11 Must-Haves for a Healthy Pregnancy

11 Must-Haves for a Healthy Pregnancy

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Pregnancy is an amazing and dynamic time in a woman’s life. Many symptoms of pregnancy can be managed effectively with Naturopathic Medicine; it is amazing how well clinical nutrition, botanical medicine and homeopathy can safely optimize health in the pregnancy, labour and delivery, and postnatal periods. Fill up your education tool box with a few tricks and ideas to getting started on the exciting path of a healthy pregnancy
 

1. An awesome prenatal vitamin


Choosing a prenatal with proper mineral and vitamin composition, correct dosages, and great bioavailability offers a great nutritional base for two changing bodies. One with no additives, waxes, artificial colours or fillers offers a clean and absorbable product.
 

2. Glass water bottle


Staying hydrated is so important during pregnancy, invest in a glass water bottle that can travel with you throughout the day. Add lemons, cucumber, mint, or chlorophyll to keep it interesting.  Pick up a set of mason jar glasses, or a decorated glass water bottle from a health food store.
 

3. Adequate protein


During pregnancy your dietary protein requirements increase dramatically. Striving for adequate protein can be a challenge for some mamas. Increasing protein at breakfast time with a green smoothie with added hemp hearts, vegan protein powder and almond milk, or a delish Spanish omelette. Match protein with snacks and meals throughout the day to assure balanced blood glucose levels.
 

4. Body pillow


Sleep during pregnancy is ESSENTIAL. A pregnant belly can be an obstacle to getting comfortable – check out body pillows to help find a good fit to get the rest and rejuvenation your body needs.
 

5. Red raspberry leaf tea


Starting in late second trimester or early third trimester, this yummy tea helps “tonify” your uterine muscle. Botanical medicine at it’s best!
 
 

6. The book: Ina May Gaskin – Guide to Childbirth

 
It celebrates the pregnancy goddess in each and every one of us! This empowering book strives to ease fears and remember that our bodies where made for this beautiful, intense event.
 
 

7. Prenatal yoga


Breathe, stretch, connect with your baby, your body and other pregnant mamas. Get your body ready for the marathon than is childbirth.
 

8. Super foods


Everyday, try to turbo-charge your diet with fresh, whole-food, colorful and organic super foods. Reach for antioxidant-rich berries, pomegranate, grapes, red and pinto beans, brightly colored veggies like yam, peppers, red cabbage. Nutrient packed nuts and seeds, like walnut, pecan, pumpkin seed, almonds can complement fresh salads with dark leafy greens. Healthy oils are great, alternating olive oil, avocados, and clean salmon, coconut oil to boost our bodies and brains.
 

9. Self care


Book that massage (with a licensed registered massage therapist), have a mani/pedi, rebalance your Qi with acupuncture.  Get some fresh air, have a bath, drink some tea, grab your fav book and light a few candles….looking after yourself and bringing your health and well-being to the forefront is pivotal in maintaining health, happiness, and preparing for labour and delivery.
 

10. Labour preparation acupuncture


For the whole of the pregnancy, until late third trimester, your body is doing it’s best to keep the babe snug and happy in the uterus. The big switch, both hormonally and energetically, needs to happen when baby is full term to give the signal it is time for the body to let go and babe to make its way into the world. Supporting the body with the gentle, downward-encouraging energetics starting around 37 weeks can help both the mother’s body, and the babe, to come on time. Naturopathic doctors and traditional Chinese doctors / Acupuncturists can all help during the home stretch.  
 

11. Support


It comes in many forms: partner, family, friends, OB, midwife, doula, family doctor, or naturopath. Whoever your team is, at the end of the day – this is all you really need. 
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