When I tell moms who have already have their babies what I do and how I help pregnant moms navigate their pregnancies, the first thing they say is always “I wish there was a person like you when I was pregnant”. The thing is, we don’t know what we don’t know and so many first time or even second time moms don’t realize that they have options, that they have choices and what those options and choices are. I wanted to put together a mini list of three things I wish I would have known when I was pregnant with my first baby.
Are you one of the moms who think that exercising during pregnancy is a bad idea? If you are a low risk pregnancy and your midwife has given you the go ahead to exercise, then not only is it safe to do so during pregnancy but it brings with it a whole lot of benefits for both you and your baby, physically, mentally and emotionally.
Making sure you move your body every day is especially important during pregnancy, provided you are low risk, but it’s also a really great quality to teach your kids, the joy and benefit of being strong and fit. How can you make it really easy to get your exercise in? Do you do it the same time every day? Do you incorporate it in your daily routine like walking to work? Do you do it with friends? I will share my top five tips to fit exercise into your day easily.
Having healthy and nutritious snacks easily available is the perfect parenting hack that we are prepped for through pregnancy. Through pregnancy, eating well is the most important thing you can do for you and your baby, and making sure you have healthy choices that are easy to reach for is the simplest way to do it.
Baking soda is another very useful ingredient you most likely have at hand in your kitchen. We use it fo upset tummies, to bake and to clean, and my daughter has experimented with baking soda in a teeth whitener. It’s good together with vinegar for everything except tummy aches where they should be kept apart since when combined they have a bit of a volcano effect. Unlike vinegar baking soda is safe to combine with bleach if you usually use it.
In our family we like to find natural ways to clean both ourselves and our home. My daughter and I like to experiment with different recipes for body scrubs and we use a lot of essential oils for different things from insect repellent to sinus decongestants. So when it comes to cleaning the home, we try to find natural solutions whenever we can, both because it is good for the environment, but also because it is good for us, and it’s so much less expensive than buying detergents.
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