Hey Everyone!! I am Ashley from Whole Foods New Body! Emily was nice enough to ask me to do a Blog swap with her today to talk to you guys about 5 Ways to Rock a Healthy Pregnancy. This is a subject very near and dear to me right now because I am pregnant with my 3rd child! 🙂
To get things started….let me first say this….I am far from perfect and I don’t think perfection should ever be your goal when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle. I try to live my life according to the 90/10 rule. 90% of the time I eat very clean, healthy foods and try to be as active as I can. That leaves 10% for a little wiggle room for a splurge or treat every now and then! This is my lifestyle. Not a diet!! By giving yourself that wiggle room….you are more likely to stick with living a healthier lifestyle.
My first pregnancy was NOT very healthy. I started out at an unhealthy weight and I ate pretty much whatever I could get my hands on. I definitely enjoyed the whole “eating for two” logic and it showed!!
I had a ton of swelling, dizziness, lethargy, aches, and pains and was fairly miserable the whole time!
Luckily, after I delivered…I kicked into weight loss mode and I lost over 50 lbs. Now I didn’t do it the healthy way. I restricted my calories to a ridiculous amount and the weight came off. No….I didn’t feel good and although I was at a healthier weight….I was miserable.
Fast forward to my second pregnancy, I did much better this time around but I wasn’t active and I wasn’t eating healthy. The only thing that made this pregnancy better was that I started at a healthy weight.
Now let’s talk about where I am now!
Over the past year and a half I have completely changed my mindset on healthy eating. I no longer restrict calories, I added fitness into my life and I cut out processed food and added REAL food to my diet. What a huge difference this has made in the way I feel!! When I found out I was pregnant with baby #3…I knew this pregnancy would be different. I wanted to nurture my body with healthy food!!
Let me give you some tips on how I have done this: