5 Tips to Make your Pregnancy Healthier
Pregnancy is a special time in any woman’s life. Though it is always a good idea to remain as healthy as possible, it becomes paramount during pregnancy.
There are thousands of myths that go around about how to stay as healthy as possible during pregnancy. Though the ruling is still out on several issues, there is, for the most part, a set formula on how to stay healthy during those tenuous nine months.
Here are five tips for having a happy and healthy pregnancy:
Supplement your diet
Having the appropriate amount of vitamins, minerals and nutrients is crucial to having a healthy pregnancy. Not only will you feel better, but you will know that your baby is receiving the same nutrients you are.
Eat fresh, organic food
What you eat is literally the building block for that your growing and nourishing your unborn child. As a result, you need to pay attention to everything you eat. Processed food is never a good idea, regardless of your living situation, but it becomes especially bad when you are eating for two.
As a rule of thumb, organic food is typically healthier than non-organic. This means non-processed meat without additives or toxins, fresh, washed leafy greens and vegetables, as well as beans, nuts, and grains. Dairy should by full-fat, organic dairy. If you do eat fish or meat, make sure that the fish is caught in the wild and the beef is grass-fed.
Drink plenty of water
Proper hydration is essential for a healthy pregnancy. Staying hydrated keeps your energy and metabolism up while easing the general discomfort associated with pregnancy. It also transports vital nutrients from your blood to your baby. It can also prevent constipation and dehydration.
For optimal health, drink half your body weight in ounces of water a day. As you gain weight, you should adjust your water intake accordingly. If you need some motivation to drink more water, try getting a water purification system or get a service that offers bottled water deliver for those on-the-go moments.
One of the biggest myths associated with pregnancy is that you should not exercise. In reality, exercise is one of the most beneficial activities while you are pregnant. Pregnant women who exercise have a lower risk of gestational diabetes, easier labor and delivery, a healthier baby, better sleep and a better immune system. Walking, prenatal yoga and swimming are easiest on the body, but anything that is comfortable should work fine.
Toxins are everywhere, and there is no way to truly avoid them. You can, however, mindfully stay away from them as much as possible. If you clean the house, for instance, make sure that you don’t use products that have harsh toxins. Look for natural alternatives instead. The same goes with shampoo, soap, or any other household product.
Pregnancy is tough. There’s no question about that. With these tips, though, it could be a little bit easier.
This guest post was contributed by Anthony Dixon. He is a health specialist for Waterline LLC, a company with a patent-pending oil tank cleaner that offers significant advantages versus shell-mounted rotary jet mixers.
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