5 Tips on Staying Healthy During Pregnancy
Full disclosure… I am writing this as I just polished off a piece of cake. It’s gluten free but otherwise it’s full on sugar, butter and 100% deliciousness. (It’s valentine’s day so I am indulging a bit). Keep in mind that everything in moderation is key, during pregnancy and all other times in your life. I do think it’s especially important to get extra nutrition during pregnancy.
I created my own flaxseed milk when I was trying to get pregnant with my first child. I have always prided myself on living a particularly healthy and balanced lifestyle, so when I began experiencing issues getting pregnant, I decided to see a specialist. I was put on a pretty intense elimination diet. Which is when I realized how many fillers are used in everyday food/beverage products. Our health is so important, especially when trying to conceive. Now that I am currently experiencing my second pregnancy, I have 5 tips that I have found helped me stay healthy during pregnancy.
1. Take prenatal vitamins
Prenatal vitamins are particularly important to ensure you are getting the right amount of essential nutrients. The earlier the better! I actually started taking mine more than a year before I was pregnant. I have favorites by Needed and Thorne. I also personally love taking a probiotic and have it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. Be sure to have your prenatal vitamins with food to avoid nausea.
2. Exercise regularly
Movement is so important even when you are pregnant! The type of movement is really dependent on the person. For me I found joy in daily walks and light resistance training such as yoga. I use the Melissa Wood Health app at least once a week to get my stretching in. I actually got an apple watch recently and have been making sure to get somewhere between 5k-10k steps a day. I’ll try to take at least one work call on the move which is a great way to multitask!
3. Maintain a healthy diet
Nutrition is always so important, especially when you’re going to be growing another life inside of you! Eat plenty of colorful fruits and vegetables, whole grains, calcium-rich foods and foods low in saturated fat. I’ve tried to consume less white flour (full of glyphosate), sugar and I don’t really eat any foods with preservatives. I’ve made a concentrated effort to get extra protein and certain proteins are beneficial at different times of your pregnancy. For example, during the 3rd trimester, seafood is rich in omega-3s and a great option. Just steer clear of the mercury laden choices.
4. Water, water and more water
I’ve always been a big water drinker, but pregnant and then nursing it’s as though I cannot get enough! I think so many times we think we’re hungry when we’re really just thirsty. I love having a huge glass of water first thing in the morning with my probiotic and then I usually have at least 3 more glasses by lunchtime. I try to slow it down before bedtime so I am not up every hour going to the bathroom, but often in the middle of night I get super thirsty and have to give in!
5. Check in often
I like to weigh myself regularly when pregnant. I didn’t want to gain a crazy amount of weight and wanted to check in to see how the foods I was eating were affecting my body. I know some women aren’t into weighing themselves but when you’re pregnant it’s going to happen at the doctor anyway so I like to get ahead of it. I noticed at one point I had gone off the rails a bit and was eating too many carbs, but caught it since I was weighing myself and was able to dial it back and focus on clean proteins and veggies.