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Even though pregnancy is intimidating, your friends and family will tell you that everything will be fine and that pregnancy will be a great experience. We have put together a few reasons why they may just be right, and why you should keep working towards having a healthy baby – even when you are tired of adding up vitamins, tired of trying to exercise, and tired of following everything that your doctor suggests. Confidence How did it feel after that first walk around the block? Or when you first went to the doctor and heard the words “healthy baby?” The more and more you accomplish towards pregnancy health, the more you’ll believe in yourself and your abilities as a mother. Make the week easier It feels like Friday, but it’s only Tuesday? Your feet are swollen, everything is aching, and you just want to shout “Will this ever end?”. Concentrate on smaller chunks of time instead of the all-too-intimidating 40 weeks. Think of little steps that you can take to get your baby the stuff it needs. The week will not only go faster, but be more enjoyable. Gives you purpose Every once in a while, we need a good reason to get out of bed. Here is your biggest reason, right in front of you. Eat the healthy breakfast that’s going to jump start your day, or walk to the driveway and grab the newspaper. Keep caught up on your doctor’s appointments. When you’re motivated, you have a reason to do what you do. For your kids And your grandkids. And their kids too. The healthier you are, the healthier your baby will be, and the better able you’ll be to watch your kids grow and spoil your grandchildren. The fun doesn’t end once you’ve given birth. You’ll need even more energy for the years to come, so why not start the momentum of being concerned for your health now? The ‘wow’ effect Picture this: Walking into a store, running into a friend, their eyes light up. “Wow, you look great!” If you are working hard during your pregnancy to stay healthy, it will show. The healthier you are, the more confident you’ll become. That pregnancy glow will be obvious. You’re going to be a great mom, and everybody knows it. Watch the “Wows” add up. Energy boost Pregnant or not, exercising gives you energy. At first, this might seem a little counterintuitive, but it’s true! Even just a 30 minute walk will rev up the body. So, the more you exercise, the more energy you’ll have to do everyday tasks that you might otherwise have flopped out on. Exercise is good for your baby too! Keep gaining experience The more you do, the more you learn. You’ll discover what pregnancy tactics work best for you and which ones don’t. What worked for your sister or your best friend might not work for you. But you’ll figure it out and become an expert for your own baby. So keep on trying even if the “magic cure” for heartburn doesn’t quite do the trick for you. You’ll figure out your own mystical solutions. Rewards will feel like rewards What’s your favorite food? Cookies, ice cream, a big double cheeseburger? For most of us, it’s the food that no one should eat on a regular basis. But every once and a while, when that craving hits, that food will just taste great. And when you are treating yourself, enjoy it!
Staying Motivated While Pregnant