When my husband and I started to plan our family, I decided from the start that I wanted to do everything possible to have a healthy pregnancy. I wanted to eat right, feel right, and most importantly, grow a healthy baby. In hindsight, I had far too many grand expectations of both myself and pregnancy and along the way I started to realize what was really important. Here’s my 5 tips for a healthy pregnancy!
1. Don’t stress your food intake
My first tip is don’t stress your food intake. When I first found out I was pregnant, I read that the recommended daily protein intake pregnant women was between 75-100 grams of protein. I tried to adhere to this for exactly one day before realizing that it just wasn’t practical. In fact, I now have a very bad food aversion to one of the high protein meals I tried to eat that day. And once morning sickness hit? Forget it. I was lucky to get a couple hundred calories down a day and anything I could stomach I ate.
I had very high expectations of how healthy I was going to eat while pregnant. While I think that that eating healthy is very important while pregnant, it can be too stressful to place unrealistic expectations on yourself. There have been days where I eat tons of veggies, drink fresh juice and whole foods and other days (weeks) when all I could stomach was takeout food. I learned to let go of the idea of eating “perfectly” and instead eating the best that I could for me and my body.
2. Exercise….even if you don’t want to.
My second tip for a healthy pregnancy is to exercise….even when you don’t want to. This is something that I’m guilty of time and time again. When I’m exhausted and nauseous and achy, the last thing I want to do is exercise. But I find that when I do, I not only feel better but it also helps with my mental health as well. I haven’t had the desire to do any high intensity workouts, but just a 30 minute walk around my neighborhood is enough to get me moving and feeling good!
3. Focus on the positive
My third tip is to focus on the positive. Morning sickness got you down? Just eat what you can and don’t stress. Gain more weight this checkup than last? That means the baby is growing! I have always struggled with body image, so pregnancy has been hard for me mentally to see myself gain weight. At 5 foot 8″, I didn’t start really looking pregnant until I was almost 7 months along. In fact, I’ve gained between 10-12 pounds just in the last 7 weeks (I am currently 32.5 weeks pregnant). Every person is going to gain weight differently so it’s important not to compare yourself to other pregnant women. Some women gain a total of 20 pounds, while others gain 50 or more. The ultimate goal is a healthy and safe baby, so if you’ve gained a little more (or less) than you like, try not to let it get you down. Keep on making the best choices that you can for you and your sweet baby!
4. Take Prenatal Vitamins every day
When my husband and I decided to start a family, I began to take New Chapter Perfect Prenatal vitamins before I was even pregnant. I knew how essential vitamins are in those early days of pregnancy for a healthy development. As soon as you find out you are pregnant, you should start taking prenatal vitamins every day. I did a lot of research before picking a prenatal, and New Chapter’s Perfect Prenatal is my personal favorite!
I’m all about finding quality natural supplements and foods, which is one of the reasons why I love New Chapter. I love that it is made with organic vegetable and herbs!
New Chapter’s Perfect Prenatal vitamin is vegetarian, non gmo, made with organic ingredients, and can be take on an empty stomach! It has key nutrients, including vitamin D3, iron, and folate.* In the first trimester especially this was a huge relief for me knowing that although I was barely able to stomach much food, I could still take my prenatal vitamins so that I could make sure my baby was getting all of the nutrition that he needed. You can purchase these through Amazon (that’s where I get mine from!)
A woman’s nutritional needs change after giving birth, but a postnatal supplement can help her get the nutrition that she needs for her body, as well as the baby if she is breastfeeding. I plan on breastfeeding our son and I plan to take New Chapter’s Perfect Postnatal multivitamin after I give birth!
The Perfect Postnatal is made with nutrients specifically formulated to help support breastfeeding women, including Vitamin B6, Iodine and Vitamin D3.* You can purchase them through Amazon!
I definitely have a greater peace of mind knowing that I’m giving my baby the nutrition that he needs!
5. Drink More Than You Think
Water consumption is so very important for a healthy pregnancy. Water helps deliver those amazing prenatal nutrients to your growing baby! The recommended daily water intake for pregnant women is 12 or 13 glasses a day, so drink up!
Do you have any tips or tricks for how you stayed healthy while pregnant? I’d love to hear them in the comments below!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.