Baby H & Pregnancy, Health & Wellness, Lifestyle

Bumpdate #3 & Five Ways To Have a Healthy Pregnancy

Good Morning Everyone! I am taking some time today to give you all a quick “Bumpdate” and to give you a few tips on how to maintain a healthy pregnancy.

Bumpdate #3

I am now 17 weeks pregnant! We wanted to find out Baby H’s sex at 16 weeks, but the little one didn’t want to turn the right way. So, we have an appointment at the end of the month and will hopefully find out then. I am so excited to find out the sex! Now, I know some parents choose to let the sex be a surprise, but I just don’t think I could do that. Choosing a name, picking out furniture, preparing mentally to be a boy mom or girl mom (along with just being a mom in general), I would just go crazy if I didn’t have a specific gender to focus on lol.

Either way, I am so excited to hold this little one in my arms.

As far as symptoms go, around weeks 14-16 I was having absolutely horrible migraines. That was my main symptom along with (TMI?) diarrhea and constipation… I don’t think I’ve ever experienced both at the same time.

I have never had a migraine before, ever! These migraines buckled my knees and were so painful when I even opened my eyes. Lifting my head up would cause so much pressure and intense throbbing. I hate to say it, but I pretty much napped most of those days away in the darkness of my bedroom. Unless I 100% needed to get up for something, I didn’t budge. I thought the migraines had finally gone away, then I got hit with one yesterday. I hope they stay away from now on though. Today seems to be good so far.

There haven’t really been many other symptoms. I don’t really crave anything specific these days. Fruit still sounds good, but I don’t Have-To-Have it like during my first few months of pregnancy. I eat when I feel hungry, I try not to overeat, and I make sure to get plenty of greens, fruits, and root veggies. I am trying to stay away from sodas, high caffeine, high sodium, and greasy, overly processed snacks.

Tips For A Healthy Pregnancy

Below, I have listed a few ways to make sure you have a healthy pregnancy. Good for you and for baby.

I am not a doctor and do not claim to be one. These are just some things that I have found help me as I work to maintain a healthy lifestyle during my pregnancy.

  1. Regular visits to your Dr. – Make sure you are visiting your doctor regularly. As your pregnancy progresses, things can change. It is very important to monitor these changes and see if there is anything that you may need to change in your day to day life.

  2. Nutrition – You need to make certain that you are eating a healthy, well-balanced diet. For example, consuming 3 or more smoothies packed with fruit may not be the best. Fruit smoothies are FULL of sugar. Granted, these are good sugars, but only in moderation. Make sure you are eating a balanced diet of good fats, proteins, sugars, and carbohydrates. Your Dr. or a nutritionist can help with this.

  3. Exercise – This can be walking, light yoga, or swimming. Exercise is very important and can help you have an easier delivery. Most people recommend for pregnant women to get their bodies moving at least 3-4 days a week. Do not overdo it and if you feel dizzy or nauseous, stop. Consult your Dr before trying any new form of exercise.

  4. Take A Prenatal Vitamin – This is a very important step in having a healthy pregnancy. It is a good idea to begin taking prenatal vitamins when you begin trying for a baby since some of the most vital brain development happens in the very first month of pregnancy. So, it is important to get essential nutrients, like folic acid, calcium, and iron from the very beginning.

  5. Wear Sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) – When you are pregnant, your skin becomes more sensitive and prone to sunburn. Especially if you will be pregnant during the summer months, be sure to protect your skin. Many brands now offer chemical free formulas so be sure to check those out.

Again, these are just some tips that I have found useful during my pregnancy so far and I hope you will find them helpful and useful as well.

Lots of Love,

~Ray

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