Pregnancy is such an exciting and special time in a woman’s life. There has never been a better time to look after yourself. Staying physically active in conjunction with a healthy, nutrient-rich diet will support the wellbeing of both you and your growing baby.
Keeping physically fit and active during pregnancy offers many health benefits, such as improving physical and mental wellbeing while helping you to maintain a healthy weight. Healthy pregnant women should participate in some form of aerobic and muscle strengthening exercises to a point where they can still carry on a conversation without being breathless. Make sure you warm up, cool down and only exercise within your comfort zone. Depending on your level of fitness, physical activities to enjoy include yoga, swimming, walking, light jogging, aqua aerobics, cycling or specialised pregnancy exercise classes.
During pregnancy your nutritional demands increase to support not only your health, but also that of your developing baby. Eating a wide variety of unprocessed foods is a good place to start with a focus on nutrient density rather than increased volume Some key nutrients that are essential in pregnancy include:
• Vitamin D
Birth preparation with Raspberry leaf
Within traditional Western herbal medicine (WHM), Raspberry leaf is used during the third trimester of pregnancy to prepare the mother’s body for labour. Traditional WHM uses include enhancing uterine health and preparing the uterus for childbirth. See Raspberry Leaf.