So, now that the cat is out of the bag I’d like to go in depth a bit on how I’m dealing with pregnancy in a healthy way, or at least, what my goals are for this pregnancy.
First of all I have a massive confession to make. Over the last six and a half weeks I have done barely anything for reasons of health. I’ve been very sick and there have been times when I lived on the colorless foods, saltines, cheerios, pasta, etc. Mostly because strong flavors were more than awful sounding and fresh foods nauseated me. However, the good days I’ve tried hard to drink green smoothies, eat lots of fruit and veggies and take all my vitamins:)
Now, on to the good stuff. When I first found out I was pregnant I wrote a list of goals to keep healthy. I’ve put most of them in play and the rest will come when I’m feeling a bit better.
1. drink a gallon + of water per day.
*I already had this as a goal of mine since I have a very damaged system and water helps that excessively. During pregnancy things inside me slowed even more so drinking this amount of water is really crucial especially since during a pregnancy the woman has to increase her blood amount by 40% while maintaining a growing sack of fluid for the baby. That takes alot of extra water.
2. Exercise consistently.
*before I got pregnant I was running alot and exercising daily. Once I hit six weeks I was hit with a ton of bricks. Not only exhaustion but alot of nausea and headaches. Hopefully soon I’ll be pulling out of that now that I’m past the first trimester. I’ll be running (or fast walking) the Mother’s Day 5K since it’ll be my first real Mother’s Day. Also, I really like that particular race since I ran it last year as my first race ever. This year’s goals for running were alot higher when I made them as I was planning on doing two 10K’s during the summer and the half marathon in the fall….well, that’s not gonna work out now so 5K’s will have to do:) I’ll start working out next Monday on the 1st of March.
3. Take proper vitamins
*As of right now I take vitamin b-12, zinc and vitamin D. Those are the vitamins that a vegan girl in the winter really needs. For the pregnancy I need to take calcium and omega-3′s as well. I’m trying to offset my need for vitamins by adding certain things in my diet like some seafood and eggs. So far, since I’ve been sick I haven’t eaten eggs yet but I plan on it soon:)
4. Sleep a minimum of 7 hours per night.
*This is already my goal however I’m hoping to get this as a minimum and mostly get more like 8 hours. So far, that hasn’t happened. Sort of hard to pull that off when you work full time and your shift starts at 7:30am. Shane and I are both making a concerted effort though to get more sleep as we know after the baby comes we’ll wish we took advantage when we had the chance. hehe
5. Keep weight gain within the healthy range for my current weight (25-35lbs).
*I have only lost weight so far but I’m hoping that once I start gaining it won’t get out of control. With exercise and a good diet I think it won’t.
The other things I’m doing to combat certain pregnancy side affects is frequent dry brushing, application of coconut oil and long baths….so far, they feel good.
Question: Any tips for a newly pregnant mommy? What would/did you do?