Dealing With the Physical Changes of Pregnancy

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Part of pregnancy is a changing body. All pregnant women have to deal with it. For some the changes are bigger than for others, but all of us experience changes. Not all changes are always visible to others and it often takes a while until others can see any changes, but the women itself can notice them as early as in the first month of pregnancy. The changes do not disappear with the birth, but stay for some time. Like with everything we can’t prevent it is most helpful to learn to deal with it in a positive way instead of complaining about it.
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My Birth Preparation

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A big part of my pregnancy journey was preparing for birth. As I wrote in my previous posts from the beginning of my pregnancy on I set my mind to wanting to experience my pregnancy positively on a physical and mental level. I had the same intention for birth and I knew that a positive and natural birth experience required preparation. Giving birth definitely is not easy. It is a mental and physical marathon and to be able to successfully run a marathon one needs to train well and do so over an extended period of time.
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Pregnancy & Exercise

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Exercise is something we benefit from at any given time in life, both physically as well as mentally. The moment a women is pregnant though she is not only responsible for her own well- being anymore but also for the well- being of that little life growing inside of her. If one’s own well- being has not been a big enough motivation to take care of one self, the baby’s well- being should be. Many pregnant women, including me at the beginning of my pregnancy, are unsure of what exercises they are allowed to do and what they aren’t. At times not being sure what is ok to do when pregnant together with the belief that pregnancy justifies being lazy and moving as little as possible, keeps some pregnant women away from exercising. Exercise during pregnancy though is so extremely important and a great way to feel energetic and happy throughout pregnancy. In this post I am sharing my experience and knowledge around the topic.
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Nutrition in Pregnancy

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‘Now you need to eat for two’ or ‘now you are allowed to eat for two and anything you want.’ Those are probably some of the sentences I have heard the most since I am pregnant. Some people are joking when they say that but most actually really mean what they say. Nutrition, how much one eats and weight gain are huge topics in pregnancy for most women. Rightly so, because what we eat during pregnancy has a huge impact on the baby’s development, well- being, and the baby’s health and choices later in life. In this post I will share my beliefs around nutrition and weight gain in pregnancy and some of the rumors around the topic, which I do not agree with.
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How my Pregnancy Has Taught me to Appreciate and Connect to my Body More than Ever

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Pregnancy amazes me so much. A body can be the home of another human being for 9 months or so, giving shelter, caring for it, nurturing it and helping it to develop and grow and at the same time function to care for the self. I call myself very lucky to able to experience this miracle and would like to share how the pregnancy has taught me to love, trust and appreciate my body to an extent I have never experienced before.
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Pregnancy Friendly Exercises: Calming Breathing Exercise ‘Alternate Nostril Breathing’

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Alternate nostril breathing is a calming and balancing exercise. It is amazing for anyone and absolutely safe to be practiced by pregnant women. It is great for those new to breathing exercises or meditation. I find that alternate nostril breathing is extremely helpful in calming the mind, even on days where my thoughts won’t stop running through my head. I like to practice it also on days where I feel a little down. It truly helps to concentrate and find ease.
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Pregnancy: The Power of Positive Thinking on a Positive Pregnancy Experience

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My pregnancy journey so far has been the most beautiful and positively exciting time in my life. I am so thankful to be able to experience this amazing journey together with my husband. Very interesting to me was that not only my body started to change already within the first few weeks of pregnancy, but my mind as well. I care so much for that little life inside of me and at the same time our little baby has already given and taught me so much within these 6 months of pregnancy. In this post I will share with you some of my beliefs and approaches towards pregnancy and ‘mind developments’ I have made that I strongly believe can be helpful for any pregnant women.
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Physical & Mental Challenges in Pregnancy + What Has Made my Pregnancy so Joyful so Far

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Being pregnant for me has been the most beautiful experience so far. It is however also accompanied by some challenges, both physically as well as mentally. Within my first 5 months of my pregnancy I have learned different ways of dealing with some of these challenges, which I will be sharing on Being Me by Sarah. I’ll be uploading two short videos a week with different exercises, which help dealing with different physical pregnancy issues. I’ll also be sharing some posts on the blog. The videos are all pregnancy friendly, sometimes specifically targeting pregnancy issues, but most of them are helpful also for those of you who are not pregnant (men and women).
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