Healthy Pregnancy Tips to Rock It by Dr. Sara Detox Toronto Naturopath
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10 Tips For a Healthy Pregnancy

July 13, 2016

Are you ready to rock a healthy pregnancy?

Pregnancy is a very exciting time in a woman’s life. And yes, a woman’s body and emotions change.

It’s completely natural.


These 10 tips are helpful for women who want a healthy pregnancy.

1. Eat Nutrient-Rich Foods

Pregnant women need healthy foods, therefore, ensure mom is receiving adequate carbs, protein, and fats.

2. Avoid Toxins

These include nicotine, caffeine, alcohol, artificial sweeteners, pesticides, chemicals, and preservatives.

3. Naturally Treat Symptoms

Pregnancy-related conditions that can be treated naturally include constipation, leg cramps, and anxiety.

4. Count Calories

From the moment a woman conceives she holds the responsibility of taking good care of her health.

For a healthy pregnancy and to ensure baby is receiving enough nutrients, moms-to-be are advised to eat foods that are twice as healthy, not twice the calories.

Pregnant women only need an extra 300-450 calories per day.

5. Eat Smaller Meals

Consume smaller meals that are packed with optimal nutrients that support the developing fetus.

Meals should consist of protein (fish, organic chicken, legumes). They should also include carbohydrates (sweet potatoes, brown rice, quinoa) and fiber-rich foods (oats, bran, flax seeds, chia seeds). Finally, good fats (almonds, walnuts, olive oil, avocados) are important.

6. Consume Adequate Protein

Most pregnant women aim for 75 – 85 grams of protein per day, depending on their activity level and individual needs.

Adequate protein consumption is associated with a decreased risk of pre-eclampsia (pregnancy induced hypertension) and reduced sugar cravings.

Seems like Greek yogurt mixed with chia seeds and fresh fruit is a good idea.

7. Take Supplements

Moms-to-be need nutritional supplements because they cannot always be obtained through diet alone.

Essential vitamins and supplements may include:

  1. high potency probiotic supplement
  2. high-quality, pharmaceutical grade multivitamin with extra folic acid
  3. vitamin D
  4. calcium/magnesium
  5. iron
  6. zinc
  7. omega-3 essential fatty acids (EPA/DHA)

To prevent post-partum depression, a 2:1 ratio of EPA:DHA is beneficial.

8. Prevent Constipation

Pregnant women commonly suffer from constipation and digestive disturbances. Consuming 30-40 grams of fiber per day (with adequate purified water) will ensure bowels are moving.

9. Engage in Physical Activity

A well-designed prenatal exercise program has many benefits.

Benefits include:

  • building stamina
  • preparing the body for labor
  • boosting energy
  • reducing delivery complications
  • relaxing the mind and body

Exercise (cardio and weight lifting) may reduce recovery time post-delivery and enhance fat burning after baby arrives.

For safe and effective strength training exercises, consult a certified personal trainer who specializes in pre/post natal fitness.

10. Do Yoga and Relax

Yoga will help moms-to-be get into physical shape and can strengthen pelvic floor muscles for an easier childbirth.

Finally, yoga encourages balance in the body, patience and gentleness – all very valuable for moms-to-be.

Remember, a healthy baby is dependent on a healthy mom.

Cheers to a healthy pregnancy!

 

Dr.Sara Celik
Dr. Sara Celik is a board-certified Naturopathic Doctor and is the Spokesperson for Renew Life Canada. She is a leader in the health and wellness industry and is regularly featured as a sought-after expert on television programs and in health publications. Dr. Sara carries over 15 years experience and her private practice and work in the community is focused on digestive health, detoxification, and clinical nutrition.
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