I’ve talked so much about how different this pregnancy has been compared to my first. Could it be because the genders are different? I don’t think so. I’ll be dead honest with you. I was not in a good place when I got pregnant with my first. I was depressed because we had been trying for 9 months with no luck, and the doctor was talking about putting me through all of these tests/treatments etc. It was not a happy time. Then, when I got pregnant, I jut wasn’t in the mood to workout. I didn’t care to eat super healthy. I literally let myself go. I was scared to barely move because I thought something would happen to H. Now that I was pregnant, I wasn’t going to do anything to mess it up. He was staying put. So, I sat. I didn’t walk or lift anything. It was kind of funny…in a sad way.
This time around, I have been very active. Even today, I am still exercising daily. Some days it may just be a walk around the block, but I’m moving every day. I’ve eaten more healthy. Definitely not clean by any means, but I have done a better job (aka no chocolate chip cookies every night) and the differences in my pregnancies have been incredible. I can still get in the floor and play with my toddler. I can still chase him around, exercise and cook dinner without feeling overwhelmingly tired or miserable. I feel so much better. So, here are some of my tips on how you can have a healthier pregnancy:
-Stay Active. Don’t ever overdo it. Talk to your doctor about what exercises you should and should not be doing. Walking is so so good for you, but no laying on your back to do those crunches after 12 weeks. You CAN, however do standing crunches. 🙂 I have really enjoyed yoga during this pregnancy. The stretching and strength training has kept me feeling a lot better. My hips and back haven’t hurt as much and haven’t been so tight.
-Stay Mentally Healthy. Don’t worry yourself to death. Stay calm. Pray. Pregnancy comes with a lot of uncertainties. With my son, I thought if I walked too much he would fall out. That’s just not going to happen. Sure, some women have miscarriages and it is awful, but it’s not because of anything YOU have done. The best thing you can do is not stress, take deep breaths and take care of yourself mentally.
-Eat Right Most Of The Time. I say most of the time because it is always good to eat right. Pregnant or not. However, I do think that life is way too short to not indulge every once in a while. Hello, my name is Logan and I’m a chocoholic! I’m not giving it up, but I will moderate. There is a huge difference. I believe by telling yourself you can’t ever have Mexican food or sugar, you are setting yourself up for failure. Just eat those things in moderation.
-Go To Your Regular Check-ups. It is so important to go to your doctor regularly. Do not skip appointments. Go to every single one.
-Rest. Listen to your body. If you are super tired, lay down and take a nap or rest for a while. Don’t overdo it. If you are really tired, your body is telling you to rest. Kick those feet up. It’s okay to give yourself a break.
-Drink Lots of Water. If you need encouragement on this one, read about my pregnancy scare that was a direct effect of not drinking enough water. Drink up! Water is not only good for you and your energy, it’s really important for you baby.
What tips do you have for having a healthy pregnancy?