birth and motherhood. I’m looking at it as an opportunity to develop my patience, acceptance of the unknown, unconditional love, letting go of control and trusting the process.
And once we get that right, I think we will find ourselves looking back at this experience as the best, most productive and most precious time ever spent with our children and husbands.
By Georgia Lennard
For more pregnancy workout inspo and to find out more about Georgia’s online pregnancy programme, check out her Insta page @beyondbalance