10. Stretch your Legs Before Bed
Here’s how to do a great stretching routine:
- To start, stand at arm’s length from a wall, place your hands on the wall in front of you and move your right foot behind your left foot.
- Slowly bend your left leg forward, keeping your right knee straight and your right heel on the floor.
- Hold the stretch for about 30 seconds, being careful to keep your back straight and your hips forward.
- Don’t rotate your feet inward or outward and avoid pointing your toes.
- Switch legs and repeat.
- Afterward, meditate or do some bedtime yoga.
11. Indulge in Omega-3s
Fish doesn’t appear on most pregnancy diets, but it should. “In a study of almost 12,000 pregnant women, children born to those who ate less than two servings of fish a week didn’t do as well on tests of intelligence, behavior, and development as children born to mothers who ate fish at least twice a week.,” reports the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (14).
That’s because fish is high in omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for proper brain function and development. To get all the benefits of omega-3s, eat up to 12 ounces weekly of shrimp, canned light tuna, salmon, pollock, catfish, and other low-mercury fish. You can also try vegetarian food high in omega 3. On the other hand, stay away from shark, swordfish, king mackerel, or tilefish.
12. Stay Away from Soft Cheeses and Lunch Meat
Some foods may contain bacteria and additives that can hurt your baby.
To stay safe, don’t eat:
- Soft cheeses like feta, Brie, and goat cheese
- Uncooked or undercooked meats or fish
- Lunch meats and hot dogs
13. Protect Your Skin
Your skin is more sensitive to the sun when pregnant. This means that you’ll be prone to burning and chloasma (skin discoloration). Above all, protect your skin with an all-natural sunscreen, wide hat and cover-up, and moisturize with organic skin care. You’ll also want to avoid going outside during peak sun hours for healthy skin throughout your pregnancy.
14. Fly During your Second Trimester
Ah, the age-old question: can you fly while pregnant?
According to the Mayo Clinic, flying while pregnant is safest during your second trimester, after morning sickness has subsided. At this time, your fetus is well implanted and growing steadily, ensuring that you won’t suffer from early complications (15).
You can also travel early into the third trimester, as long as it’s before the 36th week. Before flying pregnant, speak to your doctor, check with your airline, stay hydrated, and walk regularly to promote circulation.