May 012013

Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy

Here are some Tips for women for Healthy Pregnancy

By Marisa Belger

You may have subsisted on cheese puffs and reality TV before you got pregnant, but the next nine months are the perfect excuse to treat your body in a whole new way.

Eat for Two

Sure, you’re craving hot fudge sundaes and garlic knots, but your budding babe requires sustenance of a higher quality. Fill your diet with fresh fruits and vegetables and talk to your doctor or midwife about foods rich in baby-brain-building DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid.

Go Outside

If you have a backyard, plant a tree when your child is born that will grow as she grows. If you’re an urban mama-to-be, consider a donation to the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of Baby. Either way, get yourself outdoors! Trees produce oxygen, remove carbon from the air and help fight global warming.

Make Time for Massage

Prenatal massages help improve circulation, relieve pressure on aching joints and reduce stress and irritability. Plus, it feels really, really good. Splurge on a professional massage or entice a friend to give you a rubdown with homemade massage oil. Green Babies, Sage Moms author Lynda Fassa recommends combining a two-inch knob of chopped ginger with half a cup of almond, grape-seed or olive oil for an invigorating rub.

Drink Water

You and your babe-to-be need lots of water to thrive. Skip the single-use plastic bottles and arm yourself with a safe, reusable thermos.

Find a Better Cup of Joe

It’s tough to put your java habit on hold for nine months, so if you are going to drink it, look for naturally decaffeinated beans that have received the Swiss Water Process, a chemical-free treatment that is better for you and your baby.

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