It's February already...did someone say GIVEAWAY?!?
February, the month of love, the end of winter, and... unfortunately... the month when 80% of New Year’s healthy living resolutions fall by the wayside (whomp whomp).
Not on our watch! This year, we’re going to help you do better, and give you an incentive to help others do better. (Did I hear someone say GIVEAWAY?) Read on...
Here at My Pure Delivery, our motto is “Healthy Babies Start with Healthy Mamas.” Making healthier personal care choices can be a daunting task, so we’re giving you a chance to win one of our most popular prepacked bags stuffed full of INCREDIBLE products free of worrisome chemicals. The Posh Mama Bag...it’s the ultimate in health and convenience rolled into one!
All you have to do to win is READ and SHARE the tips below!
These tips provide a holistic approach to achieving your goal of better health and wellness. No magic bullets, just manageable, realistic, proven, and achievable methods to propel you forward. We want you to be well and happy, and to spread the message of love, wellness, and positivity. So…the more you share, the more chances you have to win!
Tip #1: EAT WELL
I imagine you’re not shocked that this one is at the top of the list. We’ve all heard it ad nauseum, and some people seem to just “know” how to eat. The rest of us need more help to achieve a healthy eating style. There are some great sites to guide your efforts and provide support. MyPlate is our favorite. It’s a tool to find your personal healthy eating style and build it throughout your lifetime. Check it out!
If you’re pregnant...stay hydrated, take prenatal vitamins, and eat a well-balanced diet to help ensure proper amounts of needed nutrients throughout your pregnancy. Your doctor can help you figure out which vitamins are best for you.
Tip #2: EXERCISE
Some of you may be rolling your eyes already, but you’ve heard it a thousand times because exercise is THE BOMB. There are great workout programs for any level and personality. The key is finding something that fits into your life and that you enjoy, not just something you endure until you ultimately give up. Try different programs until you find something that fits.
Exercise goes hand in hand with eating well. Many people consider exercise to be just a tool to control weight without changing eating habits. The truth is, you can’t exercise off a poor diet, and exercise has benefits far beyond the weight loss realm! Boosting your level of physical activity allows you to reap the immense health benefits of becoming more active. The CDC lists these benefits:
- Control your weight
- Reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease
- Reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome
- Reduce your risk of some cancers
- Strengthen your bones and muscles
- Improve your mental health and mood
- Increase your chances of living longer
Don’t know where to begin? Just put your shoes on and go for a walk. Raining? Do lunges up and down your hallway or climb the stairs. Clingy baby? Strap him/her into a carrier (babywearing rocks!) and do your thing. Don’t let common excuses paralyze you. Exercise doesn’t have to be painful, super sweaty, or complicated. Find 20 minutes in your day and get that heart rate up!
Tip #3: SLEEP
Get enough sleep. Sleep makes you feel better, but its importance goes way beyond just boosting your mood or banishing under-eye circles. Adequate sleep is a key part of a healthy lifestyle, and can benefit your heart, weight, mind, and more. Insufficient sleep is associated with a number of chronic diseases and conditions—such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression.
Not so easy with a new baby? Parents has some tips to help you get the rest you need.
Tip #4: BREASTFEED
Did you know that beyond the health benefits for your baby, breastfeeding is great for mom, too? Here are a few from Fit Pregnancy:
- Better healing post-delivery. The oxytocin released when your baby nurses helps your uterus contract, reducing post-delivery blood loss. Plus, breastfeeding will help your uterus return to its normal size more quickly—at about six weeks postpartum, compared with 10 weeks if you don't breastfeed.
- Less risk of cancer. You'll have lower risk of premenopausal breast cancer and ovarian cancer, a deadly disease that's on the rise.
- An unmatched feeling of power. It's empowering as a new mother to see your baby grow and thrive on your breast milk alone.
- A menstruation vacation. Breastfeeding around the clock will delay ovulation, which means delayed menstruation. Breastfeeding causes the release of prolactin, keeping estrogen and progesterone at bay so ovulation isn't triggered. Your prolactin levels will drop after several months to a year and your period will return.
Tip #5: MANAGE STRESS
Pregnancy in itself is stressful time for expecting moms, so it’s important to recognize symptoms and reduce it wherever possible. Stress can contribute to a variety of ailments such as headaches, anxiety, fatigue, high blood pressure, lowered immune system and premature delivery. Here are some effective stress-reducing strategies:
- Get a massage from a certified therapist specially trained in prenatal massage.
- Try Acupuncture. Be sure to tell your acupuncturist you’re pregnant, as there are specific points to avoid during pregnancy.
- Take some time for yourself each day.Reading, resting, meditation, gardening, cooking…do any activity you enjoy and that brings a feeling of calmness and well-being.
- Treat yourself to a spa day.
- Try a yoga class. Prenatal or mommy and me yoga are both wonderful and rejuvenating.
- Take a walk. (I know, I know, here I go touting the benefits of exercise again. It’s SO been done ;) )
Tip #5: REDUCE CHEMICAL EXPOSURE
A study by the Environmental Working Group concluded that babies are exposed to more than 200 harmful chemicals before they are even born! Umbilical cord samples taken during pregnancy showed babies are exposed to flame-retardants, pesticides and many other toxins. Although chemical exposure occurs every day, there are ways to reduce the number of toxins that you and your baby are exposed to:
- Read labels of your personal care products and check Skin Deep database for the safety ratings of your products.
- Reduce your use of plastics. Especially those with recycle numbers 3, 6 and 7.
- Do not heat food or drinks in plastic containers.
- Choose organic or locally grown foods.
- Use non-toxic cleaners or make your own. Vinegar, hydrogen peroxide and baking soda are all very effective cleaners.
Finding out the truth about product safety can be shocking and scary at first exposure. And, we know how time-consuming and confusing researching product safety can be. That’s why we provide a variety of prepacked bags with natural and organic personal care products, to introduce you to healthier options you can trust. Every product in your My Pure Delivery bag is:
- Hand-selected, researched and reviewed by a registered nurse and lactation consultant
- free of worrisome chemicals such as:
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)/Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)
- The PERFECT baby shower gift. Give that special baby, mama, or daddy-to-be a unique gift of health and convenience!
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