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Eating For Two, The Guide For Soon To Be New Mommies!

Pregnancy is one of the most incredible things that we can go through as women. It’s an experience that totally and completely changes you, both mentally and physically. Parts of pregnancy are hard – morning sickness, for instance, is far from enjoyable – but even so, every second of pain and discomfort will be worth it when you see your little one for the first time.

If there’s one thing that most moms-to-be worry most about, it’s having a healthy baby. Although we can’t control how healthy our babies are, we can ensure that throughout our pregnancy our little one is getting all of the right vitamins and nutrients, by eating lots of healthy, wholesome foods. Knowing what to eat when you’re pregnant can be a little stressful, especially when it’s your first pregnancy.

With that in mind, below are some tips, ideas, and pieces of advice for ensuring that when eating for two, you’re putting the right stuff into your body.

Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day

They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and it couldn’t be more true, especially when you’re pregnant. During pregnancy, you’re twice as likely to suffer from low blood sugar and dizziness caused by it, so eating three meals a day is a must, including a good sized breakfast.

Cereal makes an okay breakfast, but it’s not exactly filling, and most cereals are packed full of sugar and additives. Instead of eating cereal, opt to have porridge sweetened with honey, maple syrup or coconut syrup. Or, make a cooked breakfast of eggs, wholemeal toast, baked beans, and sausages and bacon – as well as anything else you fancy. All that matters is that your breakfast is healthy and filling.

Beat morning sickness by eating whatever you fancy

Despite the name, morning sickness can strike at any time, day or night. When it comes to beating morning sickness, the key is to work out whether you have any triggers. You see, some women have certain trigger foods, drinks or even smells, that can make them sick. By working out what your triggers are, you can make bouts of morning sickness less likely.

When you’re feeling sick, the chances are that you won’t want to eat anything. However, it’s important that you try and find a few things that you can eat and keep down. Otherwise, you and the baby won’t be getting enough nutrients. While it is important to eat as healthily as you can, if you’re feeling sick, just eat whatever you fancy. If there’s a food that makes you feel less sick, then eat it – whatever it may be.

Ensure you’re eating plenty of fiber

During pregnancy, eating lots of fiber is important. So aim to ensure that you’re eating at least two pieces of high-fiber bread or a bowl of high-fiber cereal each day. Otherwise, you could end up dealing with constipation and all of the side effects that go with it. As well as eating lots of high-fiber bread and cereals, eating lots of fruit and vegetables – both of which are high in fiber, is also important.

Get into the habit of cooking meals from scratch

If you don’t already cook from scratch, it’s a good idea to get into the habit of doing so. While buying ready meals and pre-made sauces for curries, stews, and pasta, is an easy way of cooking, it’s important to realize that ready-made foods aren’t good for you. Most pasta sauces that come in jars have over 12 teaspoons of sugar in them, for instance, and are also high in fat and empty calories.

By cooking your food from scratch, you can ensure that it’s healthy and has a high nutritional value. You can also make sure that there’s nothing in there that you’re not allowed to eat – when you’re pregnant there are some foods that it’s recommended that you avoid. If you’re going to cook from scratch, aim to use pans, such as pebble frying pans, that are enameled not coated in Teflon, as Teflon can come off in your food and isn’t good for you or your little one.

Make fresh fruit and raw veggies your go-to snacks  

As you’re eating for two, the chances are that you are most probably feeling more hungry than normal, and that’s perfectly fine. However, if you want to ensure that your body stays healthy and that you don’t gain too much weight, you need to be careful of what you are snacking on in between meals.

While it’s fine to have the occasional treat, such as a piece of cake or a chocolate bar, it’s a good idea to make fresh fruit and vegetables your go-to snack foods. That way you can eat as much as you want to, without packing on the pounds. Yes, it’s natural to gain some weight, but what you don’t want to do is gain too much weight, putting your health and your baby’s health at risk.

So, there you have it, everything that you need to know about eating for two.  

 



Give Yourself Some Sparkle: 10 Key Accessories To Make You Shine

Every girl loves her accessories when it comes to dressing up. Going out for an evening requires a little class, a little style and a lot of sparkle. A shopping trip to prelude a night out with the girls is always necessary and before you go, think about the kind of night out you intend to have first. This will be your jumping off point as to what sort of accessories you’ll need to make your night out perfect while feeling confident in your own skin.

