When I became pregnant with my daughter, I was determined to do things better. I wanted to be healthy and have an easier delivery. Below are ways I was able to achieve that goal, and manage to only gain 22 pounds that time around.
I was working out at a gym when I found out I was pregnant. That didn’t mean I had to quit. I kept working out (although switched to the Elliptical instead of the Treadmill) until I was 33 weeks along. It kept my muscles in shape and helped keep my endurance up. Two things that are invaluable to getting through a long labor and for bouncing back after you have your baby. Plus I just felt so good.
I still had massive cravings throughout my pregnancy, but I made sure that I ate fresh food and not prepackaged or processed. I cooked dinner every night and always made sure to eat breakfast.
Everyday I allowed myself a small indulgence. Usually it involved chocolate. Whether it was a small chocolate truffle after lunch or a decaf chocolate almond Americano in the morning, I let myself have one thing a day that I loved.
If you can afford it or have insurance that covers it, pregnancy massage is one of the greatest things ever invented. Carrying around all that extra weight does a number on your neck and back. Taking the time to get a massage loosens the muscles and really helps you relax. Even if you can only go a few times during your pregnancy it’s definitely worth it!
Even though I was pregnant, it didn’t stop me from getting out and being social! From throwing dinner parties to attending events, I didn’t let my growing belly stop me from having fun. It’s important to get out otherwise you can feel isolated and lonely. So grab your mate and do some fun and new things! It will help keep your morale up, I promise.
Lisa Coronado is a content writer for a Downtown Seattle Chiropractor.
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