Hi Soon-to-be Mums!
The irony of pregnancy is that the actual forty weeks is referred to as “nine months.” Trust me, this is an especially bitter pill to swallow in the last few weeks, when you may be inclined to remind friends, family and even strangers that, technically, you have been pregnant for ten whole months. Well, without going so deep into our Biology, the thing here is that you need to keep up with some healthy habits as an expectant mum.
Here are the five best healthy habits for expectant mums;
1. Know your meat and dairy:
Ensure that you choose wisely when it comes to dairy products and meat. Organic substances found in meat accumulate in animal fat, transfer to our bodies when we eat meat, and can even be passed on to our children at pregnancy. Try to shift your focus during pregnancy towards more beans and whole grains and less meat, maybe once or twice a month.
2. Choose fish wisely:
The scary thing about mercury, which is contained in most big fish is that it damages the brain and central nervous system. It also bioaccumulates, which means that it stays in the body and can be passed on to our kids through pregnancy or breastfeeding. Fetal exposure to mercury has been linked to lower IQs and other negative effects on developing brains thus, avoid fish such as swordfish, shark and king mackerel.
3. Go teflon-free:
Make sure you keep healthy ingredients in place once you’ve got them that way by cooking without non-stick pans. When a pan is heated to high temperatures, non-stock coatings made from chemicals like PFOAs break apart into carcinogenic substances that have also been linked to high blood pressure in pregnancy, among other problems. Make your cook wear stainless steel, iron or copper coated.
4. Hydrate healthily:
Most pregnant women are thirsty all the time. And there’s a reason for that: Your baby is drinking, too, but would probably take a pass on the plastic water bottle. Well, bottled water costs more and when those bottles get warm, they can leach chemicals from the plastic into the water. With this in mind, it’s better to drink from the tap, as most taps are easy to filter out with a faucet-mounted or pitcher filter.
5. Befriend exercise:
The main thing here is to get your heart rate going, keep the blood pumping, give yourself a little boost of energy and well-being thus, regular exercise also helps to re-frame the way you think about the weight gain of pregnancy. Sure, it’s scary to have the shape of your body be completely outside of your control, but it is also really profound. Just start where you can, and do the best that you can do.
You just have to make these healthy habits your best friends as an expectant mum, so as to ensure good health and safe delivery at pregnancy!
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