Food & Exercise

Drinking a glass of warm milk

Drinking a glass of warm milk before bedtime is a time-tested way to bring on sleep. Experts believe that amino acid l-Tryptophan (found in milk and other foods such as eggs) makes eyelids heavy by raising the level of serotonin, a chemical found in the brain. According to others, the somnambulant effects of warm milk may all be in your head.

Food

What you eat – and when you eat it – can affect the quality of your sleep. Avoid fried, spicy food and try to eat mostly natural food.

Exercises During Pregnancy

If bad dreams, headaches, or full-body sweats are disturbing your sleep, you could be suffering from low blood sugar. Just before bed, munch a high-protein snack such as an egg, or some peanut butter to keep your blood sugar up during the night.

 

While you may not feel like it even when you’re not expecting, it is safe to exercise in pregnancy. Keeping fit can combat many of the minor aches and discomforts you might experience.

 

Exercise will boost your immune system and provide the circulation and energy levels needed to help you conceive, enjoy your pregnancy and prepare your body for labour.

 

You don’t have to be an Olympic athlete, but it’s important that you are able to climb stairs and lift reasonably heavy weights – like a sleeping child. Pregnant women tend to gain an average of two stone when pregnant, so your muscles and posture are going to be seriously over worked and under strain – and all this before you have to go through the exhausting process of childbirth!

 

Exercise helps you with…constipation, backache, fatigue, varicose veins, circulation problems etc.

 

The good news is that the better your cardiovascular system (heart and lungs), the more stamina you’ll have for huffing and puffing your way through giving birth. Improved muscular strength will help you maintain positions like squatting during labour. We have some guidelines for pregnancy fitness according to trimester.

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