TOP 5: Must-Haves for Mommies to Be
Pregnancy essentials to help you feel your best on the inside and out
Now that you're pregnant, your health is doubly important—you're taking care of two! Here are our tips for staying happy and healthy from the inside out.
A good prenatal is a must. Simply put, even the healthiest of diets will be lacking some nutrients that are depleted from our soils. Not to mention, pregnancy takes a lot out of your body. Make sure to buy food-based vitamins such as New Chapter Perfect Prenatal or Nordic Naturals Prenatal DHA.
SAFE BEAUTY PRODUCTS
You’re already watching what you put inside of your body, but do you know what you’re putting on your body? Some beauty products, such as face creams, deodorants and body lotions, can contain questionable ingredients for a developing fetus. To keep mommy and baby safe, we trust the Everyday Shea and Weleda brands. Also, Motherlove products are made with certified organic herbs and ingredients. They never contain mineral oil, lanolin, parabens, synthetic or artificial ingredients.
Growing, stretching skin needs lubrication to prevent the unbearable itchiness that often comes along with pregnancy. And besides that, some well-meaning stretch mark prevention never hurts — even if you’re genetically doomed. We recommend Mother’s Special Oil Blend to help prevent stretch marks.
SAFE CLEANING PRODUCTS
Be careful that you aren’t inhaling toxic chemicals or otherwise posing a safety risk when getting that nursery ready for baby’s arrival. We offer plenty of natural cleaning products at Sprouts!
Now that you're eating for two, you want to make sure you get plenty of protein and meet your daily calcium requirement. Doctors recommend you to steer clear of undercooked eggs and meat, unpasteurized dairy products and juices, raw seafood and cold deli meats. Also avoid certain fish that may contain high levels of mercury.
Make healthy snacks available for yourself so you don't resort to something from a vending machine or a fast food joint. Keep plenty of bananas, apples, avocados, and berries available. We have a few recipes, which make great healthy mama snacks, such as the High Protein Fruit Smoothie, Berry Yogurt Parfait and Garden Fresh Gazpacho. If you need pre-packaged healthy snacks on-the-go, you could keep some of these in your purse: dried mango, organic walnuts, organic beef jerky and organic Medjool dates.