Pregnancy Week 8
Mom's Changing Body
You might not have a hankering for pickles and ice cream, but pregnancy cravings could be wreaking havoc on your healthy eating plan. Yes, you are eating for two, but you really only need about an extra 300 calories per day (or 600 if you're expecting twins) to nourish your baby-to-be. And even though chocolate cake or a bag of potato chips may be calling your name, try to reach for a healthier treat instead—say, a 16-ounce mango smoothie, a cup of cottage cheese or a tall glass of milk.
Do something for yourself this week! It's easy to put all the focus on your baby these days—and friends and family are probably doing the same thing. Indulge in some Me time before your baby arrives—get a pedicure, immerse yourself in a good book, or take your dog for a long walk. Consider it part of your mama-to-be job to treat yourself. (Anything stress-relieving is good for you and baby, right?) No matter what, don't feel guilty about these occasional indulgences. If they make you feel good, they're totally worth it.
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