During pregnancy, future mothers needs to be extremely cautious of what to put in her body as well as the environment she is in. A healthy diet that supply mother and child with nutrients, such as important vitamins and minerals, are extremely crucial for a healthy immune system and healthy organ function. Mix it up with plenty of fruits and vegetables!
Exercise!! Do not exceed the level of activity you once maintained prior to pregnancy. For example, if you were running marathons prior to pregnancy, you can maintain this until the doctor has you slow down. Your body will slowly change and tell you your limits if you pay attention. Now if you were like most of us that don't run marathons and perhaps only did mild exercise like walking daily, don't start running marathons! Continue daily walks until you give birth. No matter your fitness level, walking is the SINGLE best activity for your pregnancy. Unless the doctor has ordered otherwise, keep on walking momma-to-be!
A pregnancy has good and bad days. Overall, pregnancy should be enjoyed and remembered as a blessing to be able to give birth to a baby. An unborn baby can feel when the mother is stressed or mad and this will make the baby feel anxious. There are many things that are off limits during pregnancy, such as alcohol or tobacco that are known to most people, but chemicals such as hormones can be the biggest risks for your baby’s health and have been noticed in many diseases throughout the years!
When it comes to your living space during pregnancy, a few things should be considered:
1. Make sure the whole house/apartment is aired out with fresh air at least 2 times a day in order to allow all toxins to get out.
2. Keep your living space clean! Not with harsh cleaning chemicals that are filled with toxins, but rather use a natural cleaner such as vinegar or citrus. The same goes for laundry, using a laundry detergent that is scent free and does not include harsh chemicals is best for you and your baby’s health.
Here is a small list of things to AVOID during pregnancy:
- Raw-milk products - These products can cause infections in the body
- Raw meat - Can cause extreme infection in the baby's brain
- Raw fish - Can cause severe infections as well
- Caffeine - Caffeine intake should be limited to about 2-3 cups of coffee