Self Care when you are pregnant 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.
You will be slower and need to take more rests in the last trimester. Do not let this discourage you from walking as much as you can and exercising. See videos for the last trimester. The workouts are gentler and more aimed at preparing you for birth. Print out weekly workout program here. Read How to Help Baby Get in Position.
8-12 hours daily, see article Sleep the Magic Elixir for more info on sleep. Sleep can get uncomfortable at this stage. See articles on Restless Legs, Relief through Bathing, and video on sleep positions.
Recommit to all the wonderful habits you have been forming. The last trimester is just as important as the others. You will begin the kick count, and refer to article on the Danger Zone. Our healthy habits will minimize the possibility of having complications.
Daily stretch will prepare you for birth and relieve sciatic and pelvic pressure. You only need 5-10 minutes a day. If stretching and walking is all you do, that’s perfect.
Prepare for After Birth
This preparation is not baby focused - it’s mommy focused. Do things you love, go out, see friends, explore - fill yourself up, so after birth you can focus on healing and connecting.
Continue your meditation practice with visualizations. Visualize your birth going exactly how you wish. Finish each visualization with the simple phrase, “This or something better.” This begins to prepare us for the best birth and opens us to how birth chooses to unfold.
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.