Saturday, March 30, 2013

A Natural and Healthy Pregnancy

A few weeks ago, Katie Moore contacted me about posting one of her articles on my blog. Katie writes about motherhood, pregnancy, health and fitness. I told her I would be glad to publish her article, so here it is...

A Natural and Healthy Pregnancy

Being pregnant was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. I felt better than I ever had before and loved the sweet anticipation of having a baby. People would tell me that I was positively glowing and I couldn't argue!  When I finally held my daughter in my arms, I knew that I had received my greatest gift.  Looking back, I truly believe that my pregnancy went so well because I chose a natural, healthy approach as soon as I found out I was expecting. I incorporated a well-rounded diet, regular exercise, and organic products to ensure that I was giving my baby and my body the best. I've continued with this philosophy since and it has been a benefit for my entire family!

Organic Eating
When it comes to eating, I opted for organic foods, fresh produce, products that were not treated with chemicals or hormones.  I also did my best to cut out processed foods.  I didn't want my baby to be exposed to additives and artificial ingredients. It can be more expensive and less convenient to choose such a path, but the potential rewards outweigh the costs. I also found that I could keep my expenses down when I went to the local co-op, visited area farm stands, and became a coupon queen! I began to experiment with cookbooks at home and my husband said everything tasted better. As an added plus, he started to trim down as we tossed the junk from the cabinets.

Exercise and Staying Fit
Exercise was essential, something I've kept up ever since. I needed to be healthy and strong for my baby, setting a good example.  I didn't go with anything intense, but made sure I was active for at least thirty minutes a day. My husband and I went on walks every morning or after work. Some days we would change it up with a bike ride. I've become a big fan of yoga and found a great DVD that I continue to use. Yoga was really helpful in teaching me breathing techniques and helping me to relax when I was in labor. I still think of it as an escape from stress. By eating well and exercising, I gave my best to my baby and my body.

Natural Products
After taking a look at my every day household products I found that many ingredients were NOT okay for me to use while I was pregnant.  Chemicals and bleach were dangerous and I needed to find other ways of cleaning the house.  I found alternatives such as white vinegar, baking soda and lemon juice would not only disinfect, but also make the house smell great! 

As with anything, make sure to double check with your doctor before making any drastic changes.  I was fortunate to have a doctor who educated me about all pregnancy related topics, from burping to cord blood banking!  Keep these tips in mind while planning your healthy pregnancy.

Katie Moore has written and submitted this article. Katie is an active blogger who discusses the topics of, motherhood, children, fitness, health and all other things Mommy. She enjoys writing, blogging, and meeting new people! To connect with Katie contact her via her blog, Moore From Katie or her twitter, @moorekm26

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