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Stay Hydrated During Pregnancy

Stay Hydrated During Pregnancy

Stay Hydrated During PregnancyIt is important for everyone to stay hydrate. Your body is made up of 60% water, after all, so it is important to replenish the water that is lost throughout the day. Especially during pregnancy, dehydration can be very dangerous. Dehydration can make you dizzy, faint, increase your heart rate and blood pressure, and even land you in the hospital if you aren’t careful.

Besides avoiding dehydration, staying hydrated is good for you and your baby. The fluid in your body is how nutrients are absorbed and transferred to your baby. Fluid is also how waste and toxins are eliminated from your system.

Easy Tips To Stay Hydrated During Pregnancy

Drink More

Okay, this tip seems obvious, but the very best way to keep yourself hydrated is to drink plenty of fluids.

Water: Water, of course, is the best and most obvious option for hydrating your body (and baby). To encourage yourself to drink more water, carry a refreshing glass of ice water around with you when you are home or in the office. When you are out and about, keep a bottle of water with you at all times and take sips whenever you get a chance.

Spruced Up Water: If you don’t like the taste of plain water or are just craving some flavor, spruce up your water with some super simple and tasty “spa water” tricks. Add some cucumber slices and mint leaves to a pitcher of water and let it sit for a few minutes before drinking. Also try citrus fruit like orange slices, and fresh raspberries. The possibilities here are endless, and it’s a great way to encourage yourself to drink more water.

Green Tea: Sitting down with a nice hot cup of decaffeinated green tea with lemon and honey is about as relaxing as it gets, not to mention a great antioxidant boost and a great way to hydrate. Craving something chilled? Try a glass of iced green tea for a refreshing twist on a warm classic.

Juice: While you certainly want to watch your sugar intake, juice can be hydrating as well. If it’s the flavor you’re after, consider diluting your juice to cut down on the sugar.

Milk: When it’s hydration you’re after, just about anything wet counts. A frosty glass of regular milk, almond milk, coconut milk, or whatever it is that you prefer works like a charm and you even get a few grams of protein out of it.

Fruits and Vegetables

The foods you eat can help keep you hydrated as well. Raw fruits and vegetables have especially good fluid content. One over-achieving example is watermelon, which is 90% water (and delicious). Other great choices are apples, peaches, cucumbers, carrots, and grapes.

Keeping hydrated is part of a healthy pregnancy. To stay healthy and help stave off that dreaded bloat, drink plenty of fluids. These tips should help you stay hydrated during pregnancy. Click here for more tips.

Healthy Weight During Pregnancy With Gestational Diabetes

Healthy Weight During Pregnancy With Gestational Diabetes

Healthy Weight During Pregnancy With Gestational DiabetesWeight management during pregnancy might seem like an oxymoron, but weight management doesn’t just apply to weight loss. Weight management has as much to do with proper weight gain, especially during pregnancy, and maintaining a healthy weight overall than anything else.

Weight gain during pregnancy is very normal and actually healthy for your baby. There is a limit to how much weight you are supposed to gain, however. Especially if you have gestational diabetes, your doctor will likely pay more attention to how much weight you are gaining. Weight loss, however, is almost never a good sign when you are pregnant so your doctors will need to be made aware of that as well. [Read more…]

Healthy Exercise Tips For Gestational Diabetes

Healthy Exercise Tips For Gestational Diabetes

exercise with gestational diabetesYou are probably aware that being healthy is more than just eating the right foods and following up with your doctor. Especially if you have gestational diabetes, you definitely have to do those things, but there is more to it. You also need to get some exercise.

Exercising when you are pregnant, especially in the third trimester, can be tricky business. But you can maintain a healthier pregnancy overall, if you incorporate some exercise with gestational diabetes and any pregnancy.

Exercise during pregnancy is important, but it is perhaps even more important when you have gestational diabetes. This is because exercise allows your body to burn off excess glucose without the use of medications. This helps keep blood sugar levels stable so you and your baby are safe and healthy. Ensure that your pulse oximeter readings are stable and well below the abnormal point. If otherwise, consult a doctor immediately.

Here are some rules to follow for exercise in each trimester of pregnancy. Of course, you should talk to your doctor before changing your diet, taking any supplements, or starting a new exercise regimen.

First Trimester

Unless otherwise instructed by your doctor, the first trimester is a great time to start a new exercise regimen. This is because you are not yet carrying a lot of extra baby weight and aerobic exercises are unlikely to hurt you or your baby. While you might be feeling a bit more tired than usual, many women do not yet even “notice” their pregnancy, and exercise can actually give you more energy.

Except in specific cases where your doctor says otherwise, there are not many restrictions as far as exercise in the first trimester, so you should be able to do just about anything.

Second Trimester

In the second trimester you might be finally starting to show, but you are likely past the morning sickness and fatigue of the first trimester. Unless told otherwise by your doctor, it is typically still safe to engage in higher impact exercises and activities.

Towards the end of the second trimester you might want to move towards lower impact exercises, but throughout the pregnancy just remember to listen to your body. If you are feeling faint, dizzy, nauseous, lower back pain or belly pain you should stop and take a break. A good rule of thumb is to watch your heart rate and stay 60% below your maximum heart rate.

Third Trimester

In the third trimester you are really starting to grow. Your balance might be thrown off by the extra weight of the baby, and you might experience more strain and fatigue when you exercise. Now is the time to start engaging in lower impact exercises.

Consider walking, light yoga, swimming, water aerobics, and self-resistance exercises such as wall push-ups. As usual, stop if you start to feel dizzy or faint or experience any pain. The second and third trimesters are not the time to push yourself too hard.

These tips and ideas should help you incorporate regular exercise into your routine. Getting regular exercise with gestational diabetes, is an important part of a healthy pregnancy.

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Planning A Baby Shower Cake With Gestational Diabetes

Planning A Baby Shower Cake With Gestational Diabetes

planning a baby shower cake with gestational diabetesThere are very few things more fun than a great baby shower. If the mother-to-be has gestational diabetes, you might need to make a few changes in the menu, but there is no reason you cannot still have a fantastic baby shower.

The baby shower cake might be something you are worrying about for a mother-to-be with gestational diabetes, but never fear, there are answers that could work perfectly for you.


Talk To The Mother-To-Be

If you are reading this article because you are planning a baby shower cake for a friend or family member who has gestational diabetes, the first thing you should do is talk to the mother-to-be. It is her party, after all, and she is the best person to give you an idea of what she wants or needs. [Read more…]