Pregnancy is a time of special stresses on your body that need special care. In order to maintain your usual level of health and fitness, you must ensure that you are getting all the nutritional elements your body needs and adapt your exercise workouts to accommodate your changing body. You can make your pregnancy a time of increased health and well being by following a few tips.
Your nutritional needs skyrocket during pregnancy, but your appetite may be larger, too. Ensure that every calorie counts by avoiding sweet, empty-calorie foods and focusing on fruits, vegetables, protein and healthy carbohydrates like whole-grains. Instead of a sugary treat, eat fruit or a slice of whole-grain bread with all-fruit jelly. To keep cravings in control, try frequent small meals filled with nutrition rather than just large meals during the day.
If you’re not exactly eating for two, understand you are excreting for two. Your fluid needs increase dramatically during pregnancy to ensure healthy blood flow and removal of toxins through the kidneys. Increase your water consumption to eight full 8-ounce glasses of water per day, and even more if you are out in hot weather or being active. Keeping your body well hydrated during pregnancy can help you avoid a number of problems like constipation, hemorrhoids and bladder infections. Interestingly, additional water will not cause your body to retain water, but helps you to release it more efficiently.
Walking For Health
Walking is still the best exercise to keep muscles strong, circulation healthy and nerves functioning at full capacity. If you live in a cold climate where walking outdoors on icy sidewalks can be hazardous, use a treadmill to maintain a regular routine.
However, be aware of the additional strain on joints while you carrying the extra weight. Nature's Sunshine products have a number of vitamins for joint health and supplements to help keep bones strong during the childbearing years. Ingredients such as curcumin, calcium, hyaluronic acid and magnesium provide the nutrients needed for healthy joints throughout your life.
Adapted Exercise Routines
Keeping muscles strong during pregnancy will not only help maintain balance and overall fitness. Exercise will also help you lose weight and regain your former shape more easily after the birth. Of course, the additional baby weight and your changing body shape should be kept in mind. Avoid exercises that put too much strain on abdominal muscles. Your obstetrician can advise you on the best exercise routine for your stage of pregnancy.