Have a Healthy Pregnancy
It’s hard to believe that in just a few short days, my baby will turn a year old. He was born on the most beautiful September night, exactly one week after my 30th birthday. I was two days passed my due date and was cheering on the Giants at my sister’s house when I went into labor. I couldn’t believe our family of 3 was about to change to a family of 4 and was overwhelmed with emotion. I had an easy, pleasant and meaningful pregnancy, where I thought of carrying my baby as a special time, filled with moments meant only for the two of us. I wanted to give Jackson the healthiest start to life and considered my role as an expectant mother wisely. I agree with recommendations from babycenter.com and think it’s important to get early prenatal care, take prenatal vitamins, watch what you eat, get enough rest, and exercise regularly.
For me, having the right obstetrician set a positive tone that lasted throughout my pregnancy. My Doctor, Dr. Philip Passes in Wall, NJ, created an atmosphere that left me feeling calm, relaxed and confident, providing me with a healthy foundation and start to my journey. Dr. Passes was a trusted resource and advisor for me, whose opinion I respected, valued and followed.
While I don’t normally take a multivitamin, the CDC recommends taking a prenatal vitamin with 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid every day, before and during pregnancy. Folic acid is a B vitamin that can help prevent major birth defects. I started taking Garden For Life’s Vitamin Code RAW Prenatal about a month before Greg and I decided we would start trying to expand our family, and continued taking them through my pregnancy. I chose the Garden for Life brand since their vitamins are uncooked, untreated and unadulterated, with no binders or fillers, and contain probiotics.
Diet has always played an important part in my adult life, and that continued during pregnancy. Cochrane.org, a global independent network of researchers that have been recognized as representing an international gold standard for high quality, trusted information, states that pregnant women can improve their health and even reduce the risk of complications during childbirth by maintaining a healthy weight. According to their analysis of the research, it has been shown that gaining too much weight during pregnancy increases the risk of gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, large babies, and delivery by caesarean section; and newborns with large birth weights are at risk of childhood obesity. I focused on eating whole foods with real, quality ingredients and my weight gain fell into place from there. When I wanted to indulge, I found or made a version with ingredients that I felt good about.
Sleep has always been an important part of my routine. I’ve always been an early to bed, early to rise person. I made sure to keep a healthy routine throughout the nine months, occasionally turning down work or personal invitations that would keep me out late. I thought it was best to allow my body to rest as much as possible.
I love to exercise and with the approval from Dr. Passes, I happily kept up my normal routine throughout my pregnancy. I carefully took my older son on bike rides, nature hikes and fitness walks leading up until the day I gave birth. I believe this helped to keep me emotionally and mentally healthy while allowing me to have an easy delivery.
Because there are so many factors out of our control during pregnancy, I believe it’s important to collaborate with your Doctor to develop habits that will positively affect your experience and your baby’s health.