Pregnancy is a time, which can sometimes be uncomfortable. Between dealing with morning sickness (or all-day sickness, in my case), back aches, sciatica pain, tender breasts… it is safe to say that pregnancy is a journey that definitely can take a toll on a woman’s body. However, it is a very rewarding journey, and one that I know I certainly wouldn’t trade for the world.
Every ache, every pain, the insomnia and constant sickness… It’s all worth it. You just need to learn to manage it.
Exercise seems to be the only way that I can bring some relief to my common pregnancy complaints. Exercise helps boost energy, it aids in preventing insomnia (and who doesn’t want a better night of sleep?!?), it also increases blood flow which reduces inflammation and can also help bring temporary relief to those aches and pains we all know
Before beginning any exercise routine, it is always important to check with your medical practitioner to ensure that you are good standing to begin a new regime. Once you get the a-okay slowly introduce exercise to your daily routine. Yoga being the best practice to start with.
Latham Thomas, founder of Mama Glow, swears by these 3 great yoga poses during pregnancy and post-natal recovery.
Child’s Pose (Restore): This gentle stretch calms the brain, helping to relieve stress and fatigue, along with back and neck pain. It also helps stretch the hips, thighs and ankles.
Instructional Tip: Kneel down to your mat and touch your big toes together. Then, press your hips back toward your heels, separate your knees to hips-width and lay your torso down onto the floor or a bolster. Simply breathe deeply and rest for 5-to-10 breaths to feel the benefits.
Leg Drain (Rejuvenate): Leg drain pose is an easy way to refresh and combat sleep deprivation by boosting circulation and helping to drain lymph and other fluids that have pooled in your legs, angles and feet.
Instructional Tip: Find a wall and, lay on your back with your legs straight up against the wall. If you want, lay a folded blanket or towel under your lower back for extra comfort. Now, rest in this posture for 20 minutes; it’s equivalent to taking a two-hour nap!
Reclined Cobbler’s Pose (Restore): Reclined cobbler’s pose is a restorative posture that supports the spine and opens the chest and heart area. This is especially comforting for nursing moms who often suffer mid back and shoulder pain from hunching forward and flexing shoulders with little or improper cushion support when breastfeeding.
Instructional Tip: Stack blocks on an angle and lay your bolster over the blocks so it is at a 45- degree angle. Bring your sacrum to the base of the bolster, press hands into the floor and feet into the floor as you gently lie back. Allow the spine to rest over the bolster, relax your neck and head and open your chest. Draw the soles of your feet together and let the knees splay out to the sides. Rest your arms to the sides, palms face up.
It is important to mention that before beginning an exercise routine that you should get your hands on a supportive sports bra. Trust me when I say during pregnancy you will want the added comfort of a comfortable, supportive sports bra.
One of my recent favourite finds is the Bravado Designs Body Silk Seamless Yoga Nursing Bra. The Body Silk Yoga Nursing Bra offers a seamless design, 4-way stretch fabric that molds to your body’s shape, convertible criss cross straps, as well as a new anti-microbial SilverbreezeTM technology; a technology that prevents the growth of odor-causing bacteria.
It is the perfect bra for Mom’s like me who like to remain active while also keeping up with the kids and tackling the everyday responsibilities.
I first fell in love with this bra during the fitting process. I had the pleasure of visiting the Bravado Designs Head Office and meeting with Felicity. Felicity ensured that I was matched with a bra that was great fit for not only my breast size, but also my breast type, pairing me with one that would also grow with me during pregnancy. One that I would also be able to continue to use through and well after my postpartum recovery.
It has now been over a month since my fitting, and I have to say I wear the Bravado Yoga Nursing Bra mostly when I workout. However, sometimes I will also wear it on the off day where I just feel like having a leggings and slouchy-tee shirt kind of day. It is a bra that is all about comfort. Comfort is something I am always down for… Who isn’t?!?
Honestly, what I most look forward to is being able to wear this incredible nursing bra postpartum. I have never had a nursing bra that has offered as much support as the Body Silk does.
I never knew and realized that comfort could look and feel so good in a nursing bra, especially during pregnancy.
Whether you are looking for great tips during pregnancy or while breastfeeding, or if you are looking for new nursing apparel, Bravado Designs has you covered.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I was sponsored by Bravado Designs to attend Blissdom Canada Conference, in addition to also receiving complimentary review product. No other compensation was received, and all opinions are those of my own.
** SilverbreezeTM: The Body Silk Seamless Yoga Nursing Bra also features patented SilverbreezeTM technology, an antimicrobial finish that is applied to the fabric which prevents the growth of odor-causing bacteria, mold and mildew that can cause unpleasant odors, premature decay of the fabric and discoloration. The active ingredient silver ions, control the growth of odor-causing bacteria on the fabric surface, keeping it fresh through the most rigorous Vinyasa class, power walks and Pilates routine.
* Availability: Bravado Designs Body Silk Seamless Yoga Nursing Bra is currently available in Charcoal Heather and Pink Heather for $55.00 in the US and Canada at National and Specialty retailers including Diapers.com, Breakout Bras.com, Figure 8 Maternity.com, Bosom Buddies, The Pump Station, Yummy Mummy, and in Canada at West Coast Kids, Snuggle Bugz, and Well.ca, and online at http://www.Bravadodesigns.com.