Simple Keys to a Healthy Pregnancy {and a Better Birth}

Simple Keys to a Healthy Pregnancy {and a Better Birth}

Did you know that having a healthy pregnancy can affect not only your baby’s health, but the ease or difficulty of your birthing time?

 

This is why one of the main components of the Hypnobabies program is teaching women and their partners about how to stay healthy during pregnancy. Healthy pregnancy encourages the best possible outcomes for birth and beyond.

So what are the keys to a healthy pregnancy?

 

1. Balanced Nutrition

 

A diet focusing on protein and including plenty of whole grains, veggies, and fruits is optimal during pregnancy. Some foods that are extremely good for pregnant women include fish such as salmon and tilapia, avocados, beans, eggs, sweet potatoes, leafy greens, and berries. Salt should not be limited during pregnancy, and water should be the main beverage. Hydration is important! Vitamin D from sunshine is needed, as well. Pregnancy is not a time to place heavy restrictions on a woman’s diet, and eating plenty of nutritious food is vital for mom and baby to be healthy. Also remember that the first trimester can be a challenging time to eat a healthy diet, and that’s okay.

 

2. Gentle Exercise

 

Exercise during pregnancy can help keep the body fit and strong for birth. Some excellent prenatal exercises include walking, prenatal yoga, and swimming. There are also specific targeted exercises that help strengthen and prepare mothers for birth, such as kegel exercises, squatting, and pelvic tilts (also known as cat and cow poses). Expectant mothers should also rest as needed; growing a human is hard work! So stay active, but don’t overdo it.

 

3. Mental & Emotional Peace

 

This is a vital component a healthy pregnancy and birth that is often overlooked. The mind is powerful! When we believe we should feel miserable during pregnancy, we are more likely to. We may also be less likely to take optimal care of ourselves during this special time. Likewise, when we believe birth is going to be dangerous and painful, it is more likely to be so. But it doesn’t have to be! Fear of birthing can add stress to a pregnancy, and stress is not a helpful ingredient to health. Being mindful of our emotions and negative thoughts can be helpful, and Hypnobabies childbirth education is an excellent way to learn tools to maintain a peaceful and calm attitude about pregnancy and birth.

 

I believe these puzzle pieces of health are far more important than any medical tests and procedures that care providers might recommend. That’s not to say that prenatal care from a competent provider is not important, because it is. But your health, especially during pregnancy, is in your hands more than anybody else’s.

 

Having a healthy pregnancy is not as difficult as it may seem, but it does require making mindful and intentional decisions about self-care. If you put the effort in, the rewards will be great! You and your baby deserve the best.

 

Are you an expectant parent? I have a coaching package just for you! Through coaching, I can help you create your plan for a healthy and happy pregnancy, a satisfying birth experience, and an early parenting plan. I’d love to partner with you and help you find joy and fulfillment through this beautiful season in your life. Get more information here, or contact me to get started!

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