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How to Have a Healthy Pregnancy

We’re expecting baby #2! We are so excited! I was also somewhat surprised as my little guy just turned 3 & I was beginning to wonder if he was going to be the only one.  And I had just gotten rid of all my maternity clothes. 🤦‍♀️ Ha! Anyway, so far the pregnancy is going great! No morning sickness really to speak of.  A little nauseas if I go too long with out eating but nothing major. I was just *extremely* tired in this 1st trimester. And normal early pregnancy sleep disturbances certainly didn’t help. Hopefully now that the fatigue is finally starting to pass, I’ll be more consistent in blogging!

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Not only did I want to share our great news, I also wanted to share with you some basic tips on How to Have a Healthy Pregnancy in the event you are expecting too! Or feel free to pass along to a friend. Here goes!
 

*Be sure to stay hydrated. Drink half of your body weight in ounces daily. Best to mix herbal teas with water as to not flush all your electrolytes. I like Rooibos tea, the chai and sweet & spicy flavors are my favorite. Usually those flavors are made with black tea so be sure to read the box carefully! They are delicious hot or iced. Plus drink a homemade hydration drink or coconut water at least once per day. 3 quarts daily total fluids recommended. After 1st trimester drink pregnancy tea.

*Exercise. Walk 1 mile, at least 3x per week. Squats are also an excellent exercise, 1 squat for every week you are pregnant. 8 weeks pregnant=8 squats a day, 9 weeks pregnant=9 squats a day, holding onto a door knob, or a chair can help you keep you balance. Be sure to keep your back straight, and keep knees in line with toes. These exercises will aid you in endurance for labor, help prevent excess weight gain, promote healthy baby position, and support a faster, easier recovery. 

*Get enough protein from animal sources. At least 100-120 grams day is ideal. Vegetarian/Vegan diets are not recommended as it is very difficult to get that much protein in plant foods daily. This diet could also cause nutritional deficiencies including iron, vitamin B12, calcium, vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids. Nutritional and protein deficiencies can lead to blood volume issues, premature labor/birth, preeclampsia and a host of other serious pregnancy & baby development issues. And we do not believe it is biblical to eat vegetarian/vegan. Please see sermon link below. 

*Eat fermented foods. Yogurt, kifir, kombucha, sauerkraut, and pickles are all great choices. Two servings a day can help to create a good flora for both yourself, and your baby-if born naturally. Fermented foods are also very beneficial for gut health. A healthy gut is crucial for healthy brain function, skin health, and immune function. 

*Eat folate rich foods. Leafy greens, asparagus, brussel sprouts, avocados, tangerines, beets, peppers, beans.

*Check out the Brewer Diet. This diet has great insight on how to prevent preeclampsia and other pregnancy related issues with mom & baby by following a high protein diet with sufficient salt and calorie intake. 

*Eliminate Whole Grains. If you suffer from morning sickness, this may be your ticket to feeling better real soon! Check out Mrs. Anderson’s posts on the relationship she found with whole grains, folic acid and her experience with Hyperemesis.

Resources

Mrs. Anderson’s blog post on whole grains http://stevenandersonfamily.blogspot.com/…/whole-grains-fol…

The Brewer Diet http://www.drbrewerpregnancydiet.com

Causes of preeclampsia http://www.drbrewerpregnancydiet.com/id36.html

Wellness Mama Tips https://wellnessmama.com/2…/nutrition-for-healthy-pregnancy/

Pastor Anderson’s Sermon Veganism in Light of the Bible https://youtu.be/m5RZ4i6DmlQ

I hope you find these tips helpful! I am working on these myself and some I am really out of practice on. Hopefully now that I have a little more energy I can focus on these things better. These are tips that Sarah, our co-founder & I also shared with our expecting ladies FWBC Postpartum Pals group through our church. What are some things you like to do to have a healthy pregnancy?

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