Preparing for Labor : Eating Healthy

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Most women eat well & take prenatal vitamins* during pregnancy as they know how important proper nutrition is for growing their baby’s brain & body.  In a previous article, we talked about what to eat and what not to eat during pregnancy, but pregnancy is like training for a marathon.  You prepare and eat a healthy diet for months, but labor day is actually the day you are running that marathon.  On the final day of pregnancy when preparing for labor you want to make sure you’re in optimal shape for the birth-giving process and for following postpartum recovery!

6 Prenatal Exercises to Help You Prepare for Birth

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In late pregnancy, your body will begin to show signs that it is time for your baby to be born through labor and delivery. Even though every birth is unique, prenatal exercises and adequate preparation can help you feel more confident when you go into labor and help your birthing experience go as smoothly as possible.  As you prepare for birth, you should consult a healthcare professional every step of the way and prepare as much as possible for the new addition to your family.

Great Exercise During Pregnancy: Pregnant Yoga

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You probably already know that staying active while pregnant can have all kinds of great benefits for you and your baby. Besides pregnant stretches, prenatal yoga is a great way to get physically stronger and emotionally healthier during pregnancy. Even if you’ve never done yoga before, the modified moves taught in prenatal yoga are both safe and beneficial to expectant moms. Plus, women with difficult pregnancies may find comfort in yoga’s gentle motions and breathing.

Exercising During Pregnancy: Pregnant Stretches

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Staying active while pregnant is extremely important both for you and for your baby.  Many exercises such as stretching and yoga may be safely performed throughout all nine months. Pregnant stretches, preferably in the morning and evening can have a variety of benefits.  Also it is important to discuss with your doctor before doing any pregnant stretches.

What to Eat and Not to Eat During Pregnancy?

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If you are pregnant or are planning to get pregnant, you’ve probably wondered about what to eat and what not to eat during pregnancy.  Eating a healthy diet during pregnancy means you’ll get all the nutrients you and your developing baby need. The basic principles of eating a healthy diet during pregnancy remain the same: get plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein and healthy fats. Today’s variety of food and beverages is so huge that in order to make it easier for you to remember we’ve combined together what is believed to be the 5 of the most essential nutrients to eat and 5 foods to avoid during pregnancy: