20 Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy

This article contributed by one of this blog's partners. Now that you’re expecting, it’s important to look after yourself. If changes feel difficult, keep in mind that they benefit your little one! Here are 20 quick tips for a healthy pregnancy.  Healthy Pregnancy Tips Be sure to get an ultrasound early on to ensure that your baby’s development is progressing normally. It’s normal to get one around week 9 although anytime between 8 and 12 weeks is considered standard. Not a fan of fruits and vegetables? Now is a great time to start adding them to your diet. Create a healthy exercise habit if you haven’t done so already. Remember to get your doctor’s OK before beginning, and ease your way into your new activity to prevent sore muscles. If you smoke, stop right away. Get support if you need it. Take prenatal vitamins, and ensure that your brand contains at least 400 mcg of folic acid. Avoid exposure to chemicals that could harm you or your baby. Have a cat? … [Read more...]

Mistaken for Pregnant, at the Gym

Yep.  That’s a real thing that happened to me. I’m still processing it. Mulling it all over. Trying to determine if I find this event a) motivating, or b) deflating in my overall efforts to improve my fitness. So here’s how it went down. Never, Ever Ask a Woman if She’s Expecting. Just Don’t. I liked him at first.  He had brought his own towel laced with eucalyptus oil, and had draped it over the steam vent.  I love this effect, and the steam room smelled much better than it normally does.  So I was appreciative.  We were amicable steam room buddies, at this point.  Off to a great start. Then he asks me a question, in very broken English.  An older Hispanic gentlemen, I couldn’t quite make out what he was saying.  He repeats himself, while rubbing his stomach by way of a demonstrative gesture.  And it dawns on me what he is asking. “Is baby coming?” Ouch.  Am I pregnant?  So apparently I look pregnant in my swimsuit.  That’s awesome. I was so stunned at first, I … [Read more...]