25 Aug The Ultimate Healthy Pregnancy Guide for Natural Mamas
From the moment you feel that brand-new little life growing inside of you, you’ll want to do everything you can to keep yourself and baby healthy throughout your pregnancy. Of course, with so much conflicting advice out there, choosing the right supplements can feel like a daunting task! Our green team is home to some wonderful natural mamas and moms-to-be, who will all tell you that natural is best. So, here’s a look at our top natural product picks to help you enjoy a truly happy, healthy and exciting pregnancy!
Eating for Two: Fab Foods for Mom & Baby
If you’re missing that morning cuppa joe, Woody Cape Chicory will come to your rescue! This brew tastes like coffee but is caffeine-free, and naturally high in essential minerals.
Our Bean There decaf coffee is also a great baby-safe choice; this delicious Ethiopian blend is also Fair Trade.
Keep your iron levels up with this ultra-healthy (and surprisingly addictive) kale snack. Earthshine’s crispy organic kale chips are dusted with tangy macadamia “cheeze” and a mix of tasty herbs.
Keep some natural energy bars and dried fruits in your handbag at all times. Snacking on these healthy, preservative-free goodies will help to keep your blood sugar steady, and will also help to curb nausea.
Recipe for Pear & Berry Parfait:
This is a really yummy recipe any time of the day – from an energy-rich breakfast to a tasty dessert. Great for growing kids and expecting moms.
- 1½cups fresh blueberries or blackberries (or both!)
- 1 ripe pear, cored & chopped
- 1 cup natural yoghurt
- 1tsp vanilla powder
- 1Tbsp finely chopped nuts or crushed granola
- Mix the vanilla powder into the yoghurt.
- Spoon some berries into the bottom of each serving bowl.
- Spoon the chopped pear over the berries, then pour over the yoghurt.
- Top with nuts or granola & extra berries.
- Serve chilled. Makes 4 delicious servings.
Stay Fighting-Fit with Natural Supplements
Viridian Pregnancy Complex has everything you and your growing baby need – that includes calcium, vitamin C, iron, folic acid, magnesium and vitamin K! Packaged in vegan-friendly, no-nasties capsules, this daily supplement is ideal for pre-conception, pregnancy and breastfeeding.
As baby develops, many moms-to-be find it hard to keep their iron levels up, so the sooner you start boosting your body’s iron the better. The Real Thing Green Power tablets are an amazing natural source of iron – one dose packs the nutritional punch of a whole green smoothie!
Top Tip: Iron isn’t always easy for your body to absorb; vitamin C makes it easier to absorb, while tannins in coffee and tea make it harder. So be sure to take your iron tablets with a glass of orange juice, not a cup of tea.
Marvellous maca – this superfood acts as a natural hormonal balancer, and helps to keep your energy levels high. Plus it tastes so good when added to smoothies and juices.
Omegas are absolutely essential for keeping moms and babies healthy! You might think vegan and vegetarian omegas are hard to come by, but we’ve got the perfect solution with this algae-based supplement.
At around the 35-36 week mark, start drinking raspberry leaf tea, a source of magnesium and fragine alkaloids, which will help to soften the cervix and strengthen the uterine muscles. It tastes great ad gives you a dose of minerals with every cup.
Skin Serums for Stretching Tummies
Stretch marks caused by pregnancy are often a big concern for new moms, so start giving your skin a little extra TLC as early as possible.
Taryna Preventative Stretchmark Oil is a wonderfully effective serum that will help to stop stretch marks developing on your tummy, breasts and thighs. For best results, massage it into your skin just after a shower or bath, so you can really soak up the goodness.
Our luscious Victorian Garden anti-stretch mark oil is also really popular. This blend of rose, almond and tangerine oils will soothe and hydrate stretching skin, and help to keep stretch marks at bay.
Wishing you a joyful, gorgeous and glowingly healthy time as you prepare to welcome your little one into the world!
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