Making Safe Choices For You and Your Baby
Pregnancy is a beautiful, dynamic time. It brings with it countless changes, emotions, and expectations. While pregnant, it’s more crucial than ever to listen to your body, take care of yourself, and make thoughtful healthy choices. After all, who’s more important than you and your baby? Practicing self-care is so much more than just a trend, it’s what helps you stay happy, healthy, and able to face changes in your life. Be kind and gentle with yourself as your body works a miracle. Here are some tips that will help you honor your amazing body and best take care of you and the little human growing inside you.
1. Eat right
Eating healthy, nutritious foods will help you feel better and rest easy knowing you’re doing what you can to ensure the health of your baby. Eat a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, and dairy products. It’s okay to give into those powerful pregnancy cravings once in a while — in a way, that’s “self-care,” too!
Filling your diet with nutritious foods will help you feel stronger and more capable.
There are certain foods you should always avoid, such as uncooked or undercooked meats, alcohol, large amounts of caffeine, and unwashed produce.
2. Be active
Maintaining a regular exercise routine can help you stay healthy during your pregnancy and feel your best. And as an added bonus, some say that exercising while pregnant makes labor and delivery easier. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommends 30 minutes or more of daily moderate exercise for most pregnant women.
The safest and best activities for pregnant women are swimming, walking, stationary cycling, elliptical machines, and low-impact aerobics.
Prenatal yoga is a great way to stay active and meet other mamas-to-be as well.
3. Let yourself rest
Be sure you get plenty of sleep each night.
The National Sleep Foundation suggests that pregnant women may need a few more hours of sleep each night, so give it to yourself. During the day, give yourself time to rest and recharge, whether by taking a nap or just lying down for a few moments. It’ll be good for both your body and mind.
4. Stay hydrated
Though hydration is always important, it’s more crucial than ever during pregnancy. Your body needs extra water in order to produce the amniotic fluid surrounding your baby and help increase your blood volume.
Pregnant women should try to drink at least 10 cups of water each day.
Fruits and vegetables with high water content can help keep you hydrated as well, such as watermelon, strawberries, cucumbers, and lettuce.
5. Practice clean beauty care
Taking good care of your skin, hair, and body will help you feel beautiful and relaxed. Keep up a regular personal care routine, making sure to avoid harsh chemicals and toxins that can be bad for the baby.
Your skin and scalp absorb the majority of all products you put on it.
6. Pamper yourself
Turn down the lights, light some candles, and soak in a warm bath. Get a professional prenatal massage. Use a natural face mask. Get a manicure with your best girlfriend.