“Everyone leave me alone. I’m having a busy day of being pregnant, and I need to do it again tomorrow!”
It’s a lot of work cooking up that tiny human inside of you. The swelling ankles, heartburn, morning sickness that is not just in the morning, sleepless nights, the constant “to pee or not to pee?” question, and so much more. It wears you down!
Every mama who has ever been pregnant knows the feeling — so we are here to provide some tips on how to keep those energy levels up so you don’t always have to have your feet up!
Fluff Your Pillow
Sleep. I know, I know— you’ve heard it before, but hear me out.
We already know many of the reasons why sleep might be hard to come by on a physical level. The restlessness, the nausea, cramping, and more. But there are scientific reasons behind that lack of sleep as well.
According to Ovia Health — Throughout pregnancy, your body pumps more blood, which can increase your heart rate and make it harder to sleep.
There is also the factor of increased hormonal changes including extra progesterone — which is produced by the ovaries. The body has a natural decrease in blood sugar and blood pressure as well.
So how do you ensure some good zzz’s?
Speaking Of Food
We’ve all heard the saying “I’m eating for two!”But it’s good to keep in mind that being pregnant isn’t a sudden free-for-all at the buffet station — even as good as endless mashed potatoes sound. Providing proper nutrition and caloric intake is important for the development and well being of your little bundle of joy.
The Best Foods During Pregnancy:
Dangerous Foods During Pregnancy:
When Diet Doesn’t Always Cut It
Let’s talk Vitamins! Little gap fillers when food falls short.
Humans have come a long way from “send a horse to retrieve the doctor!” No sterile room, no anesthesia, no knowledge of how the baby was doing. Yikes! Let’s be thankful for modern medicine, my pregnant friends.
Since then, the best minds have deduced which vitamins are best for mama and baby as the journey unfolds.
Enter in the Prenatal Vitamin —
Always consult your doctor on the best prenatal vitamins for you!
Now I know this is a tricky topic. Should people exercise during pregnancy?
According to Better Health Channel — Exercise during pregnancy offers many physical and emotional benefits. Physical activity may also help manage some symptoms of pregnancy and make you feel better. A pre-exercise screening may be used. While most forms of exercise are safe, there are some exercises that involve positions and movements that may be uncomfortable or harmful for pregnant women. Be guided by your doctor or physiotherapist.
You may not want to be deadlifting 5 times your bodyweight or anything. But the best thing to do is to talk to a professional for personalized guidelines.
Now Put It To Work
We broke down how to get your energy levels up by focusing on Sleep, Diet, Vitamins, and Exercise.
It’s really as simple as that.
Remember — A healthy, happy mama means a healthy, happy baby!
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