Since my first pregnancy was basically 9 months of bliss, I naively thought any subsequent pregnancies would be the same. Of course I believed that lots of the things I did preventatively such as working out 4 times a week, staying super hydrated with water and coconut water, applying Weleda Pregnancy Body Oil incessantly, going to bed before 10:30PM etc., helped me to avoid any morning sickness, stretch marks, infections, physical pain, and exhaustion, however in the back of my mind I wondered if I would have felt generally the same had I not done any of these things.
I have unintentionally conducted an experiment on myself, and am here to tell you that all of those things are VERY important. I am currently battling my second cold, had a stomach virus last month, am still exhausted at 24 weeks, can see signs of stretch marks forming, and feel like I’m slowing down and getting bigger by the second. I know, I know, I have a very active two and half year old to chase after now:
and getting less sleep comes with the job title, but I have faltered on all the other areas I listed above. I want to shout it from the rooftops, “PREVENTION REALLY DOES WORK!” I’m living proof.
If you’re pregnant, take it from me, and take the time to do these things for yourself. I am starting immediately We will feel better.
Move your body. Even if that means getting off the subway a stop early or parking at the back of the parking lot for the extra walking.
Drink TONS of water the minute you find out you’re pregnant. I read somewhere before I was pregnant the first time that the majority of morning sickness and all day nausea is caused from dehydration. The water helps to flush out all the excess hormones that are making you feel ick! This time around, I have to choke down plain water- a drink I usually love- so I found a great remedy to get my H2O intake. They’re called NuuN Tablets and I drop one in my morning water and go from there. They also give me a natural energy boost from the B vitamins which I desparately need!
Start dousing your stomach and breasts and hips in Weleda Pregnancy Body Oil the MOMENT you find out you are pregnant. I slacked on this one, and didn’t start my regimen until about 2 weeks ago, and as I stated above, I see stretch marks! I’m hoping this miracle oil will help them to vanish before they have the time to take up permanent residence.
Keep healthy snacks with you at all times so you’re not tempted by sugar which depresses your immune system. I’m pretty sure my current illness has to do with all the Magnolia cupcakes I consumed over the weekend. My favorites snacks are raw walnuts, dried apricots, Salmon Packets hard boiled eggs, Greens Plus Bars, and anything by Kopali.