Hi Everyone! I was of course a little nervous and excited at the same time back in Feb when I found out I was pregnant. Now that I’m 5 months and going through pregnancy in my mid 30′s, I have have been blessed by being surrounded by so many friends and family who already have children. What was most important to me was that I have a peaceful and present pregnancy. I wanted to enjoy the journey and do my very best to keep in the best health that I could. My beautiful friend Lavender gave me a copy of Skinny Bitch- Bun in the Oven which was such a fun read! Although my diet did go to 90% carbs for a few months and did order a plate of nachos the other night, I wanted to share 20 things that I have done so far in my pregnancy that has made me feel wonderful, healthy and happy. I’ve also included 3 bonus tips from my wonderful biz partner and friend Elisa. Elisa and Lavender are two of the most radiant moms I know!
20 Tips to have a hot pregnancy
1) Do all you can to feel hot! I stopped dying my hair but many of my friends went ahead with great blond streaks and bronze browns to add radiance to their look. I just don’t suggest cutting your hair when you’re preggers!! Not a good call to chop your hair off when you have those extra hormones kicking around! Buy new shoes, wear heals, buy a new hot dress….go on a little sephora shopping spree! Some sparkle goes a long way!
2) Spoon up on a daily dose of wicked organic liquid omegas! Many of you know that I love Optomega from Usana Health Sciences. So many reasons but hey…if it’s good enough for Dr Christiane Northrup…it’s good enough for me!
3) I highly recommend a Midwife. If you have a high risk pregnancy, you will be referred to an ob/gyn but even in this case, having a doula around can calm your stress and nurture you.
4) Take a break from creepy chemicals and clean your home up from toxins. Most of you already do this but it’s a great time to take extra good care of you and baby and switch to edible natural skincare, deodorants, cleaning products and perhaps even no more hair dyes (that was the toughest one for me!).
5) Get a home water filtration system. The day I got mine installed, I noticed a huge difference. No more flouride smell and my skin just felt so much better. I had a wonderful experience with www.allaywater.com
6) Chill out if you don’t eat perfect during your first trimester! From what I hear…very few do! I thought I was the only one who ate all carbs!! I had 24 hour nausea and carbs just made me feel happy! You’ll likely crave lots of fruit (grapes, citrus, berries). Low glycemic fruits are ideal (berries, apples, pears, peaches,plums).
7) Make your bedroom your spa sanctuary. I am very cautious of what is in my bedroom. If you look at the stats for sleep disorders, you’ll know why. There are easy things you can do to have amazing sleep for you and baby. Keep your bedroom clean, serene and simple. Remove clutter, junk, tv’s, laptops, cell phones and gadgets from the bedroom if you want wonderful sleep. Consider significantly reducing electronics in the bedroom for better sleep. Battery operated alarm clocks are best. Lots of fresh air and open windows when you sleep is also amazing. Go for organic cotton sheets and pure comfort! A few drops of Lavender oil on your pillow at night works wonders.
8) Sleep when your body asks for it and don’t be a type A freak who feels guilty having a nap because you won’t get to your to-do list! I went to bed almost every night at 9:30am for trimester 1 and my skin and body are so much happier because of it.
9) Walk. I walk 2 hours a day during my pregnancy and the meditative time is so healing and does wonders for feeling peaceful. It burns off some excess energy and is great for keeping fit and keeping your body healthy. Adding a few yoga classes a week is a beautiful compliment.
10) Bubble baths with essential oils. I aim for 4 bubble baths a week with essential oils while pregnant. Make sure the water isn’t too hot of course but with your home water filtration system, you will just feel amazing! I use this time to read books or yoga magazines. Candles, music and a great half hour of bliss!
11) Kale Chips. I ate lots of Kale chips during my first trimester because I just couldn’t do salads (and they are my staple when not pregnant). I was so nauseous that even salad was non-negotiable. So, kale chips became a staple. For some reason, I could eat them.
12) Take a super wicked Pharmaceutical Grade Multi-Vitamin. On a daily basis, I take a probiotic, my multivitamin, Vitamin D and both a plant and fish based omega. I was so thrilled when my midwives freaked out that I had perfect blood work. It helps when you’re on the best supplement program for a decade before getting pregnant!
13) Get a weekly massage. Save your money in other places but a weekly massage has been a heaven. Any tension that gets stored in the body while that little munchkin is growing can be lightly massaged out every week. In my opinion, a weekly massage during pregnancy is as important as good nutrition. Stored tension in the body is just not healthy.
