During pregnancy your expanding uterus stretches and weakens your abdominal muscles and alters your posture, putting strain on your back.
The extra weight from your pregnancy also means extra work for your muscles and increased stress on your joints.
Hormonal changes in pregnancy can loosen the joints and the ligaments that attach your pelvic bones to your spine which can make you feel less stable (pregnancy waddle) and cause pain when you walk, stand or sit for long periods. This hormone, called relaxin, allows your baby to pass through the pelvis.
Last night at ‘Yoga For Two’ we got talking about gift ideas for mums..something a little different or unusual..
So, what is a baby shower? A baby shower is a gathering of friends to celebrate a new life, where guests give presents to a mum-to-be..The whole event should be great fun and completely stress free for the mum- while someone else does all the organizing and hard work. Friends, family and/or work colleagues are the usual organizers.
“If mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy”…..
While massaging a pregnant mum the other day it struck me how lucky I was to have such a beautiful job. To place my hands on a mothers belly while she is carrying a child is truly a sacred act…
So why have a massage when you are pregnant?…of course first and foremost… it feels great (and unlike most things that are pleasurable, its moral, its not fattening, and its perfectly legal!)
In the 19th century, Victorian women began hosting tea parties for expecting mothers and the baby shower as we know it today was born. After World War 2 with the baby boom, it became tradition to give gifts and host parties for the soon to be born baby. The label of a ‘shower’ corresponds with the showering of gifts upon the mother. Initially only women were invited to the celebration, however this has changed over time with the couple often inviting a variety of male and female friends.
|1||Make some home cooked meals and drop them off at your friend’s house for her to freeze and have as needed|
|2||Find out if there is a local play group in the neighbourhood, or a mothers group that your friend could join.|
|3||Next time you visit your friend, toss in a load of washing and do some of her ironing.|
|4||Offer to take care of her older children, to give her a break for a couple of hours.|
|5||Rent out some movies for her to watch at home.|
|6||Call your friend next time you’re heading out to the shops to see if you can get anything for her.|
|7||Plan a ‘mummy shower’ after the birth and suggest gifts like a massage or spa.|
|8||Take her basket of yummy food like fruits cheeses and nuts.|
|9||Remind your friend often that she doesn’t need to be the perfect mum. Perhaps invest in a humorous book or two about motherhood.|
|10||Mother the new mother. Run her a bath, remind her to rest, rub her feet, and paint her nails.|