Hello! Last week we talked about breastfeeding do/don’ts as it relates to food, how to best feed your child solids, and avoiding emotional eating. This week, I’d like you to:
› Read the lesson above and below the video
› Watch the video about sleep, the importance of getting outside, and exercising
Sleep. We all need it to live. We know we feel better when we have it. So why don’t we do a better job making sure we get enough of it each night? It’s often the first thing we choose to give up, when there’s a time restraint. It’s time to understand why it’s so important to get a good night’s sleep!
I’m sure you were wondering what sleep has to do with nutrition, right? And what about getting outside…and exercising? Well, they all have a lot to do with the food choices we’re making!
PART 1: SLEEP
Getting fresh air and sun every day can really lift your mood, give you your daily dose of Vitamin D, and calm you. I encourage you to try to get outside daily, when the weather permits. Taking walks will not only give you your daily dose of fresh air, but it will also give you your daily dose of exercise too…a win-win!
As you saw, “exercising” isn’t just about hitting the gym or doing any crazy exercises while pregnant. In fact, you want to be careful with starting any new exercising routines while pregnant. It’s always best to check with your OB/GYN, if you’d like to start something new. It’s best if you can start slow with walking, swimming, prenatal yoga, or other light activities.
Since I’m also an interactive adult sleep coach, you know I wasn’t going to run a course without talking about the importance of sleep! Hopefully the video helped to better explain how sleep works, as well as the benefits of your getting a good night’s rest while pregnant. Not only does your nutritional health benefit from good sleep, but your overall health is absolutely depending on it!
I challenge you to follow the steps in the video to ensure that your bedroom environment is the best it can be (ie lighting, temperature, sound, smell, clutter-free, electronic-free), your bedtime is consistent, and you’re making a conserted effort to try and get a minimum of 7 hours of sleep per night. You will feel so much better (and make better food choices), if you are sleeping well at night!
And if you’re doing all the right things, but you’re concerned that your baby will be waking you up all the time, there’s still things you can do to help with baby’s sleep! Don’t forget that I have sleep courses for children of all ages on here, including an awesome Prenatal/Newborn Sleep course! That course gets you prepapred for what’s to come with your newborn’s sleep, gives you things to work on doing “the right way”, and things to avoid. We’ve all heard parents say that they wish they knew back then what they know now. Well, I can help you to NOT say that later on with this awesome sleep course!
If you’re interested in this course or any others, there will be a coupon code at the end of the course that you can use on any future course! Also keep in mind that I work one-on-one with parents to help them get their children sleeping well overnight and for naps, if you prefer a more personalized approach.