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.
See videos and print out weekly workout program here.
8-12 hours daily, see article Sleep the Magic Elixir for more info on sleep.
Treat yourself to cleaning up your makeup and skin care products. As you finish your products and repurchase choose items that are non-toxic and effective. See shops such as Target, Sephora, Credo, and Follan for products and ideas.
Baths to Soothe Pregnancy Changes
Hopefully, you have already begun taking baths. As you grow larger, baths will relieve pressure from the weight of the uterus and will nourish skin being stretched dramatically. See Relief through Bathing.
Great for the skin. Your skin needs extra pampering now. Dry brush everything, but belly. Shower or bathe. Then apply sunflower or sesame seed oil to your entire body. Make circles as you work the oil into your breasts and belly.
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.
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.