Booster #3: Healthy Eating
Anything you eat can be considered energy, says Dr. Hall, and you'll benefit most from foods that provide plenty of nutrients and energy-boosting substances. Broccoli is a great source of beta carotene with vitamin C to keep you energized, reports Dr. Hall. Likewise, blueberries contain protective antioxidants and stimulate the brain. You can boost your body's healing capabilities by eating foods containing vitamin B6 which helps the body produce serotonin, creating a calming effect. Dr. Hall suggests eating chicken, sweet potatoes, and bananas for a B6 boost.
Along with your food intake, be sure to drink plenty of water. "As a society, we walk around chronically dehydrated," says Dr. Teitelbaum. Pregnant women, especially, should drink the recommended eight, eight-ounce glasses of water a day to keep healthy and maintain stamina. Be wary of caffeinated beverages; the jury is still out on whether or not caffeine adversely affects pregnancy. Be sure to ask your OB-GYN before reaching for that iced mocha.
Booster #4: Peace of Mind
Having a calm and collected mind is vital to staying healthy during pregnancy. A few ways to keep the peace include:
- Meditation: Closing your eyes, clearing the mind, and focusing on a single image or thought for a few minutes a day can reduce blood pressure, boost the immune system, and create more energy for the day, says Dr. Hall. If meditation isn't your thing, try taking deep breaths for a two-minute interval. By slowly and deeply inhaling and exhaling, you calm the body and mind, and restore energy.
- Take time for you: Being pregnant can be stressful. Taking time each day for yourself can significantly lower stress and keep your energy levels high. Feeling extra drained? Dr. Hall recommends taking a brief nap to restore expended energy. Listen to your favorite band or artist. Indulge in a good book. Whatever your pleasure, set aside time to enjoy it.
- Take time for your loved ones: You and your partner are in this baby journey together; make time for him during these busy nine months. Sharing a laugh with the one you love can boost your energy—and your outlook.
Energy during pregnancy doesn't have to be a rarity. By listening to your body and taking care of yourself, energy can be more readily at your fingertips for use in planning, wondering, and thinking about the new joy in your life.