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10 Pregnancy Tips Anyone Can Use

10 Pregnancy Tips Anyone Can Use

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  1. Stay Hydrated: This is important all the time, but it’s especially a must when you’re pregnant. Sometimes it feels like a chore because you’re already making more trips to the bathroom with your bladder getting a major workout from the pregnancy alone. Nonetheless, hydration needs to be a huge priority throughout your day. Keep in mind that water is essential to your baby, helping you absorb important nutrients and keeping your vital organs functioning properly. Water even eases fatigue, headaches, and nausea. Drink up today and start seeing benefits almost instantly!
  2. Get Moving: Fitness is crucial at every phase of pregnancy. Research proves time after time that exercise is incredibly beneficial for pregnant women. If you’re active, you will not only experience a healthier pregnancy, you’ll also have a faster recovery and suffer less postpartum depression. Your style of fitness may look different in each stage and that’s ok. Modifications are normal and totally appropriate! You aren’t going to start sprinting faster or build a six pack while expecting but you can keep your body healthy and strong. The key is listening and doing the best you can to stay active.
  3. Eat Well: Again, this is something that is important all the time (are you catching our theme here?). Consuming a nutrient-dense diet is one of the most beneficial things you can do to see a wealth of results. Adding high quality proteins, vitamins and minerals into your diet on a regular basis will impact every aspect of your health. Mental clarity, energy, digestion and so much more all rely on the nutrients you consume. Different phases of pregnancy (and life!) make eating a balanced diet challenging. Be conscious of what you are putting into your body and aim for a variety of real food that fits into your healthy, happy lifestyle. (We love superfood smoothies to sneak in extra nutrients on the go!)
  4. Skin Care: Your skin is the largest organ in your body and it absorbs every single thing you put on it. Much like with your diet, frequent hydration and high-quality nutrients are key to the overall health of your skin. Make sure you are using clean, natural products and be aware of exactly what is being absorbed into your body. We prefer cocoa butter and oil for intense hydration and combatting stretch marks.
  5. Embrace Change: Let’s face it, you will put on weight and your body will change. Having a baby is an amazing, insane thing that your body is made to do. Trust the process, enjoy the miracle, and don’t sweat the small things.
  6. Relax a Bit: This can be difficult when you’re juggling family, work, and life in general, but it is crucial to your wellbeing. Sometimes it’s hard to remember all the work your body is doing to grow this little person. Take time to rest and recover even if it’s short bursts or means you don’t do that extra load of laundry. Your checklist will be there tomorrow. A similar rule applies to fitness – do the best you can and remember anything is better than nothing. Over-training is never smart and pregnancy is definitely not the time to ramp it up.
  7. Don’t Eat For Two: This is an old pregnancy myth. While you do need to increase your calorie intake, you are not eating for two! Piling on the pounds during pregnancy exponentially increases your risk of complications and can have long lasting effects. Your doctor can help you determine the right amount of weight to gain for you.
  8. Take Your Vitamins: We wrote about the importance of eating a balanced diet (see #3) and taking vitamins is a great way to boost your daily nutrient-intake! This is another topic to discuss with your healthcare provider. They will fill you in on the essential supplements that will be most beneficial for your specific pregnancy. We make sure to always take our prenatal vitamins and consult our doctors before switching up our regimens.
  9. Do What You Enjoy: This is often dictated by the demands of life but intentional self-care needs to happen. Even a quick pampering will go a long way with your mental state! Make sure you take time to do things you enjoy by working them into your schedule and onto your checklist. Maybe it’s a phone call with a friend, a manicure, prenatal massage or going for a walk and listening to your favorite jams. Whatever makes you happy and healthy needs to be a priority, especially during pregnancy.
  10. Breathe: Sometimes it feels like your pregnancy is lasting forever. So much worry and stress come with the task of growing a tiny human. Keep in mind that 40 weeks is a just blip of time and you are doing something so amazing. Just breathe. (This helps with labor too!)
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