I’m really excited to have this guest post from Katie because it’s a topic that is near and dear to my heart — staying healthy throughout pregnancy!
Being healthy is not something I like to do from time to time; I like to be healthy all the time. Especially when I was pregnant with my only little girl, I made sure I was fully educated and aware of everything I needed to know about pregnancy. I learned about cord blood banking, pain management, and labor options, as well as what to do to keep healthy the nine months of my pregnancy. I took such good care of my body and my mind. Between eating right and exercising, my pregnancy was easy, comfortable, and very enjoyable. I had plenty of energy, I was not fatigued, and I was usually in a good mood. This is how I like to live my life when I’m not pregnant as well, so the transition was relatively simple. However, when I was pregnant, my good health was especially important to me and I took it very seriously.
Eating healthy is so easy if you make it a habit, in my opinion anyway. So many women look at pregnancy as a nine-month reason to eat unhealthy foods and splurge on brownies and cookies, and not just one or two- the whole pan. However, I like to look at pregnancy as a reason to be healthier than ever; my baby depended on it. Of course, being pregnant means you have to deal with cravings from time to time, and dealing with cravings does not always make eating right very easy. When I was pregnant, I found a way to satisfy my cravings while still getting plenty of natural nutrients such as vitamins A, B, and C, fiber, protein, and plenty of healthy minerals. One of my favorite ways to satisfy my sweet tooth was with chocolate dipped strawberries. I still love the dark chocolate dip! Pinterest came in handy when trying to come up with healthy and creative ways to satisfy my sweet tooth. One of my favorites was yogurt-covered raisins!
Whole wheat bread with jam is also delicious. Baked potato chips or baked pretzels were also good for salt cravings, as is a homemade vegetable pizza! You can’t go wrong with either, but you’re still eating healthy while indulging yourself in these decadent cravings. The other way to maintain your health while pregnant is to work out. You can’t do too much in terms of strenuous activity, but you can swim, walk, and do yoga.
When you eat right during your pregnancy, your body will be more apt feel good throughout. You will have plenty of energy and you will never feel too full or too ill from your sweets. When you work out during pregnancy, you will experience fewer muscle aches and back aches. Keeping your muscles active is the best way to keep your strength and endurance up and to make labor easier.
I like to think that keeping active and eating right prepared my body for labor, and my doctor agrees. There is nothing to lose by working out, eating right, and staying fit. In fact, you’ll be less stressed if you do, because exercise and a healthy diet eliminate feelings of stress and anxiety and replace them with feelings of calm happiness and relaxation. Pair exercise and diet with knowledge and awareness and you will be on your way to a happy, healthy, confident pregnancy
Katie Moore has written and submitted this article. Katie is an active blogger who discusses the topics of, motherhood, children, fitness, health and all other things Mommy. She enjoys writing, blogging, and meeting new people! To connect with Katie contact her via her blog, Moore From Katie or her twitter, @moorekm26.