Here are some tips I've learned along the way to keep you active, healthy, so you can be pregnant & gettin' it too!
STAYING ACTIVE DURING YOUR PREGNANCY
If we're being honest, many of us don't follow a strict exercise regimen (kudos to those of you that do, you don't need this article). So it's unrealistic to begin one during pregnancy. However, there are many non- committal ways to stay active during your pregnancy.
CLEAN EATING: HOW TO STILL GIVE INTO YOUR CRAVINGS
A common pregnancy symptom is food cravings. Some women crave all their favorite foods, while others crave random foods, even some less appetizing combinations. But what if I told you that you could still have chocolate or whatever else you've been craving?
Give into your cravings, just tweak them to assure you and your baby are receiving key nutrients during your pregnancy. For example: you can enjoy that cheeseburger, just hold off on the bun or the side of fries. There are also easy swaps you can make to a meal for added nutrition. Try swapping out mayo on your sandwich for avocado slices, you still get the creaminess you crave without all the junk. Craving something sweet? Two words... CHOCOLATE HUMMUS. It's a real thing and it's delicious. It goes great with fruit, or pretzels, or alone... no judgement here.
DRESS THE PART
One major regret from both my pregnancies was giving up on my appearance. Granted, you are creating life so keeping up appearances can seem trivial. However, we've all heard the saying "when you look good, you feel good" right? The first trimester of pregnancy is the easiest when it comes to dressing up and showing out. This is largely because you still fit your pre-pregnancy clothes and you may not "look pregnant". Once you begin to show, or once your clothes no longer fit, the challenge begins.
Now, I know welcoming a baby is not cheap, I know I couldn't afford a new wardrobe during my first pregnancy. But it is important to invest in a few staple pieces that you can dress up or dress down. This all of course depends on you own personal style but there are some great (affordable) options out there. I suggest finding a pair of jeans that fit well, comfortable around your bump, but still hugs your curves and makes you feel sexy.
Like I said before, looking good makes you feel good. Feeling good is the key getting that pregnancy glow (that and hormones) everyone always talks about.
Check back for more tips to being your most fabulous pregnant self.
Dayelle Harris is the owner and visionary behind In Day's Care, LLC. She is an author, herbalist, certified Meditation & Crystal Healer, Labor and Postpartum Doula, and certified Usui Reiki Healer.