How a woman sees her body is an important part of her physical and psychological well-being. A healthy body image is especially important during pregnancy. It’s during that time that your baby is developing and growing, and when it’s essential that you get the right types and amounts of nutrients you need. In addition, the way you see your pregnant body will dramatically impact your mood during pregnancy.
It’s important to see your pregnant body not only as functional (that is, providing a safe place for your baby to grow until he’s ready to meet the world) but beautiful.
Part of body image and feeling beautiful is really psychological. If you want to feel better about your body, here are some things you can do during pregnancy:
- Get some exercise. Exercise can help you feel both fit and sexy. Pregnant women are encouraged to get at least 30 minutes of exercise at least three times a week. Unless your doctor instructs you otherwise because of a specific health reason, exercise will benefit your body, your mind, and your baby.
- Get some pampering. Get a body massage. Go with some girlfriends to have your nails done. Maybe get a whole makeover. Get out and go shopping for some sophisticated and elegant new maternity clothes. Make the most of your pregnancy, and go easy on yourself.
- Get some support. Surround yourself with people that believe in you, and that will help you when you’re struggling. While you’re pregnant, you are often more vulnerable to negative self-talk, and it can really bring you down. Identify positive friends and family that you can rely on when you’re having body image issues.
- Get ready for postpartum. Understand that it’s going to take a while for your body to snap back into place. Your body has been through quite a bit over the past nine months, not to mention the trauma of labor and delivery. Start looking now for some family and friends to help with baby from time to time so you can get some all-important rest.
So, what do you think? What has helped you with body image during pregnancy?