Having gone through 3 previous pregnancies, I have learned a thing or two about my body, the changes it goes through, and my needs during this amazing transformation. Although the list could be much longer, I just wanted to share with you my 5 tips for a healthy pregnancy – what my essential needs where.
1 – WATER! I have a history of pre-term labor, so staying hydrated is important to keep contractions at a minimum and electrolytes from getting too depleated. With a busy schedule, it’s easy to think we are drinking more water than we really are, so I started using the simple app, Daily Water, to help monitor it better!
2 – IRON: Most pre-natal vitamins contain about 30mg, which covers the 27mg needed during pregnancy. But for those of us who sometimes forget to take them on a daily basis (it happens!) or can’t keep them down, we can start feeling our energy zapped. If the thought of meat makes your naseaus, try eating iron rich foods (like fortified cereals) with Vitamin-C rich foods (like orange juice and strawberries). The combination increases absorption while still being easy on queasy, morning sickness stomachs.
3 – WORKOUTS: Sticking to a fitness regiment is hard enough when not pregnant, so sometimes it can be a struggle to fit it into your daily life when you feel so exhausted. When your energy comes back in the 2nd trimester, use that time to fit in workouts. Simple stretches help your body prepare for labor, cardio sessions will keep your weight on track and as your due date approaches, long walks will encourage that baby to make it’s arrival!
4 – STRESS: Be honest with the expectations you place on yourself. I try so often to keep up the high intensity pace of my life, but that is just not possible during pregnancy. So on days when my body is telling me to slow down, it can be hard to sometimes really listen. I started writing out lists of what I hoped to accomplish each day and each week. Written out, it’s much easier to see if I’m being realistic or not, and checking off items on my to-do list gives me a sense of accomplishment.
5 – STYLE: There is seriously a moment during pregnancy when suddenly you go to put your clothes on and nothing fits. Everything feels uncomfortable and no longer looks flattering on. That’s when I start living in my BLANQI Belly Support Tanktop and Belly Lift & Support Leggings. I can throw them on in the morning and not have to worry about (they have superior stretch and recovery to wear through all 3 trimesters) and the built-in support belt keeps me active throughout the day.
And there you have it! ( and as always, you should consult with a healthcare professional before starting any diet, exercise, supplementation or medication program). What are some of your top tips for a healthy pregnancy? Share with us – we love to hear and learn from other mamas out there!