Whether you’re pregnant or trying to conceive, these five simple tips will help establish a healthy foundation for you and your baby.
1. Supplement Your Diet
Taking a high-quality prenatal supplement and purified fish oil are essential to ensuring you and the growing life inside of you are getting what you need. Think of supplements as insurance for your health, and don’t skimp on quality or price (i.e. don’t purchase your vitamins at a store that also sells tires).
2. Eat Fresh, Organic Whole Foods
When you’re pregnant, what you eat is literally forming the building blocks that are growing and nourishing your unborn child. For a healthy prenatal diet full of nutrients and free of toxins, focus on fresh, organic whole foods.
Include green leafy vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts, seeds, fresh fruit and a variety of colorful vegetables in your diet. If you consume meat, fish or dairy, make sure to choose full-fat, organic dairy, grass-fed beef, organic poultry and wild-caught fish.
3. Drink Plenty of Water
Proper hydration is essential for a healthy pregnancy. Staying hydrated will keep your energy levels up and help ease some of the discomforts of pregnancy. Not only does water transport vital nutrients from your blood to your baby; it helps prevent water retention, constipation, hemorrhoids and dehydration, too.
For optimal health you should drink half your weight in ounces of water daily (Example: 150 pound woman = 75 ounces of water). When you’re pregnant that amount increases to meet the needs of your growing body. As you gain weight adjust the amount according to your weight.
There are many benefits to prenatal exercise including more energy, lower chance of gestational diabetes, easier labor and delivery, a healthier baby, quicker postpartum recovery, better sleep, and a healthier immune system… just to name a few.
Try out prenatal yoga, pilates, walking, or swimming. A great way to meet other like-minded mamas-to-be is to check out your local gyms or yoga studios for prenatal exercise classes.
5. Ditch the Toxins
From the kitchen to your cosmetic bag - toxins lurk in every corner of your home. Do yourself and your growing baby a favor, and trade out those harsh cleaning products for simple and effective natural cleaning products. Some great companies that make non-toxic, natural cleaning products included Method, Seventh Generation and Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day. You can make your own natural, effective cleaners at home as well. For an all-purpose cleaner, mix a 1:1 ratio of white vinegar to water and add a few drops of essential oils such as lavender, rosemary or tea tree oil.
Avoid ingesting harmful chemicals from plastics that leach into your food. Trade in your plastic food containers for glass. If you don't want to spend money on a set of glass storage containers, reuse glass jars you already have like pickle jars and pasta sauce jars. Check out these easy and affordable ways to reduce your chemical burden.