During my pregnancy, I really didn’t know what to expect, what to do, or which changes I should make! All I knew was that I was growing a baby inside of me and I had to make smart and healthy choices. After becoming pregnant, I decided to live healthier and to make smarter choices when it came to my everyday eating and exercise routine. I never realized just how many artificial ingredients were in the foods I normally ate on a regular basis. I also never re-examined my exercise routine and made some small changes.
Getting healthy as someone who is expecting might seem like a difficult task. You’re probably nervous and excited about your new bundle of joy and don’t think you have the time or funds to eat healthier and exercise more. Or, you may just be tired! The benefits of living healthier far outweigh any disadvantages that come with it and studies have shown that working out while pregnant may increase energy levels. These healthy habits you develop during pregnancy can also go with you after you give birth and are caring for your new baby.
Eating and Purchasing Organic Fruits and Vegetables
There are a couple of things you should do if you’re trying to get healthy for yourself and your baby. One thing you can try doing would be to buy organic fruits and vegetables. Visit your local supermarket and specifically look for labels that state a food item is organic. You might notice that the sticker on a piece of fruit says that it’s organic or that the label on a granola bar package says it’s organic.
Budgeting for Healthy Food and Household Cleaners
It is not a myth that organic foods and natural household cleaners are more expensive. There are a few ways that you can afford buying these products to promote better health during and after your pregnancy. One way would be to visit local farmers markets in the area. These markets normally have nothing but organic produce, but the price will be far less and a lot more affordable in the long run.
If you are still having issues buying organic and natural products from your local store, you can try using coupons for these things. Just look up the manufacturer’s name, visit their website and request coupons. You can then receive coupons in the mail for anything from cloth diapers to organic cleaners for the home. These coupons can help you to save a lot of money if you have enough of them and are willing to use them every single time you go shopping!
Exercising While Pregnant
Before starting an exercise program while you’re pregnant, make sure that you discuss options with your doctor. My doctor was able to advise me on everything pregnancy related (from cord blood banking options to stress relievers!) When I was pregnant, I decided to start walking again. It was a little habit I had when I was a teenager but stopped doing when I started working a full-time job and couldn’t seem to find the time. Walking has so many benefits that can truly be an advantage in your life.
Making small changes throughout your pregnancy can truly help promote a wonderful life for your new bundle of joy. These few tips can make for a very happy mom-to-be and baby!
Katie Moore has written and submitted this article. Katie is an active blogger who discusses the topics of, motherhood, children, fitness, health and all other things Mommy. She enjoys writing, blogging, and meeting new people! To connect with Katie contact her via her blog, Moore From Katie or her twitter, @moorekm26