7 Everyday Healthy Habits a Newly Pregnant Latina Should Adopt

7 Everyday Healthy Habits a Newly Pregnant Latina Should Adopt

Adopt these 7 daily healthy habits for an incredible, healthy pregnancy.

Autor: Shayne Rodriguez Thompson

Pregnancy is an incredible time during which each day seems to bring something new — whether it’s your first or fourth. But it’s also a time of incredible responsibility. Making sure you give your baby the healthiest start possible should be your number one priority. And although it’s a big task, it’s actually not all that difficult. Here are some great everyday habits you should adopt right away to help ensure your baby’s health and make for a smoother pregnancy and easier delivery.

1. Take your vitamins. You should always consult with your doctor when it comes to your health, specifically what vitamins you should taking before, during and after your pregnancy. Many health professionals may suggest taking a pre-natal vitamin several months before conception.

2. Decrease your caffeine intake. You probably don’t want to hear this, but if you are drinking more than two cups of coffee (or any other caffeinated beverage) a day, you’re going to need to cut back. Most doctors are totally okay with pregnant women consuming up to 200 mg of caffeine per day, but much more could put you at risk for premature labor, preterm delivery, low birth weight and possibly miscarriage. So if you need those two cups to get you going in the morning, you should give up your afternoon cafecito.


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3. Rest as much as possible. Don’t just roll your eyes when mami tells you to rest and take it easy during your pregnancy. It might seem like old school advice, but if you want to feel your best, you need to get plenty of rest. Your body is doing the hardest work it’s ever done — even if you’re a marathon runner or body builder. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself, slow down and rest as much as you feel the need to.

4. Exercise. If you are able to maintain your current exercise routine, go for it. Exercise can help keep your pregnancy weight gain in check, make for an easier delivery and recovery, and it’s a great stress reliever. You may even be able to start a new fitness regimen if your doctor okays it, even if it’s just some daily stretches to help with pregnancy aches and pains. Just remember you’ll probably need to rest even more on days you work out and you’ll need extra hydration.

5. Watch sun exposure. All those pregnancy hormones can have the unpleasant side effect of making your skin extra sensitive. That means it’ll be more susceptible to burning if left unprotected when you’re out in the sun. So make sure you use a good sunscreen and reapply every couple of hours. And don’t forget those rays can also leech fluids from your body, so be sure to drink up as much as you can when you’re going to be outside for a while.

6. Adjust your diet. It can be admittedly difficult to eat well during the first trimester when you might be suffering from morning sickness and food aversions, so do your best until you feel better. Once you do though, make sure you are getting a good balance of protein, carbs and healthy fats. Some great pregnancy superfoods include aguacate, beans (I’m sure your abuela won’t mind making up a big batch for the baby), eggs, leafy greens and nuts, all of which have great staying power and lots of essential nutrients to aid baby’s growth.

7. Oral health. Due to increased hormones, pregnancy can actually cause certain oral health issues such as gingivitis and gum disease, so it’s important to maintain good oral hygiene as well as to continue to see your dentist for check-ups and regular cleanings. Just be sure to make him aware of your pregnancy.

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