Tips for Healthy Eating While Pregnant

Half the battle of eating healthy while you are expecting is figuring out what to buy and what to cook. Many of us are all too familiar with the interior of the grocery store: skillet meals, frozen dinners, boxed meals, canned lunch, cereal, pasta mixes and other prepackaged foods make up a large part of our American diet. We may take a detour through the produce section for onions or a head of iceberg lettuce, but most of us wouldn’t know where to begin if we were restricted to the perimeter of the store; and yet that is where healthy … Continue reading

Five Potentially Embarrassing Habits of a Healthy and Happy Pregnancy

Pregnancy is one of those seasons in a woman’s life when many social norms are set aside and grace is extended often. Pass gas in public? Don’t expect anyone to laugh at you. Waddle much? It’s cute, not awkward! Take a third trip to the buffet? You’re eating for two! Take advantage of this social leniency and do five things that will keep you safe and comfortable. Disregard that little voice that says, “but I feel stupid.” 1. Wear those winter boots. Don’t worry, the fashion police will avert their eyes while you sport winter boots with extra tread while … Continue reading

Pregnancy and the Holidays

Once Halloween passes, you’ll see all of the Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations out in the department stores. This time of year is my absolute favorite, and last year I loved it even more! November and December are the “feast months,” full of parties, potlucks and big family dinners that will make you appreciate the fact that you can indulge a little bit. While “eating for two” is somewhat of a myth, it’s okay to splurge a little bit around the holidays. My OB noticed my extra weight gain in January last year, but I didn’t get in trouble! I’m sure … Continue reading

Holiday Gift Ideas for Pregnant Women

The holidays are approaching quickly. If you have a pregnant woman on your gift list, you may be wondering what to get her. Of course, your gift doesn’t have to be related to pregnancy or motherhood, but here are some ideas if you are stuck for ideas. Maternity Clothing: Nearly all pregnant women need comfortable clothes that fit. If she is a professional woman, she will have a greater need for good clothes to wear to work. Shopping for maternity clothes may not be something you want to do, especially if you don’t know her taste or size. In this … Continue reading

Ringing in the New Year Pregnant

When you are expecting a baby in the New Year, the holiday will take on a new significance. If you are pregnant on New Year’s, your baby will be born in the coming year. This makes the holiday even more special this year. Your pregnancy will mean some changes to your typical holiday celebration. One obvious no-no is the alcohol that is part of most New Year’s celebrations. This year, you get to be the Designated Driver. There is some controversy about the safety of a glass of wine during pregnancy. Some say a glass is fine, while other sources … Continue reading

Planning Holiday Visits

The holidays are a hectic time of year for most of us. The frantic pace of life during this time wears us all out, but is especially difficult for pregnant women. You need to rest, but you need to shop, wrap gifts, visit relatives and fulfill many other commitments. You need to take stock of what you really need to accomplish. Prioritize your list so you can fulfill your obligations while preserving some time for rest. Shopping is one chore that can be avoided. Shop online for most of your gifts. This is easier than ever and the gifts arrive … Continue reading

Pregnancy and Holiday Secrets

When you find out you are pregnant, one of the first issues that arises is when to share the news with family and friends. If you have recently found out you are expecting, you may be looking for the perfect way to tell relatives your news. Will you share the news that you are expecting a baby over the holidays? Some couples are so excited to be expecting that they tell family and friends right away. Others prefer to wait and keep the news to themselves for a while. For some women, waiting makes sense. If you have experienced a … Continue reading

Getting Enough Rest Over the Holidays

The holiday season is here again. This time of year is very busy with shopping, parties and visits from family. It’s exhausting for all of us, but it’s even worse for tired pregnant women. Try not to wear yourself out with all your holiday obligations. Shopping during the holiday season is crazy. The stores are often filled with other shoppers. Some of these people are very rude. I remember when I was pregnant with my first baby. My husband and I had gone to the mall to buy gifts for family. We decided to split up and get gifts for … Continue reading

You Don’t Have To Gain Weight During The Holidays

You don’t have to gain weight over the holidays. I know it’s hard, what with all the tasting to make sure your dish is just right ,the parties, visiting with family and friends (and sampling at each stop). The pounds seem to attach themselves to your hips and refuse to leave. But you can still enjoy your holiday goodies, if you follow these simple secrets to low-calorie feasting according to LifeScript, a healthy living newsletter. (1) The day before your holiday feast divide everything you eat in half. Have half a sandwich or half a bagel with cream cheese, for … Continue reading

Illness and Pregnancy

It finally happened. After coming in contact with countless sick family, friends, and random people, my pregnant body had enough. Now I have a cold. Although I am not sure how or from whom I contracted the virus, I do know that being sick while pregnant is not fun at all. In the midst of holiday get-togethers and the consumption of holiday related sugary treats, my immune system became susceptible to the various cold viruses on the prowl this winter season. After a twenty four hour runny nose, I thought I had beat the bug. Alas, after several unsuccessful attacks, … Continue reading