Having a Great Birth Starts with Staying Healthy and Low Risk
Before pregnancy I never thought much about nutrition. I learned about the food pyramid (which has since been replaced by the plate visual), but that was about the extent of it. Pregnancy opened up my mind to all sorts of foods – especially protein options. The second week of Hypnobabies focused quite a bit on these details. So much so that I’m working on another post all about protein!
Protein is crazy important during pregnancy. Mamas should aim for 75-100 grams every day. That’s a lot. To consume that much I have to be super intentional about what I eat at every mean. I am by no means perfect on this, but I really do try!
Protein is required for the physical growth and cellular development of your baby. It is also required for the placenta, amniotic tissues, and maternal tissues. p.55
All the development baby and I are going through right now is fueled by protein. So, I need to get my eat on and stop worrying about the 30 pound mark I just hit. Well, as long as “my eat on” equates to quality proteins. Note to self — Donuts don’t do anything positive for baby and I.
Funny story. I used to call myself a fruit-atarian because I didn’t like meat or veggies. Granted I was 7, but learning to love meat and veggies took me quite a few years. Veggies made their way into my diet during high school, as did more meat. But, red meat? Not until pregnancy. I ate my first burger during my first pregnancy and I haven’t turned back. For example, tonight I had amazing carne asada tacos. Something I would have never considered back in my fruit-atarian days!
Back to nutrition … calcium, iron, folic acid and water are also key to a healthy pregnancy. I take supplements for each of these to be sure that I’m getting my fair share. Calcium in the form of CALM Mag/Cal, iron via Floradix (mixed in grape or orange juice), and folic acid in my prenatals. I’ve found that I drink way more water if I have a straw with it so that’s what I try to do!
On the note of weight gain, back in the day (when my mama was expecting me), doctors were almost appalled at women who gained more than 25 pounds during pregnancy. I still hear this number floating around and am so happy to read that Hynobabies fully supports mamas of normal pre-pregnancy weight gaining 30-45 pounds. Here’s how it all breaks down:
- Baby | 6-9 pounds
- Placenta | 2-3 pounds
- Amniotic fluid | 2-3 pounds
- Breast tissue |2-3 pounds
- Blood supply and other fluids | 8-10 pounds
- Fat stores for delivery and breastfeeding | 6-12 pounds
- Uterus increase | 2-5 pounds
So, I feel much better being +30 pounds with a few weeks to go. Extra pounds mean baby is growing happy and healthy and that makes me happy too :)
This week also focused on exercise – pelvic rocks (cat/cow yoga position), Kegels, and squatting are all key in strengthening birthing muscles. Pelvic rocks are one of my favorites when I’m feeling stiff. I was actually pelvic rocks when my water broke with Jemma! Jem has been my biggest motivator for exercise this pregnancy – she loves going outside and walking and we’re starting swimming next week! Bet you can’t wait to see me in my awesome maternity swimsuit :)
I revisited the stages of birth this week too – pretty exciting to think that I’ll be there and doin’ that in just a few months!
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