Quick Tips for a Better Pregnancy
“Pregnancy can be one of the most special and amazing times in a woman’s life. But there’s no question that... Read
“Pregnancy can be one of the most special and amazing times in a woman’s life. But there’s no question that it can also be incredibly difficult, too. On top of major bodily changes, there is the constant need to make sure you are keeping yourself and your future baby healthy! So here are a few tips to help you make your pregnancy a bit healthier.
The No-Brainers – While these tips may be obvious, they are still very important. Cut out alcohol, caffeine, and stop smoking. And when taking your prenatal vitamins, be sure to opt for the types that contain natural ingredients with fewer dyes and ingredients.
Water – It is important to increase your water intake while pregnant. In addition to keeping you vitally hydrated and your skin glowing, water carries nutrients through your blood to your baby. Water also helps prevent common bladder and digestion pregnancy problems. And contrary to popular belief, the more fluids you drink during pregnancy, the less your body retains. So if your feet and ankles are swollen, drinking more water actually helps! Just remember to use a water filter (like Britta or PUR) and drink out of a glass, not plastic, when possible.
Cleaning Products – During your pregnancy, opt for all natural brands that are free of harmful chemicals such as bleach and ammonia. And when possible, enlist a friend to help with the cleaning – you’ll avoid inhaling any chemicals and give you a chance to kick your feet up and rest!
Looking Glamorous – The natural pregnancy ‘glow’ is a real thing of beauty. But if you still want to continue using makeup, be sure do a quick inventory of your beauty products. Much of your current makeup may be loaded with chemicals that can unsafe for your baby. Additionally, old makeup can be loaded with bacteria which can clog pores and cause breakouts. Since no makeup is FDA certified as organic, look for credible sources to buy from such as our friends at Organic Beauty Now, Skincare By Alana and Yves Rocher.
Eating Right – Organic foods are the way to go while pregnant. You’ll be avoiding harmful pesticides and preservatives used to treat the foods. If money is tight or you can’t find organic foods, opt for fruits and veggies that traditionally contain the lowest levels of pesticides: asparagus, avocados, bananas, broccoli, cauliflower, sweet corn, kiwi, mangos, onions, papaya, pineapple, sweet peas. And for the carnivores, look for fish low in mercury, and avoid unpasteurized foods or cheeses.”