• How to have a Good Pregnancy

    by Kat Aleman, D.C.
    on Jun 22nd, 2017

Let me introduce you to Amy Riley

Amy Riley is an author, behavior analyst, leadership and life coach, and pregnancy coach! Prior to having kids she had heard many stories about pregnancy, and was apprehensive- she enjoyed being healthy and active, and pregnancy comes with all sorts of new... shall we say "experiences." She was committed to using her coaching to tools to support her mindset, and despite not having a "perfect pregnancy" (is that even possible?) she loved her pregnancies. 

I myself am spending time reading Amy's book "Loving the Pregnant You" and LOVE the support I get from it. I am the first of my close friends to have a baby, and there are times when I can't (or don't feel comfortable) calling up a friend or family member to share with them about "Ugh! This pregnancy thing!" But there are SO MANY awesome stories in this book- it's inevitable to find support in it, and find comradery in the women's stories. It's absolutely a great resource to have on any pregnant mama's shelf!

Amy was kind of enough to share some wisdom on how to have the pregnancy you want!

Do you want to know how to have a good pregnancy?


You’ve heard some complaints about pregnancy, I’m sure. You’ve maybe even heard some horrific horror stories.


You know pregnancy is not always all “sunshine and roses,” yet you’d like it be. Couldn’t it mostly be that way for you? Why couldn’t it be? You tell yourself it’s not realistic, and yet you want your story to be different…


You want to “rock pregnancy!” You want to be the one who doesn’t have swollen ankles and who has energy, who makes great choices along the way, and delivers a healthy baby just before the delivery date with an amazingly short labor!


How do you set yourself up to be this expectant mom? How do you give yourself the best shot at side stepping the horror stories and stepping into pregnancy empowered, confident, and happy to be knocked up?!?


How to have a good pregnancy?


An empowering approach is to figure out how you can “do” pregnancy your way and to have a support team supporting you, your needs, and your health. A key to this is to look for who and what resonates for you. And let all the rest go. You want to…


…leverage your strengths


…tune into how you want to be as a pregnant person


…pursue the ideas and options that are aligned with your values.


Go after the ideas that call to you in some way, especially those ideas that will support you and your wellness. Pursue alternative healthcare options like those offered at Kindred Chiropractic, even if there are people in your life who might not readily see why you’re attracted to such services. Trust what grabs your attention and feels like it resonates for you.


Pursuing the ideas and options that are aligned with your values also means letting go of what’s not in line with your priorities. When you get information or advice – it’s just that information or advice. You get to decide if it’s information FOR you or not. You have the opportunity to pause and say what’s best for you. I acknowledge that this sounds simple, yet can take some doing to strip away the layers of “shoulds” that get built up.


Acknowledge where you’re at right now:


How are you doing pregnancy YOUR way? What choices are you making that are uniquely working for you?

Where are you doing something you feel you SHOULD do? That’s not actually ideal for you. What, instead, would be the IDEAL choice for you?


A “good” pregnancy happens on YOUR terms.


Amy L. Riley is an Author and Pregnancy Coach with Loving the Pregnant You. She is passionate about supporting new and expectant moms to feel calm, confident and assured that they are making the best choices for themselves and their families.

Author Kat Aleman, D.C. Doctor of Chiropractic

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