10 Tips for a Fun and Healthy Pregnancy
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I had to talk to many other moms about how to have a fun and healthy pregnancy, and most of all, I had to get coaching.
10 Tips for a fun and healthy pregnancy.
1. Don’t have expectations of what baby is going to be.
The amazing thing is that if your can take things as they come, you will be a much happier, relaxed, and pleasant mom/person/wife/daughter/friend. This starts with you while you are still pregnant as things change daily and not always textbooks. Release your expectations that cause frustration and annoyance in your life. Release the stress that increases cortisol levels and puts a halt to your labor process. Release the Mom Mind that has a standard, and wants her baby to fall inside of that standard. It is time to love your pregnancy, love your baby, and take things as they come. This perspective will put you on the right path to a fun and healthy pregnancy and motherhood.
2. Exercise a little, everyday.
If you walk 30 minutes everyday, and sustain a heart rate 120 beats per minute, then you will decrease your C-Section risk. Walk around your neighborhood, take a mild hike, walk into work from the farthest spot in the parking lot, and add some resistance training such as weight lifting, squats, or planks into your schedule three days a week. I am not asking you to be a gym guru, I am saying that a little bit of daily exercise will dramatically heighten your fun and healthy pregnancy goals!
3. Superfoods, vitamins
Simple and tasty tip number three is about adding nutrient dense superfoods such as sweet potatoes, avocados, quinoa, asparagus, spinach, dates, sprouts, oranges, beans, fish, chicken, and steak into your diet everyday. Keep taking your prenatal vitamin and folic acid everyday, but add superfoods and 100 ounces of water to your menu everyday.
Travel is fun and can be super easy. Just make it easy, not complicated. Plan little weekend trips so you don’t have to take time off work.
All I will say is that sun is good for humans in every sense of the word, and we don’t get enough of it. In fact, most people have low vitamin D levels. Get outside in the sunshine for 25 minute everyday without sunblock, even if it’s cold where you live. Take your sunglasses off for a while and soak in every ray of sunshine possible during those 25 minutes.
6. Wear comfy clothes
You need to be comfortable in your pregnancy, need I say more. Well, I will. Don’t go all slob because you want to look back on your pregnancy and say, “I looked good!” I loved wearing dresses and sandals for meetings, dinners, and church. Try buying clothes that are comfy, make you feel confident, and can be worn after pregnancy.
7. Naps and meditation
Pregnancy is hard and stressful at times, especially if you work like I did during pregnancy. Try to sneak in a nap where you can, even if it’s only a 5 minute power nap. And I recommend taking time to meditate. Turn off distractions and think about fears, anxieties, and stressors that are invading your mind, body, and spirit. Remember that you cannot take on the stress of outward pressures in your life. You cannot control what is thrown at you, but you can control your response. Release negative emotions, find energy and positivity, find a new perspective, and give the rest to God.
8. Baby name
Everyone has a different perspective on this, but I wanted to call my baby by name. Bingly began to take on many nicknames in pregnancy, and my husband and I decided that we wanted his name to be with him through the journey of pregnancy. We began to call him by name, and we felt a connection with him. He was no longer “him, it, they, bubs, bambino…” He was Bingly. Whatever you call your baby now, that is who he or she is to you right now. Take time to think about how you feel about naming your baby now.
9. Mommy role model
Ugh. I had so many women tell me their stories during pregnancy and ask me the same questions over and over again. It was nice at first, but then it got old. I didn’t even want to go out into public or go to work in my last few weeks because I was so tired of hearing “when are your due, how far along are you, what gender is it, what is his name…” You are going to talk to women everyday. They will tell you stories. You will want to stay in your house, and you need someone to talk to on a deep level. You need a mommy role model to be there for you to release fears, doubts, and questions.
10. Birth plan, support, practice
And last, make your birth plan, get your support person by your side, and practice breathing & relaxation techniques!