5 Ways To Simplify Self-Care During Pregnancy

April 27, 2017

This conversation was sponsored by #BumpUpYourCalcium during Pregnancy with #Viactiv. All opinions are my own.

If there was ever a time in my life that I am looking for shortcuts, it is NOW. You guys, being pregnant with my third while trying to manage my other two kids is exhausting in every sense of the word. I know that I should be taking extra steps to take care of my body and mind, but most of the time it’s the last thing on my To Do list.

I’ve come up with 5 easy ways to prioritize self care, when it seems like everyone else’s needs are always much higher on the priority list.

Prep your food and hydration.

Plain and simple: if I don’t purposely prepare a water bottle and easy/healthy snacks for myself, I won’t make it happen. I will reach for convenient carbs and probably drink apple juice from the giant bottle if I am thirsty. I am a corner cutter and always in a hurry and prep is key for me to make good choices. Plan your grocery trip accordingly and make sure there is plenty to grab that comes with no guilt.

Take naps.

IF you have an opportunity to take a nap during the day, DO IT. I am home with Charlie and she still takes a nap midday. I usually have a ton of work to do during that time, but if at all possible I try to take advantage of that couple hours and get some sleep. The rest of the day is much less painful when I do that. Pregnancy is exhausting, even by itself. Get as much rest as you can.

Make plans.

I work from home with a toddler running around and some days it’s hard to make it out of my pajamas. By making plans and committing to them, I force myself to have to get clean, dressed and presentable. Not only that, but getting out of the house in to the hustle and bustle of public does wonders for my mental state. It can be easy to feel like a gestation machine that doesn’t have a life outside of mothering. I feel accomplished and stimulated and I never regret having gotten out of my house for awhile.

Post reminders or set alarms.

Sticky notes and alarms on my phone help me remember to do things I have pushed out of my mind. Sometimes I need to physically see a note say “KATIE. Brush your teeth. Drink a glass of water.” Etc. Write all the things down, it helps I swear.

Make supplements feel like a treat!

One of the most crucial times to make sure we are getting the recommended doses of calcium is during pregnancy. It’s also one of the busiest, most tiring times in life. One way that inspires me to take my calcium is with Viactiv Calcium Soft Chews. I hate taking pills with a passion. Chewing up a yummy caramel or chocolate chew isn’t so bad, though.

Did you know that your prenatal vitamin probably only provides 20-30% of your daily recommended calcium intake? One Viactiv Calcium Soft Chew (500 mg of calcium in each soft chew) taken up to twice daily provides most pregnant women with the calcium they need daily (1000 mg total), plus vitamins D and K. Your baby needs calcium to develop healthy teeth, bones, muscles and heart. If you don’t get calcium in our daily diet, your baby’s calcium needs will be met by taking calcium from your own bones, putting your own bone health at risk. Viactiv Calcium Soft Chews are available nationwide supermarket, drugstores and major retailers, including CVS, Rite Aid, Target and Walmart. Learn more about calcium needs and pregnancy HERE and check them out on Facebook and Instagram, too!

Have you taken care of yourself today?

Viactiv Calcium Soft Chews are available in milk chocolate or caramel flavors at major retailers including CVS, Rite Aid, Target, and Walmart, as well as supermarkets nationwide.

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.

 

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