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How can I love and accept my pregnant body?
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Women’s bodies are amazing for the ability to nourish and deliver a baby. Some of the body changes that come with pregnancy are uncomfortable, but they all support your growing child. Pregnancy does not last forever.

  • Focus on the positive work your body is doing. Your body is changing to help your baby grow and develop. This is normal.

  • Express your feelings. Talk with your partner, family, or friends about how you are feeling. Keeping your feelings bottled up will only make you feel worse.

  • Get regular physical activity. A light swim or walk can help you clear your mind and get the focus off your body image.

  • Try prenatal yoga (if your doctor, nurse, or midwife is OK with it). Yoga helps you focus less on how your body looks and more on the link between your body and your mind.

  • Try a massage (if your doctor, nurse, or midwife is OK with it). Massage can relieve stress and anxiety and help you feel more comfortable in your own skin.

  • Learn as much as you can about pregnancy. By educating yourself, you will know what to expect and feel more in control.

  • Seek mental health support if you need it. There is no shame in reaching out for help. Do it for yourself and your baby. Talk to your doctor or nurse about where to find support.

 

Embrace the incredible journey of pregnancy by practicing self-love, acceptance, and gratitude for the miraculous work your body is doing. Remember, your body is a vessel of love and creation, and every change is a testament to the beauty of motherhood. You are strong, you are beautiful, and you are worthy of love and acceptance. 

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