We're 18 months into a global pandemic, and cold & flu season is upon us....
What's a pregnant mama to do??
She can start with a few simple ways to boost her immune system.
Good Nutrition: Eating a variety of whole foods (food that comes from the earth or has a mother) is the very best way to nourish your body and stay healthy. Reduce or eliminate processed sugar, and opt for honey or maple syrup instead. Eat the rainbow- lots of different colored fruits and veggies. Choose organic foods, if possible.
Rest: Lack of sleep is known to weaken the immune system so aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep every night. Create a bedtime routine. Limit screen time in the hours before you'd like to go to sleep. Take baths with epsom salt. Diffuse lavender essential oil. Make sleep a priority.
Exercise: People who exercise regularly are less likely to get sick. Find a way to move your body that makes you feel good and that you love and do it often. At least 30 minutes of exercise 3-5 times a week -outside, if possible- will boost your energy level, support your immune system, and help you to get that quality sleep we talked about in point #2.
Supplements: Always check with your midwife or doctor before adding any supplements, but generally zinc, vitamins A, C, & D3, elderberry, and high quality probiotics are known to support the immune system. Dr Aviva Romm has great recommendations on her website.
Chiropractic Care: It's no secret that most midwives rave about Chiropractic Care. That's because we've experienced the benefits firsthand and we've witnessed how much it helps our clients. Chiropractic Care reduces spinal nerve stress and therefore promotes overall health (read more here). In pregnancy, it's very important to see a Webster Certified Chiropractor, as they have additional certification in adjusting pregnant women and children.
I'm so excited to share a recipe from my client, Melanie! She makes this hearty, immune boosting, anti-inflammatory soup for her family, and she was kind enough to let me share it on this post. Thank you, Melanie!
Melanie's Hearty Soup
Start with a good homemade chicken bone broth, or buy a good quality organic chicken broth.
Add Juilenne rainbow carrots, celery, onions, lots of garlic, shiitake or baby bella mushrooms, spinach, freshly minced ginger, ground tumeric, black pepper, and Himalayan salt to taste, and bring to a boil.
Add organic egg noodles
Scramble two eggs and drizzle into the soup while briskly stirring for added protein
What are you doing to boost your immune system during pregnancy?
***Disclaimer: Always check with your health care provider before starting any exercise routine or adding any supplements. ***