Episode 28 – Three secrets to a healthy pregnancy

 

Being pregnant is one of the most magical things a woman can experience – you are literally growing life inside. 

 

Miracle of life

As magical and mind-blowing as that maybe it is also incredibly hard on your body physically and mentally. Physically, your body will go through so many changes – from the skin on your stomach stretching, to the organs inside moving to make room for the little one growing inside.

While on the mental side, you will go through some tough times and be tempted by a multitude of feelings and cravings. During this time you will need to stay focused on the big picture – creating and maintaining healthy habits to nourish and endure the pregnancy period. 

Not only that, every day your baby is growing – from brain development to their tiny fingers and toes – it is all happening inside of you. How well this development occurs is primarily determined by the food you are eating and how you are taking care of yourself.

 

How to stay healthy mentally and physically throughout your pregnancy:

There are three secrets to a healthy pregnancy:

 

1.  Get active

This can be any form of activity and will primarily depend on what fitness activities you were performing before you were pregnant. If you were not very active prior to pregnancy it’s best to chat with your doctor first.

Once medically cleared, performing cardio such as, daily short walks, prenatal yoga or light swimming are great options to consider. Similarly, if you were already quite active (eg. running or going to the gym) again chat to your doctor about the level of activity you were doing and discuss whether it will be safe to continue.

If needed, discuss how you can modify your activity level as your pregnancy progresses – generally speaking, as the pregnancy progresses, the less intense the workouts will become.

 

 

What are the two other secrets to a healthy pregnancy? Read on below.

 

 

2. Eat healthy

It is very common for women to think they need to be eating for two however this “wives tale” can be quite misleading.

 

This often leads to excessive weight gain. Each trimester you should increase your calorie intake as needed – which, in general terms may only mean adding a healthy snack or two into your diet.

In general, it is important to eat enough protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, and minerals to nourish your baby, while at the same time give you enough energy to get through your day – pregnancy is a demanding process and you will feel much more tired than usual.

If you find yourself craving “unhealthy” foods it is ok to indulge in them from time-to-time but, make sure you are still focused on eating food that will benefit you and your baby – not just your tastebuds.

 

3. Meditation

Pregnancy is mentally tough!

 

Your body begins to change, the overwhelming feeling that soon you will have a tiny baby to care for and sometimes worst – the daunting idea of going through labour – can all become too much and leave you feeling sad, alone or just plain stressed. It is important to think positively throughout your pregnancy.

Simply set aside 10 minutes a day to meditate and visualise having a happy healthy pregnancy and birth. This will do wonders for your mind and soul.

Some good things to try include: listening to calming music and sounds or, even awareness of breath activities first thing in the morning will allow you to start your day on a positive note and help relieve any anxiety you may have. Remember to enjoy each moment and take it one step at a time.

 

Secrets to a healthy pregnancy

So there you have it, three secrets to a healthy pregnancy. Give each of them a go to see what a difference they will make. While, these tips – being active, eating healthy and meditation – are focused on the pregnancy period, it would be highly beneficial for you to continue these good habits for life. Stay safe; remember to chat with your doctor and Dietitian about what you’re doing as well!

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