Consumer Health Digest is one of the leading health and wellness platforms online. They recently published a wonderful article sharing healthy pregnancy tips from 60+ experts and I am so honored and excited to be featured on that post along with other amazing professionals.
Here are my personal favorite picks from the article:
Linda Hobbis writes the UK parenting & lifestyle blog Mother Distracted. After 20 years as a marketing professional, she is now a full time blogger and a stay at home mum.
1. Remember every pregnancy is different, and so is every birth. Don’t fall into the trap of constantly comparing yourself with other mums and make sure you don’t miss your midwife appointments – they are the best people to ask if you’re worried about anything.
2. You don’t need to eat for two. In fact you only really need an extra 200 calories a day. Make every bite count with lots of healthy fruit and veg and drink loads of water.
3. Sleep might become more challenging towards the end of your pregnancy so do what you can to catch up on lost sleep with a nap if possible. You can buy maternity pillows and cushions shaped to support your bump while you sleep for extra comfort.
Julie Burton is a mother of four, a wellness expert, speaker, founder of the Twin Cities Writing Studio, and award-winning author of The Self-Care Solution: A Modern Mother’s Must-Have Guide to Health and Well-Being. You can connect with Julie on her website, julieBburton.com, on Facebook /julieBburton2 or twitter and instagram @julieBburton
1. Honor your body. Be diligent about listening to your body’s signals regarding nutrition and rest. Fill up your body (and your baby’s growing body) with nutrient-rich foods, plenty of water, and make sure to get ample rest.
2. Move your body. While many pregnant women experience higher levels of fatigue throughout pregnancy, it is essential for your physical and mental health to exercise regularly. Even a daily 15-minute walk is a great way to elevate your mood, energy level, and keep your body healthy and strong.
3. Practice extra self-care and self-love. As you undergo the many physical, emotional, and mental changes that occur during pregnancy, make sure to be extra kind to yourself so that you can feel your best during this ever-important time (studies show that your baby picks up on your feelings in utero). Be gentle with your self-talk regarding your body image; talk to your partner, friends, or family members about worries or concerns you may have about your transition to motherhood; and allow yourself some extra pampering during these amazing nine months when you are doing the incredible work of growing a baby.
Tamara Walker is the Founder of MomRN & Host of Ask MomRN. Tamara Walker, R.N. is your go-to advisor for support, information, advice and encouragement when it comes to your child’s health. She is a registered nurse, speaker, radio & television personality, and mom of two. Tamara blogs at MomRN.com and hosts Ask MomRN, a weekly podcast discussing children’s health and parenting issues. She has been featured on the Rachael Ray Show, national and local news networks, and has contributed to multiple national publications.
1. Start Prenantal Care Early: Ideally, start taking steps to improve your health before becoming pregnant. Once you are pregnant, start seeing your healthcare provider as soon as possible for testing and monitoring to help ensure a healthy pregnancy.
2. Monitor Your Mental Health: Pregnancy affects your mental and emotional health as much as your physical health. Hormone changes can cause mood swings, anxiety and even depression. It’s important to talk with your healthcare provider if you are feeling very anxious and/or depressed for more than a couple of weeks.
3. Visit Your Dentist: Pregnancy can negatively impact your dental health. Hormone changes can increase the risk of gum disease and lead to future problems. Take good care of your oral health and visit your dentist if you have not been seen within the past six months.
I highly recommend that you check out the full article on their website since there are so many great tips from experts in various fields of expertise including bloggers, dietitians, nurses and pediatricians.