Pregnant women are sort of like common property, an eminent domain of the most personal kind. Suddenly strangers tell you the most personal stories of their own experiences with child birth, and offer advice on pregnancy, fitness, and diet. They assume the right to touch your belly, and offer you tidbits of advice, handed out like cookies that are a bit burned on the edges, cookies you are not sure are safe to eat.
One moment you laugh. The next moment, you cry. One moment you are so sick you think you could never touch food again, the next you suddenly love some food you have hated all your life. Pregnancy is not a disease, it is not a bad thing, and there is nothing wrong with it. It is one of the most natural things in the world. Perhaps the most difficult part of pregnancy is sifting through all those pieces of gravel to get to the gold.
Pregnancy, fitness, and diet, are not the kind of things you want to leave to chance. Pregnancy may be natural, but naturally, there are things you can do to make it better, easier, and less complicated. Since you are making decisions for two people now, you should do your home work, and make sure you are doing things right! Pregnancy, fitness, and diet are separate branches of the same tree, and now that you are pregnant, it is a great time to make healthy decisions and changes, not just for the duration of your pregnancy, but for life. Your responsibility to live a healthy lifestyle does not end when you give birth. While you are, you can make changes that will teach good, healthy fitness and diet habits to your child, as well as providing the best start possible for pregnancy, fitness, and diet.
Online research is a great place to begin learning about your pregnancy, fitness and diet. Research abounds extolling the benefits to both mother and child. Dietary considerations such as adding folic acid, calcium, and iron should actually begin before getting pregnant, to give your baby the best possible beginning in life.
Once you are pregnant, prenatal vitamins are a good start. Add to that:
- 6 to 11 servings of grain products
- 3 to 5 servings of vegetables
- 2 to 4 servings of fruits
- 4 to 6 servings of milk and milk products
- 3 to 4 servings of meat and protein foods
- 6 to 8 glasses of water, fruit juice, or milk
Limit fatty foods and sweets. Simple choices like drinking milk or juice instead of regular or diet soda, and eating fortified foods like bread and cereal, make a lot of difference.
Research fitness plans, and decide with your prenatal health care team what they recommend and if there are any special health concerns or restrictions in regards to your pregnancy, fitness, or diet. There is no time like the present to start, and the best place to start is right at your fingertips.