I’ve never been an extremely healthy person. In school – college was 8 years ago – I played sports and was relatively active, but I did not eat healthy. In the 8 years since, I’ve gained weight, anxiety issues, and a sluggish feeling. Phases would come and go where I tried to eat better or work out. But nothing stuck until I moved to Florida a year and half ago. I became more active just because of our new lifestyle. We started eating at home more because I worked from home and magically found the time, and the heat made me thirsty for more water. As you can see, it still wasn’t necessarily my choice or that I found the discipline. In December, we started trying to have a baby and I started to make better choices. I tried to find that discipline.
I didn’t expect to get pregnant so quickly since I was overweight and was 30 years old. But God listens to our prayers and we got pregnant in January. Guess what!? I found that discipline I needed in that little parasite living in my body. I still don’t consider myself an extremely healthy person – we’ll have to see if it sticks when i’m not pregnant. But I am passing all my tests with flying colors, I’ve only gained 13 lbs at 34 weeks pregnant, and I feel better than I ever have before. Even my mood swings are more stable than they were pre-pregnancy.
I don’t tell you this to brag. I tell you this because I want to help other girls like me. I’ve come up with the lazy girls guide to a healthy pregnancy. 5 easy things you can do to be sure you have a healthy pregnancy.I’m not a doctor obviously. But these are things I’ve read online and heard from my doctor to do. Then I went home, actually did them, and they worked.
Lazy girls guide to a healthy pregnancy
1. drink water all the time- put fruit in it. crystal light natural flavors (no aspartame). just drink it.
2. walk – even just a 15 minute walk every day helps keep you active and they say it will make labor easier, and who doesn’t want that! I go early in the morning to give myself a fresh start each day, and avoid the heat.
3. take prenatal vitamins – they even make them in fruit flavored gummies so it’s like eating candy. plus you get all the vitamins you need from two gummy candies.
4. eat lots of protein – eating for two is a myth. but you do get hungry, and unless you’re overweight you need more calories a day so eat lots of filling protein. since I was overweight to begin with and am mostly sedentary, I’ve (tried to) stay at 1800 calories a day. If you’re active or were under/at a good weight before being pregnant, then my doctors recommend you add 200-300 calories a day.
5. get a pregnancy ball (workout ball) – another thing to keep you active and make labor easier. I learned this last month at our baby classes. It helps open your hips, stretch the muscles (which already hurt and will need opened during labor), plus it helps the baby get into proper position (head down). It was recommended to me that I bounce or sway on my ball 2 or 3 times a day for half an hour. So while I watch tv for an hour everyday I go back and forth between swaying and bouncing.
Anybody else have a surprisingly healthy pregnancy? I’d love to hear from other lazy girls on how they stay healthy!