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Pregnant? Try healthy substitutes

By Elena Donovan Mauer
TheBump.com

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?

ENERGY BOOST

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.

CALM DOWN

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.

GIRLS’ NIGHT

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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