Seems like you find out you’re pregnant and you have to give up (or cut down on) so much that used to get you through the day – coffee, cigarettes, your standby turkey sandwich. So what can you do instead?
Try: Six small meals a day. The idea is that, instead of three big meals, you eat a bunch of little, healthy ones throughout the day to keep your blood sugar from spiking and dipping, which could prevent your energy levels from plummeting.
Try: Yoga breathing. Smoking-cessation programs teach that deep breathing, stretching and relaxation techniques can help quitters cope with the urge to smoke. Yoga’s a great combination of all three. It’s also a great way to deal with stress. Enroll in a prenatal yoga class to learn some moves.
SKIPPING DELI MEAT
Try: Roasting your own turkey. It’s a bummer that you can’t eat a sandwich from your favorite deli, but listeria poisoning – which is caused by bacteria that could live on deli meat – could harm your baby.
EASE A HEADACHE
Try: Acetaminophen (aka Tylenol) is OK to take, as long as you follow the recommended dosage on the bottle.
HOT WITHOUT HEELS
Try: Wedges, kitten heels, lower heels (under 3 inches) that are thick. Your center of gravity is off now that you’re pregnant, and you just don’t want to risk wobbles and falls.
Try: A mocktail. Basically, anything sweet and bubbly (just add seltzer) with a lime perched on the end will still feel festive, despite the lack of booze.
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