ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Three Important Ways to Achieve a Healthy Pregnancy

Updated on November 8, 2013

28 Weeks

28 Weeks Pregnant
28 Weeks Pregnant

My Pregnancy Experience

When pregnant, it can be difficult to sift through good and bad information to make the best choices for you and your developing baby. My pregnancy was a very “magnetic” experience so to speak. People were naturally drawn to me, offering their unsolicited advice, both good and bad or simply giving me feedback that didn't necessarily apply to me.

Whether women were jealous of my rigid self control with food or concerned that I wore high heels from beginning to end, the bottom line is a pregnant woman has to trust her instincts and do what is right for her. With that said, yes, I am contradicting myself by providing advice; however, I hope that some aspect of this article will be useful to other pregnant women.

Diet

About a year before my husband and I decided it was time to start our family, I read the book, The Fastest Way to Get Pregnant Naturally by Christopher Williams. The funny thing is I found this book at a Dollar Tree store, and yet it has given me some of the most valuable information. When it came to adopting a diet, the book suggested eating healthy and balanced meals and maintaining a normal weight.

6 months prior to getting pregnant I began a raw food diet with the exception of eating whole grain carbohydrates and dairy that were minimally processed, natural or organic since making these types of foods from scratch can be time-consuming. Starting this diet 6 months in advance of getting pregnant was important to me; I wanted to give my body time to create nutrients and get rid of any toxins before it was time to start conceiving.

When I did become pregnant (which was on the third try), I was astonished that I had absolutely no cravings for junk food. It’s difficult to say why, but I truly believe it was because I started the raw food diet so far in advance of getting pregnant. The things I craved most were healthy foods, like fruit and salmon.

Over the course of my pregnancy I gained 35 pounds, gaining 25 to 35 pounds (according to Kaiser Permanente) is considered normal. The smaller you are pre-pregnancy the more you will need to gain. My typical meals throughout the week, which I recommend consisted of fruits high in antioxidants, colorful vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, and probiotic dairy. If I ever did have a sweet tooth, I resorted to frozen Greek yogurt as my “ice cream” fix.

Diet During Pregnancy

Did you change your diet when you became pregnant?

See results

Easy and Healthy Meals

Breakfast

  • Cut up apple or pear and cinnamon over oatmeal
  • Egg whites and 2% fat cheese


Lunch


Dinner

  • Salmon with brown rice and steamed broccoli
  • Baked chicken and red potatoes with cooked spinach


Snacks

  • Handful of walnuts
  • Mixture of blackberries, strawberries and raspberries (these are also great over oatmeal
  • Frozen Greek yogurt
  • Baby carrots
  • Granola bar

Pregnancy Diet Tips

  • In addition to eating healthy during your pregnancy, drink lots of water. On average, drinking about a gallon of water each day is excellent. Caffeine free herbal teas are also great, especially hibiscus tea.


  • Never drink alcohol or caffeine and never smoke.


Pregnancy Yoga

Exercise

Every woman is very different when it comes to exercising during pregnancy. Some ladies can run marathons while others can barely catch a breath walking. Having a single developing baby as opposed to twins or more definitely makes a difference as well.

I always enjoyed walking, so when I was pregnant with my daughter, I loved to walk on my lunch breaks during the workweek. In the evening, I did light cardio at the gym such as using the stair stepper, elliptical machine or walking on an incline on the treadmill. Light weight lifting on my arms and legs was also a great way to keep active and strong. During the weekend, I stayed active doing chores around the house like cleaning and light gardening.

The key is that some form of exercise is important. Even if it’s just stretching or getting up and walking for only 10 minutes, keeping up stamina get women more prepared for the big day and keeps their blood circulating. Sometimes, taking a class can be more motivating for some people; consider pregnancy yoga.

For women that do have the energy and if your doctor approves, I highly recommend staying as close to your normal pre-pregnancy workout routine as much as possible. If you are planning on getting pregnant and do not currently exercise, now is the time to start.

Mind Your Media

These days, it’s very easy to frighten yourself with youtube videos, documentaries, articles, and TV shows surrounding pregnancy and birth. All different types of media can sensationalize one true story of a very rare situation and make it seem more probable or dramatize an incident to make it seem worse than it really was. I remember when I was in a birthing class, one of the attendants who had anxiety was actually “prescribed” by her doctor to avoid reading or watching anything regarding pregnancy and birth other than what her doctor recommended.

Similarly, I highly encourage women to be informed, but be mindful of the sources they choose for information about pregnancy and birth. I have found that BabyCenter, WebMD, and The Bump are all great online sources. However, don’t get too caught up in forums for answers, as every woman experiences a different pregnancy and birth. Questions meant for your doctor should be just that – ask her instead rather than a group of strangers in a forum. And when it comes to WebMD, don’t go too crazy with the Symptom Checker. Have your doctor review any symptoms that worry you.

I also enjoyed reading Tia Mowry's book, Oh, Baby! This book was great on all levels from questions to ask your doctor to what to put on your baby registry.

Additionally, one of the best sources for information next to that of a doctor are newsletters and pamphlets from your healthcare provider. For me, this was through Kaiser Permanente in the form of newsletters. I signed up for weekly newsletters via email that told me how my daughter was developing, precautions to take, dieting, exercise and even things to discuss with my husband.

These little emails were a fantastic source of information for me. I even developed my own hierarchy for how to value information as it came. If something I read or watched online contradicted with the newsletters from Kaiser Permanente, I knew it was best to uphold the information outlined in the newsletters.

5 Months After Birth

Me Postpartum

At five months postpartum, I weigh 115 pounds at 5 feet even. Most people are surprised and assume I’m babysitting when I am out with my little one. Others ask what I did to be back down to my high school weight. It really comes down to three simple things: Healthy eating habits that align with a raw food diet, staying active without overdoing it, and making sure to get information from reliable sources.

So next time someone tells you there’s no turning back the clock on having a great body post-pregnancy, just remember it all comes down to choices. Choose the right foods, activity and lifestyle for you and make yourself feel empowered by being able to take control of your own pregnancy and birth rather than focusing on what others tell you.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)