Living Well during pregnancy

Posted by Liza Elliott-Ramirez October - 18 - 2014
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Pregnancy can be a very stressful time, both physically and emotionally. Your body and your life is going through drastic changes- this is super exciting, but can also be a source of anxiety and discomfort. It is incredibly important to be in a peaceful, happy, and healthy state during this time in your life. You might be thinking “easier said than done”, but following these steps will make living well a breeze!

Living Well

Eat Well

A healthy lifestyle starts from within. Obviously eating nutritiously during pregnancy is the best way to stay in shape, and make sure your baby is getting everything that he or she needs, but did you know that what you eat has a huge effect on your mood? It’s true what they say- you are what you eat. So, if you eat greasy fried food, you will feel gross and slow. If you eat lean foods that are high in vitamins and minerals, you’ll feel fresh and energetic, which is how you want to feel when you are pregnant!

Stay Fit

You’ve probably been told a million times that you should be exercising during your pregnancy. Not only does it keep you healthy and helps you keep your figure, but exercise has been proven to be a natural mood increaser. When you work out, your body excretes endorphins which make you happier, more awake, and less stressed out,

Sleep Soundly

Sleeping can be extremely difficult when you are pregnant- and if there were ever a time when sleep was important, this is it! The best position to sleep with while you are pregnant is on your side- for women who are already side-sleepers, this isn’t a great adjustment. For those who are used to sleeping on their stomachs or backs however, changing your sleep position can seem like an impossible task! Many women swear by a body pillow or a special long C-shaped pillow to help them stay comfortable sleeping on their side while they are pregnant. With your changing body and hormones, you may need a little extra help relaxing in order to sleep. Investing in a sound machine, drinking herbal tea before bed, taking a warm bath, and spraying your room and sheets with a lavender fragrance are all helpful and safe ways to unwind before bed.

Take Care of Yourself

During your pregnancy, it is easy to get distracted by all of the things going on in your life, and everything you need to prepare for. You might be forgetting to take some time for yourself to relax and not worry about anyone or anything except for yourself. Designate time each day to listen to music, read a book, or do anything peaceful that you enjoy that takes your mind off everything for a while. Make sure you are getting enough sleep; take naps if you have to, but not for so long that you wake up feeling groggy. Allow other people to treat you- don’t be too proud to let a partner, family member, or friend help you with errands or treat you extra specially- you deserve it, and they want to help. Take a spa day to yourself- many spas offer maternity massages that are relaxing and decadent, but completely safe and healthy for your pregnancy.

9 Responses so far.

  1. Avery Clyde says:

    This is so important especially for when you’re actually having the baby! It’s a lot of hard work, especially if your having it naturally. It could be many hours. That extra energy i had from being healthy, exercising, meditating made the world of difference delivering my son. I couldn’t have done it other wise. Delivery naturally I used every muscle in my body and some I didn’t even know I had! It was like running a marathon. When that moment came when the midwife gave me the “if this baby doesn’t come soon we have to do a c-section speech” it was because of my healthy mind and body that I was able to dig deep and chant (in my mind ) “no way not today” . I had my son naturally 30 minutes late.

    A healthy pregnancy makes a HUGE difference for you and your baby .

  2. Imani Gors says:

    Avery, I couldn’t agree more. I’ve had two natural births.

    It’s so important for you to take care of yourself. I’m probably the healthiest when I’m pregnant hahah. Eating healthy is so important, 3 healthy meals plus healthy snacks, as well as daily exercise. My midwife recommends 5 miles a day. I also did prenatal yoga to work on breathing through pain/discomfort, but its also great for healthy thinking as well. Your mindset is key during labor. Postive thinking for positive outcomes. I had two awesome labors and I know it was due to my healthy lifestyle while pregnant.

  3. Michelle F. says:

    Thank you for the sleep tips! Will be trying one tonight!

  4. Camila Damas says:

    My mood sure changes a lot when I’m pregnant. But I don’t stress out about this cause I know is only because of my preg hormones. But with this preg in mug more lazy and sleepy all the time. I don’t know if its because in expecting a boy. Because with my first one that was a girl I was much more awake. And I eat very healthy and nutritious food

  5. Great article. I couldn’t agree more on the need to keep active. Your body naturally has to slow down a little but it doesn’t mean you have to stop working out especially if you were very active before your pregnancy. And sleep is the blessing that I’m taking full advantage of now while I still can :)

  6. I’ve had a wonderful pregnancy in comparison to the women I talk to. I really do equate it to eating nutritious food and drinking a TON of water! I can sleep thru the night, never feel sick, and have maintained my weight gain very easily. I do treat myself to the occasional donut/chocolate craving but most times my cravings are nixed when I eat a nutritious snack!

    Staying active, even if it is just walking the dogs around the block every night will hopefully help me bounce back quicker.

  7. This was a great article! Thanks for this:)) I wanted to be one of those hero women who could continue to run until the day of delivery but I had to stop at 7 months due to my pelvis starting to separate and causing severe pain. I switched to swimming though and now have a new found love for swimming haha!

  8. Camila Damas says:

    Swimming is also the only this that works for me towards the end. My baby is always very low and put a lot of pressure. So as the belly gets heavy. That’s it. I have to take really easy. Otherwise it hurts