It doesn’t matter if it’s your first or third I’m going to bet you found yourself looking for tips to help new and expecting moms stay healthy. I know I did, things change, and you want to make sure you have the most up to date information because you want to do everything as perfect as possible for your baby.
Before I get to into the post I wanted to introduce you to the newest member of our family. This is my nephew Gavin! For those of you who follow along regularly this is my brother’s other son. Gavin’s older brother is Corbin, with the heart condition that we recently lost. Gosh, we all miss him so much. he was so excited to be an older brother and Gavin looks just like him! OMG, don’t you just want to grab that baby and squeeze him. Okay, now that you have meet Gavin we can move on lol. Sorry, I get all baby happy!
I love being pregnant. I mean don’t get me wrong there are a few months when I was sick and suffered from morning sickness, but the middle of my pregnancy has been excellent! I seriously have never felt so good and of course, I’m extra happy, excited, and feeling my best because I am cooking up a little life in my belly! It’s such an amazing thing we can do ladies! Tips to Help New and Expecting Moms to Stay Healthy
Tips to Help New and Expecting Moms Stay Healthy
Here are a few tips to help new and expecting moms stay healthy
1.) I’m just going to say this – I know it’s not something anyone should have to say, but it’s almost one of those things that you have to just in case if someone for some odd reasons didn’t get the memo that said NO DRINKING, DRUGS, SMOKES, HIGH CAFFEINE CONSUMPTION OR ANYTHING ELSE THAT CAN HARM YOUR BABY! I highly suggest talking to your doctor if you have questions.
2.) Know what you can and cannot eat – Talk to you doctor about foods you can and cannot eat. Foods that contain listeria should be avoided because it can cause birth complications. Of course, there is salmonella, toxoplasmosis, etc. It’s best to talk to your doctor to find out which foods you should avoid.
3.) Stay hydrated – It’s critical to drink plenty of water while you are expecting and after the baby arrives. Did you know that an expecting mom’s blood volume increases while they are pregnant and keeping yourself hydrated is critical?
4.) Don’t put off visiting the doctor – I have heard so many people say they didn’t want to start going to the doctor until they were further along. I say after you find out you are pregnant you should schedule your first doctors appoints. It’s better to go earlier and get good advice than it is to spend time guessing especially if you want to have a healthy pregnancy.
5.) Sorry but you are not eating for two – Yes you do have a baby in your belly, but you are not eating for two! Seriously, the baby does need you to eat but be careful not to overeat it’s not only hard to drop the weight, but it can cause complications. It’s best to be as safe as possible. If you are unsure how much you should be eating talk with your doctor.
6.) Vitamins – Your doctor will likely give you a prescription for a prenatal vitamin be sure and take it as soon as possible because the baby starts growing and developing quickly, so your body is going to need the extra TLC.
7.) Exercise – Yes, stay active it will not only help you control your weight, but it can help your mood, improve circulation and even help you sleep.
8.) Sleep – Yes, next on the list is sleep! If you have a hard time sleeping, this is the time to get things under control. However, I never had a problem sleeping when I was pregnant; my body needed it, and I didn’t argue lol.
9.) Research – Do your research and write down any questions you have so you can run them by the doctor the next time you see him. It’s also an excellent opportunity to become acquainted with your families medical history too. You’ll want to share any past pregnancy problems.
10.) Don’t forget there will be things you can’t do – Don’t forget there will be things you cannot do such as lifting heavy things, climbing ladders/stepstools, cleaning out the cat box, harsh cleaning chemicals, etc. YES, harsh cleaning chemicals like the ones you have to use your bathroom! You can now mark that off your list and let someone else take on the task. You can get more information from your doctor!
11.) Know when you need to call the doctor or visit the hospital – Being pregnant is confusing, especially the further along you get. There is little sharp pains here, cramps there, feet poking into your ribs, and so on. Be sure and talk to your doctor about symptoms.
12.) Do something relaxing –Doing something you enjoy that takes the stress away is not only good for you but baby too!
13.) Eat small amounts during the day – If you eat small amounts during the day, it can help you with morning sickness. It doesn’t always work, but it most certainly can help.
14.) Enjoy it – On those hard pregnancy days just remember that you’ll only be able to experience being pregnant with your child once! Get the most out of it and try and enjoy everything you can!
15.) Start early – Stress isn’t fun, especially when you are expecting. I found it so much less stressful to start the baby room, baby shower invitations and all that jazz super early. Putting it off often contribute to stress! Avoid stress at all costs, lol.
16.) Download apps to help keep you on track and focused – There are great apps out there to help you along the way. There is a new app I think all you new and expecting moms are going to love. It’s called 7 Minute Wellness for Expecting and new Moms™ and includes some great ways to help you expand your energy during pregnancy and even after giving birth so you can be doing your best for your little one.
7 Minute Wellness for Expecting and new Moms™
7 Minute Wellness for Expecting and new Moms™ is a great tool to help expecting moms as well as new moms with their body, mind and baby.
- Mind and Body sessions – You’ll get to learn different techniques that can help you create that much-needed balance, relieve discomfort, care for your body, and help relax your mind.
- 7 Minute Workout sessions – Awesome right? It’s a science-based health and wellness resource that is to help you with managing and expanding your energy while you are pregnant as well as after you have your little one so you can be at your very best for your little one.
- Keeping track – I track everything, it helps me stay connected to my goal. Tracking your routine can help you to stay connected to the reasons why you want to be energized and healthy.
- Jenn Lea – If you have not heard of Jenn Lea she is a performance coach and mother of two. She will help guide you through the app while offering you support and encouragement along the way.
- Reminders – I swear I get even more forgetful when I am pregnant. Thankfully 7 Minute Wellness for Expecting and new Moms™ has reminders throughout for movement, activity, physician appointments, and more.
- Monitor – The app also helps you monitor biometrics which can help you improve key quality measures like STARS, NCQA, and HEDIS.
The 7 Minute Wellness for Expecting and new Moms™ app was created by the trusted baby experts, and is specifically for expecting and new moms is there to help you not just maintain your wellness and energy levels but improve in the months during pregnancy and after having your baby. Taking care of your body as well as your mind is important, especially when you’re expecting and after giving birth. This app is great and it offers new moms and soon to be moms, guided session so they spend their time wisely each day.
The Mind Body and Soul Workout session is AWESOME! It was designed by an outstanding team of exercise behavioral experts and is there to help you maintain and achieve fitness and balance in both your body and mind. The app also includes techniques to help you find balance, relieve discomfort, care for your body and relax your mind.
The 7 Minute Wellness for Expecting and New Moms™ app was created by the same wonderful experts who created the awesome, quick and easy 7 Minute Workout App and can be downloaded in the Apple App Store and Google Play.
Do you have any tips to help new and expecting moms stay healthy?
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