You’ve probably established by now; that I’m all about trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
I am not particularly fond of the word diet and will always where I can use the term ‘healthy lifestyle’ over healthy diet. A healthy lifestyle is important at all stages in our lives but is especially essential during pregnancy. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that as you’re on this site you’re either pregnant or have a vested interest in a healthy lifestyle and an awareness of the health benefits to you and your baby by adopting said lifestyle. Therefore, you won’t find a list of articles preaching about the foods you should be eating but rather the benefits of certain foods and their effect on your body during pregnancy.
CORD BLOOD BANKING – MAKING THE DECISION TO BANK YOUR BABY’S CORD BLOOD.
I was contacted by Cells 4 Life the experts in stem cell processing a couple of months ago regarding an article on Cord Blood Banking. As a writer, the general rule of thumb is to either write about what you know or write about something you have an interest in and in the case of cord blood banking, this is the latter. As someone who spends their day writing articles on pregnancy, I jumped at this opportunity. During both my previous pregnancies going back to 2012 and 2016 I was vaguely aware of the ability that stem cells have, to not only improve lives but to save millions of lives too. Read More
Juicing for Health
Juicing is one of the best ways to get vital nutrients into your body and this is especially important from the moment you decide to conceive and all the way through your pregnancy. By juicing every day you’ll ensure both you and your baby receive a huge dose of goodness while making you feel amazing at the same time- both inside and out. Juicing your fruits and vegetables preserves those vital enzymes which are often diminished during the cooking stages. Read More
Digestive Health During Pregnancy
During previous posts I’ve made no secret of divulging the ugly side of the digestive health problems and discomfort I faced throughout my first pregnancy. After-all, that was just one of the many reasons that motivated me to embark on this journey in the first place. When I use the term ‘discomfort’ I should emphasise this is probably the most discreet and subtle term I can use, but there were days when I was literally too scared to sit on the loo for fear I might push that baby out. Read More
Setting up Easy Meal Prep in time for Baby
Studies show that new parents lose an average of 200 hours of sleep the first year of their baby’s life. That’s five weeks less of shut-eye and means it is time to streamline your lifestyle so that you can live simply while maintaining your health, standard of living and sanity. Setting up for easy meal prep before your baby arrives is a great way to ease your family’s growing pains and relish this time with your little one. Read More
It’s all about the Oats
Loaded with goodness, ideal if you’re feeling a little nauseous and with enough complex carbohydrates to help you through the morning with ease; they’re the perfect choice. Best of all they can be adapted easily to accommodate your taste preference. Over-night oats or Bircher Muesli is literally everywhere these days and definitely a massive upgrade from the oats and boiled water I used to eat as kid. Read More
The importance of Carbs during Pregnancy
If you’re anything like me and you love carbohydrates you’re in luck. Today’s post comes courtesy of my guest collaborator Healthy Pregnancy and is a great read for anyone worried about their carb cravings during pregnancy. So once you’ve finished digesting this latest blog post why not go and get yourself a nice big bowl of wholemeal pasta and enjoy totally guilt free nom nom nom. Read More
Tea – What’s Safe and what should be Avoided?
The Monty Python team once declared’ Make Tea, Not War’ Great advice, I mean who doesn’t love a cup of tea? We are, after-all a nation of tea drinkers and with that in mind; the topic we’re covering today is ‘which teas are safe to drink during pregnancy and which teas should you avoid?’ Read More
The Impact of Healthy Fats during Pregnancy
Finding the right balance of fats and water during pregnancy is crucial to the health of the developing fetus. One of the best fats to include in your diet is omega-3 fats, as they will not only benefit you as the mother, but also the growth of the child. It is also vital to stay hydrated throughout pregnancy to keep all body functions continuing as normal. Read More
Vegetarian and Pregnant
I’m a meat-eater myself and at this point in my life I am yet to see a future for my family and I where a bacon sandwich isn’t occasionally enjoyed, albeit not as often as my husband would like. I’m also pretty certain that the removal of meat in our house would be grounds for divorce. However based on the conversations I have had with vegetarian friends and from what I’ve read on the subject, I would say it is a fair statement to make that vegetarianism is without a doubt one of the healthiest life choices that we can make for our bodies. Read More
Thankfully for the majority of women who fall pregnant they will sail through pregnancy without any issues and the topic of Gestational Diabetes won’t need to be discussed in much depth. However for the 3-5% of women that do go on to develop it; it can be a daunting and often disheartening realisation. Gestational diabetes means diabetes mellitus which literally translates to high blood sugar that is first found during pregnancy. It usually starts around the middle or towards the end of pregnancy but it can start earlier. Read More