By Amanda Marshall
Most people know the benefits of adding Omega 3 fatty acids to their diet but did you know that for pregnant women it is especially important?
Not only is it important for mom, but we are learning how beneficial Omega 3’s are for the developing baby. It is hard to obtain a good amount of Omega 3’s in this “fast food” culture, but it is so important, (not only to pregnant women) that we get our O 3’s from our diet, including fish and flaxseed oil. When you are pregnant the baby takes so much of your nutrients that if you are already deficient in some areas it will only get worse.
By Gail Anderson
Pregnancy usually brings couples closer together. We feel more bonded to our partners as we experience the excitement of creating a new life, dreaming about our new future as a family. We spend vast amounts of money and time shopping for the baby, preparing the nursery, and planning for the day of birth. It can be a really fun time.
So we bring our babies home and find that the first few weeks are kind of like a honeymoon. The babies are so wonderful and except for being tired, we are still managing pretty well. We still have enough clean clothes, bills don’t need to be paid yet, our friends have been feeding us, and our moms have cleaned the house.
The days stretch into weeks and then into months and one day we wake up to find that we feel so disconnected from our partner. We are tired and there are never enough hours in the day to get everything done, not even time for a short conversation about our day. It’s like living with a stranger, only it’s a stranger that we fight with over the smallest things. Silly things that never bothered us before. We find ourselves wondering what happened to all the hope and excitement that we felt during our pregnancy.
By Nedra Hale Wilson
Regular exercise is important in everyone’s lives, and remains just as vital during a normal pregnancy. Cardiovascular exercise helps a woman maintain current fitness levels, reduce the chance of developing diabetes and hypertension, reduce the incidence and symptoms of depression, and achieve a healthy, steady weight gain. Strength training with sufficient core support and light weights can keep her posture strong and help her muscles to support her growing belly with less strain and discomfort.