Exercising During the Last Stages of Pregnancy

Exercise is an important factor in living a healthy lifestyle, and just because you’re pregnant doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t maintain some sort of activity- even during the last stage of pregnancy. It is called labor after all! This article will provide some suggestions on exercises to do through the end of your pregnancy. (Note: be sure to talk to your doctor if you’re unsure if you are able to work out while pregnant.)

Walk

When in doubt on what exercises you can do while pregnant, there is always the option to walk! Walking for 25-30 minutes 4x a week paired with toning exercises is a great way to get you moving. Walk outdoors or on the treadmill with a slight incline. To help you through this exercise, bring music with you, or listen to your favorite podcast to push through those minutes.

Prenatal Yoga

Prenatal yoga is not only a great workout, but it will help you relax and take note of your breathing. These same breathing techniques can help you during labor. Plus, yoga is a great way to stretch your muscles and do an exercise that is not hard on the body.

Tone Up

Using light weights (2 pounds for example) is a great way to add in some toning to your workout. Bicep curls, tricep kickbacks, chest raises, shoulder presses… these are all great arm exercises that are totally doable.

Core workout is a bit more difficult since your baby is right where you’d normally work this section. So, if you’ll be working your core while pregnant, be sure to have extra support for your abdominal muscles, including leaning up against a wall and doing navel to spine exercises. Avoid planks, mountain climbers, push-ups and any other exercises that are strenuous on your abs.

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What You Should Eat When Pregnant

Pregnant? Although you won’t be able to hold your baby during those nine months of being pregnant, you already are taking care of baby LONG before they arrive. Your diet is an important element to baby’s growth and development. We’ve put together a list of important nutrients to include in your diet while pregnant:

Avocado

Did you know avocado contains fiber, potassium, folic acid, and several other vitamins, like Vitamin C and B6? An easy way to get a handful of healthy nutrients. Make guacamole or squeeze fresh lemon juice on it with sprinkled sea salt.

Leafy Greens

Speaking of green food, think extra green like spinach and kale to get the ultimate source of fiber, folic acid, and iron. Mix these leafs together with your favorite vegetables to create a salad. Or, you can even juice or make a smoothie with these greens if they are difficult to eat.

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How to Celebrate Mom

Chances are you have been influenced by a mother figure in your life. Whether your own mom, an aunt, teacher, or a grandma, Mother’s Day is a perfect opportunity to let them know how you’ve appreciated them. And, if you have a soon-to-be mom or a first-time mom in your life, do not let this day pass without letting them feel special. Here are some ideas that are sure to make them feel just that:

Breakfast in Bed

Let mom catch some extra shut eye while you whip up a breakfast for her in bed. A card and fresh flowers are a great touch to make mom feel extra special!

A Card

Not just your run-of-the-mill Hallmark card, but a card that tells her how many reasons why she’ll be a wonderful mother!

Jewelry

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE jewelry. There are so many elegant pieces available now, especially necklaces and bracelets that are monogrammed. If you already have a name picked out for baby, put all of your initials together. That way she’ll have her family close with her anytime she wears it.

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Do You Have Pregnancy Cravings?

Ice cream and pickles. Pizza at midnight. Nachos with EXTRA cheese. A slurpee at 8:30 am. Sound like a child’s dream menu? Nope. These are actual cravings I had during pregnancy- especially during the first part of my pregnancy prior to morning sickness hitting.

So, are pregnancy cravings a real thing? And why do pregnant women get them?

According to WebMD.com, no one really knows why pregnancy cravings happen. But, those cravings could be a sign that your body is in need of some nutrient that it is currently lacking. Craving pickles? Sodium. Craving ice cream? Calcium. Big Mac? Potassium. “It’s not that the body actually needs the specific food you are craving, but it may need something in that food. And your taste buds just interpret it as a craving for something specific,” says Rebarber (from WebMD.com)

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