eat healthily when pregnant

What is life without good health? Most of the things that most of us enjoy most of all, such as playing with our children or grandchildren, playing sport with friends, walking in the park with our loved ones, doing something else with our loved one which is generally not discussed in polite society, and a myriad other partly physical activities, are significantly less enjoyable for those unfortunate enough to live without good health.

Obviously health is doubly important during pregnancy. Some people live with permanent health problems, incurable conditions and, although some of them manage to enjoy life, they probably struggle to do so and would do almost anything to have better health. That is why we should never take our health for granted.

The standard advice of eating sensibly and exercising regularly is really not very difficult to follow, and yet an increasingly huge number of people these days are overweight, diabetic, stressed or depressed, have heart disease or high blood pressure, and yet nearly all of these conditions could be avoided by following those two, simple pieces of advice. They are both especially applicable to pregnant women. How many ways are there, for example, to incorporate a bit of exercise into your daily routine?

Take the stairs instead of the lift
Invest in a bicycle and use it
Walk, walk, walk
Go jogging in the park
Do some sit ups, push ups and squats


It’s Easy

Eating sensibly is really a no brainer. We all know what constitutes junk food, but some of us simply lack the will power to stop ourselves from eating the stuff. Being pregnant makes a difference, of course. There could be no greater incentive to eat right than having a baby growing inside you. Eat your fruit and vegetables, plus just enough potatoes, bread or rice for carbohydrates, and not too much fat or sugar. Repeat a hundred times: not too much fat or sugar.

A much better way to lose weight than by counting the calories, however, is by burning them. If you live on the twentieth floor, take the stairs up to the fifth and then take the lift the rest of the way. Climbing is better exercise than descending, but walking down a few floors is also good exercise. If you live in a house, maybe you work on the tenth floor. Walk up a few floors, each and every time you go up. This absolutely applies to pregnant women, too, but perhaps just a floor or two less. Perhaps the canteen is just a few floors below you. If so, walk.

It’s easier and less time consuming than going to a gymnasium. And on that subject, some people enjoy running on a treadmill, half an hour of going nowhere with no change of scenery. If that includes you then go to a gym and tread the mill, but if not then you may prefer actually going somewhere, breathing fresh air and seeing something. Start by walking for just ten minutes if that is as much as you can manage, and gradually work your way up to walking faster and faster. Then it is time to start running, for longer and longer, further and further. Most public parks have paths or running tracks, and some forests or woodlands have tracks, which are even more fun to run on. Running is not just a good way to burn calories and strengthen the heart, it is the best. However, walking at a reasonable speed is also very good and probably wiser during pregnancy.

Walk to the shops. Carrying the shopping home is really good, all round exercise. At the very least you could carry it to the car rather than using a trolley. Walk to your friends’ house if it is not too far. Walk around your local shopping centre, do a few laps. You don’t need running shoes, you don’t need appropriate clothing unless you are pregnant, and you certainly don’t need a treadmill. In fact you don’t actually need anything to go for a walk.


Do It at Home

Especially if you are pregnant, there is no need to go anywhere to exercise. So long as you have appropriate maternity wear, all you need is an exercise mat on the floor. Jumping may not be a good idea for pregnant mums, but just stretch your arms and legs, do some gentle squats, sit ups and push ups. Find positions where the weight resistance is enough to make you breathe hard but not too much. Be sure to wear comfortable, stretchy clothing and you can choose your own pace and duration. Exercise is important but it need not be difficult. You can do it in front of the TV or to the sound of music. Make a dance routine of it. Don’t overdo it but do it regularly.

This article was written by Deane Schwarz for Maternity Wear. Maternity Wear offers quality, stylish and affordable maternity clothes online. Deane has two children and enjoys blogging about family related things.

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