Wednesday October 10, 2018
First baby or grand baby? Whether it’s your 1st or 4th, a woman’s health is essential to the health of her baby. Women who eat well and exercise regularly along with regular prenatal care are less likely to have complications during pregnancy and give birth to a healthy baby. We at Hawaiian Organic Noni put together a simple list of things that can help you have a fun and easy (we hope!) pregnancy.
Consuming a nutrient rich diet during pregnancy is linked to improved fetal brain development. A balanced diet will also reduce the risks of anemia, fatigue, mood swings, swelling, and morning sickness.
A nutritious diet includes:
- Vitamin C
- Fresh fruits and vegetables
- Whole grains
- Healthy fat
- Folic acid 400 mcg daily
- Calcium 1,000 mg daily
Did you know? Folic acid is a B vitamin. Studies have found if taking folic acid is prior and during pregnancy can lower the risk of having a child with a neural tube (it covers the spinal cord) defect such as spina bifida.
Maintaining Health Weight
Many women are concerned about how much weight they will gain during pregnancy. If your weight was in the normal range before you got pregnant, a weight gain of 25 to 35 pounds is recommended. Worried about your weight? Click here
Did you know? It takes about 55,000 extra calories to make a healthy baby. That might seem like a lot, but it’s only 300 extra calories a day. That’s the equivalent of a glass of low-fat milk, a slice of bread and an apple.
Exercising 30 minutes a day is proven to help circulation, strengthen muscles, and decrease stress. Be sure to speak to your doctor before starting any exercise regime, particularly if you are high-risk.
For the majority of normal pregnancies, exercise can:
- Control breathing
- Reduce backaches
- Improve endurance
- Relieve constipation
- Improve sleep
- Increase energy levels
Being pregnant makes skin more sensitive to sunlight. Use sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and wear a hat and sunglasses for extra protection. You may apply our Noni lavender Lotion to help soothe and calm skin irritations.
Drinking alcohol during pregnancy is linked with a wide range of problems in the developing baby.
Did you know? Any alcohol that is consumed by the mother enters the fetal bloodstream in approximately the same concentrations as in the mother? Drinking while pregnant can result in fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) which affects the baby’s central nervous system.
Smoking affects blood flow and oxygen delivery to the mother and the baby. Lack of oxygen can cause low birth-weights, which in turn is the most common cause of death and illness in newborns and infants.
Skip the Java
Most doctors recommend limiting caffeine during pregnancy. Registered dietitian Frances Largeman-Roth recommends switching to fruit as the natural sugars in bananas and apples can help lift energy levels naturally.
Regular Check Ups
Attending prenatal care checkups will help the doctor monitor the baby’s health. It will also give you an opportunity to voice any concerns you’re having about your pregnancy.
Pregnant women are at a much greater risk of developing complications from seasonal viruses. Healthy diet and exercise as well as plenty of rest and good hand-washing can help to ensure good health. Eating Noni Fruit leather as a raw food provides vital micronutrients to the body, boosts the immune system and helps to maintain blood sugar and blood pressure levels already in the normal range. Noni is also high in vitamin C, helps the body produce GABA to regulate mood swings, and contains scopoletin a natural pain reliever. Topically the Noni Lavender Lotion is wonderful for soothing muscle fatigue and cramps, promotes relief from swelling, soothes dry irritated skin and provides elasticity. As a cautionary we do not recommend pregnant women use the IcyHeat Noni Lotion or the IcyHeat Sports Formula Lotion due to the added menthol and camphor. Interested is reading more about Noni for pain? Click here