Because we underwent fertility treatments, my health has been my number one priority for a long time even before getting pregnant. Today I want to talk about health and pregnancy and what I am doing to be the healthiest I can be during this time.
I have always been a very active person, which is good because I did not have to all of a sudden come up with a fitness routine when I became pregnant. During the time of IVF I could not work out much. I could basically just walk. So everyday I went to the gym and walked on the indoor track for an hour. It was SO BORING. But I wanted to stay in some kind of fitness routine and I wanted to get out of the house. I did not walk outside for two reasons. The first is that it’s summer and VERY hot in Texas. The second is that I am really trying to avoid mosquitoes to reduce my chances of getting West Nile Virus or Zika Virus. Once I got the all clear to go back to working out I had to start slow. So first I mixed walking with the stationary bike. Over a few weeks I worked my way back to what I was doing before. So now I am doing a mix of cardio (50 minutes a day) and weights three times a week. So a little less than before. I also try to do a level one yoga or barre class once a week at my gym.
As far as nutrition goes, I have always been a pretty healthy eater. Then I got pregnant, and most foods I loved started tasting awful. For instance, my morning latte and favorite oatmeal and banana, nope. Smoothies I basically had to force feed myself. I pretty much lived on carbs the first few weeks. I ate a lot of pizza. Granted I know that at that point just eating in general is a win, I wanted to eat my normal stuff. Thankfully by about week 9 I was back to loving oatmeal and smoothies and tolerating coffee. Now I still love pizza, but I am trying to make better decisions. I try to eat a lot of fruits and veggies everyday. Thankfully this baby is a fruit fiend. I also try to eat a good amount of protein which can be hard for me. Health and pregnancy can be kind of tough when no foods sound good which happens more days than not. I really just try to stick to the thing my Dr tells me to have. Plenty of veggies, fruits, proteins, grains, and vitamins in all my food. But I wont lie when I’m craving pizza or a brownie I 100% allow myself to have that.
I am taking good prenatal vitamins daily, which I have actually been taking for well over a year. I also carry a Ricola Herb Immunity Drops with me all the time. So about a week ago my allergies started acting up and I started becoming constantly congested. I have also read that pregnancy can do that to you. Ricola Herbal Immunity Honey Herb Lozenges and Ricola Herbal Immunity Citrus Herb Lozenges are both really good! I keep some in my car, some in my purse, and some by my bed. Whenever I’m feeling less than great, I just pop one in. Great news for you guys! Ricola Herbal Immunity products will be available early September in CVS, Walgreens, and Rite-Aid stores nationwide. You need these in your life. If you are pregnant or if you just are prone to allergies these are fantastic! Ricola Herbal Immunity harnesses the power of herbs, ginseng, and vitamins B6, B12 and C to boost immunity strength and fight fatigue (great for this pregnant girl)! New Ricola Herbal Immunity helps you stay well and gives you the power to always bring your “A Game.” So basically its a tiny miracle. Obviously ask a Dr. if you are concerned about taking certain things. My Dr. told me these were fine for me use 🙂
So that’s a breakdown of my health and pregnancy updates right now.
I would love to know, if you are currently or have been pregnant, what your health and pregnancy looked like in these categories. Share below!
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