Having the opportunity to become pregnant twice was such a great blessing. I remember the moment I found out for each pregnancy, so vividly and the overwhelming joy. I also remember the first-time pregnancy anxiousness and worry. I remember being unsure of what to do and feeling scared about my pregnancy. I made an appointment with my doctor as soon as possible, but I immediately took to the internet for information before my appointment. I read articles (just like this one) that really helped guide me, so I wanted to share 7 Musts When Pregnant that I learned and followed along the way:
Everyone tells you to sleep now because you never will again. I remember laughing at this and even being slightly annoyed when I heard it during my first pregnancy. I was so uncomfortable in those later months and didn’t understand how I could get less sleep. Wow, was I in for it! They weren’t kidding. Get your sleep NOW! And, sleep a lot. You are growing a baby inside of you, you need your rest, and that baby will be keeping you up all night long for quite a while.
Stress can be so harmful to your body and it’s just best to eliminate stress from your life period, pregnant or not. Eliminating stress is not only better for your body, but also helps make your entire pregnancy experience much more joyful.
Take Prenatal Vitamins
You are even recommended to take prenatal vitamins as early as when you’re trying to conceive. These are so important to help you and your baby get the vitamins you need.
Get Enough Calcium
Why is it important to #BumpUpYourCalcuim? The majority of women are calcium deficient (68%) and meeting your daily calcium requirement is essential to your baby’s health, specifically their teeth, bones, muscles and heart. Most prenatal vitamins provide only 20-30% of the recommended daily amount of calcium for women who are pregnant and if you are not getting enough, your baby will start drawing this nutrient from your own bones, putting your own bone health at risk.
This can be solved with one Viactiv Calcium Soft Chew taken up to twice daily. It provides most pregnant women with the calcium they need daily, plus vitamins D and K to help with calcium absorption. #Viactiv Calcium Soft Chews are available in either delicious milk chocolate or caramel flavors. In a survey of 1,000 OB/GYN offices nationwide, 8 out of 10 OB/GYNS recommend a calcium supplement during pregnancy and, of those who do, 9 out of 10 recommend Viactiv. (Source: BrandPerx August 2017 survey of 1,000 OB/GYN offices nationwide). You can find Viactiv Calcium Soft Chews nationwide in supermarkets, drugstores and major retailers, including CVS, Rite Aid, Target and Walmart. Remember to speak with your healthcare provider as well.
I have been talking about nutrition for the past three paragraphs and this one is no different. I cannot stress enough how important it is to watch what you intake and make sure you are getting the proper nutrition needed to support your body and your growing baby. Discuss do’s and don’ts of what to eat with your doctor. This may look different for different people based off of your blood draws but there are also certain foods you should steer clear of while pregnant.
Listen To Your Doctor
LISTEN TO YOUR DOCTOR. I cannot stress this enough. I remember sitting in the hospital triage while in labor with Baby Kevin listening to other women check in and hear how much they didn’t listen to their doctor and didn’t take care of themselves. It honestly shocked me. If you are unclear about something, ask your doctor and listen to their advice. They are the professionals for a reason.
Lastly, enjoy your pregnancy. I know that it can be very rough. I have experienced a relatively easy pregnancy and a very hard pregnancy, but it’s still important to enjoy the time you have with your unborn baby. It is so special and you won’t have those moments back. You can also ENJOY Viactiv Calcium Soft Chews. My favorite is the caramel ones. Plus, my second favorite part is that they are each individually wrapped, so you can even toss them in your purse or your lunch, because remembering to take them is half the battle.
Learn more about Viactiv and pregnancy here.
This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation on behalf of Viactiv that contains affiliate links. I received Viactiv Calcium Soft Chews for my own personal use. This post is not intended to address or diagnose any medical conditions. All opinions, text and experiences are my own. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing or planning on becoming pregnant, speak with your healthcare provider if you have any specific health questions or prior to taking any dietary supplements.