When you find out you’re going to be a mom, it’s easy to shift your attention to the life growing inside of you—and put self-care on the backburner. You may skimp on sleep as you stay up late scrolling All Things Baby, or you might postpone non-O.B. appointments like dental checkups. But the truth is, you definitely want to prioritize your own well–being during pregnancy, which will help your baby in the long run, too! Here’s how.
Take a daily multivitamin
Morning sickness (um, all-day sickness), food aversions (ick, chicken), and bizarre cravings (hello, cilantro) can leave gaps in your diet. A quality multivitamin ensures that you cover your nutritional bases, delivering vitamins and minerals that you (and baby) may be missing out on. You can even find a vitamin to fit your specific needs. If you have nausea or tummy troubles, Mommy’s Bliss Prenatal Multivitamin + Probiotics contains 19 vitamins and minerals, probiotics for gut health, and ginger and B6 to reduce nausea and gas. If fatigue has got you down, you may need a multivitamin with iron such as Mommy’s Bliss Prenatal Multivitamin + Iron, which also includes B12 for energy support.
You’ve probably heard from a well-meaning stranger at least once: “Sleep while you still can.” Of course, you can’t bank sleep for those newborn nights to come (if only!) but getting sufficient zzzzz’s will keep your energy levels up now. Plus, research shows a lack of sleep can up your risk of complications such as preeclampsia and longer labors. For better shut-eye, power down your devices (phone included) at least one hour before bed and enjoy quiet time. If your growing belly and achy back make nights uncomfortable, a body pillow can fit your new contours and ease the strain.
Make a dental appointment
Hormonal fluctuations and changes in your diet and routine can make you prone to gum disease and cavities while pregnant. According to the CDC, up to 75% of pregnant women may have gingivitis, an early form of periodontal disease marked by inflammation and red gums. Research shows a link between gum disease and premature birth, so schedule your appointment asap—and don’t forget to floss!
Stay on the regular
Gas, bloating, and constipation are extremely common during pregnancy. That’s because the hormone progesterone slows your digestive tract. Drinking more water, exercising, and eating more fiber can keep things moving. Beyond that, a supplement that includes fiber and prebiotics (think of these as food for probiotics) can help keep you regular and ease discomfort. Try Mommy’s Bliss Prenatal Regularity Support Gummies. They’re vegan, non-GMO friendly, and made with natural berry and orange flavors.
Get your fill of DHA
What’s that? DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) is an omega-3 fatty acid that helps with healthy brain development. It’s also been linked to eye health and full-term births. The research points to brain protection for grown–ups, too, suggesting DHA may help ward off cognitive impairment that can occur with age, as well as protect against depression and heart disease. Get a daily dose for you and your baby from Mommy’s Bliss Prenatal Omega + DHA Gummies.
Break a sweat
As your body gets bigger, you may (understandably) have less motivation to move. So here’s a little: Breaking a sweat helps combat achiness and bloating, it can boost your mood, and even help you sleep. The current recommendation for pregnant women is at least 150 minutes a week of moderately intense exercise. That could mean a 30-minute walk five days a week. See you outside!