What Athletes And Pregnant Women Have In Common – Part 1
What Athletes and Pregnant Women Have in Common Part 1
What do athletes and pregnant women have in common? Both anticipate an event that will be challenging emotionally and physically. But, one that will be extremely rewarding at the finish line.
First let’s look at what athletes do.
Athletes train for an event. They are known to employ coaches to help build their “mindset” for recognizing past accomplishments, and building confidence in their strengths, talents, and abilities. They learn to trust and believe in their capabilities.
Athletes use techniques such as visualization to “see” themselves doing their training perfectly, winning, succeeding in their goals, and celebrating their accomplishments.
Athletes train physically for hours, for days, weeks, and months to be in “shape”, while increasing endurance, stamina, and be physically fit for the competition.
Athletes eat well for strength, get enough rest, and stay well hydrated.
Let’s recap. Athletes:
- Have coaches for emotional support
- Build positive “can do” attitudes and visualize success
- Learn to trust and believe in their skills and strengths
- Practice, practice, practice
- Take care of their body by eating well
- Prepare for the event
Pregnant women have a lot in common with athletes. If you’re pregnant you know a physical and emotional challenge is coming – the birth of your baby.
Read part 2 to learn how you can use these concepts in preparing for childbirth.