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Your partner for maintaining a healthy lifestyle throughout your pregnancy journey. From prenatal health and nutrition, to postnatal well-being, the program includes the essentials on what is needed to nourish mommy and baby.
Whether this is your first baby or you’re an experienced mom, planning meals during pregnancy is important, and now you’ll have direct access to healthy recipes, nutritious snack options and valuable pregnancy advice from our expert nutritionist.
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TIP OF THE MONTH
April: Stress Less
April is Stress Awareness Month, and there are some important reasons to pay attention to your stress levels for your health and the health of your baby. According to American Pregnancy Association, if you are stressed, you may experience difficulty sleeping, headaches, racing pulse, and obsessive thoughts.
Here are some ways you can soothe your stress levels naturally.
- Meditating can help clear your mind and lower your stress levels. Try the Loving-Kindness meditation. Get comfortable and breathe slowly and deeply. Then repeat to yourself “May I be safe. May I be happy. May I be healthy. May I live with ease.” This meditation allows you to engage your body’s natural ability to calm through breath and sending yourself kind, compassionate thoughts.
- Journal for 15 minutes to discover your stress “triggers.” Ask yourself “what is happening that is bothering me right now?” Is there anything specific that makes you anxious? Pay attention to times you feel most stressed out.
- Sleep. Exhaustion or irregular sleeping habits can lead to increased negative emotions, including stress. Be sure that you are allowing yourself plenty of sleep.
- Continue healthy eating patterns. A well-balanced diet can help reduce stress, as well as keeping you and your baby healthy. If you feel urges to eat emotionally, try the loving kindness meditation above or some type of body movement, whether it’s walking, dancing, or strength training, right where you are, even if just for a few minutes. Channeling your stress into energy can help when you feel triggered to soothe with food.
- Move joyfully. Thirty minutes of mild to moderate exercise several days a week is enormously beneficial. It can also help lower cortisol levels, which is the hormone that causes anxiety.
- Ask for help. You are not in this alone. Reach out to a friend or someone else you trust to talk it out. If your stress levels become unbearable, you may want to seek a therapist, to discuss possible underlying issues beneath your anxiety, as well as healthy ways to cope with your feelings.
Rebecca Scritchfield is a registered dietician nutritionist, certified exercise physiologist, author of the book Body Kindness, and host of the Body Kindness podcast.
Through her weight-inclusive counseling practice, she helps people make peace with food, find the joy in exercise, and create a better life with workable goals that fit individual interests. Central to all her work, Rebecca aims to develop self-compassion in place of shame by rejecting the rules of diet culture and the pervasive myth that to achieve better health one must loose weight.
Using her Body Kindness philosophy, Rebecca mentors registered dieticians and supports women from around the world in collaborative online learning spaces free from unhelpful diet chatter and negative body talk.
Rebecca has influenced millions through her writing, podcasts and appearances in over 100 media outlets including NBC Nightly News, CNN, The Today Show, the Washington Post,
O Magazine, Self, Real Simple, Health, Yoga Journal, and many others.
She lives in Washington, DC., where she was recently recognized as one of ten “Supermom” entrepreneurs in the Nations Capital. Her website is BodyKindnessBook.com.
Folate helps reduce the risk of neural tube defects. Reduced Folic acid intake can increase the risk of neural defects, such as spina bifida, at birth.1,2
OB Complete® Petite, One and Premier prenatal dietary supplements contain 1 mg of Folate (as Folic acid).
This Content is for informational and educational purposes only. The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician, pediatrician, or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding diet and exercise during and after pregnancy, or other medical condition.
These meal plans were developed by Rebecca Scritchfield, MA, RDN, EP-C. Rebecca Scritchfield is a paid spokesperson for Vertical Pharmaceuticals, LLC, the maker of the OB Complete® family of prescription prenatal dietary supplements.