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Pregnancy is one of the most beautiful journeys that life has to offer.
It’s the reason we have evolved to the state we are today, and for some of us, there is a deep purpose of life behind the process. So how do you keep your vitality during your pregnancy? So you can be the best mother you can be, we’ve put together 5 ways that you can stay fit, healthy and happy during this exciting time of your life.
- Eat for health
Firstly, it is absolutely vital that you are putting the right fuel into your body for you and your baby. This may require you to tweak your diet – or it could mean a complete overhaul of your culinary habits. Regardless, it’s indisputable that ingesting the right foods and supplements will reduce inflammation, balance your hormones and improve your chances of getting pregnant.
Eating right for a pregnancy is all about going back to home basics; try to make as much of your food as possible, and use high quality, locally sourced, chemical-free fresh food when doing so. Ensure you include a variety of fruits, vegetables and whole grains, moderate amounts of organic or grass-fed lean meats and cold water fish, full fat or raw dairy products, nuts and seeds and healthy fats – plus anything else your doctor or health practitioner recommends.
- Don’t forget about nutrients
If you operate on a restricted diet – or even if you don’t – there may be some vital nutrients that you are missing in your diet, or that require extra emphasis during pregnancy. For example, folic acid is one of the proven vitamins that has been proven to protect against a variety of birth defects and developmental problems.
As well as this, it’s vital you are getting enough calcium, iron and iodine particularly, although these may vary depending on your particular situation. If you think you may need a pregnancy supplement, such as opting to buy calcium supplements, ensure you check with your doctor before doing so.
- Exercise safely
Being pregnant doesn’t mean you have to lay around all day if you don’t want to. In fact, along with maintaining a healthy diet, it’s essential that you move your body on a regular basis. It can be a common misconception for women to cease exercising altogether whilst pregnant, however regular activity can actually help your baby reach a healthy birth weight as well as aid in alleviating the aches and pains associated with pregnancy.
- Keep on top of your doctor appointments
This one is an absolute must. After yourself, there is no person more informed or more helpful than your doctor. Usually, your first prenatal visit will be around the eighth week of your pregnancy. If you don’t already have a trusted doctor, ensure you find one that fits your desires before this point. The person you choose to offer you prenatal care for the next nine months wears the first set of hands that will touch your newborn baby, so choose wisely! As well as this, make sure you keep on top of your doctor’s appointments and take the advice seriously.
- Listen to your body
Of course, pregnancy is not just about the physical changes.
There is a lot of hormonal and emotional fluctuations that occur during pregnancy, and it’s important to listen to your body during this time.
If you are tired, rest or nap.
If you are hungry, eat.
If you ache, gently massage the tender spots or do a slow stretch. If you need help, whether it be physical or emotional, don’t be afraid to ask. Use the next nine months to learn how to connect with your inner self and your growing baby.
Pregnancy is truly a miracle.
However, with growing and birthing a child come many changes – physical, emotional and financial, just to name a few. Maintain your vitality during pregnancy by sticking to these 5 helpful tips.