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Pregnancy Fitness: Pregnancy Exercise and Diet Tips

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Written by Joe

Pregnancy and exercise diet tips is something most moms to be are concerned about. They often feel overwhelmed by the amount of conflicting advice they are given. On the one hand their family members (moms, sisters and the like) are saying one thing their friends at work another and the medical staff another. When I was pregnant with my first baby I didn’t know where to turn as everyone was telling me they were right. I was distraught and sometimes just wanted some straight answers.

Now I don’t know if you have tried asking your mom or worse still your mom-in-law for advice on pregnancy. If you haven’t don’t! You’ll hear stuff like “Oh, you don’t want to believe those people they were having babies before you were born and they never did all that rubbish. Just eat what you want!”. Yes, thanks, Jessica (my husband’s mother). I really needed that sort of advice. Then my friends at work all of which seem to have graduated from the school of stupid parenting tell me a couple of glasses of wine will be fine and all the chocolate I can eat. My head was fit for bursting when sanity raised its head. One of my old school friends is midwife and she gave me an honest but also considered approach (not strictly by the book I guess).

Anyway her tips for pregnancy exercise and fitness and what to eat seemed to be far more logical than everyone’s and since then everything went well following her advice with Rosie who is now four. I can’t tell you a name because like fools we decided it’s going to be a surprise. I’ll will quite probably give in at the next scan but we are holding out for now. I don’t know why I can’t even wait for Christmas day to open my presents so not knowing the babies gender goes against my nature really. Anyway I said I would let you in on Sally’s advice…

She said I needed to have a diet full of vitamins and minerals apparently high in folic acid is really good so I had lots of broccoli. Vitamins are really important so I love fruit smoothies so had them almost every day even frozen ones made in to a sort of high fruit water ice. Very tasty indeed and highly recommended. She said as long as I was getting enough vitamins in my diet I did not need supplements so saved myself a fortune there.

I had intended to breastfeed Rosie so I wanted to make sure I stayed away from all that junk food which wasn’t hard as I had made myself much healthier eater when we started trying for a baby so I just sort of carried on. Sally said If I wanted the odd KFC that was OK but apart from a couple of times I have resisted temptation but I do love a chicken drumstick.

I got really into vegetable stir fries which I was told were very healthy provided you had the wok really hot. My mom brought me a stir fry cook book and I got the Wagamama one so I have been having a lot of ramen noodles. I understand they are good for carbs and since you don’t have that many in a dish they are not to calorific either.

I love steamed broccoli and managed to develop a taste for Kale and a couple of varieties of cabbage so I had them with a steak and lots of fish. I especially like Sea Bass and Sword Fish so I have been pan-frying those and grilling them on the BBQ.

There were two schools of thought when It came to calcium. I love cheese so had quite a bit of that avoiding those which were a listeria risk of course and also a milky drink at bed time which helped me sleep well. It’s got something called tryptophan in it which helps you relax.

I nearly forgot to say I love bananas and I always had at least one every day as they are great for potassium and are slow release carbs which are the best sort. I had some brown rice made in to sweet pudding, but to be fair I have not acquired a taste for it.

Ideally, your pregnancy diet should include 3-4 servings of protein and meat, 2-4 servings of fruit, 6-11 servings of grains, 4-6 servings of dairy products, and 6-8 glasses of water, milk, and juice. A pregnant mother must follow a healthy diet that will benefit the developing baby but that will also maintain her general health as well.

Exercise recommendations during pregnancy

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Exercise during pregnancy can help you feel stronger, build muscle tone, and improve your endurance (trust me you’ll be glad you did). Regular activity during your pregnancy will help alleviate swelling, fatigue, and reduce backache (some is sort of inevitable but this certainly takes the edge of it). If you aim to stay fit during your pregnancy you will need to work your heart and major muscle groups or you’ll suffer before, during and after the baby is born. The type of exercise you do during your pregnancy will depend largely on your fitness level prior to pregnancy. Walking, pregnancy yoga videos, and swimming are excellent pregnancy exercises combined with stretching and other low-impact activities. If not sure whether something is safe listen to your midwife first and your body as well. If it’s screaming this really hurts, you probably shouldn’t be doing it.

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