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Dealing With The Weight
This point in pregnancy is a bit hard on mom—you’re not quite there, and the newness of it all has worn off. Plus you’re now becoming larger in size, and you know you’re just going to get bigger. What’s a mom to do?


Go Clothes Shopping

If you haven’t shopped for maternity clothes, now is the time to go ahead and buy a few pieces. Instead of splurging and buying one of everything, keep in mind you’re only going to wear these items for a few more months.

You’ll also want to remember that you’re size is changing, so if it fits now, it’s not going to fit later! Choose a couple of flattering tops and one or two pairs of pants or shorts that are neutral in color so you can get more use out of them. Maternity panties are wonderful for stretching tummies, and stay they put!

Lastly, you may find you’re in need of a new bra. Take the time to be measured by a professional so you get the size you need. If you’re planning on nursing your little one, look into a few nursing bras to save money in the long run.


Do Some Special Exercises

Physical activity is great, but there are two exercises you can do even if you’re not feeling like getting fit. The pelvic tilt and Kegel exercises can do you a world of good during and after pregnancy. The pelvic tilt will strengthen your buttock and tummy muscles, which are being stretched to the limit by your baby. The Kegel exercises will strengthen the floor of your pelvis, making your vaginal muscles stronger.

The pelvic tilt is done laying on the floor with your knees raised, feet flat on the floor. Make sure your back is flat on a hard surface. An arched back will do more harm than good. Then, tighten your stomach muscles and buttock muscles as you push your back further down into the floor. You should feel your pelvis tilt if you’re doing it correctly. Hold that squeeze of your buttocks and tummy for 5 seconds, then rest a second. Repeat 10 times for a stronger tummy and a healthier back.

Kegel excerises keep your pelvic floor muscles toned, which will be helpful to push the baby into the world, and key in avoiding incontinence when sneezing and coughing. If you’ve never done them before, one way to find out what muscles are involved is to start urinating, then stop the flow. The muscles you squeezed are the ones you’ll want to improve. Doctors advise women not to perform the exercises all the time when urinating, though, as it will actually weaken the muscles. This is just a way to see if you’re on the right track. If you’re still having trouble, ask your doctor during your next visit.

To perform the exercise, sit comfortably and practice squeezing, holding the squeeze for several seconds. Don’t use your abdomen muscles or hold your breath! Just breathe normally. Eventually you want to work up to three sets of ten Kegels held for ten seconds each day.

See, there are lots of interesting things to learn and do during pregnancy!

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