The importance of pregnancy wellness (plus a giveaway!)
Let’s chat about wellness during one of the most physically and emotionally stressful times in a woman’s life: pregnancy. For a lot of women, this time can be so exciting and special. However, it can also mean higher levels of stress and anxiety, low self esteem, crazy hormones, sickness, pains, and burnout. A focus on pregnancy wellness is so important for the mental, emotional, and physical health of women.
How does pregnancy affect mental health?
With all of the stressors involved in pregnancy, it’s no wonder that it can impact negatively on mental health. Having so many physical and emotional changes in a short period can increase the risk of mental health issues developing. Eating disorders and body image concerns are often triggered, anxiety levels can rise, and the risk of depression is high. The rate of postnatal depression in Australia is currently one in seven. One in ten women experience antenatal anxiety and depression during their pregnancy. This is a lot of new mums who are struggling beyond the typical baby blues! It’s incredibly important that pregnant women take care of their emotional health just as much as their physical health.
Growing a tiny human inside of you can bring out the worrywart in anyone. All of the information on what you ‘should’ and ‘shouldn’t’ be doing can be overwhelming. There will always be 100 opinions on what is the best thing for you, your pregnancy wellness, or your baby. Do you really need to hear about all of the billions of things you are doing wrong? Do you need to get anxious about how anxiety is bad for the foetus? Step away from Google and get your information from the right (accredited!) sources.
Introducing: Miracle Months
Miracle Months has the wonderful mission of empowering women to be healthy, active, educated, and calm during pregnancy and beyond. Owned by personal trainer Libby Nuttall, her team includes experts including physiotherapists, naturopaths, meditation leaders, yoga teachers, and nutritionists. Miracle Months has 4 online wellness programs designed to fit each relevant trimester (1, 2, 3, and postnatal). Each program gives 12 weeks access to information specific to your needs, and focusing on holistic pregnancy wellness.
The best thing about Miracle Months is how it focuses on all aspects of pregnancy wellness, not just physical exercise. The program includes interviews with experts, videos on meditation, information on breastfeeding, recipes, sleep and more. Plus, there are yoga exercises, activities to help with aches and pains, core and bodyweight workouts and pelvic floor work. There is a lot of information given! My suggestion would be to save the emails and go through it at your own pace when you are ready.
How amazing would it be if a pregnancy wellness program like this was an essential part of pre and post natal care? It cannot be stressed enough that pregnant women and new mums need to prioritise themselves and their emotional and physical health.
Miracle Months Giveaway
To celebrate the importance of self care during pregnancy, we have teamed up with Miracle Months to offer a FREE subscription to one of their 3 months pre or post natal wellness programs! Valued at $69.95, you can choose from any of their four programs for either yourself or a loved one. You have several ways to enter and you can get multiple entries to increase your chances!
Terms and Conditions:
Competition is open now and closes at 12am AWST on Tuesday 9th August 2016.
The winner will be announced on this post and contacted by email by Miracle Months.
You will have 3 days to respond to the email to claim your prize or the prize will be redrawn.
Update: This competition is now closed. Congrats to Jessica G, our winner!
*I received a free 3 month subscription to Miracle Months to review and also one to giveaway. All opinions are always my own!