We know the manta of five small meals a day but when you’re pregnant, sometimes you want just a snack. They’re a great way to keep you feeling energized throughout the day, as long as you’re reaching for the right things. Andrea from Dietetic Directions recommends pairing a carbohydrate with a protein to give you energy and keep you feeling full.
Pear and Almonds
Andrea suggests a juicy pear (or other fruit!) with 1/4 cup of almonds for a snack. The pear is a source of carbohydrates and a great way to satisfy any sweet cravings, while the almonds are a source of protein and fat to keep you feeling satisfied. Continue reading
We know that staying active during pregnancy is great for both your and your baby, but it is important to be safe. Desi Bartlett, Certified Personal Training and Registered Yoga Instructor, says that any amniotic fluid leakage, bleeding, or fainting means to stop immediately and see your doctor. Desi also says that if you begin to experience a little lightheadedness, round ligament pain, overheating, or increased nausea, it may be a sign to slow down and check with your health professional. Following the above guidelines and the care of your healthcare professional, the following activities are ones that are recommended during pregnancy to stay active.
Desi says that yoga is great during pregnancy because it provides a tremendous amount of strength, flexibility, coordination, and a deep sense of inner tranquility. By practicing yoga with a prenatal instructor, you’ll be led through moves that are safe and effective during pregnancy. In general, moves that have you lying flat on your back should be avoided. You’ll also want to be careful not to stretch too far as your joints are more flexible during pregnancy. Go for a gentle yet effective stretch. Continue reading
Remaining active throughout your pregnancy is great for both your baby and you. Desi Bartlett, Certified Personal Trainer and Registered Yoga Instructor, explains some of the many benefits of prenatal exercise.
Easier Labor and Delivery
Desi says that most mothers report an easier labor and delivery after exercising throughout their pregnancies. The endurance and core strength you’ll develop help to better prepare your body for the physical demands of labor.