At the end of the year, it can be easy to set aside all the healthy pregnancy habits you practice daily. Trust me; I know! When I was expecting, by the time the holidays were over desperately I needed a chance to reboot my health routine. The New Year is a great time to double down on healthy steps you can take for you and your baby.
Three Pregnancy Health Tips to Get You Back on Track for a Healthy 2017
You probably don’t need a major health overhaul, just a few tweaks to get back on track. Here are three that I made sure to follow. They are super easy to incorporate and will help you get back in the groove.
The fatigue you feel in the first and third trimesters is your body’s way of telling you to slow down. As much as you may want to hit the ground running at work and at home after the holidays, listen to your body and make sure you recover from the extra travel and social obligations you’ve been doing. If you can squeeze in a nap and your body demands it, you should do it! Sometimes you have to be creative. I had a co-worker who would drive to the edge of the company parking lot during her lunch break to take a power nap during her first trimester. Another friend would lie down under her desk for 10 minutes every afternoon at 4 p.m. while she was expecting. (Fortunately, she had a door she could close). If you can’t swing a nap or rest in the middle of the day, give yourself a break at the end of the day. Put your feet up and read a book, listen to some music or any other activity that lets you dial down. Enjoy this time for yourself because once baby arrives you’ll definitely be missing it.
Bump up your Calcium
We all know that prenatal vitamins are a must, but did you know that many prenatal vitamins contain only about 20-30% of your daily calcium needs? Calcium is especially important because when you’re pregnant, your developing baby needs calcium to build strong bones and teeth so don’t skimp out on the nutrient. Calcium also helps your baby grow a healthy heart, nerves, and muscles as well as develops a normal heart rhythm and blood-clotting abilities. If you don’t get enough calcium when you’re pregnant, your baby will draw it from your bones, which could put your future bone health at risk! During pregnancy, getting all the calcium you need doesn’t need to be tough. Viactiv Calcium Soft Chews make it easy to get your recommended daily requirement of calcium. One Viactiv Calcium Soft Chew contains 500 mg of calcium and 500 IU of Vitamin D. If you take two Calcium Soft Chews over the course of a day, you will get 100% of the daily calcium requirement plus Vitamin D and Vitamin K to help with absorption but check with your healthcare provider to check how much calcium you need, especially if you’re already taking a prenatal.
Although I couldn’t stomach kale and other high calcium, leafy greens through much of my pregnancy, milk chocolate or caramel Viactiv Calcium Soft Chews were an easy way to make sure I got the calcium I needed. I also liked knowing that 7 out of 10 OB/GYNs recommend a calcium supplement during pregnancy and 9 out of 10 of these doctors recommend Viactiv. After your baby’s born and you are finished breastfeeding, you should continue to pay attention to your calcium intake. The average woman 18+ needs 1,000 mg. of calcium every day. You’ll need calcium to strengthen bones and prevent bone loss (osteoporosis) later in life.
Exercising regularly can give you the strength, endurance, and extra energy you’ll need to carry the weight you gain during pregnancy. It can also help ease aches and pains, improve sluggish circulation in your legs, and help you handle the physical stress of labor. It will also make getting back into shape after your baby’s born much easier.
Now is a great time to get back in the swing of things since exercise is also a great way to reduce stress and help you sleep better. Pilates, yoga, swimming, and walking are top picks for pregnant women. Be sure to check with your doctor first before starting any new exercise program. While I know many moms who ran throughout their pregnancy, all that jiggling didn’t work for me. I switched to barre classes, hill walks and the stair climber at the gym. Shoot for 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week. Listen to your body, though, and don’t overdo it.
All my best wishes for a happy, healthy pregnancy!
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