Pregnancy Health Tips: How To Look After Yourself And Your Baby

Happy Monday!!! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. I was on the go between class, having family in town and baby shower #2, it was a really great weekend!! I wanted to do a health related post today on what is currently consuming my world 🙂 PREGNANCY!  I have learned SOOO much from other blogger mommies about pregnancy and being a first time mom, and I wanted to share some of the tips that have helped me have a healthy pregnancy. Enjoy 🙂

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Pregnancy is an incredible feat of nature, I mean that, it seriously is!!  It’s amazing to think that the human body is capable of nurturing another little body inside, and even before becoming pregnant myself, I have always been in complete awe of the entire process, the good and the bad is all just pretty amazing to me. Most women experience many highs during pregnancy, but there may also be lows. Pregnancy can take its toll on your mental and physical health, so it’s really important to look after yourself. Here are some top pregnancy tips to help you and your baby stay fit and healthy throughout your unique journey. 

Rest

Having a baby growing inside you is hard work. Many mamas experience tiredness throughout pregnancy, so rest is essential. I’m still trying to grasp the concept of fitting REST into my life, but I’m getting better at it! Whether you’re working, or running errands all the time, it’s important to take time to relax and recover. Even the simplest tasks can become more demanding, especially in the latter stages. Ask for help when you need it, and take regular breaks. Your body will tell you when you need to slow down, so listen to it. It’s common to suffer from sleep problems during pregnancy. Try using pregnancy pillows to help you get more comfortable. Warm baths have come highly recommended from other moms, soothing music and a massage can also be beneficial. I’m thinking of scheduling my first prenatal massage soon and I’m already excited for it! 

Healthy eating

It’s more important than ever to eat well when you’re expecting. You’ll need plenty of energy and essential nutrients and vitamins. Start taking folic acid supplements as soon as you decide to try for a baby or you find out that you’re pregnant. Eat a balanced diet full of whole grains, fruit and vegetables, and protein-rich foods. Try to avoid fatty, sugary foods. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to eat a lot more when you’re pregnant. An extra 200 calories per day in the third trimester should suffice. I remember my girlfriend explaining to me when I told her she needs to be eating more when she was pregnant, that all of the nutrients and goodness goes to her baby first and then everything extra goes to the Mom, so the “eating for two” saying is a little over the top. 

Dental care

Hormonal changes during pregnancy increase your risk of certain health problems, including gum disease. Dentists like those at SF Dental recommend regular checks for pregnant women. Gum disease is caused by harmful bacteria. It is characterized by bleeding and swollen gums. Mild gum disease can be treated, but severe gum disease causes irreparable damage. Gum disease is the most common cause of adult tooth loss. Studies show that it could also increase the risk of premature labor and complications during birth. If you are pregnant, make sure you see your dentist on a regular basis. If you spot warning signs, such as bleeding gums, call and make an appointment as soon as possible. This is not something I took super seriously until talking with some friends and I’m so glad I got into my dentist while pregnant to be sure all is well! 

Keeping fit

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You may not feel like exercising when you’re tired and struggling to feel comfortable. But working out can make a world of difference. When you’re pregnant, you may not be able to exercise like you used to. But there are plenty of activities you can do. Swimming, yoga, and walking are all great choices for pregnant women. Each Doctor has their own belief on this so just communicate with YOUR Doctor when deciding what you can and cannot do throughout your 9 months of pregnancy. Getting out clears your head, and exercise also helps to keep you fit and strong. Many women lack confidence and feel unattractive when they’re pregnant, I think we all experience this sometime throughout being pregnant. Working out can help to boost your self-esteem, and prevent you from gaining a substantial amount of weight. For me, working out helps my energy levels. When I’m feeling sluggish, a trip to the gym over my lunch hour always helps me have that hop back in my step for the rest of the day. 

When you’re pregnant, you don’t just have your health and well-being to consider. We also always have our baby in mind. Take these tips on board to boost your health and well-being and protect your little one. Thanks for coming by today!! 🙂 Until next time…

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