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Healthy Pregnancy Habits this Holiday Season

December 1, 2016

The holiday season is full of tasty temptations. From endless entrees to various sweet treats, there is a tremendous amount of food around during the holiday season. If you are pregnant during the holiday season, it can be easy to over indulge and it’s important to remain healthy.

Drink Plenty of Water
At holiday parties, there will be plenty of drinks around that you cannot consume you, from mulled wines to sparkling and sugary juices. You should focus on drinking water as frequently as possible. Bring a water bottle with you to sip on that you can refill. You can make the water more appealing by adding fresh fruit.

Purchase Seasonal Produce
The produce section is bright and bountiful during the summer months. However, winter has a pretty good selection of produce as well if you know what to look for. For instance, citrus fruits bloom in the winter months. A clementine, for example, is full of vitamins that can benefit you and the baby. Sweet potatoes also do well in winter and they are full of beneficial vitamins and fiber.

Get Walking
It is easy to get comfortable on the couch with Netflix in the winter months, especially when you’re pregnant. However, it is important to preform moderate exercise while pregnant, with your doctor’s permission. Walking is a simple exercise for pregnant woman and can keep you both safe and fit.

Avoid Eggnog and Alcohol
Although some people absolutely love eggnog, it is a beverage to avoid if you are pregnant.  Eggnog is typically made with raw eggs, especially if someone made it at home. It can be a threat when you pregnant. As most know, alcohol of any kind should be completely avoided when pregnant. Consuming alcohol during pregnancy can result in serious health issues for your baby.

Undercooked Meats
Although many people eat meat slightly undercooked on a regular basis, you should avoid doing so at all costs when pregnant. From steaks that still contain a little bit of red meat from turkey that is slightly undercooked,  you should not consume meats that might be raw. You and your baby are extremely prone to foodborne illness. Do not eat meat unless you are sure that it is cooked all the way through.

These hints should help you care for yourself and your unborn baby during the holiday season. 



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