I remember when I found out I was pregnant. Seeing that little heartbeat on the screen was such an amazing moment for me. It literally took my breath away. As I walked away from the doctor’s office the reality of the situation washed over me. I was growing a human being, what a beautiful gift, what a huge responsibility. I wanted to give my baby the healthiest start in this world that I could. I had to make some changes to my habits. There a bunch of things you can do to have a healthy pregnancy, but these three habits were the biggest for me.
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Get Enough Rest
I know, you thought this was going to talk about staying fit. Staying fit is important while you are pregnant, but you need to be careful about over doing it. I am a night owl, always have been. I always have a million projects going and I am always on the move. When I became pregnant I had to learn to really listen to my body. It was hard, but one of the most important lessons I learned. When your body says rest, rest! There is a reason you are so tired, you body is growing a baby!
Eat The Right Food
Eating is hard when you are pregnant. You always hear about the cravings and aversions, but what about just not wanting to eat? Or eating everything in sight? When I am pregnant I feel like I am all over the place! But I always have times when eating becomes just another thing on my to do list. Nothing sounds good, everything gives me heartburn, and I feel full after a few bites. But I know I still need to eat! It can be hard, but finding snacks and small meals that are healthy and work for you is so important! Even though all I wanted to eat was root beer and apple pie, some of my favorite snacks are:
- Apple with cheddar cheese
- Peanut Butter Banana Protein Smoothies
- Trail Mix
- Hummus and Turkey Roll Ups
- Granola and Vanilla Yogurt
- Veggies and Hummus or Guacamole
Get Your Vitamins and Nutrients
Because eating can be hard, because you might be throwing up everything you eat, you cannot rely on your food to be giving you all the nutrients your body needs. Did you know that in general, approximately 68% of women are calcium deficient, but when a pregnant woman lacks dietary calcium (which is often the case), her developing baby draws this much-needed calcium directly from HER bones, which can affect her health later in life. Popular prenatal vitamins only have a small percentage of recommended the daily calcium. Have a look at this info graphic:
During pregnancy you should be getting 1000mg of calcium daily and Viactiv Calcium Soft Chews are an easy and delicious way to make sure you’re getting the recommended amount. They come in milk chocolate and caramel flavors. The Milk Chocolate is like a Tootsie Roll, and you get to eat two!
Two chews gives you 100% of your daily recommended-plus Vitamin D and K! They are each individually wrapped so you can even toss them in your purse so you don’t forget. Pregnancy brain is a real thing!
Get started on your new healthy habits with Viactiv Calcium Soft Chews.
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