5 Tips for a Healthier Pregnancy

1) Healthy eating

Eating for 2 can be demanding and healthy eating can be challenge. Try to avoid processed foods – anything from a factory or box. Instead Focus on a diet rich in whole foods (Choosing organic when possible). Enjoy daily servings of vegetables and some seasonal fruits along with high quality proteins such as cold water fish, lean meats, wild game, raw nuts. Wild rice, quinoa and millet are great grain options. And Be sure to have some healthy fat throughout the day by cooking with Coconut oil, olive oil and pastured butter.

2) Curb the caffeine

Coffee and tea are great, but too much caffeine during pregnancy can potentially increase your risk of miscarriage as well as a low-birth weight for the baby. Caffeine is a stimulant that effects our endocrine system and over stimulation can cause a variety of health problems. It is recommended to not consume more than 200 mg of caffeine a day or one cup of coffee while pregnant.

3) Quit smoking

Not only does smoking have serious impacts on overall health, but it can cause severe health problems for your baby if smoking while pregnant. Smoking increases the risk of miscarriage, premature birth, SIDS, and low birth rate. Quitting smoking before you become pregnant is one of the best decisions for a healthy pregnancy and baby.

4) Exercise

We know it’s not easy and even though exercise can become more difficult when pregnant, staying active is important, not just for your physical health, but mental well being as well. Regular exercise/activity relieves stress while giving us a boost in the hormones of happiness. Activities such as brisk walking, swimming and yoga are especially beneficial when pregnant and can help build strength all while helping baby and mom feel good.

5) Acupuncture

Acupuncture treatment can be beneficial for pregnant women for multiple reasons. Studies have shown acupuncture can reduce symptoms of morning sickness such as nausea and vomiting. It is common to experience lower back pain during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy. Acupuncture can help relieve pain and promote relaxation in the body. Many women report having sleep problems during pregnancy. Acupuncture can also address this by calming the mind and restoring the body’s natural energy flow and balance, increasing quality of sleep