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The key is listening to your growing body, and taking care of yourself. Taking care of you is nurturing the life or lives inside the womb. Energy levels can be increased through exercise, health foods, taking natural prenatal vitamins, and having an adequate amount of sleep and rest.

Exercises
Talk to your doctor about exercises for women who are already active and want to continue to exercise during pregnancy and women who want to begin. Beginners should stick to the basics like walking, or low impact aerobics, no need to start strenuous exercise if you haven't been doing it all this time.

Food

The combination of foods should contain fruits, oils, protein (meat, nuts, or beans), grains and vegetables. Eat a sufficient supply of carbohydrates to elevate energy supply what the baby needs to grow. Stay away from junk food because these foods are energy drainers. Whole foods provide protein (needed for proper development), calcium (for healthy fetus), and iron (for developing blood supply &preventing the mother from becoming anemic). Leafy greens, vegetable juices, a variety of whole grain breads, yogurts, milk, pastas, whole grain cereals all are energy enhancing foods.
Choose cereals with the recommended daily value of folic acid-(400-800mg) it reduces chances of baby developing spina bifida, or other birth defects.

Rest

You need 8-10 hours of sleep every night. Power naps rejuvenate the body, mind, and spirit. When you awaken you will be energized and ready to take on your day. If you do not have the luxury of power naps, try to be in bed by 10:00 p.m.

Iron

The most common symptoms of anemia during pregnancy are:

Pale skin, lips, and nails
Feeling tired or weak
Dizziness
Shortness of breath
Rapid heartbeat
Trouble concentrating

Your body goes through significant changes when you become pregnant. The amount of blood in your body increases by about 20-30 percent, which increases the supply of iron and vitamins that the body needs to make hemoglobin. Eating foods high in iron content (such as dark green leafy vegetables, red meat, fortified cereals, eggs, and peanuts) can help ensure that you maintain the supply of iron your body needs to function properly. Your obstetrician will also prescribe vitamins to ensure that you have enough iron and folic acid. Make sure you get at least 27 mg of iron each day.

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    05/13/14
    Beth
    These are great suggestions. I think the most important thing is to listen to your body and trust your instincts. If you are tired - sleep!!
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