My Rules for Staying Healthy During Pregnancy
Now that I’m well within the second trimester – and past the intensity of the first – I feel like I’ve been able to get a better handle on staying healthy during my pregnancy.
During the first trimester, most of us are really just trying to do the best we can. For me, getting a few walks in, stretching, and a workout or two a week was all I could muster. Food wise, I couldn’t tolerate many vegetables (unless they were hidden in a sweet smoothie) and my body was craving all the cheese and bread I could fill it with.
All that said, here’s how I’m working to maintain the healthiest pregnancy I can.
Give yourself a break.
Give yourself grace when it comes to stay healthy during your pregnancy. You’re growing a human being with your body, for crying out loud! You’re allowed to make mistakes and you’re allowed to give into the cravings. Let’s not mom shame ourselves, shall we?
Don’t skimp on certain things.
Now that I can eat more like my non-pregnant self, I’m trying to get that daily dose of vegetables back in my diet. Though I may not be having as many salads as I used to (pregnant me is still grossed out by them), I will make sure to eat at least a serving or two of veggies a day. Similarly, I never miss taking my prenatal vitamin each day.
During the first trimester, it was hard enough to peel my nauseous self off the couch for 10 minutes to stretch, let alone go for a long walk every day. Now, though, the walks feel amazing. If I can, I try to get in a few per week. I also try to get up and move around the house as much as possible since I work from home. Whatever feels good for you: do it!
Find a program that you like.
It’s no secret that I’ve been obsessed with the Tone It Up program for years now. I love their workouts and their nutrition programs alike. It was simply divine timing that co-founder Katrina Scott got pregnant a few months before me, because they’ve since added a great selection of pregnancy workouts to their arsenal.
Much as I love TIU, I felt like I need a little bit more, so I decided to start using the Bloom Method, too. This is another online program/app that specializes in prenatal and postnatal workouts, meditations, and breathing to prepare for birth and recover afterwards. I especially love the safe ab exercises from this program, as it’s so hard to gauge what you can and can’t do sometimes during pregnancy.
These days, I go back and forth between the two programs and that feels best for me. So try out a few things and see what feels good for you!
What are your healthy tips for pregnancy?