Self Care is essential at all stages of your life, but ESPECIALLY during pregnancy. Carrying a child is a sacred task that demands everything from you. You have to be strong to do it. We make ourselves strong by caring for our body, spirit, and mind. One key component of this is self care. When you are pregnant self care is not optional.
Each trimester you will have an Aphrodite Project Self Care Program. Taking care of you will make you healthier, lower stress, and help your body make the baby. Stress interferes with normal pregnancy. Aphrodite Project Self Care Program encourages you to do activities that reduce stress - this puts you on the side of a healthy pregnancy and baby.
Print out weekly program here.
8-12 hours daily, see article Sleep the Magic Elixir for more info on sleep
Use Lavender Oil
You can put it directly on your wrist or on a cloth. Breathing in lavender oil will calm you and relieve nausea.
Begin each morning with lemon water to get you on the road to hydration. The lemon will settle your stomach and prepare your digestive tract to absorb nutrients. You should aim for 10 cups a day. Click here for the article on Hydration.
Commit to taking a bath with 2 cups of epsom salt twice a week. Perhaps Sunday and Friday to get you ready for the week and the weekend. For more on the benefits of baths see article Relief by Bathing.
Begin this practice 5 minutes a day to destress you. You can meditate at any time during your day. Simply be still and focus on feeling your breath move in and out of your lungs. You don’t have to do anything else. Don’t worry about thoughts. Just breath. If you can slow your breath down. That’s it. For more on meditation see the videos and recordings. There are many meditations to choose from to guide you throughout your pregnancy.
In the evening, not before bed, spend a few minutes journaling. Write three gratitudes and then write about your feelings, your questions, and your day. Visit the journal pages for a template you can print out. See Journaling article
Julia Erickson, the founder of Aphrodite Project, is a wellness authority who uses food, meditation, and movement to create extraordinary health and wellness. Julia's practice is focused on helping women thrive and heal from chronic disease. She is also mother of seven.