How To Step Up Your Prenatal Care Game!
This is a time when your body requires the best of the best- good nutrition and rest, balanced with gentle movements will keep you strong and able bodied for the arrival of your little one! We have all heard of the importance of folic acid to help prevent neural tube defects, but many of us have a genetic mutation called MTHFR and aren't aware of it. We recommend you take methyl folate to deal with this concern. Find out more about MTHFR here. For a prenatal vitamin look for ones sourced with organic and non gmo ingredients like the ones found at avivaromm.com to deliver the full spectrum of nutrients to you. Now is a time to invest in organic foods and avoid chemicals and pesticides. Eat according to our top ten healthy habits guidelines and your Body will thank you for it!
Movement is important to help stay active and strong for labor and delivery! Walking is a great way to exercise and is low impact and kind to your joints. Many women find benefits with group exercises designed for prenatal care such a yoga. This can have a two fold benefit- stretching to ease pregnancy aches and pains- meditation to help you stay calm and focused. Pay attention to your posture too- make sure you sit on a firm chair with a support under your lower back and consider a body pillow when you sleep. Check out this video on a great yoga stretch for prenatal care.
"Greening" your household including your personal body products is important . Research has shown that over 200 chemicals have been found in umbilical cord blood so these may have an effect on baby and can cross the placenta and enter you and your baby. Rethink body products and try non toxic paraben free ones to keep you and baby healthy. Some simple and inexpensive ideas include coconut oil as a body lotion, mix it with some shea butter for a denser and creamier consistency. Same with cleaning products, vinegar and water can be an effective cleaning solution. Avoid cleaners with lots of fragrance. Find more info here.
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