14) Get Life Insurance. I have become a junkie of reading about financial independence. When I wrote 30 Days to Wealth, I wanted to share some of my tips on creating amazing weekly cash flow and how wealth, health and leadership go hand in hand. Once you get that platform solid, learning to create wealth through investing is so juicy and exciting to me! Learn the difference between term and whole life insurance and even if you are covered by a spouse, it is likely only term life insurance. Read up! A great read is Be your own banker by Nelson Nash. And you wonder why we aren’t mentored at younger ages to get our financial crap together!
15) Have a solid wealth and investment plan. When your bringing little ones in the world, I believe you have a responsibility to be an amazing example for what do do and what not to do. It is not about being perfect but having the wisdom to set them up for success and mentor them as parents is most important. Teaching them how to be responsible and disciplined with money will be a key. Start now on getting your own finances and future plans in place so you can be a good example!
16) Manage your energy and emotions (the best you can). My fiance will agree that I barely spoke for the first 3 months of my pregnancy. I just didn’t feel well but am very conscious about projecting my own energy on others. If I am feeling a little out of alignment, I would rather seek help and have some personal time than to be grumpy with others. Thank goodness for 6 years of personal development and incredible mentors to teach me some strategies along the way. Just remember, if you are projecting your energy onto others, it doesn’t help anyone. A great read is Positive Energy by Dr Judith Orloff. Get a great support team of friends and professionals around you for those rough days (Massages and 2 hour walks totally help too!!!). Increasing your omegas is also a great strategy.
17) Be Peace. Meditate even for a few minutes. Keeping your body and mind in a state of peace will bring such wonderful serenity to your pregnancy. Do your best to eliminate stress (and stressful people) from your life during your pregnancy. Remember that problems only exist in our minds and during pregnancy is a wonderful time to practice living in the now stress free. A wonderful read during pregnancy is Wayne Dyer’s book on the Tao Te Ching Change your Thoughts, Change Your Life-Living the wisdom of the Tao
18) Start a Gratitude Journal. Being in a state of gratitude (with your emotions not just your mind) is a powerful thing that brings even more gifts into your life. Starting a gratitude journal while pregnant is divine. Every day, write out every single little thing that brought a smile to your face that day. A wonderful conversation, being in great health, a great walk, a swim…
19) Sunshine and Fresh Air. I had the pleasure (or challenge) of being on vacation for 3 weeks during my 4th month of pregnancy-Hawaii, Paris and Florida. I made the conscious decision to be excited to put on a bikini and just work it. I cannot say that it was super easy but with a little time and reflection, I really wanted to experience feeling amazing during pregnancy and putting on a bikini was a great way to practice! Honestly, it was fun and I’m even excited for the next opportunity! It was helpful having some amazing moms around me who totally flaunted it during pregnancy and their confidence and beauty were inspiring to me! I wanted to be like them.
20) Lube Up! Every day, lather on that cacao butter! This was the #1 tip I got from friends. I also love kukui nut butter. I take extra time to apply this and adding to this drinking lots of water has made my skin feel great!
My beautiful friend and biz partner Elisa was gracious enough to share 3 of her tips. She is just a radiant bright light and a beautiful mom.
1) Prenatal Massage-Prenatal massage shares many of the goals of regular massage – to relax tense muscles, ease sore spots, improve circulation and mobility, and just make you feel good. But it’s also tailored specifically to the needs of pregnant women and their changing bodies, and therapists who are trained in prenatal massage adjust their techniques accordingly. Loved, loved, loved my prenatal massages lol!
2) Water Therapy or aerobics-An excellent, low-impact program for pregnant women is aqua aerobics or water fitness.The warmth and the compression of the water on the muscles and joints of the body are considered very therapeutic. Water exercise is easy and safe, as well as beneficial to all levels from beginner to advanced. It isn’t even necessary to be a swimmer to begin exercise in the shallow end of the pool…you can also check out Watsu.
3)Reading or singing to my baby- 10-15 mins of quality alone time to bond and enjoy the magic that is happening inside of you …taking the time to enjoy the gift of life! We can be so busy at times (especially preparing for baby) that we foget to tune everything out and only tune into the most incredible moments of the blessing that is bestowed upon us as women…so empowering and beautiful to recreate!