When you’re pregnant, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the pressures of preparing for parenthood. There’s no doubt your life is going to change when your little one comes, but there are many things you can do to promote a healthy pregnancy lifestyle. Follow the tips below and enjoy a happy, healthy and wonderfully heart-warming pregnancy.
Eat a healthy and balanced diet. When pregnant, it’s always best to talk with your doctor or healthcare provider about any supplements you are considering taking. In general, maintaining a balanced diet will help ensure you and your baby are getting ideal nutrition while pregnant. However, there are a few foods that are great to include in your diet while pregnant. Calcium-rich foods are great while pregnant because they help your little one build healthy bones. DHA is another nutrient with impressive proven benefits for your baby. Found in many low-mercury fish, DHA can support healthy brain development, leading to better vision, memory, motor skills and language comprehension later in life.
Stay active. Gentle exercise while pregnant can help you stay fit, improve your mood and help prepare you for childbirth. Yoga, swimming and taking walks are all great ways to keep yourself active without putting stress on your pregnancy. In fact, many fitness clubs offer prenatal yoga with experienced instructors. Before your baby comes, it’s also suggested to begin strengthening your abs and pelvic floor muscles. These exercises can help significantly during childbirth and can also help prevent incontinence after delivery.
Embrace the Pregnancy Bliss. Despite the typical discomfort, pregnancy really does make you feel great. You tend to feel happier, sexier and more connected with your partner throughout this very exciting time. Many women let go of their physical insecurities and embrace the beautiful and voluptuous curves they’ve developed. On top of that, hormonal shifts pump up your libido, which can deepen your connection far beyond physical attraction. The time you spend thinking about baby names, talking to the new life growing inside you, and preparing the house truly brings out the best in each of you. Many couples report feeling like they’re in honeymoon bliss, or should we say “babymoon” bliss?
How did you support a healthy lifestyle while pregnant? Tell us in the comments and share with other moms like you.