During pregnancy everyone and their mother will give you their expert advice on what to do and what to avoid. And of course, since the last thing you want during pregnancy is another list of advice, here’s yet another list of things you should definitely do during pregnancy.
Eat All the Junk Food You Want
Who needs protein when you can have Oreos and ice cream? As one mom put it, “yesterday I ate half a pack of Oreos plus some ice cream and today I had no protein at all and I just feel like I’m failing my baby.” Don’t worry, you’re not failing your baby, you’re just giving them a taste for the good stuff.
Ignore Self-Help Books
Self-help books are like the original IG moms, presenting an idealist picture of pregnancy that’s not necessarily realistic. As one mom suggested, “pluck out the tips that are useful to you and mute what starts to get at your mental health.” Or just eat the book for some extra fiber.
Don’t Stress About Protein
Who needs protein when you can have Oreos and ice cream? As one mom pointed out, “if you ate half a pack of Oreos you had approximately 8g of protein, and that’s without the ice cream!” So go ahead and indulge in some sweet treats.
It’s Okay to Eat Junk Food
You don’t need to eat vegetables to have a smart, beautiful toddler. As one mom shared, “I had hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) and pretty much only ate teddy grahams and red gatorade with my first. I didn’t eat vegetables for months.” The mom reports that her toddler is growing up to be smart and beautiful, despite the excess teddy grahams and gatorade. So go ahead and enjoy that ice cream and Oreos guilt-free.
Motherhood is to Always Worry
It’s normal to worry that you’re doing something wrong during pregnancy. As one mom put it, “I’m pretty much always worried that I’m falling short or doing something wrong and messing up things for my baby, even though I try to be mindful. I have a feeling this is motherhood.” So don’t worry if you’re worrying, you’re not the only one.
It’s All About Balance
You don’t need to be perfect during pregnancy. As one nurse mom suggested, “The only way to fail is to do something intentionally dangerous for you and baby.” So go ahead and have those chocolate and ice cream meals, as long as you balance it out with some healthy choices.
Listen to Your Body
Your body knows what it needs during pregnancy. As one mom advised, “my doctor told me to eat what feels good right now, and that prenatal vitamins supplements for a lot.” So if all you want is carbs, go ahead and indulge. And if you’re not feeling up to working out, don’t worry about it. As another mom shared, “Taking care of yourself and eating what you want in the moment is not a shameful thing. We all do the best we can!”
Seriously Though, Don’t Worry
Remember, pregnancy is a time to take care of yourself and your growing baby, but it doesn’t mean you have to be perfect. So go ahead and indulge in some sweet treats, ignore those self-help books that stress you out, and listen to your body. As long as you’re not doing anything intentionally dangerous, you’re doing just fine.
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