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Two Keys to Glowing, Good Health in Pregnancy

Posted on January 25th, 2013 by | 5 views
by Doula Angelita

Pregnancy is one of the best times of a woman's life in order to get health priorities in order. Not only does the new mother have to make sure that she is at her healthiest, she has to ensure good health and proper nutrition for her growing offspring. Two keys to glowing good health involve diet and exercise.

Taking diet seriously is no laughing matter. The baby within you needs many diverse nutrients, vitamins and minerals in order to form the complex systems of the body properly. A good prenatal vitamin, taken daily, will assist in furnishing these vitamins and nutrients to both mother and baby. However, the prenatal is not a magic bullet and should not be overrelied on to provide all that the mother-child dyad need.

Some women fret about either eating enough, or eating too much during the pregnancy. In one sense, the same rules of prepregnancy apply: eat when you are hungry, drink plenty of water during the day so as to not have thirst-hunger confusion, eat small portions frequently, eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Additionally, one thing that many pregnant women ought to bear in mind is that QUALITY trumps quantity in all meals. Having one small piece of good quality meat is better than having three fast-food hamburgers. One jacket potato with real butter is better than two large fries and so forth.

In the first trimester (three months) of pregnancy, be sure to add three folic acid rich foods to your diet DAILY. Turkey breast, kale, collard greens, quinoa, spinach with lemon or orange to enhance iron absorption are good calls. Additionally, more foods rich in folic acid are: *lettuce, citrus fruits, almonds, asparagus, grapes, sunflower seeds, raisins, turnips greens and fish.

Pregnancy is a time to really up the intake of fruits and vegetables of all sorts daily. Apples, blueberries, strawberries, apricots, peaches, cauliflower, peas, artichokes...there is a world of vegetation out there and you owe it to yourself and to your little one to start eating in a better way. Don't forget, you are not just eating for these nine months-you are forming eating habits that will last you and your child for a lifetime!

Exercise. This is the time to get over the aversion to exercise and to find something that is of interest to you and which is enjoyable. Again, exercise is a habit that is forged for a lifetime-both for you and for your child. Exercise is one of the pregnancy keys to a better you, and a better you means a better connection with your child!

What types of exercise are best? Doula Angelita usually recommends:

  • prenatal yoga
  • walking
  • swimming
  • belly dancing
  • some light weights

These exercises can be done at your own pace, can be done either communally or in solitary, strengthen the muscles necessary for labour, and are relatively inexpensive to keep up with. Be mindful of overdoing it; always be mindful of listening to your body and what it says to you, keep hydrated and nourished. Daily exercise is a must; it will help with not only keeping your figure, but with labour and with your postpartum figure and stamina as well. Weights add muscle and definition to your body and replace some of the excess fat, and of course, any type of cardio is great for getting the heart in great shape and for increasing the flow of blood and nourishment to the placenta.

So, if you want to enjoy a healthy, happy and glowing pregnancy, care for your body inside and out with diet and exercise! They are pregnancy habits that will stand by you for life.

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