Monday, January 27, 2014

Rock-a-bye-Mommy


As an expectant mother, I knew one of the most important things I could do for Emma was to take care of myself.  As a mom-to-be, staying healthy increases your chances of having a healthy baby and a pregnancy free of complications.

Of course, that's often easier said than done, especially with those pregnancy cravings we may have.  Mint chocolate chip ice cream with a side of black olives, anyone?

The good news is that pregnancy cravings are completely normal, and a lot of times they can be for foods which provide needed nutrients, such as dairy or meat.  With Emma, I craved milk.  I never drink milk!!!  But when I was pregnant, I would drink glasses and glasses of milk every day.  I guess I was fortunate that my craving was for something healthy.

Here are a couple of tips about cravings which I found helpful:  If you do have an unhealthy craving, you might try to ward it off by eating something healthy in its place.  If you give into an unhealthy craving, try to limit your portions and don't punish yourself mentally.

Something I always tried to do while pregnant with Emma is exercise.  I had a good group of friends, and we would walk 5 miles about 3 times a week.  It wasn't always easy, but I knew it was good for me and my baby and I also got to enjoy some time with friends.

Of course, you should always discuss your exercise routine with your doctor to be sure you don't overdo it.  Here's an informative article about exercising during pregnancy:  http://kidshealth.org/parent/nutrition_center/staying_fit/exercising_pregnancy.html

Lastly, the benefits of sleep for the mother-to-be and baby are numerous.  A lot of the tips for getting a good night's sleep -- cut down on caffeine, drink less in the evenings to reduce overnight bathroom trips, etc. -- apply to anyone, pregnant or not.  

But pregnancy can bring additional challenges to sleep, including thinks like sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, and heartburn, to name a few.  Try and make it a priority to get a good night's sleep.  Again, it's yet another thing that's often easier said than done, but when done, can pay big dividends.

Find more helpful sleep tips here:

Was there something that helped you sleep while pregnant?  How do/did you deal with cravings?  I'd love to know, especially now that I'm expecting again!!!

1 comment:

  1. I have been adjusted by the chiropractor for several years now. When I found out I was expecting, I researched the benefits for pregnant women and found that there were many. Not only did it help me never miss a beat with sleep (except for tee tee breaks), it helped to ensure my pelvis was always properly aligned and that Avery and Asher were in the optimal position for delivery :)

    I exercised a lot more with Avery than I did with Asher. He was a winter baby and she summer. The weather was so much nicer for evening walks. Since I was still working while pregnant with him and it was dark when I got home, I would just collapse after work. Hoping that when God blesses us with a third one that I will be able to exercise more often!

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