During pregnancy and breastfeeding, calcium from the mother’s bones is mobilized. This causes a rise in bone turnover and a reduction in bone mass.
Your body produces vitamin D naturally through direct exposure to sunlight. Just 10 minutes a day of mid-day sun exposure can go a long way. If you’re staying longer under the sun, I recommend you protect your skin with a natural sunscreen, like Shea butter.
Besides getting vitamin D through sunlight, you can get it through food sources (like egg-yolks and fish) and/or supplements. Since I breastfeed, in addition to my prenatals, I take two capsules of Calcium with Vitamin D by Nature’s Sunshine at bedtime, as prescribed by my naturopath.
If we are intentional about nourishing our bodies during these demanding times not only will we will be healthy now but we will remain healthy later in life.
I nursed Bella until I gave birth to Mila and then tandem nursed for three months. So, these are three years of nursing–no break.
My nursing cover (right) has been so good to me over the last three years. It’s been my favorite 4-in-1: giant bib (for me and baby), napkin (mostly for baby), changing pad, and–of course–a breastfeeding cover. Although it appears to be a cape for all of us nursing mommas, I’m not counting that as a use.
After two babies, hundreds of washes, and two holes I decided to get a new one (left). I went with the “bebé au lait” brand once again because after comparing a couple other ones, I find it to have the most coverage, have greatest space for mom and baby eye contact, and durable fabric. You can get mine on Amazon.com ($28) or at Babies r’ us or Buy buy baby ($34).
Breastfeeding is tough in the beginning, but it is worth it! My upcoming book THE SECRETS TO A HEALTHY PREGNANCY has a chapter on “How to Prepare to Breastfeed Successfully.” You can get the first chapter free at mariawizel.com/free or preorder the book at mariawizel.com/preorder.
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I am looking for a couple of women that would be interested in getting a free copy of my pregnancy book electronically in exchange for an honest review.
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Maria Andrea Wizel is a health blogger in sunny Miami, Florida. She owns mariawizel.com and is dedicated to educating people about true health. Maria has been married to her high school sweetheart, JC, for ten years. They became parents in 2009 when they adopted their two older kids. Since then she has had two healthy pregnancies and natural childbirths. Maria enjoys coaching women in all stages of pregnancy including those preparing to conceive.
Maria also serves as the Director of Human Resources at her church, Calvary Fellowship, and does consulting for companies seeking to improve their human resources and marketing practices.
Maria has a Bachelor’s degree in Business from the University of Puerto Rico where she graduated with honors. She also has a Master’s degree in Business from the University of Miami where she earned an Academic Excellence Award, and completed the Executive Leadership studies program at Harvard University.
When I was pregnant with Bella and Mila I would get extremely thirsty, specially during night time. This is why I carried a 64oz water jug everywhere. My thirst became more extreme in the middle of the night. I would wake up to take a sip of water because my mouth and throat would get very dry. Perhaps it was being so aware of my need for water that helped me be healthy, happy, and full of energy during my pregnancies.
A dear friend is 7 weeks pregnant with her third baby. She had been struggling with tiredness and nausea until she tried something new. What worked Samantha was waking up at night to drink water and have a healthy snack, like a banana. A hydrated body can function adequately, properly flush out toxins, and results in glowing and elastic skin that is less prone to stretch marks.
So, make sure you remain hydrated even during night time. It may your days so much better. Something like drinking enough water seems so simple but many times we need to go back to the basics.
Sometimes water by itself isn’t easy to drink. It can even make nausea worse. Adding lemon is helpful, plus citric fruits are good remedies for nausea.
There are tons of healthy tips in my book “The Secrets to a Healthy Pregnancy.” You can get the first chapter for FREE here.
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