Yes, Pregnancy Can Improve Your Health Long-Term!
If you’re pregnant, congratulations! Along with all the new hormones coursing through your body will come the inevitable body changes, weight gain, and food cravings that expectant mothers have experienced since the dawn of time. Your doctor or midwife will offer the best advice on managing your pregnancy, but diet and exercise play a major role not only for your baby, but for your ability to deliver safely. In the process, your awareness of healthy living can have a long-term positive impact.
Yes, it’s best to get healthy before you conceive. But let’s face it, some women become motivated once they know that a baby is on board! That’s the time to ditch those less-than-healthy habits like smoking, consuming alcohol, using prescription and recreational drugs, eating extra sugar and salt, bingeing, or skipping sleep. But even those who consider themselves fit can still benefit from a more focused approach to exercise and diet. It’s never too late to adopt healthier choices.
Creating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle that you stick to beyond the birth will also make you a model of healthy living for your child, helping him/her to avoid obesity, diabetes, heart disease and other conditions for a lifetime. So yes, your pregnancy can make you even healthier than before!
I'm Bethany. Wife. Boy Mom. Bradley Method® teacher. Child passenger safety technician. Placenta encapsulator. I like little dogs, big hair and sweet tea.