As you should know, it is very important to stay healthy during your pregnancy. There are many benefits of staying healthy and active during your pregnancy. The most beneficial is knowing you are less likely to have complications during delivery, and your baby is more likely to be healthy as well.
One way of staying healthy is eating right. Yes, you’re eating for two, but you only actually need to add 300 calories to your daily diet. Try to make sure you’re eating healthy, well balanced meals. Now, I’m not saying you can’t indulge every now and then druing your pregnancy. *cough* I ate an entire sleeve of thin mints the other night. *cough* 🙂 I feed myself and my family healthy meals to begin with, so it’s nothing new to me. Your diet should consist of lean meats, lots of fruits and veggies, whole grains, (whole grain pastas and breads) and low fat dairy products. I post my weekly menu on Mondays if you’d like to check it out. I eat the items I talked about above, as well as a healthy shake I drink daily.
Exercise is also a very important part of a healthy pregnancy. Staying active during your pregnancy is very beneficial. It can help prevent excess weight gain, ( you should gain between 20-30 pounds) reduce pregnancy related problems, like constipation, back aches and swelling, it can help improve your sleep, increase your energy, and prepare you for labor and delivery. There are so many great ways to to exercise and stay fit while pregnant. I’m personally a HUGE fan of Autumn Calabrese’s Active Maternity, but there are also some really great videos on YouTube as well!!!
If you’re currently pregnant, I hope everything is going well for you, and if you’re trying or thinking about getting pregnant, I hope this helps you have a fit and healthy pregnancy! 🙂