Getting Healthy & Fit During Your Pregnancy
Okay, so you weren't a size two before you got pregnant. You didn't exactly, make it a point to eat healthy, and you couldn't seem to fit any type of exercise routine into your day. However, now that you are pregnant, you are becoming more health conscious. After all, you are now responsible for two bodies and two lives, and you want to do everything right for the sake of your baby. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this mindset. As a matter of fact, it's a great attitude to have during your pregnancy, but you do need to keep a few things in mind before stocking up on only fruits and veggies and going to the gym to work out for two hours a day.
Yes, you know that eating healthy is a good thing to do during your pregnancy. What you need to keep in mind, though, is that eating healthy does not mean dieting, nor does it mean eating only fat-free foods, fruits, vegetables, and fish. Your body needs more vitamins, minerals, healthy fats, and proteins than it has probably needed since you were a growing child. Remember, you are not eating to lose weight. Actually, you need to make sure you are gaining weight. You are eating for health, not size. This is probably the one time in your adult life when you actually want to grow bigger. The best thing to do when deciding to eat healthy during your pregnancy is to consult your doctor. Express your concerns, tell him that you want to follow a better diet, and he will definitely be able to provide you with the best advice for yourself and your growing baby.
Along with eating right, you want to exercise. Exercising is great for your body during pregnancy. Exercise will keep you more energized, it can help to reduce morning sickness, and it will keep your body fit and ready to handle the strains of pregnancy and labor. However, you have to be very cautious with pregnancy exercise routines. Most doctors will agree that continuing your exercise routine is okay if you already exercise regularly, as long as you are not at risk for any type of complications during your pregnancy, and if you gradually ease up a bit as you get closer to your due date. For those of you who do not already exercise regularly, but wish to start a regular routine during pregnancy, this is great, but again, it is most important to first consult your doctor on this issue. Get suggestions from your doctor on what he thinks is okay for you. Walking, pregnancy yoga, mild toning, and very mild aerobics are usually okay.
Most importantly, just remember not to overdo it. You are not trying to lose weight, you are simply trying to keep your body as healthy and as fit as possible for your pregnancy, and in doing so, you will set yourself up for healthier habits after the baby is born.