5 Tips on How to Have a Healthy Pregnancy
For many big steps in your life, especially when you are pregnant, you will undoubtedly have friends and family trying to give you advice to assure a healthy pregnancy. Many times, their inputs will not be requested, but they will give their opinions to you nonetheless out of kind gesture. You will hear about good ideas, bad ideas, parenting advice, and they will surely point out things you are doing “wrong”. This can just cause you insecurities and stress during this time. If you are going through this now, then you might want to buckle, up; this is only the beginning.
My Pregnancy Experience
During my pregnancy, I was lucky to already have a strong support system in place. I had my close cousin (who is like a sister to me), and my best friend by my side. Both of them have kids and though their parenting approaches are different, they still contain great tips that I love to hear about.
Furthermore, I certainly had some experiences where I was recommended to do something that was not really fitting for me and my personality. In those cases, I decided to follow my instinct and do what was best for me and my family. Remember, advice is great, but take it with a grain of salt, a smile, and always put your best interests first. Not only is every person different, but every pregnancy is going to be different too. So what works for one mother might not work well for another, and that is okay.
My Recommendation Tips For you
Now I want to share some of my own tips to have a healthy pregnancy with you. My goal is not to tell you what to do, but to give you guidance to help you optimize this magical time in the least stressful way possible.
- Always hydrate your skin. This will help prevent itchiness and potential stretch marks.
- Drink plenty of water every day. I know this seems obvious, but it is not as easy as it sounds when you are going to the bathroom every 20 minutes. This will result in you instinctively trying to drink less but fight that urge. Staying hydrated is important for you and for your little bean. I usually drink a little more than half a gallon of water along with some tea if I have time.
- Exercise! If you are not a hugely active person, your doctor won’t recommend starting a new CrossFit active while you are. However, definitely keep your body moving regardless. The more your belly grows, the more you will start having little pain here and there, which will make staying active more difficult later in pregnancy. I was personally doing spinning and using my peloton app before being pregnant. Because of that foundation, it allowed me to keep doing it until week 32. After I started to get a little spotting from that, my doctor put me on rest for a couple of weeks. Even then, I walk A LOT. Walking is considered a low impact and good for your body, your mood, and your baby.
- Eat a healthy diet, including lean proteins, vegetables, fruits, and carbs. The myth about being able to eat everything that you want just because you are pregnant is now debunked. In addition, remember to always integrate your diet with good prenatal.
- Lastly, make sure to love yourself. You are beautiful, no matter the size of your belly, and will be a beautiful mother. I know a growing belly is hard to deal with. Because of that, try dressing nice (my go-to is H&M), strive to feel sexy, and embrace this magic moment.
I read so many articles about people being scared that their belly was too small or too big but still had a very healthy pregnancy. Follow these little tricks. Follow your gynecologist’s instructions, and listen to your body, you will both be just fine.
Good luck! If you need any other suggestions, have questions, or just want to talk, feel free to leave your comment below.
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