Congratulations on finding out you’re pregnant! If like most mothers, you want to make sure you and your baby stay healthy throughout your pregnancy, we have created a few tips for the different trimesters of pregnancy.
First Trimester Tips
During the first three months of pregnancy, symptoms and emotions are high. Your body is undergoing serious changes, which can leave you feeling exhausted and overwhelmed. Morning sickness is also at its highest during these months. Fortunately, you can offset this symptom.
How to Avoid Morning Sickness
Squeeze lemon juice into ice water throughout the day. Not only will the water keep you hydrated, but the lemon will help reduce bloating and provide necessary anti-bacterial elements that can improve the health of your digestive track.
Ginger sweets and teas are another excellent way to reduce the symptoms of morning sickness. If your doctor approves, try adding a Vitamin B6 into your morning supplements to take the edge off severe morning sickness. Your doctor may also be able to prescribe an anti-sickness medication that will reduce severe vomiting.
Sleep As Much as Possible
In today’s modern world, most of us have full-time jobs that we can’t simply step away from when we find out we are expecting a baby. However, it is critical that you get enough rest during this time in your pregnancy. If you are feeling completely fatigued, try to reduce any evening commitments and listen to your body. Don’t worry about skipping workouts during this time, you need your rest!
Second Trimester Tips
Use your hormones to your advantage
Once the morning sickness has passed, you might feel ready to start exercising again. Try to avoid anything too rigorous such as contact sports and instead opt for taking a swim or simply walking around the neighbourhood. There are some great classes specifically designed for pregnant women so it’s a good idea to find out what’s going on in your local area.
Make healthier diet choices
Now that you actually feel like eating again, use your logic to curb cravings and shoot for 80% nutritious foods and 20% ‘craving’ food to ensure you are getting the right amount of nutrients. Opt for foods high in good fats and calcium. Also, keep moderation in mind. You can eat an ice cream cone or a piece of chocolate cake, you just don’t want to eat them after every meal! Fill up on veggies and fruits to feel full and support your developing baby.
Third Trimester Tips
If you’re feeling up to it during the final trimester, strive to walk, swim or do yoga regularly. These exercises are low impact and don’t put you at risk of falling and injuring yourself. Swimming is particularly beneficial because it allows you to feel weightless at a time that you’re likely to be at your heaviest and you won’t have to worry about losing your balance. Be always reminded that maintaining a healthy lifestyle is a especially important for pregnant women.
You’ll likely feel better than you did in your first trimester but lack the energy you had during your second, throughout your third trimester. The key is to strike a balance by doing your best on days where you feel good and then giving your body the rest it needs on the days when all you want to do is eat biscuits and rest.
Don’t neglect your emotional health either. Being pregnant is stressful, so treat yourself to a spa day and get a prenatal massage and pedicure. You deserve it!
Love yourself and your body will love you back, and enjoy being pregnant! Before you know it, your beautiful baby will be here and your life will change for the better. Embrace the transition.
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