Updated June 7, 2019
Growing a human is hard work. I truly have went into survival mode for many parts of this pregnancy! Every pregnancy has its own set of unique challenges, and this one is no exception for me. Even though it’s my third rodeo, it doesn’t magically get easier.
It’s safe to say that we all want to have a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby when all is said and done, but I do think we tend to overdo it on the unrealistic expectations of ourselves. We think we need to work out five times a week and eat our weight in vegetables, but sometimes just getting out of bed can feel like a miracle.
Bottom line: you’re doing the best you can, mama. If you’re looking to incorporate some more easy habits for a healthy pregnancy, I’ve got some super easy ones you can start now. It doesn’t matter how far along you are – these help at any stage of pregnancy.
Easy Habits for a Healthy Pregnancy
I am not a doctor or medical professional. Before making any changes to your daily routines and habits, make sure you talk to your doctor and get the green light!
This seems like a given, but it’s so important to stay hydrated. When you’re pregnant, you absolutely need to drink more water than usual. I was suffering from debilitating migraines in my first and second trimester, and hydration helped immensely. I know sometimes water isn’t very palpable during morning sickness and/or migraines, so I highly recommend adding an electrolyte powder to your water. Many have tasty flavors and make water intake much easier.
Like I mentioned earlier, sometimes getting out of bed and accomplishing one thing on the to do list is enough. We have to give our bodies a lot of grace, especially when we are carrying a sweet baby. So many changes happen, both physically, emotionally, and hormonally. Listen to your body, and if you are feeling well enough, get moving. 20-30 minutes of walking or light activity can really boost energy levels and will help you to feel great. If you’re an active person no matter what, get on with your bad self and keep it up.
Supplementing Your Nutrition
Consuming healthy food (not dieting!) is always a good idea, whether you’re pregnant or not. You want to make sure that you’re feeding yourself and baby healthy nutrients. Truthfully, this isn’t always easy. Sometimes all you can manage to stomach are a few crackers or greasy french fries. Sometimes you just want a little ice cream. That’s totally okay, too!
That’s why supplementing your nutrition is an easy habit to incorporate during pregnancy because it can help pick up the slack. Taking a daily prenatal vitamin is a must, but did you know that many prenatal vitamins only contain 20-30% of the recommended amount of calcium for women who are pregnant? I had no clue!
If you don’t get enough of these nutrients in your diet, your baby’s calcium needs will be met by taking calcium from your own bones, putting your own bone health at risk. That’s wht I started incorporating Viactiv Calcium Soft Chews into my nightly vitamin routine. It is a highly recommended calcium supplement. One Viactiv Calcium Soft Chew (650 mg of calcium in each soft chew) taken up to twice daily provides most women with 100% of the daily recommended value of calcium, plus vitamins D and K. Not to mention, these soft chews taste great, which is a great bonus with those who have a hard time stomaching vitamins during pregnancy. I have them in milk chocolate and caramel – they’re both delicious!
Again, please talk with your doctor before taking any supplements. This post is not intended to address or diagnose any medical conditions. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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I’m so thankful for a healthy pregnancy so far, despite the hard moments. I’ve given myself lots of grace and determined to stick with these small habits through the end of my pregnancy. What about you? What are some habits you incorporated during your pregnancy to make life a little better?