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Pre-natal care starts from within; it can’t be outsourced. 


Pregnancy is a transformative journey that brings forth an array of physical, emotional, and psychological changes. As an expectant mother, one of the most profound ways to ensure the well-being of both you and your growing baby is to recognise that prenatal care begins from within. There are many things we can do during pregnancy to put ourselves number one and in doing so, giving baby the best start to life! 

Women have been birthing babies for many millennia, it is an intrinsic and powerful process. Medical interventions have helped keep mums and babies alive in extenuating circumstances. However, too often we hear that mums don’t feel supported or empowered through their pregnancy. Our focus should be on supporting and empowering mums! 

The journey of prenatal care commences with the acknowledgment that a healthy pregnancy is not solely dependent on external factors like medical check-ups and nutritional supplements. It begins with the nurturing of the mother's well-being. This encompasses a holistic approach that prioritises mental and emotional health along with physical wellness. 

Mental and emotional health during pregnancy can significantly impact the overall experience. Stress reduction techniques, mindfulness practices, and emotional support play pivotal roles in fostering a positive environment for the developing foetus. Research suggests that stress during pregnancy may influence the baby's neurological development, making it imperative for mothers to prioritise their mental well-being. 

A well-balanced diet provides the essential nutrients needed for foetal growth and development. However, it's not just about eating for two; it's about eating smart. A diet rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants promotes a healthy pregnancy. Consulting with a healthcare provider to create a personalised nutrition plan can be helpful to nourish mum and bub. 

Being physically active, having a well-balanced and strong body and getting good sleep are all important aspect of prenatal care.  Engaging in exercise during pregnancy helps to build a strong body, reduce discomfort, and enhance overall well-being. If you’re only starting out, prenatal yoga and swimming, for instance, are gentle yet effective ways to stay active and promote flexibility. 

A balanced pelvis may contribute to a more comfortable pregnancy and smoother delivery. Some chiropractors are trained in the Webster Technique, which is specifically designed for pregnant women. It involves a series of adjustments to improve pelvic alignment and reduce tension in the pelvic muscles and ligaments. Pregnancy massage and acupuncture are also other ways for pregnant mums to manage any discomfort in their body and allows the body to relax. 

Mums need to feel empowered to make decisions about their bodies during pregnancy, they need to know their options. We should be trying to reduce the fear of pregnancy and support mums to embrace the journey. Prenatal care is a comprehensive journey that starts from within, it can’t be outsourced. By prioritising mental and emotional well-being, eating well, staying physically active as well as keeping your body aligned and strong, expectant mothers lay the foundation for a healthy pregnancy. This self-care not only benefits the mother but also creates an optimal environment for the precious life growing within. 


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