Making New Year’s Resolutions can be the perfect opportunity to shake things up, and blow away the cobwebs of last year’s routine. With a baby on the way, this year’s list is bound to look a little different – after all, you’ve already cut out alcohol and you certainly won’t be wanting to lose any weight! So what are the best New Year’s Resolutions for mums? Whether it’s keeping fit, making sure you get your full 5 a day, or even just prioritising your beauty sleep, here are a few of our favourites…
Exercise ideas for pregnancy
A little gentle exercise is a great way to boost your mood and keep fit through pregnancy. Staying active through your trimesters can help to ease labour and can even make slimming down after baby a little easier. We’ve turned to a few of our favourite celebrity mums & mums-to-be for a little inspiration and motivation for getting moving through your nine months.
Top 5 pregnancy superfoods
When it comes to the healthiest foods to eat through pregnancy, getting the right vitamins and minerals becomes a top priority. Folate, fibre and iron are the holy trinity of pregnancy minerals, but there’s a whole host of other vitamins to consider too! Working healthy eating into your New Year’s Resolutions List is a great idea; here are 5 of the more unexpected pregnancy super foods…
1) Figs – fibre, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, vitamin K
Just 1 serving of figs contains a whopping 5 grams of fibre and a quarter of your daily calcium requirement – not to mention all the other wonderful nutrients that come along with it! Try keeping fresh juicy figs in the fruit bowl or add some dried figs into a bag of trail mix.
2) Chives – folate, iron, fibre, vitamin C, vitamin B6, calcium, magnesium
Folate is the most important nutrient for your baby’s development – especially in the first trimester. Mix a handful of fresh chopped chives into soups or dips, or sprinkle on top of salads or creamy mashed potatoes for an instant vitamin boost.
3) Leeks – folate, vitamin B6, calcium, vitamin K, iron
Leeks are the vegetable equivalent of a turbo-charged multi-vitamin power up. They are a fantastic non-dairy source of calcium – essential for baby’s healthy bone development, and one serving contains almost 60 micrograms of folate. These unassuming veggies are perfect in stews – throw in some shitake mushrooms and fresh chopped ginger for the ultimate morning sickness buster.
4) Fresh Basil – protein, vitamin E, riboflavin, iron, calcium, folate
Fresh basil is jam-packed with iron to keep your energy levels up, calcium for strong bones and teeth, and that all important folate to help with baby’s healthy development. So it’s a good thing that this aromatic herb is so darn delicious! Why not treat yourself to a fresh Caprese salad; alternating slices of ripe tomato, creamy buffalo mozzarella and fresh whole basil leaves, topping off with a healthy glug of olive oil and just a sprinkling of sea salt.
5) Molasses – magnesium manganese, vitamin B6, potassium
Magnesium found in sweet, sticky molasses (or black treacle) is essential for baby’s healthy bone development, and getting the proper amount of vitamin B6 and potassium may help to balance out your water retention, hopefully shrinking down those swollen ankles! Try stirring a spoonful of molasses into oatmeal or ginger tea as a vitamin-rich sweetener.
Stylish New Maternity Clothes
When you know that you look good, you feel good, you smile more and you become instantly more confident. Your new pregnancy curves provide the perfect opportunity to have a little fun with your fashion choices. Even something as simple as choosing a few stylish new maternity dresses or a flattering pair of pregnancy jeans can provide a huge boost to your confidence. If you’re working on becoming a brand new you this New Year, why not treat yourself to a few stylish new additions to your maternity fashion repertoire from the Seraphine Sale…
Wishing you all the best for a happy, healthy New Year!