In anticipation of the next big night out, check out your wardrobe to see what you can reuse before you shop for more. With these ten key accessories, your Saturday night can be completed!

  1. If you’re a handbag fan but find them too bulky, you should look at getting a wristlet. It’s a little bag that hooks on your wrist and is totally ideal for big parties where there’s dancing or standing around. The colour choice is also broad, which will help when it comes to outfit coordination.
  2. Black kitten heels should be the next thing on your list. Not only are they chic, but they go with everything from skinny jeans to the best LBD. Swapping out trainers for a pair of these can make even the most casual outfit look polished.
  3. That little black dress should be perfect. Just above the knee, simple and sleeveless, you’ll find yourself in something timeless.
  4. Go for some statement jewelry to jazz up that LBD and choosing a statement ring over cuffs or sparkly bangles is the way to go. Splash on some argyle pink diamonds and you can make your dress look sexy and classic.
  5. A bold necklace in a bold colour can transform any blouse or dress. Adding some colour will make the whole ensemble pop and draw the eye to you.
  6. A girl deserves a little frosting so hunt down the perfect pair of dangly earrings. These will bring focus to your face and elongate it all at the same time, giving you a classy look.                                                                                                                                                  
  7. Have you seen those brightly coloured pashminas/wraps in the shops? Buy one. These are elegant and can just be thrown on and work for any budget.
  8. If you’re a fan of skirts and dresses but not a fan of your legs, go for a pair of beautiful stockings with crystal detail. These won’t just keep you warm, they’ll match your jewelry too.
  9. If you want to sparkle but not go over the top, try out a sequinned t-shirt. You’ll be able to look beautiful and feel confident with just a touch of elegance.
  10. Move over dresses, the pencil skirt is in town. If your standby colour is black, switch over to another, bolder colour to make your night on the town shine.

You don’t need a huge budget for your accessories, just good taste and a penchant for sniffing out good deals. You can be confident and beautiful on a night out without spending too much money!



The Importance Of Pampering Yourself When You’re Expecting

The journey to becoming a mother for the first time is an exciting one. Of course, it can also be a somewhat stressful one. Your body is going through all these changes: your hormones are fluctuating like crazy, you have to adjust to a new body shape, and your skin and hair feel completely different. When you’re expecting, life changes significantly, which is why it’s important to take care of yourself with a little pampering.

 

By pampering yourself, you can help to make pregnancy (and all the changes that come with it), that little bit easier to deal with. Yes, being pregnant is exciting, but it’s also incredibly stressful. No one wants to see their body change into a different shape or their hair and skin change in a negative way, but that’s all part of being pregnant.

The good news is, however, a little pampering can help you to feel better about the changes that are happening to your body, as can treating yourself to a few new bits and bobs.

Treat yourself to new clothes

You might fit in your normal clothes right now, but soon enough you are no longer going to. Instead of trying to squeeze into your normal clothes, treat yourself to some new bits and bobs. Maternity clothing has come on leaps and bounds in the past few years and can be just as fashionable as normal clothing. Plus, maternity clothing is designed to fit perfectly around your changing body, meaning that it should make you feel better about how you look. If the cost of a whole new wardrobe is too much, why not take out a small loan from somewhere like Swift Money? That way, you can get what you need to feel good and can pay back the money over a set time period in affordable installments.

Book a spa weekend

The first few months of pregnancy are always the hardest – any pregnancy book will tell you that, so don’t be afraid to treat yourself to a little pampering. Find a spa that offers pregnancy retreats and book yourself and your partner or yourself and a friend onto one of their retreats. Imagine spending the weekend having massages, relaxing in the swimming pool, and drinking lots of alcohol-free champagne – what could be better? When you’re feeling exhausted – another joyful part of pregnancy – a spa weekend is the answer.

A new haircut can make you feel amazing

A lot of women notice that pregnancy changes their hair in one way or another. If your pregnancy has left you with hair that seems out of the ordinary for you, don’t worry, once you’ve had your little one it will soon go back to normal. For now, however, why not get a new haircut? Ask your hairdresser what style they would suggest for your hair, to make it look and feel as good as it did before you became pregnant. It’s also worth investing in quality hair care products, to ensure that it stays healthy throughout your pregnancy.

When you’re pregnant, you need to look after yourself, both physically and mentally. You will be amazed at how much happier a little pampering can make you feel, so make sure to make time for yourself, to ensure that you are getting all the care that you need.