Hey guys!!!! I hope you’re having a great weekend. It’s fall weather over here and it’s just perfect. 😄 I’m not looking forward to winter though.
The purpose of this blog post is to talk about the importance of having a healthy pregnancy and how to achieve that. We all want what’s best for our babies and we strive to do that but sometimes it’s easier said than done.
How you care for your body will definitely effect the health of your baby.
First there’s the obvious… don’t smoke, drink, do drugs. Yeah those are a no brainer!
But somethings you might not think about is your food choices, exercise, and overall well being.
I hate the saying “eat for two,” there is absolutely no reason you need to eat for two. You are growing a baby not a full size human. Yes you may have to add a little bit of food but definitely not double of what you normally eat. It’s important to nourish your body with healthy foods in order for baby to grow and be healthy. Gaining too much will pose a risk for all sorts of health issues for you and baby. My doctor always tells me ” your body will gain what it needs for baby if you eat healthy and fuel your body with the proper nutrients.” Yeah of course junk food is delicious and thats ok in a limited amount but if your consuming it daily, that is not good.
So what should you eat and how much? Well everybody is different on how much you will need to eat. My doctor always says “eat until you’re full.” I love that answer because your body will tell you when it needs fuel. And shoving food in your face just to get a certain calorie intake in isn’t good either. So eat until you are full is a good guideline to follow!
What foods should you eat? HEALTHY ONES!!! Okay so let’s talk about that…you want to provide baby with healthy carbs (this will give both of you the energy you need), healthy fats (great for the baby’s brain), fiber (this will keep you full), and protein.
What’s types of food should you eat?
Healthy carbs: whole grains of any kind, starchy vegetables, beans, whole grain bread and pasta, quinoa, brown rice, rolled oats, and many more.
Healthy fats: any kind of nuts, nut butter, olive oil, coconut oil, cheese, fish, avocado, and many more.
Fiber: fill up on lots of fruits and vegetables.
Protein: lean meat- if you eat it be sure it’s grass fed, fish, cottage cheese, eggs, greek yogurt, beans, cheese, nuts, and many more.
Okay, so now that you have an idea of what is healthy you can start incorporating these foods into your daily diet and limit the amount of junk food. We want to fill our body and baby with healthy, clean, non processed foods.
Exercise… any amount you can do will be beneficial for you and baby. Just get moving!!!
Drink plenty of water!
Limit stress. Create an overall good well-being for you and that baby!
When I found out I was pregnant I made a promise with myself that I would have the healthiest pregnancy I could possibly have. And so far I’m meeting that goal. I had already been living a healthy lifestyle so if was easy for me to continue that. Do your best and you will succeed!
Currently I’m 25 weeks pregnant and have only gained 3.6 pounds. So that’s ALL baby. To some people that seems very low because most have gained around 15 pounds by now. But baby and I are super healthy and baby weighs and measures what she is supposed to so all is good. My doctor isn’t worried because she says baby will gain what baby needs and when it needs. If I’m eating healthy and filling my body with all the good stuff it will do it’s job. So I’m happy with where I’m at! And so proud of what we accomplish each day.
If you eat healthy you will not gain more than what is needed for baby. If you sit around eating ice cream and chips all day you might pack on a few pounds and really what is that food going to do for baby? Nothing…it has no nutritional value. So snack on the healthy foods and in return you will be providing baby with plenty of nutrients and also not gain excess weight!
Hopefully this helps you and your pregnancy.
Pregnant or not these tips will help you live the healthiest life possible!
Always remember whatever you intake, baby will too!
I’m here to help if you have questions!!!