Although I don’t set New Year’s Resolutions for myself, I am focusing on making sure I take time every day to do at least one thing that helps me feel at my best each day in 2019. That’s why I am I so excited to partner with Sunsweet to celebrate their ‘To Feel Good’ Sweepstakes (read on for the details).
This post was created in partnership with Sunsweet Growers. All opinions are my own.
It can be so easy to focus on all the things you want to get done that you brush aside your own health needs, but I am challenging myself to shift my mindset this year. Self-care is always important, but being five months pregnant with my third child, I know it is absolutely critical right now. Which is why I am making sure that every day I am taking time to fuel myself with the foods that help me to feel at my best (while also providing my growing baby with the nutrients it needs as well).
Although every pregnancy is different, I’ve learned a lot from my previous pregnancies about what helps me to feel at my best and what I need to avoid as well. During my first pregnancy, I struggled terribly with heartburn as well as constipation. It seemed no matter what I ate, I would be up all night feeling nauseated from heartburn. But then if I ate too little (trying to avoid heartburn) I would suffer from constipation and bloat. And trust me- when you are already feeling uncomfortable being pregnant, the last thing you want is to feel MORE bloated.
After months of trial and error, I finally discovered one of the best foods to eat when pregnant. The one food that aided my digestion and helped to resolve my constipation completely was 100% prune juice. And it isn’t too surprising. Why? With 3 grams of fiber per serving, 5 essential vitamins and minerals, and no added sugar, Sunsweet Amaz!n Prune Juice helps to promote digestive health. Prune juice can help you to meet your daily fiber needs more easily throughout your entire pregnancy.
With nausea and heartburn during pregnancy, sometimes it can be hard to eat enough fiber rich foods, like fruits and vegetables. And when you don’t get enough fiber in your diet, the risk of constipation increases. Combine that with hormonal changes and a growing uterus, and you can see how constipation can become a chronic issue throughout the entire nine months. For me, I tried to eat enough fiber each day, but depending on how nauseated I felt or how bad my heartburn was, there were some days I could barely eat at all. Thankfully, drinking 100% prune juice was something I could always tolerate.
Once I knew how adding prune juice to my daily routine helped me to feel at my best each day, you can be sure I made it a regular part of my meal plan during my second pregnancy (and now during my third) as well. That’s why I have made this Ginger Prune Spritzer my go-to beverage throughout my pregnancy (and it makes a great mocktail recipe when entertaining guests as well).
This delicious mocktail is packed full of fiber to help ease constipation and nausea during pregnancy
- 4 ounces Sunsweet Amaz!n Prune Juice
- 4 ounces 4 oz sparkling water
- 1 pinch grated ginger (optional for combating nausea as needed)
Combine ingredients together. Stir and serve chilled
So what makes you feel your best each day? Share with me the snacks, recipes, drinks, exercises, shopping lists and routines that make YOU feel good over the next three months and you can win some amazing prizes from Sunsweet. In addition, for every person that shares what they do #ToFeelGood Sunsweet will make a donation to the National Osteoporosis Foundation. To enter, simply share what makes you feel good- from the simple things to the complex ones using the hashtag #ToFeelGood #Sweepstakes on Instagram or Twitter or you can upload directly at http://sunsweetsweeps.com/
I can’t wait to see what you do each day #ToFeelGood