Being pregnant for the first time, I am always trying to make the best choices about what I am eating. I am sure all of you mothers out there felt the same way, right? We all want a healthy pregnancy and the best for our babies. Through this journey, I have learned that being healthy includes your body as well as your mind. It’s important to nourish both while my unborn child grows stronger.
When I was feeling nauseous in the beginning months, or am struck with hunger pangs during the day, eating regularly always helps me to stay on track. I quickly realized that if I am going out for the day, I needed to pack healthy snacks and plenty of water to hydrate. Here are several options that are great when you are on the go!
· Low-fat string cheese and whole grain crackers
· Fresh fruit that travels well (banana, seedless orange or tangerine, apple)
· A combination of dry-roasted, unsalted almonds, pretzels, and raisins (feel free to substitute any other nuts or dried fruit)
· Cut-up carrots, bell peppers and celery sticks with a spoonful of hummus
· Hard-boiled egg
· Unbuttered air-popped popcorn
In addition to eating well, being physically active is also a great way to stay healthy—before, during and after pregnancy! Talk to your doctor about a physical activity routine that is right for you. Depending on your level of activity beforehand, exercise such as walking, swimming, and light stretching can be healthy for you and your baby. It may also help reduce your stress level.
Remember to take the time to relax. Your body is changing and even though you may feel well, it’s always important to take it easy. Use this special time to talk to your baby (yes, your little one can hear your voice already!), and read up on books and magazines about motherhood.
How did you stay healthy during your pregnancy? Let us know!
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