Natural Pregnancy Support

Pregnancy support is vital for mom and baby, but it can be difficult to know where to start. There is so much information out there. While you’re pregnant, taking care of yourself and taking care of your growing baby is one in the same. Therefore, it is essential to be sure you’re taking care of yourself and doing good things for your body and bodily systems.

The immune system is one of the most critical systems in the body and should be a top focus while you are pregnant. Have you experienced or heard of moms feeling more congested while pregnant? Cold-like or allergy-like symptoms can be common during the trimesters when your baby is developing (even after the 9 months) because your immune system is working extra hard to ensure proper support for you and nourishment for your little one. Further, your immune system acts as a shield from unwanted pathogens (think viruses and bacteria), illness, and infection.

Tips to Boost Your Immune System When Pregnant:

  1. Take probiotics regularly. Some great ways to incorporate probiotics in your nutrition are non-dairy/unsweetened yogurt, sauerkraut, and kefir. These foods help to increase your immunity, therefore increasing your baby’s immune health. Further, research shows that good sources of probiotics not only benefit mom, but they also properly develop baby’s gut microbiome, even in the womb. This understanding is key, as we want your baby to enter the world with a strong gut!
  2. Make sure you are eating a whole-food, nutritious diet. Pregnancy can come with some strange cravings, and it is good to indulge, though we recommend finding a healthier alternative to common foods (ex: paleo bread, vegetable or root-based chips vs. corn, monk-fruit sweetened treats, etc.) However, be sure to get enough proteins, carbohydrates, and healthy fats to keep you and your baby going. Nutrition also helps optimize your mood and behavior, as well as hormonal changes. With nutrition especially, you have to think that the body is dividing your food intake between you and the baby to help support both of your bodily systems. Therefore, getting a nutritious diet will also help boost and build your immune system. *If you have questions about favorite food swaps, please let us know!
  3. Make sure you are getting your Vitamin D, especially from the sunshine! Vitamin D plays copious roles within the body, and it is vital to have enough as your baby develops. This nutrient supports baby’s lung development and blood sugar handling mechanisms in her/his body. Further, it is essential for mom’s health, as well, specifically as it relates to your immunity and hormone balance.
  4. Drink water and stay hydrated. Water keeps all of our systems going; it is what makes up the body. Hydration is key for cellular health, immune system, bowel movements (if you are feeling constipated, drink more water!), and every action the body takes in between. Your water intake goal without being pregnant is half of your body weight in ounces. So you will want to drink more than that recommendation while pregnant, depending on how much you exercise.

Other ways to support your immune system

  1. Get good quality and a good quantity of sleep. Your body is literally creating another human. Absolutely prioritize sleep, and make sure your sleep routine is very calming. You want your body to be in a decreased state of stress before closing your eyes. What does your routine look like? Do you involve low lighting? meditative or instrumental music? journaling, prayer, or some quiet time? a calming yoga sequence? Choose 1-2 habits you can put into your routine to prep your body and mind for nighttime!
  2. Surround yourself in a positive environment. Your body does not need the extra stress of negativity, so what can you do to decrease stress? Are you taking walks or epsom salt baths? Do you journal or have quiet time in the am or take this time for you to be excited for all the things to come with your little one? Just like a maintaining a sleep routine, we also encourage you to have a positive morning routine that leads to an uplifting environment throughout your day.
  3. Be sure to get in your daily exercise. Exercise gets your blood flowing and assists with hormonal balance, which is so important during pregnancy. The more you move, the better you most likely will feel. In fact, the workout does not have to be intense. Moderate weights and cardio, walking, yoga (not hot yoga, though, as the heat can affect you and baby), and pilates are great sources of movement for you! Aim for 20 minutes a day.

And lastly…

  1. Take your supplements. Supplements can be a great way to assist your dietary intake to be sure you are getting all the nutrients you need during this season of life. Remember, though, not all supplements are alike, and it can be difficult sifting through the legitimate ones. Your focus- whole-food based supplementation. Good news! We have a prenatal protocol of whole-food based nutrition support that gives you AND your growing little one such amazing sources of nutrients. Be sure to reach out for more information.
Support your immune system through pregnancy with Drenamin, Zypan, Tuna Omega-3 supplements.

Supplements to Support Your Immune System:

Taking supplements during your pregnancy can be so helpful to support your immune system. It takes way more than an essential prenatal to be sure your body is getting everything it needs. Three of the whole-food based supplements we recommend to support your immune system, especially, throughout your pregnancy are:

  1. Zypan® helps facilitate healthy digestion and supports the environment of the gastrointestinal tract.
  2. Tuna Omega 3 bridges the gap in dietary omega 3 intake. It also supports the body’s natural inflammatory response function which is much needed during pregnancy.
  3. Drenamin® is a supplement for your body’s stress management and immune system mechanisms. It promotes a health response to stress, as well as helps you feel calm.
Whole food nutrition is fantastic pregnancy support!

In Conclusion:

Taking care of yourself during pregnancy is equivalent to taking care of your baby. Supporting yourself is a somewhat stressful time for your body, so be sure you are giving back to it and taking care of all your body’s systems. We hope these tips help you build your and your baby’s immune system throughout your pregnancy, and please be in touch if you have any questions!

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