Weight gain, swelling and skin problems can all be avoided during pregnancy with good food, meditation, skin love and movement. You don’t need to be a gym rat or become an expert cook, you simply need to treat your body like the temple you and your baby deserve. It’s common sense, don’t treat your body like garbage. Pregnancy is a stupid excuse to scarf down empty junk food, there has never been a better time to care more about what you eat and do, your babe is depending on you.
Every time you take a dance class, swim or hike just think of how it is benefiting the life inside of you. Your increased blood flow is bringing nutrient-filled oxygen to your baby. Just think of how happy they are in your womb. He will glow when you set eyes on him for the first time.
More than ever I’m a believer in healthy food, peacefulness, skin care and exercise for baby and mama’s health. I have seen what my lifestyle did to keep my body in shape during and after pregnancy. And of course, my sweet little baby is radiant and strong.
My routine was simple and easy to adopt. This all started about week 12 when I didn’t feel sick anymore.
1. Drink warm lemon water and splash some on your face and neck before applying DeVita Solar Protective in SPF 30 with Hyaluronic Acid, Tata Harper eye cream and MyChelle Unscented Pumpkin Renew Cream. Sunblock is really important to prevent melesma, darkening of the skin, caused by the same hormones that give you that dark line down the belly.
2. I did Hypnobirthing meditations each morning for 10 minutes. (I will go into more detail about Hypnobirthing in a future post)
2. Drink a cup of Red Raspberry leaf tea or Yogi Tea Mother to Be, if you prefer iced tea make it the night before.
3. Green juice, pastured eggs and oatmeal for breakfast (Yummy recipe to come).
4. I walked around the hood or hiked a three-mile trail in the Almaden Foothills up until the day my baby was born.
5. At work, I kept snacks in my desk. Sprouted almonds, raw green crackers, raw chocolate, spirulina bars, a homemade trail mix, and fresh organic fruit and chia seeds with almond milk.
6. At lunch, I would often go to Whole Foods on Monday and buy all the fixings to makes salad that would last a week or bring left overs with me for lunch.
7. Drink a lot of water, at least 64 ounces. It helps prevent yeast and bladder infections, which are common during pregnancy. If you get a UTI the doctor will want you to take antibiotics to prevent it spreading and causing more serious problems. Also water reduces swelling and fluctuations to your skin caused by hormones. Anyway you shouldn’t drink fruit juice, coffee or soda so what else is left?
8. Switch out your desk chair for a big exercise ball, Reebok makes one large enough so you can reach your desk.
9. Take small breaks for fresh air and brisk walks throughout your workday. You will keep you sanity and flexibility.
10. After a long ride in traffic, I would usually be too exhausted to eat but I would force myself. Lentils, quinoa and brown rice veggie bowls were my favorite.
11. Dry brush and take a mineral bath with Dead Sea salt for magnesium and Aztec Secret Healing bentonite clay. These ingredients balance the tap water so you don’t absorb the chemicals through your skin. Also make sure the bath water is not too hot for the health of the baby and your skin. I also scrubbed my body with an Ayate fiber body cloth.
12. I do a lazy girl version of oil cleansing. I pour some olive or coconut oil in my hands and massage my face while filtered water is boiling in the kettle. Sometimes I add lemon juice or baking soda to the oil for gentle exfoliation. Then I pour the water onto a face towel and steam twice then wipe off the excess. If I don’t use make up I sometimes don’t wash my face at all. Since I fuss with my skin less it’s clearer and calmer than it has ever been.
13. After I massaged tamanu oil and argan oil onto my face and my belly. I used coconut oil on the rest of my body. I didn’t get any stretch marks.
14. Gentle yoga stretches before bed and meditated myself to sleep.
Yoga, swimming and dance classes are a great way to keep gorgeous and comfortable all throughout your pregnancy even in the third trimester.